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The Second Issue of Open Anthropology is Here!

Open Anthropology 150x150Violence is the theme of the second issue of Open Anthropology. The collection “On Violence” offers information, revelations, historical facts, descriptions of context and portraits of situations over time and place, a sampling of anthropological findings on the subject. Ten articles, two book reviews, and “The Editor’s Note” comprise this anthology written by anthropologists across time, sub-discipline, and journal title culled from the full AAA collection. 

“Taken as a whole, this collection deepens understanding and draws attention to the critical ingredients in the making of violence, a phenomenon ubiquitous in the contemporary world,” notes editor Alisse Waterston (John Jay College, CUNY). Synthesizing major anthropological viewpoints on the topic, Dr. Waterston identifies a key feature of violence and raises central questions that anthropologists answer:  “Domination is a critical element. In what specific way is the playing field of social life uneven? Who uses violence, of what types, and to what ends?”

Content in Open Anthropology is selected from the full archive of AAA publications, curated into issues, and freely available on the internet for a minimum of six months, permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles. Each issue is dedicated to topics of interest to the general public, and that may have direct or indirect public policy implications.

100 most downloaded articles from AnthroSource

I am often asked about the most read articles. Looking at just the AnthroSource platform (which sits on Wiley Online Library), it’s amazing that at the top of the list is the 1956 American AnthropologistBody Ritual of the Nacerima”– downloaded 11,413 times in 2012 alone. Which article is number 2? Check out AAA Top 100 Articles of 2012(PDF version). All the articles listed will be ungated through the summer.

And the answer to the poll will be posted on the 25th.

AAA Publishing Program – FAQs

Have you found yourself wondering what the goals, guiding principles or the key components of the AAA publishing program are? Check out the new Publications Frequently Asked Questions  page on the AAA website.

What are the goals of the AAA publishing program?
The publishing program aims to advance AAA core goals to: further the professional interests of anthropologists; disseminate anthropological knowledge and its uses to address human problems; promote the entire field of anthropology in all its diversity; and represent the discipline nationally and internationally, in the public and private sectors.

What are the guiding principles of the AAA publishing program?
The guiding principles of the AAA publishing program are to:

  • develop and maintain a diverse portfolio, in recognition of the diversity of the discipline;
  • serve the needs and interests of AAA membership and sections, and more broadly of those who produce, who access and who reference anthropological knowledge and content; and
  • facilitate the adaptation of the publishing program to ongoing changes in publication conditions, promoting both sustainability of the association’s publishing program and broadest possible dissemination of knowledge.

What are the key components of the AAA publishing program?
The AAA is unique among scholarly associations for the range and breadth of its publishing program. The AAA publishes a monthly newspaper (Anthropology News), scholarly journals, books, monographs, a guide to anthropology departments and publications related to its annual conference. Its flagship journal is American Anthropologist; in addition, AAA supports over twenty actively publishing journals and newsletters produced by its constituent sections. The list of publications is available at http://www.aaanet.org/publications/pubs/index.cfm. These are available through AnthroSource.

To whom should I address questions regarding the AAA publications program?
You can contact AAA Director of Publishing Oona Schmid, who will direct you to the right person if she cannot answer your question herself.

What to learn more about the AAA Publishing Program? Click here.

Are You the Next Book Review Editor for American Anthropologist?

The American Anthropologist (AA) seeks applications for the position of book review editor. The AA, the longtime flagship publication of the American Anthropological Association, is one of the most influential and prestigious journals in the discipline. The AA publishes approximately 100 book reviews annually in all subfields of anthropology. The book review editor is responsible for choosing books to be reviewed and selecting reviewers.  The editor is responsible for overseeing the contents of reviews, but is not involved in copyediting. Although there is some flexibility in when the position would begin, preferred starting dates are July 1, 2012 or January 1, 2013.

