Member publications

Note: This list derives from ASAP’s prior incarnation as IGAPP. For a more recent and topically organized bibliography on the anthropology of policy, see the “Bibliography” tab under “Resources.”


Brenneis, Don, Cris Shore, and Susan Wright. 2005. “Getting the Measure of Academia: Universities and the Politics of Accountability.” Anthropology in Action, 12 (1): 1-10. [Introduction to special issue dedicated to the comparative analysis of government policies aimed at reforming universities.]

Shore, Cris, Susan Wright, and Davide Pero, eds. 2009. Policy Worlds: Anthropology and the Anatomy of Contemporary Power. London, UK: Berghahn, forthcoming.

Shore, Cris, and Susan Wright, eds. 1997. The Anthropology of Policy: Critical Perspectives on Governance and Power, New York: Routledge.

Shore, Cris, and Susan Wright. 1999. “Audit Culture and Anthropology: Neo-Liberalism in British Higher Education.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol: 7, No.4, (December): 759-63.

Wedel, Janine R., Cris Shore, Greg Feldman, and Stacy Lathrop. 2005. “Toward an Anthropology of Public Policy.” In The Use and Usefulness of the Social Sciences: Achievement, Disappointments, and Promise. Robert W. Pearson and Lawrence W. Sherman, eds. Philadelphia: The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Vol. 600, July 2005, pp. 30-51.

Wedel, Janine R., and Greg Feldman. 2005. “Why an Anthropology of Public Policy?Anthropology Today. Vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 1-2.


Baba, Marietta L. 2006. “Industry-University Relationships and the Context of Intellectual Property Dynamics: The Case of IBM.” In Multi-Level Issues in Social Systems. Francis Yammarino and Fred Dansereau, eds. Amsterdam: Elsevier JAI. Vol. 5, pp. 301-319.

–, J. Gluesing, H. Ratner, and K. H. Wagner. 2004. “The Contexts of Knowing: Natural History of a Globally Distributed Team.” Journal of Organizational Behavior. 25(5), 547-587.

–. 2000. “Theories of Practice in Anthropology: A Critical Reassessment.” In The Unity of Theory and Practice in Anthropology: Rebuilding a Fractured Synthesis. C. Hill and M. Baba, eds. National Association for the Practice of Anthropology. Washington, DC: American Anthropological Association, pp. 17-44.

–. 1999. “Dangerous Liaisons: Trust, Distrust, and Information Technology in American Work Organizations.” Human Organization. 58(3):331-346.

–. 1995. “The Cultural Ecology of the Corporation: Explaining Diversity in Work Group Responses to Organizational Transformation.” Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. 31(2):202-233.

— and Briody, E. 1991. “Explaining Differences in Repatriation Experiences: The Discovery of Coupled and Decoupled Systems.” American Anthropologist. 93(2): 322-344.

Borneman, John. 2005. “Public Apologies as Performative Redress,” Johns Hopkins SAIS Review. 25 (2): 53-66, special issue “Pride and Guilt in International Relations.”

–. 2003. “Responsibility after Military Intervention: What is Regime Change?” POLAR: Political and Legal Anthropological Review. Vol. 26 (1): 28-54. [Response by Kunal Parker, “Rejoinder,” POLAR. Vol. 26 (1): 49-54.]

–. 2002. “Reconciliation after Ethnic Cleansing: Listening, Retribution, and Affiliation,” Public Culture. 14(2):281-304. [Commentary and Response to Laura Nader, Richard Falk, Richard Wilson, and Seven Sampson, “Why Reconciliation: A Response to Critics,” Public Culture, 15 (1): 197-206.]

–. 2001. “Caring and To Be Cared For: Displacing Marriage, Kinship, Gender, and Sexuality.” In The Ethics of Kinship, James Faubion, ed. New Jersey: Rowland and Littlefield, pp. 29-46.

Escobar, Arturo. 1995. Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Feldman, Gregory. 2009. “Illuminating the Apparatus: Steps toward a Nonlocal Ethnography of Global Governance.” In Policy Worlds: Anthropology and the Anatomy of Contemporary Power. Davide Pero, Cris Shore, and Susan Wright, eds. Berghahn Books: New York and London.

–. 2008. “The Trap of Abstract Space: Recomposing the Russian-Speaking Population in Post-Soviet Estonia.” Anthropological Quarterly.

