Ethics and Auld Lang Syne

The beginning of a new year provides an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and successes of years past in an effort to better guide the present. This year, NAPA members have particularly good occasion to reflect on our Ethical Guidelines for Practitioners. The guidelines, which were designed to acknowledge common ethical practice for all anthropologists […]

Practicing Anthropologists Make Anthropology Matter

The 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, was the usual whirlwind of presentations, meetings with colleagues and friends, and far too many coffees, but something was a bit different this year. More than ever, participants were talking about the meeting theme, “Anthropology Matters,” including discussions about how our discipline can be relevant in our current […]

Midwives, Comadronas, and Doctors in Guatemala

The NAPA-OT Field School Guatemala is a highly stratified country scarred by the civil war carried out against the Mayan population from the 1960s through the 1990s and violence is still tangible in Guatemala. Although about half of all births take place in hospitals (most in urban areas), Guatemala has a high rate of Caesarian […]