Expanding the Field of Organizational Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century

  1. D. Douglas Caulkins1 and
  2. Ann T. Jordan2
  1. Ann T. Jordan2 and
  2. D. Douglas Caulkins1

Published Online: 2 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

How to Cite

Jordan, A. T. and Caulkins, D. D. (2012) Expanding the Field of Organizational Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century, in A Companion to Organizational Anthropology (eds D. D. Caulkins and A. T. Jordan), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, USA

  2. 2

    University of North Texas, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, USA

  2. 2

    University of North Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 29 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199827

Online ISBN: 9781118325513

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Keywords:

  • anthropological research;
  • globalization;
  • organizational anthropology;
  • organizational types

Summary

This introductory chapter first provides a brief history of organizational anthropology. Then it discusses two reasons that account for the increase in anthropological work on organizations in the last two decades: (i) the increase in numbers of anthropologists working outside academia; and (ii) the significance of globalization in anthropological research. This is followed by a description of the broad scope of organizational anthropology today, including a review of organizational types studied and the foci, methods, and theories used in those studies. The chapter concludes that the result of all the work anthropologists conduct in organizations is a body of work on complex organizations that is so large, broad-based, and important to understanding of life in the twenty-first century as to constitute an important subfield in the discipline.