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Anthropology and Public Service

The UK Experience

Edited by Jeremy MacClancy

202 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-402-3 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (February 2017)

ISBN  978-1-78920-087-4 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (January 2019)

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“A good contribution to mainstream anthropological literature. Anthropology and Public Service will be a valuable and interesting resource for applied and practicing anthropology.” · Riall Nolan, Purdue University

Anthropology and Public Service is well-crafted and many of the chapters are fascinating to read. This text charts and advances perspectives of applied anthropology.” · Karen Boll, Copenhagen Business School


These days an increasing number of social anthropologists do not find employment within academia. Rather, many find jobs with commercial organizations or in government, where they run research teams and create policy. These scholars provide a much-needed social dimension to government thinking and practice. Anthropology and Public Service shows how anthropologists can set new agendas, and revise old ones in the public sector. Written for scholars and students of various social sciences, these chapters include discussions of anthropologists’ work with the Department for International Development, the Ministry of Defence, the UK Border Agency, and the Cabinet Office, and their contributions to prison governance.

Jeremy MacClancy is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Anthropological Centre for Conservation, the Environment, and Development, Oxford Brookes University. His latest books are Ethics in the Field: Contemporary Challenges (with A. Fuentes), and Alternative Countrysides: Anthropological Approaches to Rural West Europe Today.

Subject: Applied Anthropology
Area: Europe


Chapter 1. Introduction
: Anthropology and Public Service
Jeremy MacClancy

Chapter 2. On Her Majesty’s Service (and Beyond): Anthropology’s Contribution to an Unconventional Career
Mils Hills

Chapter 3. You Can’t Go Home Again: Anthropology Displacement and the Work of Government
Benjamin R. Smith

Chapter 4. Anthropology in the Closet: Contributions to Community Development and Local Government in the UK
Robert Gregory

Chapter 5. Parading through the Peace Process: Anthropology, Governance and Crisis in Northern Ireland
Dominic Bryan and Neil Jarman

Chapter 6. From Participant Observer to Observed Participant: a Prison Governor’s Experience
Peter Bennett

Chapter 7. Identity and Appropriation in Applied Health Research
Rachael Gooberman-Hill


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