Paper Abstracts


A  ·  B  ·  C  ·  D  ·  E  ·  F  ·  G  ·  H  ·  I-J  ·  K  ·  L  ·  M  ·  N  ·  O  ·  P  ·  Q-R  ·  S  ·  T  ·  U-V  ·  W  ·  X-Y-Z

QIRKO, Hector (College of Charleston) The Role of Culture in Human Cooperation. Evolutionists who argue for the existence of genuinely altruistic human cooperation emphasize group norms and markers of membership as relevant cultural factors. In turn, evolutionists who explain cooperation in terms of cognitive mechanisms associated with self- and kin-maximization focus on cross-cultural, contextual cues that trigger cooperation-related responses. I argue that both camps overlook a crucial aspect of culture: how it can deanonymize within-group strangers so that fitness maximizing decisions can be made even in the most evolutionarily puzzling types of cooperation. A review of existing ethnographic and experimental data is provided to support the argument. (S-09)

QUIMBY, Barbara (SDSU) Traditionally Inclusive?: Participation in Hybrid Institutions of Samoan Fisheries Co-management. Small-scale fisheries co-management arrangements in the Pacific frequently incorporate traditional indigenous institutions. Yet there is potential for discord between community norms and hierarchies and common co-management ideals of transparent decision-making, inclusive participation and equitable outcomes. Based on mixed-methods fieldwork in Samoa, this paper presents a feminist political ecology analysis of participation in the Community-Based Fisheries Management Programme (CBFMP). Designed over twenty years ago, the CBFMP encourages local control and “broad participation,” but most deliberation, consensus-building, and decision-making occur through formal and informal traditional Samoan institutions, which can be both inclusive and limiting for addressing gendered/positional fishing experiences and needs. (W-67) 

RADONIC, Lucero (MSU) Before and Beyond Environmental Policies for Urban Sustainability: A Look at Green Infrastructure. Rainwater harvesting is growing across urban areas of the Global North. However, only two decades ago it was seen as an illegal practice by a handful of radical environmental activists. Today this type of green infrastructure is increasingly encouraged via city policies and implemented in public property. In other words, this grassroots participatory infrastructure is becoming an object of environmental governance in a region where dry climatic conditions and population growth foretell a water-related environmental crisis. This presentation explores the process and implications of the formalization of this green infrastructure in human-water relations in a city of the American Southwest. (S-05) 

RADOVIC FANTA, Jelena (Governors State U) “We’re Not Racist, We’re Ignorant!”: Migration, Racial Politics, and Belonging in Chile. Over the past five years, Chile has received an unprecedented number of immigrants from Haiti, Venezuela, and Colombia. In 2017 alone, over 100,000 Haitians migrated drawn by a stable economy, the promise of work, and lax migratory laws. This paper examines the changing discourse on race, citizenship, and belonging in Chile. While national rhetoric highlights the recent migration as new, a closer look reveals that the novelty lies in migrants’ racial, geographic, and linguistic identities. Based on research in Chile’s central valley, this presentation explores the intersections of migration discourse, changing demographics, and historical racism. (S-63) 

RAE-ESPINOZA, Heather (CSULB) Integrating Quality of Life Measurements into Pharmaceutical Research. Recent FDA guidances encourage integrating qualitative data on the impact of trial medications on patient’s quality of life, outlining procedures for submitting real-world evidence. They question if particular medical outcomes are actually meaningful to patients, synthesizing holistic approaches into the Western biomedical model. These policy changes provide an opportunity for anthropology to improve health outcomes through considering variable engagements with cultural prescriptions, family functioning in sociocultural context, and the role of heterogeneous settings. In this paper, I discuss ideas, methods, and practical solutions for utilizing the illness narratives and psychosocial stresses as patient-reported outcomes. (W-41) 

