Businesses As Communities of Practice and Maintaining the Anthropological Perspective from Within

Vitally important to being heard and understood as an anthropologist working for business is an ability to recognize and adapt to the language, objectives, and models of the domain. However, even experienced anthropologists describe this undertaking as a delicate balance between overlapping worldviews that challenges their ability to maintain their own sense of professional identities and practices as anthropologists.

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Vote in AAA & NAPA Elections

Dear NAPA Members: All AAA and Section elections are now underway.  We have several members running for AAA and NAPA positions.  Please vote ASAP. Voting is simple. All members need

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Welcome To NAPA

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology is a membership organization for those who apply and practice anthropology in a range of contexts, whether as practitioners, academics, or students. NAPA was founded in 1983 to promote the interests of practicing anthropologists and further the practice of anthropology as a profession.


AnthroJob of the Week

AnthroJobs of the Week, 14 May 2019

Lots of jobs are being posted out there, so let’s do a quick roundup of jobs in the western part of the US, instead of focusing on a particular position… If you are looking in the Southwest, PaleoWest Archaeology (Phoenix) is looking for a Cultural Resources Project Manager, with experience in project management and archaeology […]

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What is the purpose of an association website? For NAPA, the main objective of the association’s website is to serve members and potential members. In addition, along with NAPA’s social media outlets, it serves as the primary public face of NAPA.

After a year of reorganizing and reformatting, NAPA officially launched a newly redesigned website in February 2019, found at Viewers will find cleaner navigation, a better overall look, and most importantly, several new resources to use.


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National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA)
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA)

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) offers the annual Student Achievement Award to recognize undergraduate and graduate student contributions in the area of practicing and applied anthropology. The Award recognizes excellence in anthropology, by reviewing student submissions from around the world.

The deadline for 2019 submissions is August 15, 2019. Papers must be submitted via email by the deadline to the NAPA Student Representative at

Winners will be notified in October. For more information, please contact the student representative at the above email address. Visit our archives...