DrJAdkins at aol.com
DrJAdkins at aol.com
Thu Apr 10 20:02:05 EDT 2008
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Southern Methodist University
As has been noted by many anthropologists, nongovernmental organizations
(NGOs) and nonprofit groups are both extremely diverse and growing in number and
in importance. “NGOs” and ‘nonprofits’ are terms that obscure more than
they reveal, generalizing a heterogeneous cluster of faith-based organizations,
grassroots groups, labor unions, women’s groups, and international NGOs, etc.
Currently we don’t even have the mechanisms to even estimate how many
nonprofits or NGOs exist worldwide. But especially following shifts heralded by
neoliberal globalization and the “New Policy Agenda” in the 1980s, NGOs are
playing more and more central roles in a host of arenas: public health,
education, “development,” violence against women, literacy, advocacy, human rights,
etc. In addition, an increasing number of professional anthropologists work
within nonprofits and NGOs as consultants, research staff, volunteers, and
Given this increase in NGOs’ and nonprofits’ role – and given
anthropologists’ increasing individual contributions to providing in-depth, ethnographic
analyses and critiques at our professional meetings and publications - many of
us believe it is time to organize a more formal collaboration, raising the
visibility and profile of NGO studies within the discipline and our
association; creating space for dialogue, networking, planning conference sessions and
publications; offering a critical assessment of the literature; becoming a
point of contact for new anthropologists wishing to meet others; establishing a
repository of how nonprofits and NGOs have been studied by anthropologists;
and brainstorming future directions.
Interested people can join the NGOs/Nonprofits and Anthropology listserv:
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