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Anthropology Blogs 2014

Anthropology Blogs are a way to understand What is Anthropology. For 2014 I revisited the previous 2013 Anthropology Blogs and 2012 Anthropology Blogs. The blogs included here have all published since June 2013.

Please let me know if you spot any additions, re-activations, or would like your blog description adjusted. Please also visit the Anthropology Blogs RSS link on the Open Anthropology Cooperative to download an aggregated RSS file for Anthropology Blogs. My thanks to Erin Taylor of PopAnth for compiling the RSS of anthropology blogs, and for her very helpful suggestions.

Thank you and enjoy the anthropology blogs!

Anthropology Blogs 2014

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DANG, the Digital Anthropology Group

AAA – American Anthropological Association Blog
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) created this blog as a service to members and the general public. A forum to discuss topics of debate in anthropology and a space for public commentary on association policies, publications and advocacy issues.

Age of Intuition
A qualitative analysis of 21st century American culture. L.E. Moore has worked in the historic preservation field since the mid 1980s, with a brief interlude in the financial services industry.

Aidnography: Development as anthropological object
Eclectic mix of reflections on international development, anthropology and academic research. Tobias Denskus: After a critical learning experience at the Peace Studies Department at the University of Bradford, I became a citizen of ‘Aidland’, working, living, listening to people and experiencing international peacebuilding in Nepal, humanitarian work in Kabul Afghanistan and research into German peacebuilding projects in Macedonia.

All Tomorrow’s Cultures
Occasional posts on anthropologically interesting science fiction, anthropological futures and my own future as an anthropologist.

Allegra: A Virtual Laboratory of Legal Anthropology
The site pushes the boundaries of scholarly representations of ‘the law’ in the broadest sense. In addition to viewing the law as a site of normative engagement, we examine its knowledge pratices, authority claims, notions of subjectivity and agency.

American Ethnography Quasimonthly
American Ethnography is a stranger in a 1972 Riviera, sunburst yellow banged up and dirty, raving coffee madness cruising Main Street of the quiet desert town at 15 miles an hour…

Ana Servigna
Ana Servigna’s research interests are related to Cultural Identities, History and Space/Place representations applied to architecture and urban design.

Analog/Digital – Anthropology • Web • Media • Society • Ethnography
Francine Barone: This blog is for commentary, analysis and rants on subjects including, but not limited to, the broad fields of anthropology, ethnography, technology, web research, higher education and academia. It will detail my encounters with new technologies, media, communication tools and the web, focusing on how the human engagement with machines shapes our social, cultural and physical environments.

Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives
How can we use material traces of past lives to understand sex and gender in the past? Rosemary Joyce is a professor of anthropology at UC Berkeley and an archeologist who has conducted fieldwork in Honduras since 1977. Original interests in settlement patterns and cultural identity in what has long been called the “frontier” of Mesoamerica led to household archaeology, theories of material symbolism, and eventually to questions about how gender, sex, and other intersecting dimensions of identity such as race, ethnicity, class, and age are materialized.

Andreas Lloyd
I am an anthropologist working as an independent consultant and researcher at the intersection between people and technology. I am an activist deeply engaged in Borgerlyst and Københavns Fødevarefælleskab. I am a writer of essays and stories–both in Danish and in English.

The Animal Connection
The Animal Connection is a blog based on ongoing research (mine and others’) and personal observations about human evolution, the human animal, and our deep connection to other animals. Pat Shipman, Ph.D., is a writer and paleoanthropologist who writes about science and evolution for non-scientists.

Anthro | Religion | Media
Musings on the intersection of religion, media, culture, and politics…with an emphasis on Islam/Muslims post-9/11.

Anthrodesign – A conversation about ethnographic methods
We welcome new participants in an online community that has formed to talk about anthropology and design. Members are interested in the role of applied anthropology in the corporate, public sector, and medical contexts.

Anthro Doula – Thoughts on Birth and Culture
Thoughts on Birth and Culture by a New Doula. Emily is a Doula and an aspiring Medical Anthropologist. The purpose of this blog is to share information discovered on pregnancy, childbirth, mothering, and breastfeeding, on the journey to becoming a doula.

The Anthro Geek: The Study of Humanity’s Geekiest Blog
This blog addresses matters of Anthropology, Technology, Productivity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Induction and anything else involving the study of humanity broadly conceived. James Mullooly has a PhD from Columbia University’s Applied Anthropology Program and “does Anthropology” as a professor in Fresno, US.

Anthrocharya: Thoughts about anthropology and the world, from an anthropologist
“Anthrocharya” is a combination of “anthro” from anthropology and “charya”, from the Sanskrit “acharya”, teacher/scholar. When not lurking online, I’m Lavanya Murali Proctor, a mild-mannered anthropologist based in the U.S. This blog is a collection of my thoughts on anthropology, anthropologists, and events of current interest to academics, professionals, and students who are engaged with anthropology.

The AnthroLOLogist
Jesse Hession Grayman first went to Indonesia as a high school exchange student in 1989. Graduate studies have taken extra time because of years spent in Aceh, but dissertation will be about post-conflict recovery and the peace process there.

Anthropod – What a cultural anthropologist thinks about
Anthropod is a blog documenting how a cultural anthropologist thinks about research, teaching, and the ways that we live in and shape the world around us. Anthropod is written by Lorena Gibson, an anthropologist and musician based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

Anthropoliteia: the anthropology of policing
A blog about police, policing and security from an anthropological perspective. Kevin Karpiak is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology at Eastern Michigan University. Focuses on policing as a useful nexus for exploring questions in both political anthropology and the anthropology of morality.

Anthropological Observations on economics, politics, & daily life
Edward F. Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. Works at the intersection of anthropology and political economy. Current research focuses on the ways moral values affect economic rationalities.

Anthropological Research on the Contemporary (ARC)
Devoted to collaborative inquiry into contemporary forms of life labor and language. ARC engages in empirical study and conceptual work with global reach and long-term perspective. ARC creates contemporary equipment for work on collaborative projects and problems in the 21st century.

anthropologies: A Collaborative Online Project
The goal of this site is to explore contemporary anthropology through essays, short articles, and opinion pieces written from diverse perspectives. There is no single way to define the field, hence “anthropologies.” By presenting various viewpoints and positions, this site seeks to highlight not only what anthropology means to those who practice it, but also how those meanings are relevant to wider audiences.
Note: In 2014, Ryan Anderson reports that Anthropologies will move to Savage Minds.

the Anthropologist in the Stacks
Donna Lanclos is an anthropologist and folklorist. In 2009, she was hired to be the Library Ethnographer-UNC Charlotte. In and among all of the interviewing, observations, focus groups, and usability testing, she is still figuring out what that means.

Anthropologizing – Amy L. Santee
Anthropologizing features a mixed-bag of posts on applied social research, business anthropology, design and user experience research, social observations, and other topics by Portland-based anthropologist and design researcher Amy L. Santee.

Anthropology @ UBC: comments on the study of human societies
Cultural anthropology is the study of human societies and cultures in all of their manifest forms and variations. Designed to complement class lectures and tutorial discussions for an introductory course exploring the diversity of anthropological study.

anthropology at home: or anywhere
Blog about doing anthropology at home. I’ll share my work in studying the economics of families and households, as well as thoughts and opinions on relevant topics in the social sciences and the world around me.

Anthropology Attacks!
Dick Powis is an undergraduate student at Cleveland State University’s Department of Anthropology. Research Interests: Biocultural, medical, and evolutionary anthropology; osteology; epidemiology and public health; population biology and genetics.

Anthropology Blog Network
A collection of anthropology blog feeds hosted at the University of Alabama College of Arts & Sciences.

Anthropology by the Wire
Anthropology By The Wire is a multi-media research project on urban and visual anthropology in Baltimore that is part of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates grant at Towson University. In this project, students conduct research on neighborhoods in Baltimore utilizing anthropological methods through the lens of a public anthropology with a variety of digital media

Anthropology En Pointe
Follow Mike Barnes’s research into the fascinating world of professional ballet (Member of the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO)

Anthropology in Practice – Krystal D’Costa
Examines the relationships we share with each other and the world-at-large by drawing on anthropological theory to explain practical, everyday events and behaviors. Invites everyone to consider and discuss the world in terms of ethnography and history.

