A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE OF ANTHROPOLOGY IN PUBLIC POLICY

Authors

  • Donald D. Stull,

    1. DONALD D. STULL is the research director of the Center for Public Affairs and associate professor of anthropology at the University of Kansas. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1973 and an M.P.H.from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975. He has conducted fieldwork among urban Papago Indians in Arizona and reservation Potawatomi and Kickapoo Indians in Kansas. Presently, he is involved in a multidisciplinary study of aging among Mennonites in Kansas and Nebraska.
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  • Felix Moos

    1. FELIX MOOS has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Washington (Seattle) and is presently professor of anthropology and East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Kansas. He has done fieldwork and worked as an applied anthropologist in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. His published research has been primarily in the area of the application of anthropology to the problems of change and acculturation.
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Abstract

In comparison with the other social and behavioral sciences, there has been a general lack of anthropological input or interest in public policy.

This absence from the public policy arena has been the result of both historical developments and theoretical biases within the field. Nevertheless, there have been certain periods when significant numbers of anthropologists have worked in policy areas-the 1930s. World War Il-but even then their influence was not great. However, in recent years we have witnessed a rapidly growing emphasis on public policy in applied anthropology which promises to give the discipline the opportunity to become atruly holistic policy science.

In addition to the discussion of the factors which have impeded and, more recently, contributed to anthropological involvement with public policy, each of the symposium papers is briefly introduced.

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