Practicing Anthropology in a Postmodern World: Lessons and Insights From Federal Contract Research

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NAPA Bulletin is a peer reviewed occasional publication of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, dedicated to the practical problem-solving and policy applications of anthropological knowledge and methods.
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Volume Editor: Michael C. Reed

General Editors: Pamela Amoss and Ralph J. Bishop

Michael C. Reed is a practicing anthropologist who has worked since 1992 for CSR Incorporated, a Washington, DC, research and evaluation firm. He received his PhD in sociocultural anthropology in 1988 (University of Washington), following 15 months of Fulbright fellowship-funded fieldwork in francophone Africa. His dissertation was titled An Ethnohistorical Study of the Political Economy of Ndjole', Gabon. Since 1990, Reed has evaluated several U.S. programs, such as youth substance abuse prevention (South Bronx, NY; Detroit; Philadelphia; West Dallas, TX; and Gallup, NM), school-age child care (Boston, Chicago, Seattle), secondary education (Bowling Green, KY; Huntington, WV), and community development corporations (Chicago). He reviews articles for the American Evaluation Association journal Evaluation Practice.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Apr 22, 2009
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92
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9781444307146
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English
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Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
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