Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Alan Jacobs

Second Advisor

Dr. William Garland

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Jack Smith

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study explores the relationship between applied anthropological research and traditional anthropological research in terms of structural and methodological differences. The methods and techniques of Social Impact Assessment, as practiced in North America, and of international development anthropology are also compared. It is found that different kinds of applied anthropology modify methods and techniques (a) to meet the specific needs of supporting research institutions, (b) in response to the unique nature of individual applied problems, and (c) in order to create a type of research product which is very different from that of basic research.