Applying Anthropology: African American Drumming for Community Well Being

Aminata Cairo


Applied Anthropology developed out of a consciousness and a sense of responsibility for using anthropological skills to work with and for communities. Applied anthropology as practiced within academia is a relatively young branch of anthropology and is still trying to find a comfortable place within the discipline itself and the academic arena as a whole. This article explores the intricacies and negotiations inherent in academically applied anthropological research through an example of a community-based research project with an African American drumming organization. The emphasis is on the process of applied anthropological research and the intricacies involved.


African American, applied research

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