"This wide-ranging collection achieves something new and significant for anthropology and for the policy sciences, by bringing the best insights and methods of the anthropology of migration, diaspora and transnationalism to the debate about key public policy issues in the United States, including those of housing, health and public finance. It will therefore bring many different disciplines into a dialogue that tells us something new about how globalization can be harnessed for the purposes of meaningful local change."
-Arjun Appadurai, Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University
“Once in a generation comes a shift in the practice of anthropology, or perhaps a shift in our perspective on the place of practice in the discipline and in the world. Here is a harbinger of such change -- the book we have all been waiting for -- taking us to the cutting-edge of an anthropological practice that is ‘glocalized’, hybridized with other disciplines, technology-infused, and on the go 24/7. A remarkable collection, this volume provides prospective and retrospective views of the agglomerative power of anthropology in the halls of global practice -- influencing policy on global climate change, gendering our knowledge of mobility around the world, explaining the reason for technology “grey markets” in developing nations, revealing the concept of ‘plastic time’ and so much more. It will challenge what you thought you knew about ‘applied anthropology’.”
—Marietta L. Baba, Dean and Professor, Michigan State University’s College of Social Science
About the Author
Christina Wasson is associate professor of anthropology at the University of North Texas. She is a design and linguistic anthropologist who has also worked in the private sector and as a consultant with companies including Motorola, Microsoft, and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. She has edited two volumes on practicing anthropology and published numerous articles and book chapters.Mary Odell Butler is an anthropologist with 35 years of experience in research design, management, and supervision of public health projects, working largely with federal agencies including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. She recently retired from Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation, where she served as Office Director of Battelle CPHRE’s Arlington Office. She is past president of the National Association for Practicing Anthropology and is now adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland.Jacqueline Copeland-Carson is an Africanist anthropologist and urban planner specializing in community and identity development who has worked for over 25 years as an executive, grant-maker, evaluator, or researcher for foundations, including the Pew, Lilly, Noyes and Northwest Area foundations. She has served as vice president of The Philadelphia Foundation and founding managing director for philanthropic services at U.S. Bank Private Client Group. She is also founding director of Copeland Carson & Associates, a global philanthropic services and evaluation firm. She is author of Creating Africa in America (2004) and co-editor of Creating Evaluation Anthropology (with Mary Odell Butler, 2005).