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1999 Articles

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Formalizing or Marginalizing the Immigrants' Shadow Economy: NGOs and Local Authorities as Intercultural Intermediaries Between Senegalese Tradesmen and Their Spanish Customers in Two Andalusian Towns
Gunther Dietz and Mari Paz Peña García
No. 1, Vol. 19, Spring, 1999 pp 1 – 9

The paper outlines the first results of a research project on NGOs and immigration in an urban southern Spanish context. Comparing two case studies carried out in the cities of Jerez de la Frontera and Granada, we analyze the different politics of toleration versus formalization implemented by the two municipal and police authorities on behalf of the "informal" and often "illegal" Senegalese tradesmen.

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Countertransference and Understanding Workplace Cataclysm: Intersubjective Knowing and Cultural Knowledge in Interdisciplinary Applied Anthropology
Howard F. Stein
No. 1, Vol. 19, Spring, 1999 pp 10 – 20

The description of an interdisciplinary interaction (nurse-educator applied anthropologist) shows the value of exploring the subjective response (countertransference) of the applied anthropologist as crucial data about the other, and in turn about workplace cataclysm and wider cultural dynamics.

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Cultural Encounters of the Controversial Kind
Heath A. Fire
No. 1, Vol. 19, Spring, 1999 pp 34 – 46

This text will look at the controversy surrounding Devils Tower National Monument. The three sides of the controversy will be addressed independently.

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Art Facilitating Contact: Discourse on Museums and Cultural Tourism
Tilly Laskey
No. 1, Vol. 19, Spring, 1999 pp 47 – 52

Tourist arts are proof of native people’s ability to adapt, survive, and prosper without assimilating. Contact does not imply impurity or inauthenticity, as has been previously thought by anthropologists. The perception of tourist arts and their representation in museums is slowly improving, with museums listening to native voices and acting as incubators for cultural preservation and economic development through sponsoring arts and crafts cooperatives

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A Prophet Without Honor: The Buffering Role of a Practitioner in Applied Anthropology
Susan Scott
No. 1, Vol. 19, Spring, 1999 pp 54 – 61

A seminal characteristic of anthropologists is our ability to “flesh out” the cultures we study. Even so,little examination has been given to how our roles of mediator, broker, or advocate are performed, or the consequences of those roles in different contexts.

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Applied Teaching and Community-Based Fieldwork for Undergraduates. Mentor, Model, and Community Chief: An Impassioned Plea for Useful Educational Experiences
Bill Roberts
No. 1, Vol. 19, Spring, 1999 pp 72 – 92

We anthropologists are a diverse lot. Although relatively few in number compared with sociologists or economists, we have coined a large number of labels for the professional identities we assume ourselves and apply to each other. These labels reflect professional values and, to some extent, act as barriers to constructive dialogue among different ‘types’ of anthropologists.

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Applied Anthropology Internships: How to Create the Ideal Experience
Andy Bessler, Suzanne DeRosa, Anne Hagele, Eirian Humphreys, Vernelda Grant, Travis Levy, Arturo Márquez-Alameda, Marilee Miller, Heather Nawrocki, Jenean Merkel Perelstein, Gilbert M. Ramos Edited by Elena M. Rizzo and Karla D. Wagner
No. 1, Vol. 19, Spring, 1999 pp 83 – 92

During the summer of 1998 thirteen applied anthropology graduate students took to the field to test the skills that they had learned in the first year of their Masters degree program at Northern Arizona University. The internships covered a variety of anthropology niches, including venues which had no previous experience with anthropologists.

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Expansion of Community Modeling: A Case Study in Park Hill, Denver, Colorado
Andrew Kirwin
No. 2, Vol. 19, Fall, 1999 pp 133 – 144

Park Hill, a neighborhood of northeast Denver, Colorado, has a long history of ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. The economic boom in the Denver metropolitan area has created both good and bad effects. The community is currently unable to respond effectively to the increasing isolation of its members and the decreasing diversity.

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Leisure and the Quality of Working Life in an Academic Health Center
Sue Gena Lurie
No. 2, Vol. 19, Fall, 1999 pp 158 – 167

Promotion of leisure activities to alleviate workplace stress and organizational wellness programs have developed with management efforts to improve work design and enhance productivity. This study of employees in an academic health center assesses the role of leisure in workplace stress.

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Learning from the Inside Out: A Prairie Quilt for Applied Anthropology
Howard F. Stein
No. 2, Vol. 19, Fall, 1999 pp 168 – 178

This paper inquires into how we come to know what we know in applied anthropology. “Experience” and “process” are discussed in relation to ethnographic “findings” and to applied problem-solving. Donald Winnicott’s “squiggle game” (1971) is described as both a rich 1) data-generating and –gathering, and 2) collaborative problem-solving methodology.

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Chiapas, and the Meaning of Commitment
Rogelio Garcia Contreras
No. 2, Vol. 19, Fall, 1999 pp 194 – 196

Since coming to the United States in 1996 to continue my graduate studies at the University of Denver, I have followed with interest and restlessness the development of a complex and well-known conflict in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Currently, a number of Mexican and foreign analysts share a controversial opinion: that the Zapatista movement is dead.

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Hallowing the Ordinary. An Acceptance Speech in the Form of a Love Letter: The Omer C. Stewart Memorial Award
Howard F. Stein
No. 2, Vol. 19, Fall, 1999 pp 199 - 201

I feel honored, pleased, grateful, downright thrilled! Savor this moment with me. It is yours as well as mine. It is holy. It is meant to elevate the ordinary into the sacred. I regard the Omer Stewart Award as a gift, not as a piece of personal property.

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