Davydd Greenwood

Davydd Greenwood
Cornell University | CU · Department of Anthropology

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Davydd Greenwood is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Anthropology Emeritus who retired from Cornell University in 2014. He does research on Action Research, Higher Education Reform, the Anthropology of Spain, Political Economy and Ethnic Conflict, the Anthropology of Tourism, and Historical Anthropology in Spain. Among his current projects are 'Recreating public universities and restoring democracy,' ‘Grupo de Estudios del Campo de San Juan’, ‘The pedagogical reform of the CASA-Seville study abroad Program’, and ‘Academography/.
Additional affiliations
December 2014 - December 2025
Cornell University
Position
  • Goldwin Smith Professor of Anthropology Emeritus
June 1996 - present
Spanish Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences
Position
  • Corresponding Member
Description
  • Nominated member of this Royal Academy by is members. Second anthropologist in the Academy and first American anthropologist.
June 1970 - December 2014
Cornell University
Position
  • Goldwin Smith Professor of Anthropology
Description
  • Assistant to Associate to Full Professor, John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Director of the Cornell Institute for European Studies
Education
August 1965 - September 1970
University of Pittsburgh
Field of study
  • Anthropology
September 1960 - June 1964
Grinnell College
Field of study
  • Spanish Literature and Anthropology

