By Anita Puckett
The Spring issue of Practicing Anthropology, entitled Transformations and Discoveries from the Field, continues the journal’s focus on the processes of doing applied anthropology as well the results of applied anthropological research. In keeping with journal practices, articles come from the full spectrum of submitters, junior scholars who are just beginning their careers to established researchers who have made significant professional and personal contributions to applied anthropology.
Several of the articles address health care issues—one focuses on better intervention strategies to reduce HIV/AIDS and STD infections among sex workers in southern China; another discusses ethnographically-informed interventions to reduce water-borne infections in Honduras; while a third assesses the impact of neoliberal economics on health care restructuring in Canada and the United States.
Complementing these articles are two community-based contributions: one that investigates local government, community, and higher education partnerships in community building and a second that offers a police officer’s assessment of the value of anthropological methods and concepts in multicultural police work settings.
Finally are two pieces that reflect on researchers personal transformations in conducting ethnographic fieldwork—one deeply personal and transformational; the second more reflective and theoretical. Each has something to say to many of us as we engage in the anthropological practice of serving communities and our profession.
As I begin my service as editor of Practicing Anthropology, I am struck by its impact in ways I never anticipated. In this upcoming issue, for example, we will be recognizing one co-author’s passing even as she was launching her professional career. The article in this issue will be her first and last as an applied anthropologist.
Please consider submitting to Practicing in the future; submissions are always welcome. Also, please feel free to seek me out in Baltimore—I shouldn’t be difficult to locate—and please be aware that I may be seeking you out as a possible author for a future issue. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.