RAGSDALE, Kathleen and KOLBILA, Robert (MS State U SSRC), MARINDA, Pamela (U Zambia), READ-WAHIDI, Mary R. (MS State U SSRC), PINCUS, Lauren (WorldFish), TORELL, Elin (URI) Fish4Zambia Preliminary Results: Exploring Food Insecurity among Men and Women in Zambia’s Lake Bangweulu Region. Zambia’s Lake Bangweulu region experiences high rates of poverty, food insecurity, and childhood malnutrition. As part of the WEFI Survey, the Household Hunger Scale was administered to men and women fishers, processors, and traders (N=397) to access household food insecurity for three Hunger Events (e.g., self/other household member went a whole day and night without eating). Women more often reported all three Hunger Events, which suggests a need to unpack what makes sampled women more food insecure (i.e., do gender norms dictate that men are served first at mealtime and women get less or nothing when there is a food shortage?). (W-65)​​​​​​​ 

RAGSDALE, KathleenREAD-WAHIDI, Mary R., and JINKA, Malavika (MS State U SSRC), CRENSHAW, HopeFRENCH, WhitneyCOLEMAN, Monica, and WILLIAMS, Patrina (Teen Hlth Mississippi) Stuff You Need to Know. For Real!: Culturally Relevant Sexual and Reproductive Health Outreach for Teens in the Mississippi Delta. The CDC-funded Focus4Teens’ goal is to reduce the teen birth rate (TBR) in three Mississippi Delta counties by increasing youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services (SRHS). Focus4Teens is urgent, as these counties have a combined TBR of 58/1,000 girls aged 15-19 and high STI rates. Youth focus groups (N=35) and parent and healthcare provider in-depth interviews (N=21) identified important SRH knowledge gaps: 1) teens’ rights to birth control/confidential SRHS, 2) what to expect during teens’ SRH visits, 3) birth control options, 4) county-level TBR/STI statistics. With teens’ input, we developed a suite of culturally relevant SRH communication tools, which we discuss. (TH-35)​​​​​​​ 

RAINEY, Eugenia (Tulane U) From Competency to Humility: How the Mariel Boatlift Impacted Medicine in South Florida. In this paper I examine how the influx of Cuban exiles during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift facilitated south Florida’s development of “cultural competency,” training medical providers in cross-cultural narratives. The groundbreaking work of the University of Miami was motivated, by efforts to address the medical issues of this population. Later criticism of this paradigm led medical educators to shift to the “cultural humility” paradigm, focusing on the relationship between medical provider and patient. While this reflects a sincere attempt to address the shortcomings of cultural competency, I argue it waters-down “culture” in critical ways which may potentially refuel the stigma. (S-63)

RAMASWAMY, PadmavathySANTA MARIA, Diane M., and SAHITI, Myneni (Houston HSC), JOHNSON, Constance (UTH TMC) MHealth Usage and Acceptance among South Asian Adults in the US. South Asians (SAs) living in the US have a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes due to physical inactivity and unhealthy diet. A cross-sectional study was conducted to examine the usage and acceptance of mobile health (mHealth) among SAs living in the US. The current users of mHealth perceived them to be easy to use, useful, were satisfied with them and reported intentions to continue using them. The primary reasons for use were to monitor physical activity, nutrition, and weight management. Understanding user perceptions regarding mHealth will help in designing interventions to help improve physical activity and diet in SAs. (W-128)​​​​​​​ 

RAMENZONI, Victoria (Rutgers U) Impacts of Hurricane Irma and Extreme Precipitation Events in a Small-scale Fishery in Yaguajay, Central Cuba. Hurricanes can cause extensive long-term damage to small-scale fisheries. Yet, information is scarce on how these communities are impacted by extreme events in the Caribbean. Focusing on an artisanal fishery in Yaguajay, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, this presentation discusses how local fishermen have perceived and responded to the different damages from Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and Tropical Storm Alberto in May 2018. Combining focus-groups and interviews carried out pre and post-events, this study identifies major environmental impacts and matching responses. Management plans should consider the synergistic relations that exist between prior legacies of degradation, climate change, and future threats. Systematic assessment methods are needed. (TH-11)​​​​​​​ 