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Esta edición es una traducción del libro que publicamos bajo el título "Roots and Wings of Action Research for Territorial Development. Connecting local transformation and international collaborative learning" en 2020. En aquel momento nuestra apuesta fue escribir un libro en el que convivieran distintos idiomas, y cada persona elegimos en cuál qu...
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Podcast at Deakin University on the future of higher education and the need for reform. https://soundcloud.com/anthro-convo/ep37-greenwood-hinkson-shore
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Three Purchases by Charles IV of Spain in Herencia (Ciudad Real) During the process of assimilating the Military Orders into the Crown´s patrimony, King Charles III and his son Charles IV of the House of Bourbon, made direct interventions in the Great Priorate of St. John in La Mancha, specifically in the town of Herencia (Ciudad Real). This appro...
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Hajer and Wagenaar originally proposed Deliberative Policy Analysis (DPA) as an approach suited to transforming a policy world characterized by complexity, pluralism and unpredictability. Because its transformative ambitions have long remained unfulfilled, DPA has begun embracing a variety of Action Research (AR) approaches committed to generating...
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This chapter discusses action research, a strategy for social research that combines the expertise and facilitation of a professional social researcher with the knowledge, energy, and commitments of local stakeholders in a particular set of organizational, community, political, or environmental problems. Together, these actors form a collaborative...
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Honouring Werner Fricke means carrying on his work. This essay argues for the applicability of the lessons and strategies learned from the successes of the “socio-technical systems design” and “industrial democracy” movement to the reconstruction of universities as stakeholder - designed and managed organisations. Universities must now conduct rese...
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This paper is here bound with two more about the same program, one by Eva Infante Mora and the other by Juan Muñoz Andrade. All deal with dimensions of active learning in the context of an immersion program for US students in Seville, Spain
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This special issue focuses on universities run by and for the benefit of students, academics and the public. Three contributions cover existing initiatives from ‘free’ universities and other long-established institutions that are fee-free and where students and faculty are central to their operations and governance.1 Other contributions focus on us...
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After analysing the organisational pathologies and societal ills created by the neoliberalisation of universities, the article engages in an organisational critique of the pseudo-business model currently in use. It poses as a solution the re-creation of universities as trusts, with a model of beneficiary ownership, a matrix form of organisation and...
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This was one of a three part session introducing and analyzing the use of action research processes to achieve a reform of a long-standing study abroad immersion program in Seville, Spain. The program had begun do see decreasing improvements in language acquisition and in intercultural learning arising from the heavy student use of the internet in...
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Public universities are in crisis, waning in their role as central institutions within democratic societies. Denunciations are abundant, but analyses of the causes and proposals to recreate public universities are not. Based on extensive experience with Action Research-based organizational change in universities and private sector organizations, Le...
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Public Universities are in crisis, waning in their role as central institutions within democratic societies. Denunciations are abundant, but analyses of the causes and proposals to re-create public universities are not. Based on extensive experience with Action Research-based organizational change in universities and private sector organizations, L...
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La compra de un molino de viento en Herencia (Ciudad Real) por el Rey Carlos IV: una historia olvidada de la transición entre el " antiguo régimen " y el liberalismo en España Ó En el amplio panorama de los espacios construidos con fines utilitarios, industriales, comerciales, militares o cientı́ficoscientı́ficos, hay estructuras que transcienden s...
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Curious history and process of the purchase of a windmill in Herencia, Ciudad Real by King Charles IV directly to leave as an "encomienda" for a member of his family.
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A study of the way the vernacular architecture and family structure associated with a "casa de labor" can be read to assist in the interpretation of this social and agrarian history of a town in La Mancha.
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This is a combined introduction to two associated papers. Both are occasioned by the publication of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research (Coghlan & Brydon-Miller, 2014), and an invitation from its editors, David Coghlan and Mary Brydon-Miller to use the publication as an opportunity to review the present state of action research. The focus of o...
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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research consists of 314 entries totaling around 600,000 words by people expert in their topic. What if it was treated as a corpus of data about the current state of action research and related matters? So treated, it can provide a valuable current perspective on what action research is, who uses it for what purpose,...
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Chandra and Zachary's recent major book, The Theory of Entrepreneurship: Creating and Sustaining Entrepreneurial Value (2014), offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, organizational, psychological, and economic synthesis of entrepreneurial studies. A tour de force, the book seeks a unified perspective on the subject, over against the fragmented...
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Higher education around the world is currently undergoing a neo-liberal administrative takeover. The drive to reduce costs and increased bureaucratization do not serve any other purpose than increasing the power of the universities’ administration. The reasons for allowing this situation to happen are related to scholars’ inertia and subscribing to...
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Purpose – This collection of commentaries on the reprinted 1987 article by Nancy C. Morey and Fred Luthans, “Anthropology: the forgotten behavioral science in management history”, aims to reflect on the treatment of the history of anthropological work in organizational studies presented in the original article. Design/methodology/approach – The es...
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This chapter focuses on a particular set of historical conditions and practices that separated anthropology from organizational studies using a combination of organizational behavior and organizational culture perspectives. Economic anthropology offers perspectives and techniques of potential value in the analysis of academia. This chapter presents...
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Understanding how action research can be practiced, taught, and learned in contemporary universities requires understanding the dominant structures that organize higher education in the 21st century. This article presents the neo-liberal and Taylorist structures affecting higher education and then places the practice and study of action research in...
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We have been investigating universities in our own countries for many years and are now turning our attention to exploring alternatives to current reforms. As part of these investigations, we spent two days of interviews and meetings at Mondragón, a town in Gipúzkoa in the Spanish Basque Country. Mondragón is at the centre of one of the largest gro...
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Richard Arum and Josipa Roska (2011) Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 259 pp., 978-0-226-02855-2 (hbk).
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2011) Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 259 pp., 978-0-226-02855-2 (hbk). Richard Arum and Josipa Roska's important book on the urgency of reform in higher education in the United States is based on a carefully developed dataset and argued vigorously. They forward serious challenges to...
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My Angle of ViewAn Overview of the EssaysMajor Themes in the Analysis of Theory and Practice in AnthropologyNotesReferences Cited
