Observers observed: Exploring the practice of anthropology in the VA

Megan B. Mccullough, Bridget Hahm, Sarah Ono

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From our position as publicly funded anthropologists in the Veterans Affairs, we discuss how anthropological research on Veterans health care offers an opportunity to critically engage with ideas about what constitutes public anthropology. As public sector anthropologists, we are conducting theoretically and ethnographically innovative work. In this chapter, we discuss the implications of this work in regard to anthropological theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-19
Number of pages15
JournalAnnals of Anthropological Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Applied anthropology
  • Health care
  • Public sector
  • Veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology


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