Anthropology and Practice
This is a conversation spanning current and pressing narratives of embodiment, violence, biological citizenship, health disparities, insurance, genetic testing and epigenetics. Started by a medical anthropologist in Minneapolis, contributors are welcome.

Anthropology in Public
A Digital Anthropology effort from Ryan Anderson, Savage Minds blogger.

Anthropology is for foodies
A blog on things food, culture, anthropology, and current events from the perspective of a female anthropology major of mixed ethnic background. Valerie Feria-Isacks is an ‘older’ second-time in college student majoring in anthropology.

Anthropology Major Fox
Anthropology Major Fox, the meme for us Anthro freaks.

Anthropology.net – Beyond bones & stones
Anthropology.net’s mission is to create a cohesive online community of individuals interested in anthropology. To promote and facilitate discussion, review research, extend stewardship of resources, and disseminate knowledge. Seeks the widest possible engagement with all segments of society, including professionals, students, and anyone interested in advancing knowledge and enhancing awareness of anthropology.

anthropologyworks
This blog is a project of the Culture in Global Affairs (CIGA) research and policy program of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Its mission is wide-ranging: to promote awareness of the relevance of anthropological knowledge to contemporary issues and to enhance discussion and debate within and beyond anthropology about contemporary issues.

Anthropomics – Evolution, Anthropology, and Science
Jon Marks: Formerly a faux geneticist, now a faux historian, all the while an evolutionary anthropologist. Anthropomics is inspired by the three Georges: Gaylord Simpson, Carlin, and S. Kaufman.
Note: For older posts see this Anthropomics.

Anthroprobably
Anthroprobably is a multi-site network bringing you the latest anthropological news, media, blogs and resources. The network is moderated by Matthew Tuttle, an Anthropology M.A. graduate with a background in archaeology, cultural anthropology, preservation, and journalism.

Antropocoiso: Blog de Paulo Granjo
Antropólogo do Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa, doutorou-se em 2001 e realiza pesquisas tanto em Portugal como em Moçambique. Mete o nariz em terrenos de estudo tão diversos como a indústria, as práticas curativas e mágicas, os processos de aprendizagem, as práticas políticas, as relações laborais ou o direito familiar.

antropologi.info
A multilingual anthropology portal with news blogs in English, German and Norwegian. The English blog section is antropologi blog.

Antropología y Muerte: Intervención en el Cementerio Parroquial de Penco
La Intervención en el Cementerio Parroquial de Penco es un trabajo voluntario que se realiza luego del terremoto de febrero de 2010. Un trabajo de antropología social y física enfocado en la identificación positiva de restos humanos para ser entregados a sus familiares para su nueva sepultura.

Antropologia: una perspectiva multiple, por Gabriela Vargas-Cetina, antropologa
¿Cual es el rol de la antropologia en el siglo XXI? Nuestra disciplina parece estar situada en una posicion privilegiada para el mundo actual. Puesto que nos ocupamos de conocer la vida cotidiana y las formas de ver el mundo de quienes habitan este planeta, tenemos las herramientas necesarias para analizar los rapidos cambios por los que nuestro mundo está atravesando, desde las nuevas formas de comunicación instantanea hasta el calentamiento global y la predominacion de las corporaciones en la economia mundial.

El Antropólogo Perplejo
An anthropologist without concern is not an anthropologist at all. José Mansilla: Doctorando dentro del Programa de Procesos de Control Social: Trabajo, Exclusiones y Violencia con una Tesis sobre migración y redes de solidaridad en Poble Nou, Barcelona.

ArchaeoBlog
Serving up old news (i.e., archaeology) since A.D. 2004!

Archaeogaming – Exploring the archaeology of (and in) video games
Archaeogaming is a blog dedicated to the discussion of the archaeology both of and in video games (console, computer, mobile). If a game uses archaeology in some way, we’ll discuss it here.

The Archaeological Eye – Sara Perry
Dr. Sara Perry is a Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Management in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She recently completed a doctorate in archaeology at the University of Southampton under the supervision of Prof Stephanie Moser.

Archaeology and Material Culture – The Material World
Paul Mullins is a historical archaeologist who studies consumer culture in the last half-millennium. This includes research on the intersection of material consumption and the color line; race and urban renewal; the emergence of consumer society in northern Europe; Victorian decorative material culture; and the relationship between popular culture and materiality in the contemporary world.

Arctic Anthropology
Updates and News from Northern Anthropology of Circumpolar Regions. Several Arctic anthropologists, mostly based in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, have decided now is the right time to create a platform that allows us to communicate our ideas.

Ashkuff
How to use anthropology, in business and ADVENTURE!!!!

Benign Neglect by David Lancy, PhD (in Psychology Today)
An anthropologist looks at contemporary parenting. Lancy is the author of The Anthropology of Childhood: Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings

The Biocultural Evolution Blog
Our Intertwined Biological and Cultural Identity. An Interdisciplinary Blog about Biocultural Evolution – by Aaron Jonas Stutz

BANDIT – Biological ANthropology Developing Investigators Troop
A community bringing together a troop of like-minded primates lucky enough to have a career studying other primates in their endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful. Julienne Rutherford is a biological anthropologist, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Biological anthropology, war & health, growth & nutrition – Patrick F. Clarkin, Ph.D.
Mostly about biological anthropology. Other topics: evolution, war, conflict and cooperation, health, nutrition, and the Hmong/Southeast Asian refugee diaspora. Patrick Clarkin is a biological anthropologist and associate professor at U.Massachusetts-Boston

Bone Broke – Archaeology, Biological Anthropology & Grad School
PhD student in Anthropological Archaeology. Focus on bioarchaeology, which uses the methods of biological anthropology to answer archaeological questions.

A Bone to Pick – Fieldwork, Research, and Bioarchaeology
Scott D. Haddow is a bioarchaeologist who works at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey and various archaeological sites in Egypt. Interests include bioarchaeology, ancient history and cross-cultural studies of mortuary practices, past and present.

Bones Don’t Lie
Katy Meyers is an Anthropology PhD student who specializes in Mortuary archaeology and bioarchaeology. Active in the digital humanities and is the head game designer for an educational video game, Red Land Black Land. She also writes for the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative, MSU Campus Archaeology, and is a guest writer on Past Horizons.

Brave New Words by Dr. Piers Kelly
On the trail of linguistic creativity in Asia and Australia. Dr Piers Kelly is a linguistic anthropologist at the School of Language Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra.

Busting Myths About Human Nature
Agustín Fuentes, trained in Zoology and Anthropology, is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His research delves into the how and why of being human. Ranging from chasing monkeys in the jungles and cities of Asia, to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, to examining what people actually do across the globe, Professor Fuentes is interested in both the big questions and the small details of what makes humans and our closest relatives tick.

Carlos García Mora, Etnólogo
Catálogo y consulta de textos personales. Etnólogo mexicano del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia.

C L O S E R: Anthropology of Muslims in Europe
Martijn de Koning currently works in the Department of Islam and Arab Studies at the Faculty of Religious Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Cambio y Corto – Emprendimiento Social y Etnografía de la Innovación
Blog de Josep M. Miró, antropólogo, emprendedor, educador, agitador y observador de buenas y malas prácticas sobre cooperación al desarrollo, emprendedores sociales, innovación y responsabilidad social.

Connected in Cairo
Growing up Cosmopolitan in the Middle East. Featuring news and information about globalization and the modern Middle East, based on the ideas and concepts in the book Connected in Cairo. Mark Allen Peterson’s research interests are ethnography of communication, mass media, information technologies, nationalism, transnationalism and globalization, semiotics, drama and spectacle.

Context and Variation
Dr. Kate Clancy is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois. She studies the evolutionary medicine of women’s reproductive physiology, and blogs about her field, the evolution of human behavior and issues for women in science.

Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative
Hosted by the Department of Anthropology, The Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative is a platform for interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration at Michigan State University. Strives to equip students with the practical and analytical skills necessary to creatively apply information and communication technologies to cultural heritage materials.

Culture and International Affairs
William O. Beeman, Professor and Chair of Anthropology and specialist in Middle East Studies at the University of Minnesota. Includes current publications on Middle Eastern affairs, especially Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf region; anthropology; linguistics; performance; opera; things Japanese and Central Asian.

Culture, Cognition, and Design – M. Howard Thomas
As an Experience-Design leader for General Motors, Michael Howard Thomas is an enthusiastic advocate for anthropologically informed approaches toward design and mobility.

Culture Matters
Current and former students and staff of the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, write about the emergent trends in anthropology. In particular we are interested in discussing the ways in which the methods and insights of anthropology are being ‘applied’ in various settings, both within and beyond the academy.

CultureBy – Grant McCracken
At the intersection of Anthropology and Economics. Trained as an anthropologist, Grant has studied American culture and business for 25 years. He has taught anthropology at the University of Cambridge, ethnography at MIT, and marketing at the Harvard Business School. He is a long time student of culture and commerce.

Cyber Anthropology
Anthropology of gaming, blogging, social networking, online communities and so much more! Diana Harrelson writes on cyber anthropology, human computer interaction, user experience design, gaming and various other topics.

Dan|thropology
Comments, Essays and Opinions all things Science, Religion, Politics and other Social Subjects, by Dan Arel, biological anthropology student.

decasia: critique of academic culture
Eli Thorkelson is a graduate student in cultural anthropology in Chicago. Works on anthropology of universities in France and the United States.

Diario de una antropóloga en la inopia
Marta Arnaus es una antropóloga social de la Universidad de Barcelona (Spain). En este diario personal, reflexiona en voz alta sobre la vida cotidiana, la ciudad, la desigualdad social, la política y veganismo. También comparte sus impresiones etnográficas sobre cine, literatura, música y arte que le emocionan.

Dirt – a blog about archaeology
Terry P. Brock is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Michigan State University: Since 2008, I have maintained a blog called “Dirt”, which discusses my research, higher education, uses of social media in cultural heritage and public archaeology, teaching, and my social commentary on issues of gender violence.

Discuss White Privilege

Display Adaptability: Adapting to Change in the 21st Century
Kathleen E. Fuller is an expert in the study of human origins and adaptations. The purpose of this blog is to discuss in a more informal manner topics that are important to an individual’s health and success.

Dylan Kerrigan OpEds
Dylan Kerrigan is Lecturer/Researcher in Cultural Anthropology, Political Sociology, and Criminology at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. Main areas of focus: class analysis; class and culture; inequality, social change, and the state; spectacle; carnival and sport; social justice; power, elites and white-collar crime; culture and politics.

Elfshot – Sticks and Stones, Understanding the archaeological record
Tim Rast is a Canadian archaeologist and a flintknapper who specializes in artifact reproductions and knapped jewelry based on artifacts found across the Arctic and Subarctic, with an emphasis on Newfoundland and Labrador.

Engaged Anthropology, Peacebuilding, Human Rights – Aldo Civico
Aldo Civico is the founder and director of The International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, where he is an assistant professor in anthropology.

Entomophagy Anthropology – Julie Lesnik, editor
Julie Lesnik received her PhD studying the role of termites in the diet of fossil hominins and has since started exploring insects as food more broadly.

Erin B. Taylor – Material culture, mobile money and development
Research interests focus on material culture, financial practices and socioeconomic development in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais at the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Editor for PopAnth – Hot Buttered Humanity – Popular Anthropology.

Ethnographer | Ecographer
Social Justice, Ecological Sustainability, Public Anthropology, Global Health. By Heather E. Young-Leslie, Ph.D.

Ethnography Matters
A place for conversation between academic and applied ethnography, for listening to and thinking about people’s stories, and for analysis and theory focused on the social patterns and contexts of technological (re)use, rejection and (re)construction.

Ethnography.com
A long-running and consistent group blog in ethnography and anthropology.

Ethnosnacker
Siamack Salari – I created ethnosnacker to stimulate much needed debate about what commercial ethnographic research is, isn’t and should be. I also use this site to share my day-to-day experience of managing a mobile ethnographic research platform, ethos – ethnographic observation system.

Evolutionary Anthropology – E.O. Smith
Evolution is not a theory, it is a fact, and as such provides the most powerful tool to explain what goes on around us.

The Evolutionary Studies Consortium
The Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) Consortium is designed to facilitate the development and implementation of Evolutionary Studies Programs. An Evolutionary Studies Program introduces students from all majors to evolutionary theory early in their academic careers.

The Evolving Father – on Psychology Today
How fatherhood differs across cultures and through time by Peter B. Gray, Ph.D. and Kermyt G. Anderson, Ph.D. They are the co-authors of Fatherhood: Evolution and Human Paternal Behavior.

Fieldnotes & Footnotes – Bree Blakeman
A PhD student of Anthropology in Australia. This site is primarily a documentation of the process of writing a dissertation. It is to acknowledge and celebrate the social nature of knowledge production within the academy–and to make Indigenous issues and Intercultural relations a part of public conversation.

Filterrauschen
A blog about music and anthropology, at the moment mainly in German, with translation in process. How to do music, mediumship, infogenetic linkages, digitalization, constructivism music.

Food Anthropology
Blog of The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN), formerly known as the Council on Nutritional Anthropology (CNA), organized in 1974 in response to the increased interest in the interface between social sciences and human nutrition.

The Geek Anthropologist – Marie-Pierre Renaud
The Geek Anthropologist is a blog where geekiness, online communities and science-fiction are analysed through the perspective of socio-cultural anthropology.

Genealogy of Religion – Explorations in Evolution, Anthropology and History
This blog covers the vast, interdisciplinary field of evolutionary religious studies. Cris Campbell holds advanced degrees in anthropology, philosophy, and law.

German Dziebel is an anthropologist trained in the Russian and American schools, and runs anthropology blogs:

Gillian Tett at the Financial Times
Gillian Tett is markets and finance commentator and an assistant editor of the Financial Times. Tett earned a PhD in social anthropology at Clare College, Cambridge based on field research in Tajikistan in the former Soviet Union. She is the author of Fool’s Gold: The Inside Story of J.P. Morgan and How Wall St. Greed Corrupted Its Bold Dream and Created a Financial Catastrophe.

Gina Athena Ulysse on the Huffington Post
Gina Athena Ulysse is an associate professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Born in Haiti, she has lived in the United States for the last thirty years. She is also a poet, performance artist and multi-media artist. She is the author of Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importers, a Haitian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica.

The Global Social Media Impact Study Blog
The Global Social Media Impact Study currently has nine anthropologists inserted into fieldsites around the world conducting long-term ethnographic fieldwork on how social media is affecting the lives of ordinary people. This blog exists for our researchers to share some of the exciting experiences of anthropological fieldwork with a wider audience.

Glossographia – Anthropology, linguistics, and prehistory
Dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of language from a social scientific perspective. Stephen Chrisomalis is an anthropologist and assistant professor at Wayne State University. Primary research focus on the anthropology of mathematics, specifically numerical systems.

Gopk: State. Nationalism. Political Cultures.
Giovanni Picker, Visiting fellow at University of Bristol

Greg Laden’s Blog, Culture as Science – Science as Culture
Greg Laden is a Biological Anthropologist who studies Human Behavioral Biology and Human Environment Interaction using, among other things, Archaeology as a tool, but with a strong background in North American Historical Archaeology, North American Prehistoric Archaeology in the Glaciated Zone, and an Africanist.

HawgBlawg – Broadcasts from NW Arkansas: Razorback Country
Ted Swedenburg is Professor of Anthropology, University of Arkansas, Middle East Report editorial committee member, and KXUA d.j.

