Philleo Nash: Model Applied Anthropologist and Public Servant

  1. Ruth H. Landman and
  2. Katherine Spencer Halpern
  1. Pearl Walker-McNeil

Published Online: 20 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307030.ch7

Applied Anthropologist and Public Servant: The Life and Work of Philleo Nash

Applied Anthropologist and Public Servant: The Life and Work of Philleo Nash

How to Cite

Walker-McNeil, P. (1989) Philleo Nash: Model Applied Anthropologist and Public Servant, in Applied Anthropologist and Public Servant: The Life and Work of Philleo Nash (eds R. H. Landman and K. S. Halpern), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307030.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1989

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780913167281

Online ISBN: 9781444307030

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Keywords:

  • Philleo Nash - model applied anthropologist and public servant;
  • Pearl Walker-McNeil says - an honor and a privilege to be counted among those who studied under Philleo Nash;
  • Dr. Nash taught three courses - “Anthropology for Teachers,” “Anthropology of Education,” and Anthropology of Development.”;
  • membership in the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), the League of Women Voters, United Church Women, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom;
  • opportunity to study “Anthropology of Education” and “Anthropology of Development” under Philleo Nash - captured Pearl Walker's enthusiastic attention;
  • deducing that education, being a cultural process, could be used to close rather than perpetuate the gap between expectation and reality;
  • Dr. Nash believed in education as an instrument for the creation of new human values - concerned about the thought processes that followed culture contacts and culture conflicts;
  • Dr. Nash believed, with Bronislaw Malinowski, that “culture is an organic unit” and recognized the dangers of “tampering” with any aspect of traditional culture;
  • comment on the influence of Philleo Nash in his life and service with the Bureau of lndian Affairs and now as consultant on American Indians;
  • former lndian Commissioner Robert L. Bennet's comments on Nash – “impressed with his knowledge, insights and special concerns for the Indian people. Being a tribal member myself, this was especially appealing to me”.