Action Anthropology and Sol Tax are both important chapters in the development of contemporary anthropology and applied social science. Although unknown or forgotten by most, both continue to be revered and applied by a group of intellectual descendants who will not let die either the man or the approach to helping commu-nities. In 2010 and 2011, former students, colleagues, the two Tax daughters--both academic professionals--and others came together to explore the relevance of Action Anthropology and Sol Tax to ...
Action Anthropology and Sol Tax are both important chapters in the development of contemporary anthropology and applied social science. Although unknown or forgotten by most, both continue to be revered and applied by a group of intellectual descendants who will not let die either the man or the approach to helping commu-nities. In 2010 and 2011, former students, colleagues, the two Tax daughters--both academic professionals--and others came together to explore the relevance of Action Anthropology and Sol Tax to applied social science today. In reflecting on the history of the man and the intellectual tradition that he inspired, the authors document the many contributions made by Tax and his student-colleague cohorts. Using examples from contemporary applications, the contributors also demonstrate the present-day power of the ideas and approaches developed over the first 75 years.
Time will tell whether Action Anthropology and Sol Tax in 2012: The Final Word? will close this important chapter in the development of applied social science research. Regardless, the tenets of Action Anthropology, detailed and explicated throughout this volume, will continue to provide a foundation for all applied scientists interested in social justice, indigenous decolonization, and improving the human condition.
University of Maryland College Park
- Erve Chambers
"Anthropology matters not only in its rich content but equally in the passionate commitment of its best practitioners to the idea that our talents have enduring value only when they are given away. This collection reminds us that there is no one among us who represents such an ideal more surely than has Sol Tax. Contemporary advocates of "participatory research" still have much to learn from the measured confidence and quiet activism (and patience) that Sol brought to our discipline."
- Alice Kehoe
"Action anthropology is 21st-century anthropology, this book makes clear. Its roots in the breakthrough Sol Tax experienced in the Mesquakie community in Iowa have supported a great paradigm shift in anthropology, from "objective" recording of customs to engagement with people. Tax's work and leadership lie deep within contemporary discussions of ethics, and illuminate how ethics appear in real communities. This book can be a handbook for today's best anthropological practices."
- James Lance
“Sol Tax should be a household name, not only among those in the anthropology profession but among those who care about and work for social change”
Milwaukee Public Museum
- Nancy Oestreich Lurie
"This tribute to Sol Tax and review of the nature of his work and its often unrecognized influence is long overdue."
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Meet the Author
Darby C. Stapp (PhD, Pennsylvania, 1991) is the owner of Northwest Anthropology LLC, a small cultural-assessment business in Richland, Washington, which he started in 2009 following retirement from Battelle, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He has spent his professional career in the Pacific Northwest, where he has focused on American Indian ethnohistory and heritage management. Since 1991, he has worked with Plateau Tribes to address protection of sacred sites and traditional-use areas. He has published widely on tribal issues and coauthored two books: Tribal Cultural Resource Management: the Full Circle to Stewardship (2001), and Avoiding Archaeological Disasters: A Risk Management Approach (2009). He was program chair for the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Seattle in 2011 and has served as co-editor of the Journal of Northwest Anthropology since 2007.