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This article summarises/analyses the higher education reforms proposed by the 'Spellings Commission' in the United States on quality assurance and accountability, and draws attention to the links I see between these reform proposals and the Bologna Process. I trace a brief history of the Spellings Commission and analyse it in order to produce quest...
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This chapter questions the clarity of the concepts of "knowledge society" and "knowledge-intensive organization". In particular, the author asserts that the notion that postindustrial society is more knowledge intensive than industrial society is a self-serving proposition made by academics and organizational consultants to emphasize the importance...
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The core argument is that social science must re-examine its mission and praxis in order to be a significant player in future higher education. This article reviews the results and prospects arising from a four-year international project. Originating in Greenwood and Levin's concern about the social sciences, the project, funded by the Ford Foundat...
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Rationality and Power: Democracy in Practice. Bent Flyvbjerg. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1998. 290 pp.
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Action researchers have rarely focused attention on reforming higher education and I argue that this is a mistake. The article reviews some of my failed attempts to make AR a sustainable teaching, research, and extension strategy in my own university. These experiences show that AR works well in the classroom and in small and marginal projects but...
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Este ensayo afirma que la universidad pública occidental está ahora en crisis, asediada por los intentos neo-liberales de minar la universidad pública como un «bien público», convertirla en una institución dedicada al entrenamiento vocacional, y reservar la educación superior de alta calidad al sector privado y a los élites. Afirma que la investiga...
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AR is not just one more social science “method”; it is a fundamentally different way of conducting research and social change work together. Participation in AR is not just a moral value but essential to successful AR because the complexities of the problems addressed require the knowledge and experience of a broad and diverse array of stakeholders...
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This brief article offers an overview of the issue of intellectual property and the ways in which this intersects with the practice and dissemination of action research. Particular attention is paid to various forms of co-authorship and to the impact of developing forms of information and communication technologies on the question of intellectual p...
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Vagueness and generality Olav Eikeland focused sharply on the vagueness and generality of my critique. He wonders to whom it really applies. He is right that painting with such a broad brush slops paint on both the deserving and undeserving. I have a great respect for many action researchers like Olav or I would not have bothered with this critique...
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In this paper, we will articulate how the model of "evaluation being central to learning, teaching, and living Action Research (AR)" has evolved. This model was developed as part of the Bartels Undergraduate Fellows Program at Cornell University who are collaborating with surrounding communities. The model is centered on the Fellows' participation...
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Members of the editorial board of Action Research responded to the question, `Why action research?' Based on their responses and the authors' own experiences as action researchers, this article examines common themes and commitments among action researchers as well as exploring areas of disagreement and important avenues for future exploration. We...
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Participatory approaches currently occupy a prominent position in community development practice. However, despite the claims made for the benefits of participation for community members and practitioners alike, critical reflections on how participatory approaches shape the longer-term processes of community development have been relatively few. Th...
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This article examines how and why the academically-based social sciences, both pure and applied, have lost their relevance to practical human affairs (praxis) and links this discussion to the reasons why action research is a marginal activity in the academic and policy worlds. It also contains a harsh critique of action research practice focused on...
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special issue of Social Epistemology on a conference on social capital
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Areas. Revista de Ciencias Sociales es una publicación anual. Su objetivo es la edición de números monográficos de interés sobre la temática pluridisciplinar que caracteriza su proyecto editorial. El Consejo de Redacción decide e! contenido de cada número en función de las propuestas, tanto propias como ajenas, que se presentan. Un(os) coordinador(...
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La etnicidad no ofrece terreno neutral para aquellas personas que se dedican a estudiarla. Teorías de moda como el neo-marxismo, constructivismo, posmodernismo, la teoría posicionista o la teoría contrahegemónica han coincidido en mayor o menor medida en argumentar que los regionalismos étnicos se están incrementando en todo el mundo al compás del...
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This paper centers on our argument that action research (AR) produces “better” research than orthodox social research but that AR is marginalized in “Northern” universities because it connects social research to social reform. The key viewpoints informing our work are easily stated but elaborate arguments are required to justify them. We argue that...
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This paper reflects on ways AR might support a transformation process in universities and in their relationship to the rest of society. As a point of departure, universities inherited from the 19th century Humboldtian university the credo of 'researching and teaching any important subject' and creating new knowledge through the freedom of thought....
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Includes sections written by seminar participants: "Prologue,""Participatory Action Research (PAR)--What Is It?" and "Overall Narrative" (Greenwood); "Gender and Issues of Power" (Matthews, Strubel); "Issues in PAR Pedagogy" (Greenwood); "Participatory Evaluation" (Thomas); "Confronting: The Study of PAR" (Martin); "International Comparisons" (Elve...
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No hace falta una investigación profunda para reconocer el crecien-te papel de la política que llevan a cabo los grupos subnacionales a lo largo del mundo. Hace veinticinco anos, algunos científicos sociales predijeron el "fin" de la etnicidad y la asimilación de los grupos a la cultura mayoritaria en todas las naciones-estado. Aunque rara vez, ech...
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This paper applies the concept of ancient commonplaces developed by Julio Caro Baroja to the study of nature-nurture concepts as they are employed in thinking about ethnicity. Centering on a comparison of the racialized notions of ethnicity prevalent in the United States and the regionalized concepts of ethnicity that are now hegemonic in Spain, it...
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Participatory action research is presented as a social research method and process and as a goal that social research should always strive to achieve. After describing the key features and strengths of participatory action research, we briefly analyze its role in promoting social change through organizational learning in three very different kinds...

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Llevamos 3 años reformando un programa para estudiantes norteamericanos en la Universidad de Sevilla. Lleva más de 30 años funcionando pero no daba ya buenos resultados con los estudiantes de la generación del smartphone que pueden llevar su burbuja cultural consigo a todas partes. Basado en la investigación-acción y las mentorías, se ha transformado el programa y se evaluando durante la primavera. Vuestro trabajo es muy relevante a este esfuerzo nuestro. Seguiremos en contacto. Davydd Greenwood

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Fomentar el estudio de la historia social-económica local en Castilla-La Mancha
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To write an opinion piece about the potentials of standing up and walking around and having an optimistic view in addressing complex problems that need immediate answers. Please read the project log!