Chapter 6

Edward H. Spicer: The Yaqui, Culture Change, and Ethnicity
Thomas Weaver

Beyond Analysis and Explanation? Notes on the Life and Times of the Society for Applied Anthropology
Edward H. Spicer

Edward H. Spicer (1906–1983), an anthropologist trained at the University of Chicago in the 1930s, was a superb synthesizer, a characteristic most evident in Cycles of Conquest (1962), his classic study of 400 years of culture change in the Greater Southwest brought about by the governments of Spain, Mexico, and the U.S. Spicer’s applied experiences included a stint with the War Relocation Authority, the U.S. Japanese internment program in World War II. He spent the bulk of his professional career at the University of Arizona, training three generations of applied anthropologists and working in community development programs. In his 1976 Malinowski Award address, Spicer identified several unfinished agendas associated with the development of the Society for Aplied Anthropology. These included the need to provide all anthropologists with grounding in applied anthropology during their graduate training and the need for more anthropological involvement in planning and policy development.

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