“Good Practices,” Humanized Birth, and Waiting for Care in Brazil

If the objective is to make “good” birth a possibility for all Brazilian women, then maternal and infant health policies must make a more robust attempt to address the systematic exclusions of racially and economically marginalized Brazilians from the promise of “health for all.”

Taking Stock with ASAP Leadership

This is a time that begs for our attention as we think about public policy, the state, life as a citizen and scholar, and the salience of our communities.

Discussing Policy with Prisoners

Teaching anthropology to incarcerated students and studying through the shaping of policies offers a unique perspective on broader coalitions and hopes for reform.

China, Soft Power, and Confucius Institutes with Jennifer Hubbert

China’s government-funded language and culture programs are one of the country’s most ubiquitous globalization projects and aim to smooth a path to superpower status. But, we would do well to avoid assumptions about the transfer of power that happens through soft power policy.

ASAP at the 2019 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting

Reflecting the global challenge that lies at the center of this year’s conference theme, “Changing Climates: Struggle, Collaboration, and Justice,” and the transnational ties on which the meeting is based, the panels focus on the dynamics of mobility and reflection—on the sociocultural dynamics driving us into the future and an assessment of the trajectories that have led us to this point.

Encounters with Lunar Dust

The stiff, gray cardboard box sat calmly on the table in the quiet NASA archive at the University of Houston Clear Lake: History Archive, Box#52, Astronomy Papers and Research. Folder 8, “Parker personal correspondence,” contained the transcript of an astronaut’s personal diary about landing on the moon.

Readmission Policy and State-NGO-Funder Relations in Malawi

How can ethnographic attention to the production of a revised student pregnancy policy complicate scholarship on the weakening of the African state in relation to funders and NGOS? Is state disempowerment in places like Malawi—where international funders provide approximately 40 percent of the country’s annual budget—wholesale? Who gets to define the legislative parameters around youth sexuality, a locus of transnational moral anxiety?

Notes from the Section Leadership

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.