A Hot Cup of Joe – Archaeology, anthropology, science, and skepticism
Carl Feagans is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington’s anthropology program, now in the master’s program for archaeology. Among academic interests are the religious and cult beliefs of prehistoric peoples, particularly in the Near East around the Pre-Pottery Neolithic. Also fascinated with cognitive archaeology and early information storage.

How to be an Anthropologist
When life hands you student loans and two degrees that no one understands, make some very creative lemonade. Angela VandenBroek is an anthropologist, web designer, wife and future doctoral student. Interested in American culture, the practice of identity, discourse, and power.

The Human Economy Blog – Bringing people back into economics
The Human Economy Program was created in 2011 and is located at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. It is designed to bring back human concerns into economic studies and brings together researchers from around the world with experience in diverse disciplines.

The Human Family – Kinship, social organization, & the study thereof
In exchange for your patience in letting me learn how to blog I will teach you something about kinship (and social organization, too!)

Ideas Bazaar – Simon Roberts
Leading business anthropologist whose work over the last decade with global businesses and policy making organisations has centred on ageing, technology, media and innovation.

Im/placed: Identities in space and place by John Colman Wood
The title is a displacement of the word “emplaced.” It seems to me there ought to be something active about our placement as human beings.

International Cognition and Culture Institute
A blog by members of the International Cognition and Culture Institute.

Islam, Muslims, and an Anthropologist – Dr Marranci
Dr Gabriele Marranci is an anthropologist by training working on religion, identity, cognitive anthropology, political Islam, secularisation processes, criminology.

John Hawks Weblog – Paleoanthropology, genetics and evolution
I started writing this blog for two basic reasons: first, because there are some really interesting issues in paleoanthropology that are not well covered in the mainstream science press, and second, because I needed a good way to organize my notes.

Krazy Kioti: The Gene Anderson Webpage
I have been working on resource- and development-related issues for the last thirty-five years. My field is cultural and political ecology.

Lactation Journey Blog – Acquanda Y. Stanford
Acquanda Stanford: Is a Sociocultural Anthropologist (PhD Student), and writes the Lactation Journey Blog, which focuses on the social, political and cultural aspects of breatfeeding among people of the African Diaspora in the U.S.

Language Log
Language Log was started in the summer of 2003 by Mark Liberman and Geoffrey Pullum.

Lawn Chair Anthropology – Biological anthropology, paeleontology, evolution and development
Zachary Cofran is an assistant professor of Biological Anthropology at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. Cofran received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2012.

Learning versus Schooling: Susan D. Blum
Who doesn’t think there is something wrong with education? Anthropology has a lot to offer when we think about how to raise up our young–in often unexpected ways! Join me as my thinking about higher education unfolds.

Leiden Anthropology Blog
The Leiden Anthropology Blog is written by scholars at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University. They blog about their research, teaching in the Bachelor and Master program, and share anthropological perspectives on a wide range of social issues.

Linguistic Anthropology Blog
Sponsored by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA). Linguistic Anthropology is the comparative study of the ways in which language shapes social life.

Living Anthropologically: Anthropology – Understanding – Possibility
Anthropology documents human possibility and creativity to effect change. Jason Antrosio is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hartwick College and edits Anthropology Report.

Living Ethnography
Resarch and Conversations on Ethnography, Writing and Folklore. Debra Lattanzi Shutika is a Folklorist, writer and ethnographer studying immigration, communities and change

the Local is Possible
Give people jobs to restore local economy and reduce resource use. Perception, imagination and anthropological engagement to create local possibilities. Analysis, research, and mapping. Oneonta, New York: connecting to the world.

Loomnie: Experiences Thoughts Opinions Ideas
Articles mostly about economic anthropology, finance, Africa, political economy, and related subjects. Olumide Abimbola recently defended an economic anthropology PhD dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Martin-Luther University, both in Halle/Saale, Germany.

Making Anthropology Public: Everything Humanly Possible
Anthropology is a field that is simply not receiving enough publicily. The goal of this blog is to help people understand the importance and use of anthropology in a career, society, and lives of others.

Mammals Suck… Milk! – by Dr. Katie Hind
This blog showcases and synthesizes (pun intended!) the MANY awesome advances currently occurring in milk research from the molecule to the organism to the population to the taxon, with implications for nutrition, medicine, psychology, and evolutionary biology.

Material World – A Global Hub for Thinking About Things
Material World is an interactive, online hub for contemporary debates, discussion, thinking and research centred on material and visual culture. It is the brainchild of scholars working in the anthropology departments of University College London and New York University, but aims to create a new international community of academics, students, curators, artists and anyone else with particular interests in material and visual culture.

Media and Social Change
This is the site of the EASA Media Anthropology Network research initiative Media and Social Change. The aim of this initiative is to bring together anthropologists and other social scientists interested in furthering this area of research and theorisation.

media/anthropology
The aim of this blog is to put out in the public domain materials already part of research activity under the broad theme of media anthropology. John Postill is an anthropologist specialising in the study of digital media.

The Memory Bank – A New Commonwealth Ver 5.0
The two great memory banks are language and money. Exchange of meanings through language and of objects through money are now converging in a single network of communication, the internet. We must learn how to use this digital revolution to advance the human conversation about a better world. Our political task is to make a world society fit for all humanity.

The Mermaid’s Tale
A conversation about the nature of genetic causation in evolution, development and ecology. Includes discussions of the public perception of science and evolution and covers other subfields of biological anthropology, particularly paleoanthropology. Authored by three biological anthropologists, Ken Weiss, Anne Buchanan, and Holly Dunsworth, and co-authors of the book, The Mermaid’s Tale: Four Billion Years of Cooperation in the Making of Living Things.

Michelle Munyikwa – Critical Medical Anthropology
My interests include the body, race, feminist and queer of color critique, and disability studies. I hope to understand how oppression, social exclusion, and bias influence access to and experiences with healthcare. I am also interested in the emerging field of digital anthropology, and using creative methods to explore how increasing use of the internet is shaping new forms of personhood and affecting how both physicians and patients make sense of their experiences.

Middle Savagery
Colleen Morgan recently received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation is based on building archaeological narratives with New Media, using digital photography, video, mobile and locative devices.

monkey’s uncle
Notes on human ecology, population, and infectious disease. James Holland Jones is a biological anthropologist, an Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.

Motherlands – Mothering as a cultural adventure
An anthropological and literary resource on becoming a parent in the age of globalization. Susannah Kennedy is a Ph.D. in social anthropology.

MSU Campus Archaeology Program Blog
MSU Campus Archaeology is a program that works to mitigate and protect the archaeological resources on Michigan State University’s beautiful and historic campus.

Museum Fatigue – in a Society of the Spectacle
I’m hoping this blog might be part of the cure for museum fatigue. David Davies is associate professor of anthropology and director of East Asian Studies at Hamline University.

The Naked Anthropologist
Dr. Laura Agustín on Migration, Trafficking and the Rescue Industry. Author of Sex at the Margins, Zed Books 2007.

The Narcissistic Anthropologist – Someone has to notice
We are all observers of our world to some degree or another. We all have an inner anthropologist looking around and learning and reacting to the curious bits of human culture.

Neuroanthropology
Sometimes it’s straight-up neuroscience, sometimes it’s all anthropology, most of the time it’s somewhere in the middle. Greg Downey is the cultural guy, now interested in bio stuff. Daniel Lende is the bio guy, now interested in cultural stuff. Or, to say it differently, Greg does capoiera, mixed martial arts, and rugby. Daniel does alcohol, drugs, and video games. Two very different styles of recreation.

Nicholas Herriman – Cocos Malay
This blog is about my fieldwork studying Cocos Malay culture on Home Island. I welcome any feedback from Cocos Malay readers who would like to clarify or improve the contents.

Nineteen years and counting in Papua New Guinea
Nancy Sullivan is an anthropologist living in Papua New Guinea for the past 24 years.

Northwest Coast Archaeology – Quentin Mackie
To encourage public knowledge about, and appreciation of, Northwest Coast Archaeology through examples of interesting finds and sites,or through commentaries on archaeology in the news or otherwise in the public domain.