RAMÍREZ, Belinda and GARTH, Hanna (USCD) Struggling in the Movement: The Challenges of Food Justice Organizing in Neoliberal Contexts. Food justice organizations with a radical political orientation inevitably face conflicts and contradictions as they function within neoliberal capitalist contexts. Focusing on two groups in Southern California, this paper analyzes these organizations’ goals for urban agriculture to serve as a politically radical and racially resilient endeavor, while also faced with the economic realities of living and working within neoliberal capitalist structures with respect to organizational needs, governance, fundraising, and ongoing outside efforts to redevelop and gentrify their neighborhoods. We illuminate the difficulties that food-based community organizers face and the ways in which they grapple with the contradictory ideologies implicit and explicit in their work. (TH-121)​​​​​​​ 

RAMIREZ, Lawrence (UCR) Museology in the Doldrums: Applying Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy in Maritime Museums. Because of the historical linkages between the maritime trades and colonial accumulation, maritime museums face a daunting challenge in the process of decolonizing museum pedagogy. Too often, maritime museums play to a nostalgic imaginary that romanticizes warships and exploitative merchant shipping. Their collections may hold materials directly associated with imperialist and oppressive maritime practices. Thus, there is a need to reevaluate the mission of such institutions and to find ways in which the museums’ curatorial philosophy and collection management can foster anti-oppressive forms of museology. This paper analyzes curatorial practices at three maritime museums in California. (W-42)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

RAMWONG, Patsarin (OR State U) Changing Mother-Daughter Relationships in Isan: Rural Culture in the Context of Women’s Migration. This study explores the changes in mother-daughter relations in Northeast Thailand over the last three generations in relation to migration out of this region. In Northeast Thailand the kinship system is matrilineal and matrilocal, characterized by inheritance and care flowing particularly between mother and youngest daughter. Women are the core of the family system, playing an important role in the production activities of the household, trading, and religious rituals. Faced with modernity as they migrate, women change and force transformation in the family and rural villages. The study finds conditions of landholdings, dependence on remittances, and grandchild care by grandmothers. (S-32)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

READ-WAHIDI, Mary R. and RAGSDALE, Kathleen (MS State U SSRC), WEI, Tianlan (MS State U), ASIGBEE, Mawuli and ATIIM, Philip (Catholic Relief Serv-Ghana), KOLBILA, Robert and INGOUF, Laura (MS State U SSRC) Using the Household Hunger Scale to Explore Food Insecurity among Men and Women Smallholder Farmers in Rural Ghana. Ghana’s Northern Region experiences high rates of poverty, food insecurity, and childhood malnutrition. As part of the WEAI+ Survey, the Household Hunger Scale (HHS) was administered to men and women farmers to access household-level hunger (HLH) for three Hunger Events (e.g., self/other household member went a whole day and night without eating). Husband-wife dyads comprised 93.7% of the sample (N=675). For all three Hunger Events, females were more likely to report occasional HLH; males and females were equally likely to report moderate and severe HLH. Results suggest the HHS may be appropriate cross-culturally to assess HLH in food-insecure regions. (W-65)

REDDY, Elizabeth and BRECKENRIDGE, Lanie (CO Sch of Mines) What’s an Earthquake Early Warning?: Popular Media and Expert Accounts of ShakeAlert. People living on the West Coast of the US are gaining a new earthquake risk management technology. ShakeAlert, an earthquake early warning system, can detect earthquakes as they start and send out alerts when they pose significant risks. As a matter of both complex geophysical environment and challenging emergency communication, ShakeAlert is not a straightforward endeavor. In this paper we present preliminary findings of a qualitative comparative study of how ShakeAlert as it is represented 1) in popular media and 2) by the engineers and scientists whose work makes it possible. (S-11)​​​​​​​ 