The host institution of the book review editor must provide an office with space for books sent by publishers.  Some financial support for the office may be available from the American Anthropological Association, but at this time it is not known how much, if any, will be available. The current book review editor has the help of two graduate assistants working four hours a week year-round; the approximate cost for this is $8,000. An automated system has been developed to aid in the work flow associated with sending requests to potential reviewers and receiving reviews

Applicants should send a cover letter and a curriculum vitae to Michael Chibnik, the incoming editor-in-chief of the AA, by March 15, 2012.  The cover letter should outline the applicant’s qualifications, indicate a probable starting date, describe what kinds of support the host institution can provide, and state what kinds of additional support  with an estimated budget would be needed from the American Anthropological Association.  Cover letters, curriculum vitae, can be sent by email (michael-chibnik@uiowa.edu) or hard copy (Michael Chibnik, Department of Anthropology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242). Question about details of the position can be sent to the same addresses.

New Editor-in-Chief Annouced for American Anthropologist

At the recent AAA Annual Meeting held in Montreal, Canada, the Executive Board voted to appoint Michael Chibnik (U Iowa) as the new Editor-in-Chief for the association’s flagship journal, American Anthropologist. Chibnik has a wealth of experience in journal editing and publishing, and is currently the editor of the Anthropology of Work Review and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Iowa Press. Chibnik is also an active member of AAA and its committees and sections; he is a former chair of AAA’s Labor Relations Committee and is a current member of the executive board for the Society for the Anthropology of Work.

Chibnik has said that his vision for the journal is to publish new and significant material in the discipline theoretically, methodologically, and empirically. Articles of practical importance that promote scientific and cultural significance in the field are also a priority for the journal. He also hopes to broaden the journal’s audience to embrace a wider international and non-anthropological scope.

Chibnik will begin the position in July 1, 2012 when the current Editor-in-Chief, Tom Boellstorff’s term ends. Boellstorff has been the journal’s Editor-in-Chief since September 2008. During his tenure, American Anthropologist has dramatically increased its audience base and is currently the most downloaded journal in Wiley-Blackwell’s social science and humanities journal portfolio.

American Anthropologist Virtual Issue: The Anthropology of Language

For the inaugural virtual issue of American Anthropologist, Editor Tom Boellstorff created “The Anthropology of Language”. The theme, deliberately broad, allows readers to track ways in which language has been central to anthropological inquiry from its beginnings but in differing ways over the years and with differing linkages to other domains of anthropological scholarship. The virtual issue includes an impressive 86 articles, including Brinton’s “On the Chane-Abal (Four-Language) Tribe and Dialect of Chiapas” from the very first issue of AA in 1888. Boellstorff’s goal with this virtual issue is to identify signal contributions to the anthropological conversation on language so as to build interest in that conversation as it continues to flourish into the future.

Enjoy free access to all 86 articles in this virtual issue through September 30, 2011; after that it will be accessible to AAA members, AnthroSource subscribers, and pay-per-view on Wiley Online Library.

Anthropology and Environmental Policy: What Counts

As mentioned in our April 25th blog post in honor of  World Malaria Day, AAA recognized this important day with a special virtual issue of Medical Anthropology Quarterly. This special edition re-released articles which demonstrate ways that ethnography and human behavior studies help to change care management and public health policy.

Approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, particularly those living in lower-income countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO calculates that every 30 seconds a child dies of malaria. By joining the global movement to roll back these staggering statics on malaria, anthropologists serve as catalyst around the world to research the medical and cultural impacts of this disease and share their findings to help count malaria out.

Over the coming weeks, each article will be featured here on the AAA blog. Here is the third of seven highlighted articles:

Anthropology and Environmental Policy: What Counts
Susan Charnley and William H. Durham
American Anthropologist, September 2010

In this article, we call for enhanced quantitative and environmental analysis in the work of environmental anthropologists who wish to influence policy. Using a database of 77 leading monographs published between 1967 and 2006, 147 articles by the same authors, and a separate sample of 137 articles from the journal Human Organization, we document a sharp decline over the last ten years in the collection and use of quantitative and environmental data within environmental anthropology. These declines come at the same time that environmental anthropologists are aiming at greater policy relevance. We use the case of the Polonoroeste Project in the Brazilian Amazon and its impact on World Bank policy as a concrete example of the advantages of fortifying the quantitative and environmental side of our work. We conclude by discussing ways to strengthen environmental anthropology to further enhance its policy relevance and impact.

To read entire article, click here.

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