“Just another dad on his cellphone”: Evernote as Field Notebook

Editor's note: What is the "right way" to take and organize research fieldnotes? In this guest post, David Keyes explores his fieldnote hang-ups and shares how he came to understand his own "right way" with Evernote. Whether you do it the old-fashioned way with a notebook and pen, or rely on new technologies, David concludes that … Continue reading “Just another dad on his cellphone”: Evernote as Field Notebook

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, Communications and Outreach Manager at Project for Public Spaces

Anthropologists in Practice is an ongoing series of interviews featuring practicing anthropologists who work outside the academy. The goal of the series is to provide a source of information and inspiration to anyone who is interested in the application of anthropology in the real world, including anthropologists, anthropology students, prospective anthropology students, employers, policymakers and … Continue reading Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, Communications and Outreach Manager at Project for Public Spaces

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Bruno Moynié, Ethnographic Filmmaker & Consultant

Anthropologists in Practice is an ongoing series of interviews featuring anthropologists (and professionals with anthropology training) who work outside of the academy. The goal of the series is to provide a source of information and inspiration to other practitioners and (prospective) students of anthropology, and to illustrate the wide variety of jobs, skills and competencies … Continue reading Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Bruno Moynié, Ethnographic Filmmaker & Consultant

“Hey, y’all got to understand – y’all prolly scared of us… we scared of y’all too!”

Ethnography Matters

Phoenix JacksonPhoenix Jackson is a researcher at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, a Cornelius Hopper Diversity Fellow with UCSF, and a Somatic Counseling Psychotherapy graduate student at John F. Kennedy University.
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This post is re-blogged from the Center for Critical Public Health.

Editor’s note: My colleague Phoenix Jackson wrote these poignant field notes after we went out to recruit focus group participants for a study on health inequities among African American youth.

While following the #dangerousblackkids tag (started by @thewayoftheid and Mikki Kendall @karnythia) over the past few days, we were struck by parallels between Twitter users’ pushback against perceptions of Black youth as “dangerous” and the lived experiences of study participants evoked in these notes. 

Like #dangerousblackkids, this post highlights what’s omitted from dominant narratives about who is afraid and who is dangerous. Perhaps Michael Dunn was afraid of a group of teenagers in…

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Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Kevin Preister, Senior Associate at James Kent Associates and Executive Director at the Center for Social Ecology and Public Policy

Anthropologists in Practice is an ongoing series of interviews featuring anthropologists (and professionals with anthropology training) who work outside of the academy. The goal of the series is to provide a source of information and inspiration to other practitioners and (potential) students of anthropology, and to illustrate the wide variety of jobs, skills and competencies … Continue reading Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Kevin Preister, Senior Associate at James Kent Associates and Executive Director at the Center for Social Ecology and Public Policy

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Donna Lanclos, Library Ethnographer at UNC Charlotte

Anthropologists in Practice is an ongoing series of interviews featuring anthropologists (and professionals with anthropology training) who work outside of the academy. The goal of the series is to provide a source of information and inspiration to other practitioners and (potential) students of anthropology, and to illustrate the wide variety of jobs, skills and competencies … Continue reading Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Donna Lanclos, Library Ethnographer at UNC Charlotte

A Review of the SfAA 2013 Text Analysis Workshop by Lance Gravlee and Amber Wutich

The following is a review of a workshop I attended at the March 2013 Society for Applied Anthropology conference on Text Analysis (i.e., the interpretation of data from things like transcripts, books, diaries, emails, artifacts, images, events, and basically any other object or observation of human behavior and creation). The workshop was put on by … Continue reading A Review of the SfAA 2013 Text Analysis Workshop by Lance Gravlee and Amber Wutich

Starting a job in Corporatelandia? Work it like the anthropologist you are

These days, lots of anthropologists (including recent anthropology grads) are finding work in the private sector, oftentimes as researchers, analysts, or strategists at big corporations. My first job out of grad school was at an insurance and financial services company where I worked as a consumer researcher, business consultant, and project manager. Although I had … Continue reading Starting a job in Corporatelandia? Work it like the anthropologist you are