REED, Rachel (Unusual Suspects Theatre Co) More Good Than Harm: Thwarting Philanthropy’s Mission to Obstruct Social Justice. U.S. philanthropy’s army of development professionals, charged with Robin Hooding resources from the rich and redistributing them to capitalism’s casualties, rarely belong to the marginalized communities for whom they speak. Moreover, sector insiders such as Anand Giridharadas, Vu Le, and David Callahan charge that philanthropy perpetuates the very systems of inequality it ostensibly ameliorates. Drawing on their critiques and the author’s decade in Los Angeles’ nonprofit sector, this paper explores how established fundraising structures undermine mission-driven individuals’ and organizations’ equity projects, alternate approaches to systems change, and how development professionals might reorient their efforts to generate more good than harm. (W-73)​​​​​​​ 

REID, Jessica (UTSA) “We have patients to care for, but we also have to care for each other”: Care in Practice in an Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation Setting. This paper aims to identify “carers” and “care practices” as they materialize in an inpatient medical rehabilitation setting, assessing how relationships in this institution shape experiences of care. I address the question, “What does care look like from the perspective of hospital workers (therapists, physicians, nurses, etc.) and who is capable of providing care for whom?” I seek to illustrate how care is enacted in the quotidian in a facility where bodies are in a state of rehabilitation. Care is not only for bodies in repair, but also it is also for the tinkerers. (F-08)​​​​​​​ 

REYES, LucioCASPER, BreanneDAVIS-SALAZAR, Karla, and PAJUNEN, Matthew (USF) Anthropology and Academic Reform: The Voices and Perceptions Surrounding Anticipated Institutional Refinement. In higher education, academic change and its impact on a university, and its community, has been described by anthropologists in a variety of ways. Perceptions regarding academic change and its influence are uniquely developed depending on available information and the degree of individual involvement. Utilizing media discourse analysis of news articles, faculty and student letters, interviews, and observations of public university meetings, this paper provides an anthropological observation of how an ongoing multi-tier academic reform, introduced by state legislature to a southeastern university system, affected the perception of academic structures by different levels of the surrounding community. (W-135)

RHODES, Catherine (UNM) “We Are Not Maya”: Articulating Modernity in Mexico. Mexican, Yucatecan, and Maya are not terms that most Maya speakers would use to identify themselves today. Instead, many prefer the term máasewáal. During the colony, máasewáal referred to Indian peasants; later, following the Caste War on the peninsula, it came to mean ‘rebel’ and ‘savage.’ Today, its use simultaneously points to ideas about authentic Maya-ness within a modern frame and resistance to the Mexican nation-state, from which the rebels gained autonomy twice during the Caste War. A wholly modern articulation, máasewáal points to contemporary Maya speakers’ engagement with and alternative articulations of themselves within modern Mexico. (TH-93)​​​​​​​ 

RITTER, Beth (UN-Omaha) From Restoration to Self-Determination, 1990-2020: The Remarkable Journey of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Indigenous peoples around the world share a common legacy: dispossession, marginalization, oppression, violence, ethnocide, and genocide. The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has suffered from nearly every ill-conceived federal Indian policy; including forced removal (1877) and the outright termination of their federally recognized status (1966). Yet, they have not only persisted but found opportunity to thrive. Despite being denied a residential reservation, they have accumulated land, grown their citizenship ten-fold and experienced a cultural, political and economic renaissance. This paper will consider their journey to self-determination since regaining federal recognition (1990) and the role applied anthropologists have played. (F-02)​​​​​​​ 

RIVA, Susan (Creighton U) Dual Citizenship and Social Processes of Belonging. Being a love migrant, making sense of tax laws for Americans living abroad, and barriers to belonging are recounted using autoethnography. Storying adoption and reunion crescendos, portraying yet another form of belonging through the lens of being bi-lingual and having dual nationality. Holding both American and Swiss citizenship has become increasingly complex within the current economic and political landscape. Social learning processes cannot always overcome interpretations of ‘mother tongue’ that can be used to exclude. In this context, perceptions of belonging are expressed in evolving forms of cultural citizenship, where newcomers are faced with labyrinthian pathways, homing in. (F-123)​​​​​​​ 