–. 2005. “Culture, State, and Security in Europe: The Case of Citizenship and Integration Policy in Estonia.” American Ethnologist. 32(4): 676-695.

Fisher, Melissa and Greg Downey, eds. 2006. Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy. Durham: Duke University Press.

–. 2006. “Wall Street Women: Navigating Gendered Networks in the New Economy.” In Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy. Melissa Fisher and Greg Downey, eds. Durham: Duke University Press.

–. 2006. “Enterprising Women: Remaking Gendered Networks in the New Economy.” In Gender Divisions and Working Time in the New Economy: Changing Patterns of Work, Care and Public Policy in Europe and North America. Diane Perrons, et al., eds. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

–. 2004. “Corporate Ethnography in the New Economy: Life Today in Financial Firms, Corporations, and Non-Profits.” Anthropology News, 45. 4.

–. 2004. “Wall Street Women’s ‘Herstories’.” In Constructing Corporate America: History, Politics, Culture. Kenneth Lipartito and David Sicilia., eds. New York: Oxford Press.

Gal, Susan and Kathryn Woolard, eds. 2001. Languages and Publics: The Making of Authority. Manchester: St. Jerome Publishing.

–. 1991. “Bartók’s Funeral: Representations of Europe in Hungarian Political Rhetoric.” American Ethnologist, 18(3): 440-458.

Greenhalgh, Susan. 2008. Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng’s China. Berkeley: University of California Press.

— and Edwin A. Winckler. 2005. Governing China’s Population: From Leninist to Neoliberal Biopolitics. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

–. 2003. “Planned Births, Unplanned Persons: ‘Population’ in the Making of Chinese Modernity.” American Ethnologist. 30(2): 196-215.

Greenhouse, Carol J., Elizabeth Mertz, and Kay B. Warren. 2002. Ethnography in Unstable Places: Everyday Lives in Contexts of Dramatic Political Change. Durham: Duke University Press.

Gupta, Akhil and James Ferguson, eds. 1997. “Discipline and Practice: The “Field” as Site, Method, and Location in Anthropology.” In Anthropological Locations: Boundaries and Grounds of a Field Science. Berkeley: University of California Press.

–. 1995. “Blurred Boundaries: The Discourse of Corruption, the Culture of Politics, and the Imagined State.” American Ethnologist, 22(2): 375-402.

Gusterson, Hugh. 2006. “The Second Nuclear Age.” In Ways of Knowing: Epistemologies in Practice. Jeanette Edwards, Penny Harvey, and Peter Wade, eds. Berg. [How does the second nuclear age differ from the first, and how does this relate to globalization and the “war on terror”?]

— and Catherine Besteman, eds. 2005. Why America’s Top Pundits Are Wrong. Berkeley: University of California Press.

–. 2004. People of the Bomb: Portraits of America’s Nuclear Complex. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

–. 2001. “Tall Tales and Deceptive Discourses.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Vol. 57 (6):65-68. [How the Bush Administration changed American nuclear policy.]

–. 2001. “The Virtual Nuclear Weapons Laboratory in the New World Order.” American Ethnologist, 28 (1):417-437. [The implications of the nuclear Test Ban Treaty for American military policy.]

–. 2000. “How not to Build a Radioactive Waste Incinerator.” Science, Technology, and Human Values, 25(3):332-351. [How a radioactive Waste Incinerator was defeated by a citizen’s group.]

Hall, Elizabeth F. and Todd Sanders 2015. “Accountability and the Academy: Producing Knowledge about the Human Dimensions of Climate Change.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 21(2):438-461.
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Haller, Dieter and Cris Shore, eds. 2005. Corruption: Anthropological Perspectives. London/Ann Arbor: Pluto Press. [This book sheds light on the phenomenon of corruption from a comparative anthropological perspective. It provides numerous case studies of corrupt practices and their relationship to wider policy issues. It also provides critical analysis of anti-corruption policies.]

Holmes, Douglas R., George E. Marcus, and David A. Westbrook. 2006. “Intellectual Vocations in the City of Gold.” POLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 29(1): 154-179.

–. 2000. Integral Europe: Fast-Capitalism, Multiculturalism, Neofascism. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Li, Tania Murray. 2007. The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics. Durham: Duke University Press.

–. 2005. “Beyond ‘the State’ and Failed Schemes.” American Anthropologist, 107(3): 383-394.