Notes from the Ethnoground – Glenn H. Shepard
As an ethnobotanist and field anthropologist living in the Brazilian Amazon, I often travel in what Wade Davis calls “the ethnosphere.” I use this log for reflecting on journeys and explorations both outward and inward, recent and past.

NPR 13.7: Cosmos and Culture
Group blog set at the intersection of science and culture where Barbara J. King now writes. King is Chancellor Professor of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary. With a long-standing research interest in primate behavior and human evolution, she has studied baboon foraging in Kenya and gorilla and bonobo communication at captive facilities in the United States.

Old Bones – Rebecca Dean
I’m a zooarchaeologist at the University of Minnesota Morris, with an interest in the historical ecology of early agricultural societies of the US Southwest and the Mediterranean region. This blog chronicles my quest for tenure, my successes and failures in research and teaching, and my constant search for family/work balance.

Once and Future Blog
Novice graduate student blogger will center on anthropology, historical archaeology, and their connections to everyday life, particularly through learning experiences with museums and public outreach.

Open Anthropology Cooperative
The Open Anthropology Cooperative (OAC) is open to all with an interest in anthropology. Read, share, debate, collaborate, make friends. Anthropology has a distinguished past, but it has an even greater future.

Our Babies, Ourselves
Anthropologist Meredith Small brings you news and comments about babies, kids and parents around the world. Meredith Small is an anthropologist at Cornell University and the author of Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent.

Pablo Gustavo Rodriguez – Antropología del desarrollo y las políticas sociales
Modelos de desarrollo, economía social, desarrollo emprendedor, metodología de investigación social, análisis cualitativo asistido por computadora y análisis crítico del discurso.

Parenthropology: Field notes on parenting, work, and anthropology
Sallie Han is a cultural anthropologist, college professor, and parent. Through my research, teaching, and blogging, I am bringing a bit of parenting into anthropology, and a bit of anthropology into parenting. My book–Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and Experience in the Contemporary US–is available from Berghahn Books.

Paul Stoller on the Huffington Post
Paul Stoller has been conducting anthropological research for 30 years. The Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography named him the 2013 recipient of the Anders Retzius Medal in Gold for his scientific contributions to anthropology.

[Per]Suit of Anthropology
Dedicated to the exploration of modern business trends and perspectives from the view of the anthropologist. Business and Anthropology have more in common and more to learn from one another than readily acknowledged. Topics include Western business practices and the impact of those decisions on socio-cultural institutions worldwide.

Philbu’s Blog – Philipp Budka, Social and cultural anthropologist from Vienna
Anthropology of media and technology, Indigenous internet practices and media, technology enhanced learning and ethnographic fieldwork.

Photoethnography.com Blog
Notes on photoethnography, ethnographic filmmaking, fieldwork in Japan, classic cameras, digital photography, and other topics concerning visual anthropology.

The Pleistocene Scene – Human Evolution, Biological Anthropology, and Everyday Life
Adam Van Arsdale is a biological anthropologist with a specialization in paleoanthropology. Research focuses on the pattern of evolutionary change in humans over the past two million years, with an emphasis on the early evolution and dispersal of our genus, Homo. Work spans comparative anatomy, genetics and demography.

PopAnth – Hot Buttered Humanity – Popular Anthropology
Popular anthropology for everyone. Exploring the familiar and the strange, demystifying and myth busting human culture, biology and behaviour in all times and places. Myths, music, art, archaeology, language, food, festivals, fun. Welcome to the Anthropocene!

Powered by Osteons
Kristina Kilgrove is a bioarchaeologist at the University of West Florida. This is her personal blog about archaeology, bioanthropology, and the classical world.

Prehistoric Drugs – Cultural Tools – Pamela Watson
Prehistoric drugs discusses the interaction between human beings, psychoactive drugs, and the social and cultural values which direct all human activity including the decision to consume drugs: a complex and multifaceted topic.

Processing Culture
Jessica Mason is a graduate student in cultural anthropology, currently working on a dissertation about reproductive politics in contemporary Russia. This blog contains musings, riffs, and impromptu essays from an anthropological perspective.

Professione Antropologo
L’antropologia è un mestiere al servizio dell’innovazione. Sono presidente e socio fondatore dell’associazione di ricerca e divulgazione antropologica Antrocom Onlus. Mi sono laureato in Scienze Biologiche a indirizzo antropologico, ho scritto per diverse testate, sono co-editor della rivista Antrocom e nel comitato scientifico di Diritto Moderno e Gorgòn Magazine. Mi occupo di divulgazione dell’antropologia e delle sue potenzialità per le aziende e le istituzioni.

Psychocultural Cinema: The intersection of psychological anthropology with ethnographic film
Psychocultural Cinema is a collaborative website designed to present material and stimulate dialogue about the abiding and emerging concerns of psychological and visual anthropology. Psychocultural Cinema will provide a forum for anthropologists, filmmakers, students, and film subjects to share their work and ideas and reflect on their participation in ethnographic projects. Rooted at the nexus of psychology, anthropology, and filmmaking, posts will also branch out to address other topics pertinent to this inherently interdisciplinary and broadly engaged conversation.

Publishing Archaeology
Information and opinions on professional publishing issues in archaeology. Especially concerned with quality control, Open Access, and communication with other disciplines. Michael E. Smith is an archaeologist who works on Aztec sites, with an interest in comparative research on cities, households, empires, and city-states. Archaeology as a Comparative Historical Social Science.

Puella Ludens – Linda Huber
Puella Ludens means “playing girl” in Latin, and is derived from Huizinga’s theory of the “homo ludens,” or playing man. The spirit of play is essential to humanity–this “purposeless” activity is actually the heart of human “progress,” and the heart of what is great about being human. An anthropological exploration of homo ludens and his progress.

Recycled Minds – Thoughts from our heads & yours
Collaborative project to share the diverse perspectives and work of our contributors. Bloggers, scholars, activists, artists, writers, friends seeking to create a space for a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the world around us. We hope our efforts here can contribute to meaningful conversation and contemplation, and help to spur ourselves and others toward creating positive change in our communities and around the world.

The Rockstar Anthropologist – Where anthropology comes to chat
Myeashea Alexander is a physical anthropology grad student and science and art enthusiast. This blog is to de-mystify the WORLD of ANTHROPOLOGY! This all-inclusive discipline needs better PR.

Sam Grace – talks with imaginary anthropology grad students
Samantha L. Grace is a graduate student in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Arizona. This blog is a place to write about anthropology and other items of interest.

Sarah Kendzior – Digital Media and Politics
Anthropologist and communications scholar, research on how the internet affects political mobilization, privacy, trust and self-expression. Authoritarian states of the former Soviet Union, including Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.

Savage Minds
Savage Minds is a collective web log devoted to both bringing anthropology to a wider audience as well as providing an online forum for discussing the latest developments in the field. Savage Minds was founded in 2005 and has been going strong ever since.

Shreds and Patches – Jason Baird Jackson
An ethnographer whose work bridges the fields of folklore, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology and American Studies. Increasingly also pursuing projects exploring emerging issues in the areas of intellectual property, cultural property and heritage policy. Works as a curator in museum contexts, researching in and teaching about museums, especially museums of art and ethnography.

Silent Anthropology
An anthropologist’s take on Native America, Christianity, Technology, the U.S. South and much more. By David S. Lowry, a Lumbee Indian anthropologist.

Siomonn Pulla – Scholar : Writer : Educator
Committed to innovative research and teaching grounded in social responsibility with the potential to be applied around the world. Primary focus on participatory and collaborative research, Corporate-Aboriginal relations, and alternative learning systems.

Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) – News
The Society for Applied Anthropology has for its object the promotion of interdisciplinary scientific investigation of the principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another, and the encouragement of the wide application of these principles to practical problems.

Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA)
We promote study of visual representation and media. Works in film, video, photography, and computer-based multimedia explore signification, perception, and communication-in-context, as well as a multitude of other anthropological and ethnographic themes.

