Forecasting Policy Trends

Future prognostications tend to baffle each successive generation, as familiar technologies and approaches branch off in surprising directions. Predicting the future of anthropological policy studies, including its makings, workings, contexts, agents, and effects, is thus akin to tracing an individual wave during a tsunami.

Notes from the Section Leadership

It has been just four years since the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) was founded and we have sustained the energy that helped launch us. Interest in our section—and in the anthropology of policy—is stronger than ever. Over the past year we have grown by fifty members, making us one of the fastest […]

Graduate Student Paper Prize Winner

“The Neighborhood School Stigma: School Choice, Stratification, and Shame” Over the past decade, social scientists have methodically documented the profound effects of unprecedented charter school growth in urban districts in the United States: stratification. An exodus of students from traditional neighborhood schools to charter schools has driven this growth, creating troubling numbers of vacant seats as […]

Blue Children and All Shades of Responsibility

Book Review One Blue Child. Asthma, Responsibility, and the Politics of Global Health. Susanna Trnka. Standford: Stanford University Press, 2017. ISBN: 9781503601130. 280pp. Turning red is much “sexier” than turning blue in terms of health symptoms. Many physicians that Trnka interviewed for this book believe that cardiac issues attract more attention than respiratory conditions in […]