ROBERTSON, William (U Arizona) Caring About/Caring For: Theories of Care from a Clinical Trial. This paper develops a two-part framework for theorizing care in clinical settings: care about, or the moral and affective orientation toward and investment in some person or thing, and care for, or the actions and practices of looking after or helping. These two parts may or may not overlap. I draw on my fieldwork at a clinic conducting an anal cancer prevention clinical trial to demonstrate how this framework might help make sense of everyday practices of care as well as the moral and affective dimensions of care, especially as they relate to clinics and clinical trials. (F-08)​​​​​​​ 

ROBINSON, Kaniqua (U Pitt) The Performance of Memorialization: Politics of Memory and Memory-Making at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. My presentation examines the politics of memory in the case of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys (1900-2011), a state reform school in Marianna, Florida. Collective memory making is a dynamic process that reflects the social, economic, and political tensions of the present. It is a process most evident during circumstances of reconciliation, such as in the case of Dozier. This presentation will explore the tensions involved in processes of memory making resulting from the discovery, excavation, and identification of bodies at the Boot Hill Burial Ground on the Dozier campus and ways power is expressed within this process. (W-92)​​​​​​​ 

RODDEN, Emily (W Chester U) Humanitarian Aid on the US/Mexico Border. This ethnographic research investigates the day-to-day work of nonprofits in Tucson, Arizona providing humanitarian aid to migrants crossing into the United States illegally. In response to the humanitarian crisis on the border these non-profits leave provisions on known migrant trails in the Sonoran desert. This research aims to understand the work of nonprofits standing in tension with a neoliberal governmentality, the role these nonprofits play in relation to the broader geo-political arena, and to understand how so-called “voluntourists” learn about, and make meaning of, the complex migration situation on the US-Mexico border. (S-63)​​​​​​​ 

RODRIGUEZ, Cheryl (USF) Walking on Zion: The Silences and Erasures of African American Life in Florida. This paper recounts controversies surrounding the recent discovery of an African American cemetery lying beneath a public housing complex in Tampa, Florida. Diverse constituencies and stakeholders, including residents, activists, newspaper reporters, the NAACP, archaeologists and cultural anthropologists, all have questions and perspectives on the social, cultural, economic and political implications of the 100 year-old Zion cemetery. As the community learns more about the lost cemetery, many issues emerge around not only honoring the memories of the dead but also attending to the needs of public housing residents who feel the pain of neglect, betrayal and possible dislocation. (TH-122)​​​​​​​ 

RODRIGUEZ, Cynthia (Davidson Coll) Gentrification and School Community in Pilsen, Chicago: Understanding the Role of Collective Memory in Displacement. The 1960s’ movement of Mexican residents into Pilsen prompted a demand for new infrastructural and economic resources to support the ever-growing community. Today, as gentrification continually displaces Latino residents, the collective memory of Pilsen’s immigrant history and the establishment of Benito Juarez High school contextualize the cultural losses felt by residents and helps them maintain community identity. This ethnographic project employs semi-structured interviews and participant observation, and analyzes material culture, to synthesize lived experiences and historical memory of the Benito Juarez school community. These findings can drive literature on gentrification beyond quantitative analyses, back community action, and advise local policies. (TH-123)

ROHN, Edward (Oakland U) Things I Learned in the Kitchen (That I Couldn’t in the Clinic): Body Habitus and Chronic Pain After Spinal Cord Injury. While some of what occurs to the body may be considered “biological inevitability,” sudden injury may result in an acquired disability – as with spinal cord injury (SCI) – that redefines the self’s relationship with the body. Among the many subsequent bodily changes, the symbols and processual power of the healthcare system inundates the body-self, both serving and challenging patient-provider communication and treatment. Herein, the author presents findings from his in-home participant-observations of persons with SCI and chronic pain – insights that are difficult, if not impossible, to acquire and utilize in clinic – that reflect the mobilization of body habitus in pain self-management. (F-72)​​​​​​​ 