Somatosphere
A collaborative website covering the intersections of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural psychiatry, psychology and bioethics.

Space and Politics – Essays on the spatial and affective pulse of politics
Ensayos sobre el pulso espacial y afectivo de la política. Gastón Gordillo is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

Spawn of Anthro
Anthropology and the Philippines. Multi-authored anthropology blog on the Philippines.

stadtgeselle – Urban Anthropology and New Identities Meet Politics of Culture
Michael Anranter, Political scientist and cultural-social anthropologist in Vienna. Stadtgeselle may best translate as “urban apprentice.” Connects personal experiences, anthropological and political knowledge with the objective of exploring relations of identity and space. Weekly in German or English.

Standplaats Wereld – Nederland en de Wereld in Antropologisch Perspectief
A platform for informative, provocative, or surprising opinions about topical issues in the Netherlands and the rest of the world, viewed from an anthropological perspective. Contributions come from students and staff of the department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at VU University Amsterdam.

Struggle Forever! A Guide to Utopia – Jeremy Trombley
This blog is an intervention. It’s intention is to make a difference in the way we engage with the myriad entities with whom we are intertwined. It takes the view that existence is a perpetual process of “becoming with”–a process of building relationships and allowing oneself to be altered and affected as much as one alters and affects others.

The Subversive Archaeologist – Rob Gargett
Welcome to the virtual-reality playground of the ditched and fameless. Providing a much-needed check on mythopoeic archaeological inference, but also on occasion commenting on the important discoveries of the day.

The Superorganic – Barry R. Bainton
Dedicated to Applied Anthropology and the anthropological exploration of the human species and its environment. Our goal is to describe and understand the evolution and dynamics of humanity and its superorganic manifestations through the anthropological lens and how this understanding can be used to improve the quality of human life.

SydneyYeager – The Personal Blog of a Budding Anthropologist
A cultural anthropologist in the Southern Methodist University PhD program. Interested in both medical anthropology and the anthropology of religion. Plans to research healers in Ireland who employ traditional, spiritual healing practices. Healing, spirituality, identity, consciousness, the processes of acculturation, education, and cultural change.

Tabsir – Insight on Islam and the Middle East
We are scholars concerned about stereotypes, misinformation and propaganda spread in the media and academic forums on Islam and the Middle East. We are committed to fair, open-ended scholarly assessment of the current political issues of terrorism, gender inequality and intolerance.

Talking Anthropology
The Talking Anthropology podcast project aims to convey anthropological issues to a broad public since 2009.

Teaching Culture
The purpose of this blog is to build a community of anthropologists interested in pedagogy and to provide them with a reputable source of information and a way to share news on teaching anthropology, publishing in the field, new innovations, and new books.

Torso and Oblong – Anthropology, parenting and teaching
Dalton Luther is father of two small children and community college anthropology professor in NY. A venue for informal writing and thinking through issues. Often inspired by my experience as a clueless parent and equally clueless teacher, these posts are a way to explore the intersection of anthropology and life as a middle-class American.

trinketization: rumour-mongering, scribbled exotica, bad theory
John Hutnyk is Professor and Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College. Author of The Rumour of Calcutta: Tourism, Charity and the Poverty of Representation; Critique of Exotica: Music, Politics and the Culture Industry; Bad Marxism: Capitalism and Cultural Studies; and co-authored with Virinder Kalra and Raminder Kaur, Diaspora and Hybridity.

UK Visual Anthropology: Audio-Visual Interventions
Staff, students and friends of the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent. This blog develops our social media abilities and shows some of our work. Enthusiastic about a public and engaged anthropology and passionate of the importance of feedback in creating a genuine shared anthropology.

Una antropóloga en la luna: blog de antropología

Urban Fieldnotes
Urban Fieldnotes is a street style blog documenting fashion, style, and dress on the streets of Philadelphia and beyond. Brent Luvaas is a visual and cultural anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University.

valquirias em milucos
Viva a primavera. Natureza é tudo, tudo mesmo. Fábio Lúcio Antunes Guedes. Apreciador das artes e da natureza. Formado em Ciências Biológicas, buscando mestrado em Antropologia na UFPB.

Visual Anthropology of Japan
In the spirit of open-text, collaboration, communication and good anthropology… Visual Anthropology of Japan explores Japanese culture through photography, film and other visual methods.

West’s Meditations
Al West – I’m a writer with a BA in Chinese and an MSc in social anthropology from Oxford. I’m using this blog to write about things I find interesting, wonderful, or crazy. Issues in archaeology, anthropology, and historical linguistics are my bread and butter.

What Makes Us Human – Rosemary Joyce – Psychology Today
From its beginnings, anthropology has been less a way to describe varieties of human beings and more a way to answer question about the state of human being. Anthropologists ask “What makes us human?” and seek our answers in studies that insist on recognizing all the many ways there are and have been of being human.

Whitewashed Tomb: A view of archaeology from the inside
Dr. Richard Rothaus, an archaeologist and historian with Trefoil. The public image of archaeology sometimes bears little resemblance to the reality of archaeology. Whitewashed Tomb invites you to check in on some real day-to-day archaeology.

Wide Urban World
Cities as viewed from a broad historical and comparative perspective. As Winston Churchill said, “The farther back we look, the farther ahead we can see.” A blog by Michael E. Smith (see also Publishing Archaeology).

Writing my Academic Book in 12 Months
With the tenure clock ticking and my hours of field recordings, pages of field notes, and the knowledge that in cultural anthropology a book is the cornerstone of many successful careers, I’ve decided to spend 2013 writing a book manuscript.

The X Blog: New and Improved – Greg Laden
This site will be where I’ll write about issues that don’t fit well with Greg Laden’s Blog at Science Blogs, which has been branded by National Geographic and now has a somewhat different function.

Xirdalium – by Alexander Knorr, anthropologist.
Online better known as zephyrin_xirdal … or zeph. Mainly focussing upon technology, computer and Internet technology, gaming culture. Connections between contemporary ‘cyberculture’ (whatever that is), cybernetics and cyberpunk.

Zero Anthropology
Zero Anthropology is about anthropology against and after empire. If it doesn’t disturb you, then it’s probably not anthropology. Our aim is to make anthropology toxic to power.

Cultural Anthropology 2013: Human Nature & Public Debates

Cultural Anthropology in the Public ArenaIt was a great honor and privilege to be invited to deliver the Cultural Anthropology overview for the Five Fields Update sponsored by the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges. Special thanks to Laura T. González for organizing, and to fellow panelists Barbara J. King, Bob Muckle, Steven P. Black, and Alisse Waterston. Below is my presentation, a draft of what will be a publication in SACC Notes. Grateful for comments and suggestions!

Back to Human Nature: Jared Diamond, Napoleon Chagnon, Steven Pinker

With the publication of Jared Diamond’s The World Until Yesterday, which not only drew on Napoleon Chagnon, but was closely followed by Chagnon’s own memoir, Noble Savages, some of the big issues of anthropology were thrown back into the public sphere–what is human nature? What is the influence of culture? And, with the images of Newtown, long-running military action in Afghanistan and the prospects of military strikes in Syria, the question of the naturalness of human violence and the influence of Steven Pinker, a big supporter and promoter of both Chagnon and Diamond, looms large.

And so as we enter our classrooms, every term of cultural anthropology is already up for debate, hashed out in Op-Eds and ever-proliferating blog-posts. At one point in time, the professor could maintain, at least for a short window, the aura of the local expert. Armed with a book and an authoritative voice, you could probably convince them that your ideas about culture and cultural relativism were most important, because: Yes this will be on the exam. While some of that is still possible today–only about five percent of my students say they’ve heard of Jared Diamond, and I still write the exams–the fact is that anyone with a smartphone can be looking up the keywords from the lecture, or tweet out real-time misinformation on the #AAA2013 hashtag. Just this week, a link to my link of Diamond reviews garnered over 200 comments, and over 600 hits back to my website from Metafilter, which was new to me but is apparently cool.

