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AnthroCurrents

AnthroCurrents–September 20, 2016

What are some of the other websites and blogs that track anthropology-in-the-news and practicing anthropology? Here are some “highly cited” places on the web to follow. All of the sites and blogs below may be followed on Twitter, some on Facebook or other social media, and some offer weekly email subscriptions. While you are at it, follow us on Twitter (@NapaAnthro) Facebook (@NAPA.Anthro), or LinkedIn (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology).

A classic example of an anthropology-news-tracking blog is www.anthropologyworks.com – a weekly blog from the Culture in Global Affairs (CIGA) research and policy program at George… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents–September 6, 2016

Welcome back to the academy, students and faculty! As we watch Labor Day in the rearview mirror, the northern hemisphere’s colleges and universities are all in full operation. Our “back to school special” is a list of all the subfields of, or application of, cultural “anthropology” that we found published during the month of August (without duplicating our posts on August 9th and August 23rd). We hope these provide inspiration for research papers, lecture anecdotes, and career choices. Enjoy!

Ethnography is growing as a market research tool in corporations and women in corporations find corporate anthropology to… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents — August 23, 2016

The Olympics just ended, the American presidential election campaigns are in full swing, and academic anthropologists are returning to the classroom after summer travel and research. But today let’s focus on how practicing anthropologists are raising the profile of our discipline in the business and corporate world.

Maia Green (U. of Manchester) reviews The Silo Effect: Why Every Organisation Needs to Disrupt Itself to Survive by Gillian Tett (Financial Times). The book, among other things, explains how the outside observer perspective of anthropologists is a critical tool for corporate change.

Meanwhile, business and marketing consultants are realizing—and writing about—how an… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents — August 9, 2016

Thank you to Mella Baker for reminding us that not all anthropologist heroes are white and male. Welcome to anthropology! I haven’t looked at the demographics of our field recently, but I assume we still have a ways to go before the American profession better reflects the general population.

Screen capture of Tweet by Mella Baker. 8 August 2016

Screen capture of Tweet by Mella Baker. 8 August 2016

 

American Presidential Politics

Our last post looked at possible anthropological explanations for the popularity of Donald J. Trump, Republican presidential nominee. Reader Carie Little Hersh, Northeastern U., points us to an article by Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford U., reflecting on… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – July 26, 2016

American Presidential Politics

Earlier this month Brexit was THE topic in the American media. NOW it is presidential politics. How would anthropologists explain the popularity of Donald Trump? There are several possibilities:

  • An historian offers Emile Durkheim‘s “collective efferevescence,” but that seems a bit one-dimensional.
  • A religious studies professor argues that anthropologist James Frazer‘s discussion of magicians and kings in The Golden Bough is a better explanation. But aren’t there some living anthropologists we can consult?
  • Linguist George Lakoff (UC Berkeley) comes close. His most recent piece in The Huffington Post summarizes previous observations about American world… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – July 12, 2016

Anthropologists Comment on Brexit and Other Policy Issues

Brexit artwork

“Brexit” from Allegra Lab (http://allegralaboratory.net/brexit-europe-and-anthropology-time-to-say-something/)

Social Anthropology/Athropologie Sociale and Allegra Laboratory partnered to provide a forum for over two dozen anthropologists to comment on Brexit. They published extracts on July 1st and expect to post the full texts by July 15th. To add to the mix, Vidya Venkat, a staff journalist for The Hindu, returns to her fieldwork in anthropology to comment on Brexit.

David Vine, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at American University, notes the irony… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents — June 28, 2016

Anthropologist Jessica O'Reilly in Antartica

Anthropologist Jessica O’Reilly in Antartica <http://glacierhub.org/2016/06/15/intimacy-and-expertise-a-conversation-with-antarctic-anthropologist-jessica-oreilly/>

Practicing Anthropology from the South Pole to Wall Street

Our colleagues are using ethnography to study the interchange between scientific expertise and policy-making at the South Pole, to make visible the invisible sanitation workers of New York City, and to understand the people inside the faceless “market” of Wall Street (Marketplace returns to Karen Ho’s research (Liquidated, 2009) for their “Price of Profits” series).

Remaining in New York City, ethnographers share their “Human-Centered Research in Policymaking” to counterbalance the quantitative, “Big Data” approach in urban planning. On… Continue reading

Anthropology News — Call for Papers (re mass shootings)

The American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology News issued a Call for Proposals (text, photo, film, cartoon) to answer the question: “What can anthropology offer to public conversations about and understandings of mass shootings [in the wake of the attack in Orlando, FL].” Two-page proposals are due July 15th.
Orlando, FL, shooting victims

Orlando, FL, shooting victims (VOA, 6/14/2016 <http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/push-gun-control-orlando-shooting-obama-trump-clinton/3375886.html>)

 

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AnthroCurrents – June 14, 2016

Anthropology, Gender, Bodies, and Bathrooms
Despite what some may think, “feminist biology” has little to do with genitalia envy.  Anthropologist Caroline VanSickle, a postdoctoral fellow in feminist biology, is more interested in how our cultural assumptions about gender distort our view of human evolution.
In the US, gender and genitalia remain controversial for those concerned about which genders share bathroom facilities. Anthropologists help us keep this tempest in perspective, since many people globally do not have the luxury of bathroom facilities. In these communities the issue is sanitation and health.
Of Similar Interest to Anthropologists…
Contemplate your… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – May 31, 2016

From the Field (Where Else?)

We do get around. Leave it to anthropologists to support adding insects to the American diet (see photo),  to defend mosquitoes in our built environment, to appreciate the role of elves in Icelandic history and highway construction planning, and to compliment the quality of footprint casts made by Bigfoot hunters in Appalachia (but remain mum on the search itself).

 

Past is Present

Anthropologists continue to re-examine their discipline’s roots in colonialism. Barbara King offers a B- in her review of Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums by Samuel J.… Continue reading