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Anthrocurrents March 29, 2017

Tsimane village from the water. Image credit: Hillard Kaplan et al.

Tsimane village from the water. Image credit: Hillard Kaplan et al.

Well, it’s the end of March and many anthropologists have made their way to Santa Fe for SfAA.  (Yay alliteration!)  However, others decided not to come amid uncertainty and fear with the immigration ban.

Should we be thanking kiwis and kumquats for our large brains? Or hop on the primal diet bandwagon since subsistence diets are heart healthy?

I’ve seen this one going around. Have you?  Anthropologist Barbara King considers if we’re progressing towards cultural acceptance of polyamory.

Practicing anthropologists will appreciate this thoughtful… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents March 15, 2017

Professor Tori Jennings campaign sign. Photo by Nomin Erdenebileg

Professor Tori Jennings campaign sign. Photo by Nomin Erdenebileg

Linguistic anthropologist Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein refutes the demonization of “filler words” such as “like” or “um”.  She outlines how these discourse markers matter for social interaction and that attempts to banish such words are really a bias against women and younger generations who are assumed to use them more frequenlty.

Anthropology professor turned politician?

While an anthropologist didn’t write this article, it details why businesses should hire anthropologists over MBAs.  Worth a read if you’re looking to justify/create your place in the business world.

Can the clutter in… Continue reading