Race, Racism, and Protesting Anthropology – AAA Articles Opened

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With our inaugural co-edited issue on Hello Anthropocene: Climate Change and Anthropology closing back up after six months of free access (and with thanks to Ryan Anderson for re-publishing the related review by Sean Seary in the re-launched Anthropologies series that originally appeared here), we’ve organized the October 2015 issue of Open Anthropology on “Race, Racism, and Protesting Anthropology.”

The October issue is titled Race, Racism, and Protesting Anthropology. The main purpose is to open some of the anthropological articles discussed in Leith Mullings 2013 American Anthropological Association presidential address, which was published in American Anthropologist as Anthropology Matters. On Savage Minds, Alex Golub provides a very helpful discussion of that address and related material in Sources on St. Clair Drake. Similarly, would like to open some of the issues discussed by Karen Brodkin in her interview with Ryan Anderson, Anthropology: It’s still white public space (part 1; see also part 2).

Tracing these sources meant revisiting Leith Mullings’s 2005 Annual Review of Anthropology article Interrogating Racism: Toward an Antiracist Anthropology, which was discussed in Ryan Anderson’s Race, racism, anthropology #1: Mullings on “Interrogating Racism”. As Mullings repeatedly notes, and Anderson also highlights, “although anthropologists have written extensively about race, anthropological contributions to the study of racism have been surprisingly modest” (2005:669; for related thoughts on how anthropologists launched the idea of culture as a counterpoint to race, see Culture, Culture, Everywhere).

That “surprisingly modest” contribution becomes even more modest when considering the mandate of Open Anthropology: to draw on the AAA/Wiley-Blackwell archives in order to open articles for six months of free access. Still, I paste below a the larger bibliography of possibilities that caught my attention. And in the end the selection of articles from AAA on Race, Racism, and Protesting Anthropology is quite strong.

And here I would also like to acknowledge a long dialogue with Discuss White Privilege, who recently brought to my attention Berkeley’s African American Initiative which states “it is evident that African Americans have faced challenges at Berkeley in terms of their representation and the climate with which they must contend.” In the words of Discuss White Privilege, “Berkeley is now acknowledging the very hostile racial climate problems I was smeared and retaliated against for speaking out about.”


Agbe-Davies, Anna S. Review of Race and Practice in Archaeological Interpretation by Charles E. Orser, Jr, Transforming Anthropology (2009).

Akom, A. A. Black Metropolis and Mental Life: Beyond the “Burden of ‘Acting White’” Toward a Third Wave of Critical Racial Studies, Anthropology & Education Quarterly (2008).

Aparicio, Ana. Contesting Race and Power: Second-Generation Dominican Youth in the New Gotham, City & Society (2007).

Baber, Willie L. A Tribute to St. Clair Drake: Activist and Scholar, Transforming Anthropology (1990).

Baker, Lee D. Review of African-American Pioneers in Anthropology. Ira E. Harrison and Faye V. Harrison, eds., American Anthropologist (2000).

Bolles, Lynn. Telling the Story Straight: Black Feminist Intellectual Thought in Anthropology, Transforming Anthropology (2013).

Bond, George Clement. A Social Portrait of John Gibbs St. Clair Drake: An American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist (1988).

Bonilla, Yarimar and Jonathan Rosa. #Ferguson: Digital protest, hashtag ethnography, and the racial politics of social media in the United States, American Ethnologist (2015).

Brodkin, Karen, Sandra Morgen and Janis Hutchinson. Anthropology as White Public Space?, American Anthropologist (2011).

Byrd, Samuel. “The collective circle”: Latino immigrant musicians and politics in Charlotte, North Carolina, American Ethnologist (2014).

Cammarota, Julio. The Generational Battle for Curriculum: Figuring Race and Culture on the Border, Transforming Anthropology (2009).

Carter, Rebecca Louise. Valued Lives in Violent Places: Black Urban Placemaking at a Civil Rights Memorial in New Orleans, City & Society (2014).

Daniels, Timothy P. From Margin to Center, Anthropology’s Pioneers: Ruminations on Du Bois, Davis, and Drake, Transforming Anthropology (2000).

