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AnthroCurrents – July 11, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

Do-Gooders

Extreme Buck-Passing

  • Do you roll your eyes every time someone connects a particular human behavior with our hunter-gatherer past? Then you will be delighted to read this article by the Globe and Mail that calls out this irritating brand of theorizing.
  • UCLA Anthropologist Jeff Brantingham is getting a lot of coverage regarding his work on crime-prediction software used by the LAPD. The piece published by the Guardian Liberty Voice includes a comparison between predicting crime and…. hunter gatherers hunting gazelles. We’ll have to let that one slide: it’s a comparison, after all, and not the given reason for crime itself. (Did you notice that the LAPD police captain’s name is Malinowski? Even Brantingham didn’t see that coming.)

Better Late than Never

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