Human Organization

Human Organization is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 2, Summer

Access to Sterile Syringes by Injection Drug Users in Puerto Rico
A variety of studies have concluded that a primary reason injection drug users (IDUs), their sexual partners, and children continue to be infected with HIV is the lack of access to sterile syringes. The present study employed ethnographic interviews...
Assessing the Impact of the Rwandan Refugee Crisis on Development Planning in Rural Tanzania, 1994-1996
It is generally recognized that refugee movements are related to development policy in the world's poorest countries. In particular, solutions to refugee crises are regarded as rooted in the reintegration of refugees voluntarily into their own societies...
"Beyond the Dumping Ground": A Critique of the Basic Ecclesial Community Model as a Strategy for Development in an Urban Site
Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) are small communities of Christians organized by church workers seeking to transform the prevailing society into a more equitable and just society. The paper looks at an organized "scavenger" community located in an...
Cattle and the Cash Economy: Responses to Change among Tibetan Nomadic Pastoralists in Sichuan, China
This paper discusses how Tibetan pastoralists living in Sichuan Province, China, have responded to recent state-initiated economic reforms. Individual households have increased their involvements in the new market economy, although the nature and extent...
Comment on "Defining Indicators Which Make Sense to Local People: Intra-Cultural Variation in Perceptions of Natural Resources" (Virginia Nazarea et Al., Human Organization 57:159-170)
Two years ago, the International Labour Office (ILO) sought our advice in making ILO-managed European Community aid projects more consistent with the priorities and values of tribal communities in the Philippines. The ILO Convention on Indigenous and...
Community Partnership Research with the Yakama Indian Nation
Community organization has been an important part of applied anthropology for much of its history. Recently, fields such as health education and public health have made contributions to this area of knowledge. This paper reports on a participatory action...
Defining Culturally Relevant Indicators: What Are We Waiting For?
An indicator, as Chantelle Marlor, Russel Lawrence Barsh, and Levita Duhaylungsod correctly point out, "is a measurable attribute of an underlying, unmeasurable variable." In the case of our research using TATs to elicit culturally relevant indicators...
Exaggerating Environmental Health Risk: The Case of the Toxic Dinoflagellate Pfiesteria
Despite mounting evidence that Pfiesteria picicida, a marine organism that releases a neurotoxin, poses no serious threat to public health, its threat continues to be exaggerated by journalists, popular writers, politicians, and scientists. After presenting...
Globalization: Touchstone Policy Concept or Sucked Orange?
Globalization: Touchstone Policy Concept or Sucked Orange?1 Applied Anthropology Theory: The Black Hole The admitted theoretical impoverishment of applied anthropology, like confessions of the general decline of the parent discipline, have gone through...
Is This a Women's Movement? the Relationship of Gender to Community-Supported Agriculture in Michigan
Over the last 10-15 years, community-supported agriculture (CSA) has captured the imagination of farmers and eaters across the country CSA is both a model for marketing fresh, locally raised produce as well as an instrument for generating social and...
Only Time Can Tell If Geography Is Still Destiny: Time, Space, and NAFTA in a U.S.-Mexican Border City
This article highlights sociopolitical implications of local responses to globalization as reflected in their time and space orientations. It illustrates two local responses in El Paso, Texas, to the ongoing integration of the U.S. and Mexican economies:...
Participant Recruitment for Qualitative Research: A Site-Based Approach to Community Research in Complex Societies
The process used to locate and recruit participants in a qualitative study is important for controlling bias and for efficiently obtaining a representative sample. In complex societies without clearly bounded groups from which to sample, participant...
Popular Journalism and Artistic Styles in Three Oaxacan Wood-Carving Communities
Journalists' descriptions and photographs of various crafts can influence the market for "ethnic" and tourist art. What purchasers have read about and seen shapes their perception of what is available, what is well made, what is collectible, and what...