This is an announcement seeking papers for a panel at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in March 2013.
We are looking for applied anthropology pieces that focus on the disconnect between the way that social issues are conceptualized in the policy making process and how they are experienced on the ground. Whiteford and Manderson have termed it the “fallacy of the level playing field” when thinking about the application of (largely Western-derived) international models in various global settings. We also find similar issues at work domestically and would also welcome U.S.-based projects.
At this stage, we have two pieces planned. Firstly, a piece on the Malaysian national food supplementation program for children (PPKZM) and the fit of food distribution items when imagined for a single child recipient (per national guidelines) or for a family unit (as typically used). Secondly, a piece looking at the experiences of Tuscaloosa Emergency Services (TES) staff and volunteers, who are fighting chronic food insecurity within the confines of a “temporary” assistance framework in Alabama.
If you are interested in participating in this panel, please submit a completed abstract by October 5th for review.
Sarah Elizabeth Morrow
Elizabeth Elliott Cooper
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