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Applied Anthropology

Anthropological Theory and Fieldwork: Problem Solving Tools for Forced Migration Issues

Jim Schechter

Anthropology’s theoretical domain positions both applied anthropologists and critical theorists at the forefront of refugee studies. In this paper I conclude that identity formation is conditioned by irregular varieties of debate at every level of a social system, an understanding that should help anthropologists address forced migration issues. I propose that the adoption of identity politics as the centerpiece of forced migration analyses could establish a universal model which would not inhibit representation of the dynamic current behind social change that is virtually transparent within all varieties of displacement.

High Plains Applied Anthropologist No. 2, Vol. 20, Fall, 2000 pp153 – 166

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