Dominguez, Virginia R. Comfort Zones and Their Dangers: Who Are We? Qui Sommes-Nous?, American Anthropologist (2012).

Dominguez, Virginia R. For a Politics of Love and Rescue, Cultural Anthropology (2000).

Dominguez, Virginia R. Saying and Not Saying R Words. Review of Race in the 21st Century: Ethnographic Approaches and What Can You Say? America’s National Conversation on Race by John Hartigan Jr., Transforming Anthropology (2013).

Drake, St. Clair. Further Reflections on Anthropology and the Black Experience, Transforming Anthropology (1990).

Drake, St. Clair. Reflections on Anthropology and the Black Experience, Anthropology & Education Quarterly (1978).

Fabricant, Nicole and Nancy Postero. Contested Bodies, Contested States: Performance, Emotions, and New Forms of Regional Governance in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (2013).

Gravlee, Clarence C. and Elizabeth Sweet. Race, Ethnicity, and Racism in Medical Anthropology, 1977–2002, Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2008).

Hartigan, John. Translating “Race” and “Raza” between the United States and Mexico, North American Dialogue (2013).

Hazard, Anthony Q. A Racialized Deconstruction? Ashley Montagu and the 1950 UNESCO Statement on Race, Transforming Anthropology (2011).

Hill, Jane H. Flourishing African American Vernacular English and Endangered Indigenous Languages: A Common Thread, Transforming Anthropology (2010).

Hunt, Linda M., Nicole D. Truesdell and Meta J. Kreiner. Genes, Race, and Culture in Clinical Care: Racial Profiling in the Management of Chronic Illness, Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2013).

Juris, Jeffrey S. Reflections on #Occupy Everywhere: Social media, public space, and emerging logics of aggregation, American Ethnologist (2012).

Lieberman, Leonard and Rodney C. Kirk. What Should We Teach about the Concept of Race?, Anthropology & Education Quarterly (2004).

Malsbary, Christine. “Will This Hell Never End?”: Substantiating and Resisting Race-Language Policies in a Multilingual High School, Anthropology & Education Quarterly (2014).

Mullings, Leith. Anthropology Matters, American Anthropologist (2015).

Ninivaggi, Cynthia. Whites Teaching Whites About Race: Racial Identity Theory and White Defensiveness in the Classroom, Teaching Anthropology: Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges Notes (2001).

Orser Jr., Charles E. The Challenge of Race to American Historical Archaeology, American Anthropologist (1998).

Pagano, A. Everyday narratives on race and health in Brazil, Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2014).

Page, Helán and R. Brooke Thomas. White Public Space and the Construction of White Privilege in U.S. Health Care: Fresh Concepts and a New Model of Analysis, Medical Anthropology Quarterly (1994).

Perry, Marc D. Who Dat?: Race and Its Conspicuous Consumption in Post-Katrina New Orleans, City & Society (2015).

Pearson, Heath. The Prickly Skin of White Supremacy: Race in the “Real America”, Transforming Anthropology (2015).

Roth-Gordon, Jennifer. Discipline and Disorder in the Whiteness of Mock Spanish, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (2011).

Shanklin, Eugenia. The Profession of the Color Blind: Sociocultural Anthropology and Racism in the 21st Century, American Anthropologist (1999).

Sheriff, Robin E. Embracing Race: Deconstructing Mestiçagem in Rio de Janeiro, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (2003).

Sheriff, Robin E. Exposing Silence as Cultural Censorship: A Brazilian Case, American Anthropologist (2000).

Smith, Christen A. Blackness, Citizenship, and the Transnational Vertigo of Violence in the Americas, American Anthropologist (2015).

Ulysse, Gina. Conquering Duppies in Kingston: Miss Tiny and Me, Fieldwork Conflicts, and Being Loved and Rescued, Anthropology and Humanism (2002).

Visweswaran, Kamala. Race and the Culture of Anthropology, American Anthropologist (1998).

Zilberg, Alana. A Troubled Corner: The ruined and rebuilt environment of a Central American barrio in post-Rodney-King-riot Los Angeles, City & Society (2002).

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