ROJAS, Alfredo and WEST, Colin Thor (UNCCH) Changing the Landscape: Local Soil and Water Conservation Practices in Burkina Faso. Since the Sahelian drought of the 1970s, researchers depicted the Sahelian region of West Africa as an environment experiencing ongoing degradation. This narrative persisted over time and became associated with the region. Recently, however, scholars have identified increased vegetation and more greening in the area as a result of local soil and water conservation (SWC) practices practiced by local smallholding communities. This paper presents ethnographic fieldwork done in Northern and Central Burkina Faso, exploring the community-level activities of farmers practicing SWC in the area. (F-103)​​​​​​​ 

ROMERO-DAZA, NancyDIAZ-SERRANO, KarenLUCAS, WilliamMANZI, Michael, and HIMMELGREEN, David (USF) “I Don’t Come across Kindness Often”: Minimizing the Stigma of Food Insecurity through New Models of Service Provision. Despite an increase in the number of food pantries in the U.S., the stigma associated with food insecurity often prevents individuals in need from accessing these services. This paper reports on an innovative program that departs from the traditional approaches to food distribution. Trinity Café provides warm meals in a restaurant-like environment, where community members sit at a table, are served by a waiter, and receive a three-course meal prepared by local chefs. Our evaluation of the program shows the impact that this model of service provision has on the diverse clientele, and highlights potential ways to expand and strengthen food assistance services. (TH-121)​​​​​​​ 

ROOT, Rachael (UCF) Institutional Invisibility: Exploring the Intersections of Higher Education Attrition and Indigenous Identity. College campuses and programs of study are where nationalist discourses and neoliberal educational policy shape students into citizens. Thus, while dropouts have implications beyond individual student decisions, suggesting deeper sociocultural dissonance, college students are understudied within anthropology. In Yucatan State, Mexico, a third of enrolled college students drop out. State population is over 60% indigenous, yet there is no data depicting indigenous student enrollment, no visible institutional support programs, and no research unearthing why students leave. Such institutional invisibility, combined with geographic barriers, are key contributing factors suggested by preliminary ethnographic fieldwork and geospatial analysis conducted from January to July 2019. (S-14)​​​​​​​

ROQUE, Anais Delilah (ASU) Water Sharing in Puerto Rico: Coping with Water Insecurity in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria. This paper examines water sharing in the aftermath of Hurricane María. Data was collected using household interviews in three municipalities (coastal, urban, rural) in west Puerto Rico. Using a novel qualitative social network approach, the study examines gendered and regional water sharing experiences. Our findings show that women’s water sharing network sizes are larger than men’s, but that there were no statistically significant differences in water sharing network sizes across the coastal, urban, and rural sites. The results have important implications for future hurricane planning in Puerto Rico and for other sites at high disaster risk around the world. (F-41)​​​​​​​ 

ROSALES, M. Renzo (Creighton U) and MARCOS, Luis (Comunidad Maya Pixam Ixim) Migration and Indigenous Peoples’ Sovereignty: Implications of the Relationship between the Omaha Nation and Maya from Guatemala in Nebraska. The immigration of Maya from Guatemala to the US provides a relevant framework to explore the connections between migration, sovereignty and autonomy rights of indigenous people. In December 2014, representatives of the Omaha Nation and Q’anjob’al Maya in Nebraska established official diplomatic relations. This formal connection not only expressed their mutual acknowledgement as socio-political entities beyond grassroots level, but also challenged some of the hegemonic political and legal frameworks of modern Western nation states. This paper explores the theoretical and practical implications of citizenship and migration rights when indigenous people of the Americas define the terms of their relationship. (S-32)​​​​​​​ 

​​​​​​​ROTHSTEIN, Fran (Montclair State U) Gender in Rural Mexico. This paper describes changing gender patterns over the last four decades and the impact of a 2014 amendment to the Mexican Constitution requiring that fifty percent of elected officials at the local, state, and national levels be women. Consequently, the current percentage of women in the Mexican congress is 48% in the Lower House and 49% in the Senate. There has also been an increased presence of women among elected officials at local and state levels. (TH-14)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

