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Insularity versus Partnership: Linking the Economics and the Sociology of Involuntary Resettlement
Michael M. Cernea
No. 1, Vol. 20, Spring, 2000 pp 1 – 5

The primary goal of any involuntary resettlement process is to prevent the risks of impoverishment from becoming reality and to improve the livelihood of resettlers. To do this, governments and technical agencies must understand the economics of dispossession, impoverishment, and recovery and plan for sustainable growth at the relocation site. Displaced populations face a specific set of risks. These atypical risks are not addressed in routine project economic risk analysis. Robust empirical evidence has shown that, in most cases, these overlooked and little understood risks result in cumulated deprivations and severe impoverishment.

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Culture and Identity in Family Medicine: From Counter-Culture to Brave New World
Howard F. Stein
No. 1, Vol. 20, Spring, 2000 pp 6 – 23

This paper is an applied study of the biomedical discipline of Family Medicine. Based on the author’s nearly thirty- year familiarity with and study of the discipline,

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Empowerment Evaluation: The Pursuit of Quality
David Fetterman
No. 1, Vol. 20, Spring, 2000 pp 24 – 38

Empowerment evaluation is an approach to evaluation that places the primary responsibility for the pursuit of quality in the program staff and participants’ hands. It is specifically designed to help program staff members and participants learn to recognize quality and represent it in their programs.

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“Cowboys” and Conservation: The Influence of Private Landowners on the Success of Conservation Partnerships in the Western United States
Rebecca S. Toupal
No. 1, Vol. 20, Spring, 2000 pp 53 – 66

Public/private conservation partnerships throughout the United States realize varied success in addressing natural resource problems in local watersheds. Successful guides developed from agency and organization perspectives are available, however, partnerships are often locally led. The guides, consequently, are potentially more useful to public managers than to private landowners. This study compared a thirteen-characteristic success model, created from agency and organization sources, with three locally led partnerships.

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Anthropology, Tribes, and the Transformation of American Anthropology: A Few Observations
Deward E. Walker, Jr. and Peter N. Jones
No. 1, Vol. 20, Spring, 2000 pp 67 – 71

This introduction to the four following papers emphasizes the significance of Tribal legislative achievements that are transforming not only the position of Tribes within the U.S. political system, but also the nature of anthropological research.

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Tribal CRM, Archaeologists, and Action Anthropology
Darby C. Stapp
No. 1, Vol. 20, Spring, 2000 pp 72 – 77

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Ohio Burial Grounds to Tribal Historic Preservation Programs: Action Anthropology and American Indian Tribes in the Year 2000
Michael S. Burney
No. 1, Vol. 20, Spring, 2000 pp 78 – 89

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Traditional Cultural Values and Non-Indian Advisors
Julia Longnecker and Jeff VanPelt 
No. 1, Vol. 20, Spring, 2000 pp 90 – 95

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Who's Program Is It, Anyway?
Miranda Warburton
No. 1, Vol. 20, Spring, 2000 pp 96 – 99

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Education: A Necessary Investment for the Future of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Erna Susic
No. 1, Vol. 20, Spring, 2000 pp 101 – 102

It felt great to be back in my hometown of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. However, going back to Mostar, even for the summer, was not easy. I left Mostar at the beginning of the war in 1992, to visit my relatives in Croatia only for a short time, just until the "violence" stopped. My ten-day stay as a tourist in Croatia turned out to be a year and a half as a refugee.

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HPSfAA: Celebrating 20 Years. The Omer C. Stewart Memorial Award
Carla N. Littlefield
No. 2, Vol. 20, Fall, 2000 pp 109 - 114

When our President, Howard Stein, notified me that I had been selected as the recipient of the Omer Stewart award, I told him that I would accept it as fanfare for the common man/woman/member of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology. I say this because the success of our organization is a result of the selfless efforts of many in our “community” who may never receive recognition or an award.

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Anthropological Theory and Fieldwork: Problem Solving Tools for Forced Migration Issues
Jim Schechter
No. 2, Vol. 20, Fall, 2000 pp 153 – 166

Anthropology’s theoretical domain positions both applied anthropologists and critical theorists at the forefront of refugee studies. In this paper I conclude that identity formation is conditioned by irregular varieties of debate at every level of a social system, an understanding that should help anthropologists address forced migration issues.

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A Short Sweep of the Global Situation: Environmental Crisis and the Place of Anthropology
Kitty K. Corbett
No. 2, Vol. 20, Fall, 2000 pp 168 – 178

Concern about the future of the world, as well as recognition that human groups have the capacity to destroy their ways of life, is nothing new. What is new is that the intensity of degradation of the ecosystem supporting human societies has escalated to the point of emergency. Human societies have reached a point of unprecedented amplification of global structures and concomitant local economic activities that are spoiling our nest worldwide. A declaration that we are facing a global environmental crisis is not merely a cultural or idiosyncratic turn-of-the- millennium tendency to anticipate apocalyptic transformations.

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Living Deliberately into the 21st Century: Messenger, Witness, and Connector
Kate H. Brown
No. 2, Vol. 20, Fall, 2000 pp 179 – 184

It is not easy to live responsibly with the knowledge that our daily lives contribute to future ecological disasters and social injustices world-wide. People of good conscience ask ourselves what is the nature of our ethical responsibility and how might we best express it. The internal and external constraints to positive action are real. The potential of our impact is small and often confused by contradictory aims. Moral agency is daily strained by the experience of seemingly endless hindrances as we navigate between good intention and actual behavior. This commentary offers three humble examples from the work of applied anthropologists who have chosen to use our skills, theory, and intuitions to respond to the awareness of our interconnectedness with the future health of the planet.

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A Subversive Synthesis of Traditional Land-Based Wisdom and Ecology Book Review and Commentary
Ernest Atencio
No. 2, Vol. 20, Fall, 2000 pp 193 – 195


Chicano Culture, Ecology, Politics: Subversive Kin, Edited by Devon G. Peña. The University of Arizona Press, 1998. 316 pages. Hardcover $40, paper $19.95.

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