The Society has for its object the promotion of interdisciplinary scientific investigation of the principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another, and the encouragement of the wide application of these principles to practical problems, and shall be known as The Society for Applied Anthropology.
Purpose and Vision
The Society for Applied Anthropology aspires to promote the integration of anthropological perspectives and methods in solving human problems throughout the world; to advocate for fair and just public policy based upon sound research; to promote public recognition of anthropology as a profession; and to support the continuing professionalization of the field. The Society pursues its mission and purpose by:
- communicating theories, research methods, results, and case examples through its publications and annual meetings;
- recommending curriculum for the education of applied anthropologists and other applied social scientists at all levels;
- promoting and conducting professional development programs; and
- expressing its members' interests—and anthropological approaches in general—to the public, government agencies, and other professional associations.
Through these activities, the Society strives to be a premier professional organization for anthropologists and other applied social scientists and with colleagues throughout the world.
Strategic Values and Directions
Over half a century ago, the founders of the Society for Applied Anthropology selected its name to signify the application of the principles, theories, methods and approaches of anthropology to the interdisciplinary identification and solution of human problems. Anthropologists demonstrate a particular capability in helping to solve human problems through building partnerships in research and problem solving; acknowledging the perspectives of all people involved; focusing on challenges and opportunities presented by biological variability, cultural diversity, ethnicity, gender, poverty and class; and addressing imbalances in resources, rights, and power. Such contributions are most effective in interdisciplinary settings where active and committed social scientists work in partnership with active and committed representatives of community, national, and international constituencies.
It is with this mission, purpose, and vision, that the following nine major goals direct the Society's long-range planning activities:
To improve the capacity of the Society to respond to policy issues identified by the membership as particularly important.
To enhance the reputation of the Society's publications as leading repositories of applied knowledge, skills, and methods.
To advance anthropological perspectives through public outreach and effective media coverage.
To promote and expand services to various member constituencies, especially students at all levels and M.A. and Ph.D.-level professionals working outside of academia.
To expand the readership of the Society's printed and electronic publications.
To strengthen its international constituency and endeavors.
To increase the diversity of people encompassed within its activities, especially regarding the representation of ethnically under-represented groups.
To support and expand interdisciplinary networks, membership, and perspectives.
To advance the Society's capacity to serve its members, committees, and the discipline through contract, grants, and cooperative agreements with organizations committed to enhancing the quality of life in local communities.