I’m reading Ervin’s Applied Anthropology: Tools for Perspectives for Cont. Practice for one of my courses. I got a kick out of seeing Michael Angrosino’s name in chapter two and then continuing on to read about USF’s applied program being the first in the nation. It was my first experience of reading about my alma mater in a textbook and an old prof in a book that was not being used for a USF course. So that was kind of neat.

But what really struck me chapter two in Ervin’s book was a paragraph about anthropology in 1970s. I’m not sure why this just clicked with me today- I’ve read about the history of anthropology twenty times in 15 different accounts. So Bevlin talks about how in the 70s, the universities were producing an abundant amount of MA’s and PhD’s and that those graduates could not all go back into academia because the positions were filled. So they got create and made up their own positions; consulting, HR, government, non-anthro University jobs, etc. Now I am striving for a non-academic career, so that was nothing but encouraging to me, although it wasn’t really anything new.

My thought is that to be an anthropologist, no matter what, you have to be creative. For instance, when I got into anthropology (2004) there was not a lot of sites, articles, materials on the web labeled “Anthropology- read me!”- So in an interest to learn more about positions in the field that I could carve out for myself I searched for other terms like, organizational communication, etc. It’s easier these days though, but there are still subsections to be founded or developed more thoroughly.
I thought that http://www.anthropologi.info had a really great blog post about anthropology becoming more represented on the internet last year.

I still find myself reading more non-anthropology blogs, about design, communication, online collaboration, than I read anthropology blogs though. How would you ever add anything to the field if you only studied what was already thought of? 😉

Lesson for the day; be creative.