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William Mangin

Professor Emeritus, Anthropology

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316A Maxwell Hall
(315) 443-1194


Ph.D., Yale University, 1954


Urban and applied anthropology, race and ethnicity, Peru, United States, Spain


Peru has been my major area of research since 1951. My topical interests include urbanization, ethnicity, education, health, politics, and the use of alcohol. Over the last thirty years I have done research and consulting on these topics in South America and the United States for USAID, Peace Corps, United Nations, the Peruvian government, HUD, NIMH, and the Ford Foundation. During the last few years I have spent time in Spain and hope to do work there.

At present, I am studying the closing of an institution for developmentally disabled people. I am also working on a book about a local revenue administration project that Syracuse University carried out in Peru in the early 1980's, as well as doing some retrospective writing about my early field work in Peru.

One of my most enjoyable activities here is, and has been, teaching a large undergraduate course about peoples and cultures of the world. I have also been involved in local politics and local social agency work. I have had a long time interest in the use and study of films and still photography in anthropology.  


1989  "Your Towns of Lima." The World and I (June). 

1988  It's All Relative. Dubuque: Kendall Hune. 

1985  "The Mayors of Cajamarca." Syracuse University: Maxwell Occasional Papers 95. 

1970  Ed., Peasants in Cities: Readings in the Anthropology of Urbanization. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin. 

1967  "Latin America Squatter Settlements: A Problem and a Solution." Latin American Research Review 2:65-98. 

1967  "Squatter Settlements." Scientific American 217:21-30. 

1967  Las Comunidades Alteñas de América Latina. Mexico City: Instituto Indigenista Interamericano. Serie Monográfica. 

1955  "The Role of Regional Associations in the Adaptation of Rural Populations in Peru." Sociologus 9:21- 36. 

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