Senioritis

An ethnographic study of senior housing in Springfield, Missouri Editor’s Note: This is the eighth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. What started as a semester-long project inspired by a regional non-profit ended with three college seniors exploring what it meant to […]

Apply Within

Looking for Qualified Home Buyers for Habitat for Humanity Editor’s Note: This is the seventh piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University.  The director of Habitat for Humanity in Springfield, Missouri asked students from the Ethnographic Field Methods class at Missouri State University to find […]

Springfield Community Gardens

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. I conducted my ethnographic research project with Springfield Community Gardens, a local nonprofit that provides for community gardens in the Springfield, Missouri area. The organization began with one garden in 2010 […]

I Pour Life

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. I Pour Life is a nonprofit located in Springfield, Missouri that started in 2015 to offer a hand-up to teens and young adults currently living in social isolation. The I Pour […]

Services Rich and Systems Poor in Springfield, MO

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. In my research, I looked at the issue of Springfield, Missouri being “services rich, systems poor.” I focused specifically on an internal analysis of an umbrella organization in Springfield, the […]

Sustainable Tourism… for Development?

Not a day goes by without being confronted, one way or the other, with the multiple environmental, societal, and economic challenges that our planet faces. Because it is impossible to tackle all problems at once, the United Nations (UN) has created so-called international observances—special days, weeks, months, years, and even decades that highlight an issue […]

Looking Back at “Anthropology on the Front Lines”

On May 1 and 2, University of California Berkeley’s Department of Anthropology hosted a conference, “Anthropology on the Front Lines,” in honor of Nancy Scheper-Hughes and in celebration of barefoot anthropology. In what follows, two conference participants, David Napier Meira Weiss, reflect on the conference, and the impact of engaged anthropology and Scheper-Hughes on their own work […]

Underfunded Women’s Healthcare

Editor’s Note: This is the third piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. Recently, I partnered with the Impacting Poverty Collaborative in Springfield, Missouri to research underfunded women’s healthcare in the area. I began the project by using social network analysis software to […]

Responding to Turbulent Times

2016–2017 has been a turbulent year for science in general and biological anthropologists specifically. With the rapidly changing political climate, anthropologists stand to be at the forefront of change as researchers embedded in communities around the globe and as academics faced with a changing funding climate. For the inaugural Sections Edition of Anthropology News, the […]

Engaged Platform Initiative and Biennial Highlights

Psychological anthropology is building capacities to address current critical societal issues. Drawing upon the discipline’s cumulative insights on self, subjectivity, emotion, perceptions of “other” in relation to “self,” and generative factors in resilience, health, and well-being, the Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) has initiated an “engaged psychological anthropology” platform to leverage the expertise of members […]