Anthropologist practitioners work outside the confines of the university, putting their knowledge and skills to work on significant problems in a wide variety of different contexts. The demand for anthropologist practitioners is strong and growing; practice is in many ways the leading edge of anthropology today, and one of the most exciting aspects of the discipline. How can anthropology students prepare themselves to become practitioners? 

Specifically designed to help students, including those in more traditional training programs, prepare for a career in putting anthropology to work in the world, the book:

- provides an introduction to the discipline of anthropology and an exploration of its role and contribution in today’s world;
- outlines the shape of anthropological practice – what it is, how it developed historically, and what it looks like today;
- describes how students of anthropology can prepare for a career in practice, with emphasis on the relationship between theory, method, and application;
- includes short contributions from practitioners, writing on specific aspects of training, practice, and career planning;
- sets out a framework for career planning, with specific and detailed discussions of finding and securing employment;
- reviews some of the more salient challenges arising in the course of a practitioner career; and
- concludes with a discussion of what the future of anthropological practice is likely to be.
Using Anthropology in the World is essential reading for students interested in preparing themselves for the challenges and rewards of practice and application.

part 1|24 pages

The discipline

chapter 1|10 pages

The Discipline of Anthropology

part 2|32 pages

Anthropological practice

chapter 3|12 pages

What is anthropological practice?

chapter 4|9 pages

The history of practice in anthropology

chapter 5|9 pages

Anthropological practice today

part 3|56 pages


chapter 6|8 pages

Why be a practitioner?

chapter 7|13 pages

Getting prepared for practice

chapter 8|9 pages

Managing graduate school

chapter 9|12 pages

Core competencies – methods and theory

part 4|52 pages

Finding employment

chapter 11|11 pages

Career planning for practitioners

chapter 12|11 pages

Investigating employment opportunities

chapter 13|14 pages

Identifying predominant capabilities

chapter 14|14 pages

Securing employment

part 5|37 pages


chapter 15|14 pages

Succeeding in the workplace

chapter 16|12 pages

Navigating your career

chapter 17|9 pages

The future of anthropological practice