The High Plains Society
Applied Anthropology

A Prophet Without Honor: The Buffering Role of a Practitioner in Applied Anthropology

Susan Scott

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. Anthropologists must often assume unflattering or buffering stances to protect ourselves, our data, and our informants from exploitation. Refusing to accept, or even examine this essential reality borders on negligence. We must be willing to be prophets without honor in our own house, in our own country, if we will avoid becoming prophets without honor anywhere else.

High Plains Applied Anthropologist No. 1, Vol. 19, Spring, 1999 pp54 – 61

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