The Challenges of Power in Practice: A Storytelling Session
The Challenges of Power in Practice Society for Applied Anthropology Dallas, 2004
Crossing Borders Work PlaceDesign Usability Anthropology “Basic” Retail research
Panel Participants• Melissa Fischer – The Insight Works, Inc.• Natalie Hanson – Temple University• Martin Ortlieb – Sapient• Inga Treitler – The TerraNova Group
Agenda• Career paths• Tales of attempted border crossing• Tales of successful border crossing• Lessons learned: politics of research in a “profit driven” environment
Career Paths• Educational – Four field – Cross/interdisciplinary• Fieldwork• Personal motivations• Driving research interests• Commitment to anthropological theory• Cascading work experiences• serendipity
Attempted Border Crossing• Case study: trying to contribute findings to anthropology• Countervailing circumstances and obstacles
Successful Border Crossings• Case study: – publications of research findings – Participation in research forums – Policy formation/influence• Supportive circumstances – Partnerships/collaborations – Historic moment: widespread interest in public or research communities – Legal agreements/contracts – Status in firm vs. outsider contractor status
Lessons LearnedExpectations within traditional anthropological communityValue of non-standard avenues of knowledge transmission – Listservs, chatrooms, invited lectures, teachingCompetition within research communityDISCUSSION
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