ROZENDavid (Independent) The New York Outbreak of Measles in Hasidic Communities: Issues of Social Epidemiology, Biomedical Autonomy, and Ethnic Interaction. In 2019 the New York City area experienced an outbreak of measles predominantly in Hasidic communities. This paper will look at the literature in social epidemiology and medical anthropology for possible explanations. As health authorities issued an emergency order for measles vaccination for zip codes for residents of Hasidic communities, the paper will examine medical anthropological studies concerning the relationship between Hasidic sociocultural systems and biomedical autonomy. The paper will also focus on long standing fears and mistrust between Hasidic Jews and other ethnic groups relevant to the outbreak. (F-38)​​​​​​​ 

RUBINSTEIN, Ellen and HAARSTICK, Kimberly A. (NDSU), CRABTREE, Benjamin F. (Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Med Sch) Anthropological Intervention in Primary Care. It is a truism that relationships in ethnographic research are under constant negotiation, although what is at stake changes when the research is applied rather than academic. This paper explores a shift in relational parameters over time through the example of an NCI-funded descriptive study on cancer survivorship services in primary care. In this case, a researcher’s visit unintentionally prompted a clinical intervention resulting in new patient services and a new working relationship. This paper reflects on the possibilities and pitfalls of long-term engagement with informants in applied work and what these may suggest for the future of applied anthropology. (W-35)​​​​​​​ 

RUGG, Emily (Washington Coll) Reframing Climate Narratives in a Culture of Hyper-Capitalism. Despite potentially devastating impacts of climate change, mitigation efforts in the U.S. are lacking. By theoretically analyzing American climate change discourse, this paper examines the ineffectiveness of environmental framing of risk in a society dominated by a hyper-capitalistic ideology. I argue that by reframing climate change as economic risk, this dominating ideology can be leveraged to promote climate action. Engaging with metaphors such as Climate Panic, Last Mortgage Cycle, and Buying Time, this paper suggests that the concept of a social predisposition for loss aversion can stimulate mitigation. (TH-95)​​​​​​​ 

RUSSELL, Diane (SocioEcological Strategies Inc) Guiding the Integration of Climate Change, Rights and Governance. This presentation describes the experience of the author in providing guidance to the U.S. Agency for International Development on the integration of climate change mitigation and democracy, human rights and governance (DRG). Working on three projects over ten years, the author supported research, training, and development of guidelines to foster “social soundness” in climate change programming and to identify and build opportunities for integrated programming between the climate change and DRG sectors. The presentation focuses on major elements of programmatic integration, such as support for environmental defenders and implementing social safeguards, and touches on challenges to uptake of integrated approaches. (TH-05)​​​​​​​ 

RUTH, Alissa, STURTZSREETHARAN, CindiBREWIS, AlexandraWUTICH, AmberMITCHELL, Charlayne, and BERNARD, H. Russell (ASU) Who Makes a Better Citizen Social Scientist?: A Comparative Evaluation of Students and Citizen Social Scientists as Observers of Social Exclusion. Among those who engage in citizen social science where collection of qualitative data is required, data quality is a chronic concern. We report on a semester-long project that engaged over 150 untrained citizen social scientists to ascertain who can accurately observe the ways that built infrastructures may socially exclude some groups of people based on race/ethnicity, gender, body, or age. We hypothesized that people who have experienced discrimination based on their body size or gender, for example, may be better able to identify spaces that are exclusionary to such identity categories. However, results indicate that may not be the case. (W-95)

RUTHERFORD, Danilyn (Wenner-Gren Fdn) Proprioceptive Sociality: Sharing Senses in Two Disability Worlds. The ability to see what another is seeing is the first step towards understanding what another is saying, according most accounts of normal language development. But there are other, rarely appreciated ways people create social bonds, which come to the fore among people don’t use their minds and bodies in typical ways. In this paper, I explore two disability worlds that illuminate the social potential of “proprioception,” the feeling of one’s own body in space. One involves a young man who lost his sense of proprioception, the other a young woman who uses proprioception in her own distinctive way. (F-72)

©Society for Applied Anthropology 

P.O. Box 2436 • Oklahoma City, OK 73101 • 405.843.5113 •