The Challenges of Power in Practice: A Storytelling Session

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April 2004. Society for Applied Anthropology - Annual Meeting in Dallas TX.

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The Challenges of Power in Practice: A Storytelling Session

  1. 1. The Challenges of Power in Practice Society for Applied Anthropology Dallas, 2004
  2. 2. Crossing Borders Work PlaceDesign Usability Anthropology “Basic” Retail research
  3. 3. Panel Participants• Melissa Fischer – The Insight Works, Inc.• Natalie Hanson – Temple University• Martin Ortlieb – Sapient• Inga Treitler – The TerraNova Group
  4. 4. Agenda• Career paths• Tales of attempted border crossing• Tales of successful border crossing• Lessons learned: politics of research in a “profit driven” environment
  5. 5. Career Paths• Educational – Four field – Cross/interdisciplinary• Fieldwork• Personal motivations• Driving research interests• Commitment to anthropological theory• Cascading work experiences• serendipity
  6. 6. Attempted Border Crossing• Case study: trying to contribute findings to anthropology• Countervailing circumstances and obstacles
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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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