A Response to World as Laboratory by Rebecca Lemov

In World as Laboratory, Rebecca Lemov, an anthropologist, writes for a larger audience. "I think it's too bad that a lot of scholarly work never gets read, usually because it's just plain difficult to read," she says in an interview with Nicole Merritt of MyShelf.com. "Being difficult is sometimes necessary, but sometimes there's deliberate obfuscation... Continue Reading →

A Rambling Rant: Homelessness and Untouchables

Every society has outsiders. Among people whose economic systems are based on reciprocity, outsiders are often those who don't reciprocate, or who try to take all the glory. In most societies, there are outsiders who don't buy into the general religious or moral framework, or who display symbols (piercings in some circles, for example) that... Continue Reading →

Military Studies

In this time of war, you would think that anthropologists would be on the front lines of conflict ... in one way or another. Throughout high school and my early days of college I lived in an area of the country where many military personnel lived. As a result, I had several friends who were... Continue Reading →

It Takes a Village … or Not.

What is a community? Most people have some idea of what they mean when they use the word, but actually it's a lot like "culture", it is an abstract concept without an absolute definition, and therefore gives rise to hot debates about what it means to say that people are part of a community. This... Continue Reading →

Evolution of Women in Anthropology

I find that most illustrations and other representations depicting the evolution of humankind depict the evolution of males by default. A Google image search of "evolution of man" turns up a plethora of illustrations depicting the evolution of exactly that, A MAN. Women, for some strange reason, are nowhere to be seen, though I'm sure... Continue Reading →

Activist Anthropology

Instead of attempting to foster some sense of objectivity, an activist anthropologist goes into a project both embracing and confronting her own biases and political agenda. The practice of activist anthropology, according to Christopher Hale of the University of Texas at Austin, "asks us to identify our deepest ethical-political convictions, and to let them drive... Continue Reading →

Gay Getaways as the “New Wave”?

Here's an interesting article about gay vacation spots ... I have seen in several places the statement that "gays and artists" are at the forefront of gentrification. This idea is interesting to me because I did a study in a LGBTQ* community in California to see how the arts were intertwined with the history of... Continue Reading →

War, Academia, and Finding the Middle Ground

According to Israeli ambassador Dan Gillerman: "Hezbollah, Hamas, together with Syria and Iran comprise the world's new and ominous axis of terror, an infamous club the entry to which is the blood of innocents and the terrorizing of the entire world." I find the use of the term "axis of terror" very interesting. More on... Continue Reading →

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