Announcing the Release of a Special Theme Issue on Practicing Anthropology in the Private Sector

I'd like to announce the release of a special issue of the journal of Practicing Anthropology dedicated specifically to the practice and application of anthropology in business settings. The special issue, which can be found online here, was co-guest-edited by me and Dr. Amy Goldmacher. The authors who contributed to the issue are Jo Aiken, … Continue reading Announcing the Release of a Special Theme Issue on Practicing Anthropology in the Private Sector

Insights from a Discussion of the Non-Linear Path to Practicing Business Anthropology

At the recent Society for Applied Anthropology annual meetings in Albuquerque, NM, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel session with three other up-and-coming anthropologists who work in business and design. The session, entitled “Coming of Age in the Corporate Context: Exploring the Non-Linear Transition from Student to Practitioner and Back Again,” was … Continue reading Insights from a Discussion of the Non-Linear Path to Practicing Business Anthropology

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Design Anthropologist Armonía Alvarado

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 Design Anthropologist Armonía Alvarado

Business Anthropology Roundtable: New Voices, New Destinations, New Futures

At the Society for Applied Anthropology annual meetings in Albuquerque this past March, I participated in (and chaired) a session entitled "Business Anthropology Roundtable: New Voices, New Destinations, New Futures" with five fantastic, up-and-coming (women!) business anthropologists. Click here to visit the SfAA Podcast website, where the audio recording, introduction notes and panel bios have … Continue reading Business Anthropology Roundtable: New Voices, New Destinations, New Futures

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Ethnographic Consultant Pedro Oliveira

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 Ethnographic Consultant Pedro Oliveira

“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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One Person’s Journey in Practicing Anthropology: A Slideshow Presentation

One Person's Journey in Practicing Anthropology These are the slides I used in a February 2014 talk for Dr. Jeremy Spoon's undergraduate Applied Anthropology class at Portland State University. Talking points included my educational history, career path, experience in UX research, and the evolution of my perspective on practicing anthropology, particularly in business settings. I … Continue reading One Person’s Journey in Practicing Anthropology: A Slideshow Presentation

10 Distinctive Qualities of Qualitative Research

Research Design Review

Researchers conduct qualitative research because they acknowledge the human condition and want to learn more, and think differently, about a research issue than what is usual from mostly numerical quantitative survey research data.  Not surprisingly, the unique nature odistinctive characteristicsf qualitative inquiry is characterized by a distinctive set of attributes, all of which impact the design of qualitative research one way or the other.  The 10 unique attributes of qualitative research* are the:

  1. Absence of “truth” With all the emphasis in qualitative research on reality and the human condition, it might be expected that qualitative inquiry is in the business of garnering “the truth” from participants.  Instead of “truth,” the qualitative researcher collects information from which some level of knowledge can be gained.  The researcher does not acquire this information and knowledge in a vacuum but rather in a context and, in this way, the research data are a product…

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