What do you do when you know anthropology is still the best way to understand the world, but every anthropological term is up for debate?

My own approach has been to ease open the classroom door just a bit. I’m not ready to put a twitter stream up on the big screen, but I have been starting to preview a lecture with a blog-post, then ask students to comment via social media. What’s been most interesting about that is how this tends to crowdsource the lecture. Even though the comments come mostly from other anthropologists and professors, it becomes obvious (sometimes in ways that are more painful than others), that I may not have all the truths in the room. I do, of course, worry that the students are not any more engaged, and that they view these efforts as more things to not read. It’s also a lot of work! However, it seems that if we want to model how students we engage with the counter-arguments, then we a bit of exposure to the cacophony of voices.

The other great thing about this experience is tapping into anthropologists who have a public presence, and have often been involved in critiquing some of the worst interpretations about others. There are a lot of great books out there, and though I hesitate to mention any because I’ll be leaving out someone else, here are a few I’ve been teaching, been looking forward to reading, or are books I’ve found from reading those who have columns, blogs, or reviews of other work.

Now more than ever anthropologists are doing work that explains the world, better than those in other discipline. As Rick Salutin put it in the Toronto Star, “I keep encountering anthropologists who help more in understanding how the world works today than other experts do, even in their own fields.” Anthropologists explain economics better than the economists, politics better than the political scientists, and have qualitative and quantitative expertise on issues like immigration which is simply unmatched. Certainly there are issues that could use more anthropological attention–gun reform comes to mind–and there are a lot of places in which anthropology still needs to get rid “of some of its shyness and spells out its stakes for a wider audience” (Trouillot 2003:137), but in general we’ve come a long way.

Also this year, the Society for Economic Anthropology joined the American Anthropological Association. It’s an important step–it demonstrates how the prevalent idea that people or groups or sections are fleeing the AAA is probably the opposite of what is going on. This join-up is particularly important because it integrates a group that focuses on empirical data measures and tends to enjoy quantification.

And so, we continue to have a growing discipline, with anthropologists who are well-positioned to confront and explain the changes of our times. Although there have been recent calls to centralize our public efforts, or be more public, my contention would be that basically this public anthropology blogosphere is already here, featuring a wide range of writings, a wide range of perspectives, and a way to stay on top of anthropology with simply a list of anthropology blogs or an RSS aggregator.

Anthropology as Artisans

Of course, this is not to say that all is well or that the discipline does not face incredible perils. Having recently (thank goodness!) just completed a manuscript draft with my colleague Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld on artisan economies in the northern Andes, it is interesting to cross this with Tim Ingold’s statements that anthropology is essentially an artisan craft, drawing on C. Wright Mills and the notion of intellectual craftsmanship.

If we think of anthropology as artisan craft–and I admit that may be difficult when surrounded by 7000 anthropologists in Chicago–it may help us realize that anthropology is far from doomed. Like the Andean artisans who were supposed to be eliminated by industrialization but now have inhabited and re-appropriated the post-industrial relics of development and modernization projects–what Rudi and I call the “invasive economies” of contemporary artisans–anthropology is poised to face the challenges resulting from the post-industrial face of higher education. Inhabiting the crevices of community colleges, joint departments, interdisciplinary outliers, combining applied work and non-traditional activities, anthropologists have long been in a must-make-do situation.

However, like the Andean artisans we study, while we can admire their craft, industriousness, and market acumen, we must be aware that being an artisan is not–as pundits like Thomas Friedman would have it–a solution to the problem of stagnant wages and the collapse of stable employment. Rather, there is the constant risk of artisan bid-down, a churning competition which results in meager earnings, no benefits, no security: exactly what we see for current trends in adjunct labor. Artisans can be rapidly displaced and replaced, vulnerable to the same invasive economies that made their work possible in the first place.

Moreover, we’ve discovered that these new artisan economies are very much structured by a winner-take-all payout system. Even within small communities of seemingly homogeneous artisan workshops, a few fortunate entrants end up with the bulk of the winnings. From faja belt-weavers to Tigua painters, earnings concentrate in a big pay-out, which somewhat paradoxically encourages a much larger group of artisans to keep on toiling. Keeping an at-least part-time artisan operation going is a chance to tap the cash. Or, in academic lingo: Was that a tenure-track position that just went by?

This reality becomes all the more salient when we return to the anthropology blogosphere and the Twitter stream. The emergence of the internet has paralleled the winner-take-all economy, and although there are new entrants and new claimants, it continues to be structured along traffic patterns in which the top sites get almost all the traffic. Anthropology must be honest that in our move to the blogosphere, we are potentially setting the stage for a new reality of internet-Twitter stardom.

This then, takes us back to people like Jared Diamond and Steven Pinker who inhabit and dominate this academia-and-new-media space, leveraging the toehold of positioning in a science field in order to become pop-critics of everything. We step into a space in which the debates about human nature are themselves conducted as winner-take-all payouts.

Nevertheless, as with Andean artisans, such competition and earnings structures need not be cause for despair. Among these artisans, we saw glimpses, sometimes fleeting, sometimes more durable, of ways in which artisans were able to fashion a public economy, or in other cases, an economy with identity. We can similarly be encouraged by a revival of debate and good writing within cultural anthropology, cross-cutting with new links to an integrative five-field anthropology.

As Tim Ingold has recently enjoined us:

We should spend less time just talking to ourselves. Anthropology is still notably absent from the big public debates surrounding the past, present and future of humanity, the sustainability of life and the environment, and so on. . . . Thus while the internal debate about anthropology’s theoretical and intellectual foundations has indeed been revitalized, we now need to take the debate “out of doors,” and to engage with much wider interdisciplinary and lay audiences. That’s our task for the next decades.

Please join in taking anthropology out-of-doors, taking our teaching out-of-doors, something that the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges has already been doing for longer and with greater commitment than me. I thank them for this invitation.

Latin America and Caribbean Anthropology: Book Update

Latin America and Caribbean AnthropologyBook orders are due for my anthropology course titled “Peoples and Cultures of Latin America.” I checked back to the May 2013 Anthropologists Studying Immigration in the United States, the January 2012 Anthropology of Latin America and Caribbean, and also from January 2012 my thoughts on Teaching Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean.

I’ve updated below some more recent anthropology books on Latin America and Caribbean themes. Please let me know if you have other recent suggestions! My one annoyance is a lack of new and accessible anthropological overview. Harry Sanabria’s textbook The Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean remains in first edition, 2007. Deborah Poole’s edited Companion to Latin American Anthropology is 2008 and still $150+.

Update: Thanks to Al West for additional suggestions, mostly on pre-Columbian Caribbean archaeology (added below), and just out from Lynn Stephen, We Are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements.

Adoptive Migration: Raising Latinos in Spain, Jessaca B. Leinaweaver
Spain has one of the highest per capita international adoption rates in the world. Internationally adopted kids are coming from many of the same countries as do the many immigrants who are radically transforming Spain’s demographics. Based on interviews with adoptive families, migrant families, and adoption professionals, Jessaca B. Leinaweaver examines the experiences of Latin American children adopted into a rapidly multiculturalizing society. She focuses on Peruvian adoptees and immigrants in Madrid, but her conclusions apply more broadly, to any pairing of adoptees and migrants from the same country. Leinaweaver finds that international adoption, particularly in a context of high rates of transnational migration, is best understood as both a privileged and unusual form of migration, and a crucial and contested method of family formation. Adoptive Migration is a fascinating study of the implications for adopted children of growing up in a country that discriminates against their fellow immigrants.

The Archaeology of the Caribbean, Samuel M. Wilson
The Archaeology of the Caribbean is a comprehensive synthesis of Caribbean prehistory from the earliest settlement by humans more than 4000 years BC, to the time of European conquest of the islands, from the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. Samuel Wilson reviews the evidence for migration and cultural change throughout the archipelago, dealing in particular with periods of cultural interaction when groups with different cultures and histories were in contact.

