Anthropology in Action

Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice

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Editor: Christine McCourt, City University London

Published in association with the Association of Social Anthropologists’ (ASA) Apply Network

Anthropology in Action (AIA) is a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles, commentaries, research reports, and book reviews in applied anthropology. Contributions reflect the use of anthropological training in policy- or practice-oriented work and foster the broader application of these approaches to practical problems. The journal provides a forum for debate and analysis for anthropologists working both inside and outside academia and aims to promote communication amongst practitioners, academics and students of anthropology in order to advance the cross-fertilisation of expertise and ideas.

Recent themes and articles have included the anthropology of welfare, transferring anthropological skills to applied health research, design considerations in old-age living, museum-based anthropology education, cultural identities and British citizenship, feminism and anthropology, and international student and youth mobility.

Subjects: Applied Anthropology

Current Issue

Volume 22 • Issue 1 • Spring 2015

Special Issue on Negotiating Care in Uncertain Settings and Looking Beneath the Surface of Health Governance Projects

Guest Editors: Roberta Raffaetà and Mark Nichter

Introduction: Negotiating Care in Uncertain Settings and Looking Beneath the Surface of Health Governance Projects
Roberta Raffaetà and Mark Nichter


‘No More than Two with Caesarean’: The C-section at the Intersection of Pronatalism and Ethnicity in Turkey
Hatice Erten

‘It’s Got to Be the Patient’s Decision’: Practicing Shared Decision-making in the U.K. Renal Units
Ikumi Okamoto
Medical Students’ Experiences with Professional Patients in Egypt
Mustafa Abdalla
Management of Medical Risk and Displays of Physician Competence: The Case of Emergency Medicine
Bisan Salhi
Towards the Construction of a Nicer Life: Subjectivity and the Logic of Choice
Dikaios Sakellariou


Liquid Bread: Beer and Brewing in Cross-cultural Perspective by Wulf Schiefenhövel and Helen Macbeth
Reviewed by Russell Edwards

Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru by Kimberly Theidon
Reviewed by Melina Taylor