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Michael J. Simonton

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 30: Applied Anthropology

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Applied Anthropology
Applied anthropology

This chapter explores the subject of applied anthropology. It was found to be most productive to do this from a historical perspective in order to see the formation of the discipline from its earliest, inchoate form to its current state. This method lends a processual understanding of how applied anthropology arrived at the state in which it is found in early 21st-century anthropology.

The chapter commences with a brief definition of applied anthropology in both its broader and more restrictive senses. What follows then is an examination of the origins of applied anthropology within the matrix of anthropology, generally, in the 19th century. The early history of the discipline through the post-World War II, or mid-20th century, era is explored in the next ...

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