This edition: Applied Anthropology
The lesson begins with the anthropological definition of applied anthropology. This field of study refers to the application of method and theory to the analysis and solution of practical problems. It can be used, or “applied,” within the four subdisciplines of anthropology—physical (or biological), cultural, linguistic and archaeological. The lesson shows how a cultural anthropologist, Professor Mikel Hogan, practices applied anthropology within a hospital setting to help resolve some of the on-the-job problems that nurses face at this time of crises within the health-care system in the United States. As the lesson progresses, viewers also see how linguistic anthropologist Breesha Maddrell works on the Isle of Man to help the culture there preserve and maintain the Celtic language of Manx Gaelic. Finally, the third segment of the lesson shows how physical anthropologists Amy Mundorff and Diane Cockle work in the area of forensics. Mundorff explains the educational qualifications required for a career in forensics, explaining that a strong background in biology or chemistry, plus a strong background in anthropology, particularly archaeology, is ideal. In general, this lesson gives very clear, varied examples of where applied anthropology is used in the workforce, how flexible the field is, and how it fits within the subfields of anthropology.