Reflections on Minneapolis from the Section Leadership

As we noted in an earlier column, ASAP was active at the Minneapolis meeting with fifteen sessions on the regular program and another round of our now traditional mentoring session. The two of us wanted to provide some reflections on those sessions so that the insights do not disappear into the ether as we think […]

ASAP Yearly Report

Notes from the Section Leadership The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) continued to progress during 2016 and the two of us particularly want to thank outgoing president, Janine Wedel. She has poured much of her energy and competence into ASAP and its IGAPP predecessor for well over a decade now. The goods news is […]

Making Sense of Nuclear Waste

Nuclear energy is having a busy summer. While the industry is keeping its 99 US nuclear plants running, at close to full capacity, to supply for the heightened electricity demands of this summer’s heat, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced investing $82 million. This money will go into nuclear technology advancement and research. Another nuclear […]

Campus Policing

A New Arena of Ethnographic Inquiry   What does an anthropological engagement with policing look like? What can ethnography contribute to urgent practical issues in contemporary policing?  These questions were among those explored by students in a recent class on The Anthropology of Policing at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (ULUC). Offered as part of […]

Between Tradition and Modernity

Politics and Policy in Cameroon The government of Cameroon introduced changes to the county’s constitution in the 1990s. These changes heralded a major overhaul of the system of governance in the direction of decentralization and community participation in local policy development, according local municipalities powers to make decisions on a significant number of areas. This […]

Speaking Ethnography to Policy

Interdisciplinary Conversations on the Affordable Care Act Mainstream policy studies schools rarely attend to anthropological approaches to policy processes or effects in their curricula. Anthropologists are nearly absent from policy school faculties. Even highly regarded, interdisciplinary training programs in policy studies and administration routinely exclude not just the ethnographic approach but qualitative and interpretive scholarship […]

Notes from the Section Leadership: ASAP sessions at the IUAES in Dubrovnik (May 2016)

The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) contributed three sessions to the recent May meeting of the International Union of the Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This is part of the ASAP effort to find venues beyond the American Anthropological Association to discuss anthropological approaches to policy, especially to enable better contact […]