Interview with Thayer Scudder, May 21, 2003

Project: Society for Applied Anthropology Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Scudder was the 1999 Bronislaw Malinowski awardee. He is now retired from the California Institute of Technology. He is best known for his research on the impact of dam construction. In the interview, Scudder and Cliggett discuss the difference between consultancy and advising within an organization in great detail. Scudder provides commentary on his experience in working on various projects conducted by the World Bank. Scudder emphasizes the importance of working with professionals within the country you are working and discusses the difference between applied anthropology and his preferred term of development anthropology as well as the topic of academic vs. applied anthropology. Scudder details his experience in working with Elizabeth Colson in Africa and the impact/influence the experience had on his professional career.

Interview Accession

2003oh094_sfaa029

Interviewee Name

Thayer Scudder

Interviewer Name

Lisa Cliggett

Interview Date

2003-05-21

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Scudder, Thayer Interview by Lisa Cliggett. 21 May. 2003. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Scudder, T. (2003, May 21). Interview by L. Cliggett. Society for Applied Anthropology Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Scudder, Thayer, interview by Lisa Cliggett. May 21, 2003, Society for Applied Anthropology Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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