Marcus, George. 2008. “Collaborative Options and Pedagogical Experiment in Anthropological Research on Experts and Policy Processes.” Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. Vol. 15, No. 2: 47-57.

Mishtal, Joanna. 2015. The Politics of Morality: The Church, the State and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland. Ohio University Press.

Moore, Sally Falk. 2001. “The International Production of Authoritative Knowledge.” Ethnography, 2(2): 161-189.

Mosse, David. 2006. “Anti-Social Anthropology? Objectivity, Objection, and the Ethnography of Public Policy and Professional Communities.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 12: 935-956.

— and David Lewis, eds. 2005. The Aid Effect: Giving and Governing in Global Development. London/Ann Arbor: Pluto Press.

Nader, Laura. “Up the Anthropologist: Perspectives from Studying Up.” In Reinventing Anthropology. Dell Hymes, ed. New York: Vintage. Pp. 284-311.

Ong, Aihwa and Stephen Collier, eds. 2005. Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Powell, Michael G. 2008. “The Uses of Professional Networking in the Emerging Methodology for the Anthropology of Public Policy.” Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. Vol. 15, No. 2: 26-37.

Schwegler, Tara. 2009. “Speaking with Neoliberal Authority: Mexican Policymakers, Word Bank Officials, and the Contested Origins of the New Law of Social Security.” In Policy Worlds: Anthropology and the Anatomy of Contemporary Power. Davide Pero, Cris Shore, and Susan Wright, eds. London: Berghahn.

–. 2008. “Take it from the Top (Down)? Rethinking Neoliberalism and Political Hierarchy in Mexico.” American Ethnologist. 35(4): 682-700.

–. 2008. “Trading Up: Reflections on ‘Trading Up: Reflections on Power, Collaboration, and Ethnography in the Anthropology of Policy’.” Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. Vol. 15, No. 2: 10-25.

— and Michael G. Powell. 2008. “Unruly Experts: Methods and Forms of Collaboration in the Anthropology of Policy.” Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. Vol. 15, No. 2: 1-9.

Shore, Crispin.
2011. “Diplomacy and the Ethics of Spying: Blair, Iraq and the Art of Government,” The Policy Press.

— 2011. David Blunkett replies to Short: Diplomacy and the Ethics of Spying, The Policy Press.

— 2005. “Studying ethics as policy: The naming and framing of moral problems in genetic research” by Klaus Hoeyer, December 2005, supplement. Current Anthropology. Vol 46 (5): 84-85.

–. 2004. “Whither European Citizenship? Eros and Civilisation Revisited.” European Journal of Social Theory. Vol. 7 (1) 2004: 27-44.

–. 2000. Building Europe: The Cultural Politics of European Integration. London: Routledge (reprinted 2001).Stacul, Jaro, C. Moutsou and H. Kopnina, eds. 2006. Crossing European Boundaries: Beyond Conventional Geographical Categories. New York & Oxford: Berghahn.

–. 2005. “Natural time, political time: contested histories in northern Italy.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol. 11, n. 4, p. 819-836.

–. 2003. “The privatisation of locality. Integralist political engagements in northern Italy at the turn of the millennium.” Cambridge Anthropology. Vol. 23, n. 2, p. 36-53.

–. 2003. The Bounded Field: Localism and Local Identity in an Italian Alpine Valley. New York & Oxford: Berghahn.

Wedel, Janine R. 2009. Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market. Basic Books, forthcoming.

–. 2004. “‘Studying Through’ a Globalizing World: Building Method Through Aidnographies.” In Ethnographies of Aid: Exploring Development Texts and Encounters. Jeremy Gould and Henrik Secher Marcussen, eds. Roskilde University Centre (Denmark): International Development Studies, 2004, Occasional Paper 24, pp.149-173.

–. 2004. “Blurring the State-Private Divide: Flex Organisations and the Decline of Accountability.” Globalisation, Poverty and Conflict: A Critical Development Reader. Max Spoor, ed. Dordrecht (Netherlands) and Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 217-235.

–. 2001. Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe. 2nd edition, New York, N.Y.: Palgrave.

— and David A. Kideckel, 1994. “Studying Up: Amending the First Principle of Anthropological Ethics.” Anthropology Newsletter, October 1994, Vol. 35, no. 7, p. 37.

West, Harry G. and Todd Sanders, eds. 2003. Transparency and Conspiracy: Ethnographies of Suspicion in the New World Order. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.