The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) was formed in 2014. At the last count, we now have over 350 members and are classed as a medium-sized section by the AAA. Our finances remain strong and we have a healthy surplus that we will put to good use, in widening ASAP’s activities and, in particular, supporting graduate students, early career scholars, and attracting those outside academia and those working in disciplines in dialogue with the anthropology of policy to the annual meeting.
The 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association will soon convene in San José, California. Addressing the conference theme, “Resistance, Resilience,and Adaptation,” the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) is sponsoring 14 panels that reflect both human responses to, and the broader social, political, and economic implications of, policy processes in the neoliberal era.
Earlier this year, Kristina Hook examined the emergent relationship between “big data” and policy process, highlighting the ways that predictive analytics are being applied to issues ranging from warfare to genocide prevention. Here, I complement Hook’s examination of an area for future anthropological focus in order to look back on the ways that the anthropological analysis of policy presaged current areas of research in the discipline.