Comparative Arawakan Histories: Rethinking Language Family and Culture Area in Amazonia, Jonathan D. Hill and Fernando Santos-Granero (editors)
Before they were largely decimated and dispersed by the effects of European colonization, Arawak-speaking peoples were the most widespread language family in Latin America and the Caribbean, and they were the first people Columbus encountered in the Americas. “Comparative Arawakan Histories”, in paperback for the first time, examines social structures, political hierarchies, rituals, religious movements, gender relations, and linguistic variations through historical perspectives to document sociocultural diversity across the diffused Arawakan diaspora.

Governing Indigenous Territories: Enacting Sovereignty in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Juliet S. Erazo
Governing Indigenous Territories illuminates a paradox of modern indigenous lives. In recent decades, native peoples from Alaska to Cameroon have sought and gained legal title to significant areas of land, not as individuals or families but as large, collective organizations. Obtaining these collective titles represents an enormous accomplishment; it also creates dramatic changes. Once an indigenous territory is legally established, other governments and organizations expect it to act as a unified political entity, making decisions on behalf of its population and managing those living within its borders. A territorial government must mediate between outsiders and a not-always-united population within a context of constantly shifting global development priorities. The people of Rukullakta, a large indigenous territory in Ecuador, have struggled to enact sovereignty since the late 1960s. Drawing broadly applicable lessons from their experiences of self-rule, Juliet S. Erazo shows how collective titling produces new expectations, obligations, and subjectivities within indigenous territories.

Kings for Three Days: The Play of Race and Gender in an Afro-Ecuadorian Festival, Jean Muteba Rahier
With its rich mix of cultures, European influences, colonial tensions, and migration from bordering nations, Ecuador has long drawn the interest of ethnographers, historians, and political scientists. In this book, Jean Muteba Rahier delivers a highly detailed, thought-provoking examination of the racial, sexual, and social complexities of Afro-Ecuadorian culture, as revealed through the annual Festival of the Kings. During the Festival, the people of various villages and towns of Esmeraldas–Ecuador’s province most associated with blackness–engage in celebratory and parodic portrayals, often donning masks, cross-dressing, and disguising themselves as blacks, indigenous people, and whites, in an obvious critique of local, provincial, and national white, white-mestizo, and light-mulatto elites. Rahier shows that this festival, as performed in different locations, reveals each time a specific location’s perspective on the larger struggles over identity, class, and gender relations in the racial-spacial order of Esmeraldas, and of the Ecuadorian nation in general.

Maturing Masculinities: Aging, Chronic Illness, and Viagra in Mexico, Emily A. Wentzell
Maturing Masculinities is a nuanced exploration of how older men in urban Mexico incorporate aging, chronic illness, changing social relationships, and decreasing erectile function into their conceptions of themselves as men. It is based on interviews that Emily A. Wentzell conducted with more than 250 male patients in the urology clinic of a government-run hospital in Cuernavaca. Drawing on science studies, medical anthropology, and gender theory, Wentzell suggests the idea of “composite masculinities” as a paradigm for understanding how men incorporate physical and social change into gendered selfhoods. Erectile dysfunction treatments like Viagra are popular in Mexico, where stereotypes of men as sex-obsessed “machos” persist. However, most of the men Wentzell interviewed saw erectile difficulty as a chance to demonstrate difference from this stereotype. Rather than using drugs to continue youthful sex lives, many collaborated with wives and physicians to frame erectile difficulty as a prompt to embody age-appropriate, mature masculinities.

Minerals, Collecting, and Value across the US-Mexico Border, Elizabeth Emma Ferry
Elizabeth Emma Ferry traces the movement of minerals as they circulate from Mexican mines to markets, museums, and private collections on both sides of the US-Mexico border. She describes how and why these byproducts of ore mining come to be valued by people in various walks of life as scientific specimens, religious offerings, works of art, and luxury collectibles. The story of mineral exploration and trade defines a variegated transnational space, shedding new light on the complex relationship between these two countries and on the process of making value itself.

Of Cannibals and Kings: Primal Anthropology in the Americas, Neil L. Whitehead
Of Cannibals and Kings collects the very earliest accounts of the native peoples of the Americas, including selections from the descriptions of Columbus’s first two voyages; documents reflecting the initial colonial occupation in Haiti, Venezuela, and Guyana; and the first ethnographic account of the Taínos by the missionary Ramón Pané. This primal anthropology directly guided a rapacious discovery of the lands of both wild cannibals and golden kings.

The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Archaeology, William F. Keegan, Corinne L. Hofman, Reniel Rodriguez Ramos (editors)
The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Archaeology provides an overview of archaeological investigations in the insular Caribbean, understood here as the islands whose shores surround the Caribbean Sea and the islands of the Bahama Archipelago. Though these islands were never isolated from the surrounding mainland, their histories are sufficiently diverse to warrant their identification as distinct areas of culture. Over the past 20 years, Caribbean archaeology has been transformed from a focus on reconstructing culture histories to one on the mobility and exchange expressed in cultural and social dynamics. This Handbook brings together, for the first time, examples of the best research conducted by scholars from across the globe to address the complexity of the Caribbean past.

Singing for the Dead: The Politics of Indigenous Revival in Mexico, Paja Faudree
Singing for the Dead chronicles ethnic revival in Oaxaca, Mexico, where new forms of singing and writing in the local Mazatec indigenous language are producing powerful, transformative political effects. Paja Faudree argues for the inclusion of singing as a necessary component in the polarized debates about indigenous orality and literacy, and she considers how the coupling of literacy and song has allowed people from the region to create texts of enduring social resonance. She examines how local young people are learning to read and write in Mazatec as a result of the region’s new Day of the Dead song contest. Faudree also studies how tourist interest in local psychedelic mushrooms has led to their commodification, producing both opportunities and challenges for songwriters and others who represent Mazatec culture. She situates these revival movements within the contexts of Mexico and Latin America, as well as the broad, hemisphere-wide movement to create indigenous literatures. Singing for the Dead provides a new way to think about the politics of ethnicity, the success of social movements, and the limits of national belonging.

We Are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements, Lynn Stephen
A massive uprising against the Mexican state of Oaxaca began with the emergence of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) in June 2006. A coalition of more than 300 organizations, APPO disrupted the functions of Oaxaca’s government for six months. It began to develop an inclusive and participatory political vision for the state. Testimonials were broadcast on radio and television stations appropriated by APPO, shared at public demonstrations, debated in homes and in the streets, and disseminated around the world via the Internet. The movement was met with violent repression. Participants were imprisoned, tortured, and even killed. Lynn Stephen emphasizes the crucial role of testimony in human rights work, indigenous cultural history, community and indigenous radio, and women’s articulation of their rights to speak and be heard. She also explores transborder support for APPO, particularly among Oaxacan immigrants in Los Angeles. The book is supplemented by a website featuring video testimonials, pictures, documents, and a timeline of key events.

AAA 2013 Annual Meetings Chicago – Reader Guide #aaa2013

AAA Meeting 2013 Chicago GuideThe 2013 Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association are November 20-24 in Chicago.

Whether you are going or are just interested in anthropology, take a look at the preliminary schedule (you don’t have to be a AAA member to search the preliminary schedule) and then let me know what would be your top THREE events. I’ll post an update here on Sunday 3 November. Please let me know:

I’m hoping this can be useful for the Five Fields Update sponsored by the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges. It’s a great honor to be part of this fabulous line-up (that’s me holding down the 8AM slot).

Other AAA guidance I’ve seen so far:

Clickthrough Anthropology Blogs – October 2013

anthropology blogsI keep all the Anthropology Blogs 2013 in a big Feedly subscription. Got behind and scrolled through over 400 articles in the last few weeks. These are the things that caught my interest, recent anthropology blog-posts that seemed worth a clickthrough. I’ve tried to do some rough groupings around themes of race and racism, classic anthropology revivals, evolution, literacy, the state, and thoughts on government shutdown. I was also pleased to see some great posts from anthropology blogs recently added to the list. For more anthropology, check out the anthropology blogs for yourself!