Retiring Your Library (Part One)

Landfill or Foreign Donation? More than five decades have passed since I entered graduate school at Cornell University to pursue a doctorate in anthropology. During my long career as an academic and applied anthropologist, I accumulated thousands of books, and as a member of many sections of the American Anthropological Association and other professional societies, […]

What’s in Your Bag?

As the summer fieldwork season winds down, Anthropology News wants to know what you take with you in the field. Whether at an archaeological dig, on big city or small town streets conducting interviews, or in a lab, we welcome submissions from anthropologists across the subfields. “What’s in Your Bag?” is an opportunity to share […]

The Detroitists

Reflections of Detroit Ethnographers at the Anniversary of the 1967 Rebellion “The case of Detroit confirms that redevelopment had strong negative repercussions for racial minorities, here represented by African Americans, but offers additional insight into the way racial prejudice and conflict impeded efforts to stop city decline.” June Thomas, 2013 “Northern blacks lived as second-class […]

Class Politics and Romania’s “White Revolution”

The color white embodied exclusionary middle-class aspirations to moral governance and virtuous citizenship. Romania’s “White Revolution” (January–­­February 2017), the most recent episode of East European color-branded uprisings, earned its nickname on the night of February 6, when a sea ­of smartphone flashlights lit up Bucharest’s Victoriei Square, the seat of the government. This performance, turned […]

America’s Most Consequential Racial Divide

Last October in the vice-presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, moderator Elaine Quijano brought up the “issue of law enforcement and race relations.” Pence’s response and the exchange that followed represents one of the most consequential racial divisions in US society: the disparate understandings of what the very concept of racism means. The exchange illustrates how our society’s guiding narratives about race preserve a woefully inadequate and overly narrow understanding of racism—as evidenced by the umbrage taken by Pence to the notion “that there’s implicit bias in everyone in the United States.”

The Voice of Hunger, Part 1

A Two Part Series on Lives Sacrificed under Turkey’s State of Emergency For Nuriye, Semih and many other brave souls who choose to carry on… Part 1: The Statue of Human Rights In Ankara’s Yüksel Street, there is a sculpture. It depicts a woman sitting on a chair and reading a copy of the Declaration […]

Pride in Resistance

In the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Pride marches and parades are taking place against a backdrop where taking to the streets has been resignified as a potent, urgent act of resistance. From the Women’s March to the rallies against the refugee ban to the March for Science, a range of social movements have reembraced […]

Introduction to “Maintaining Refuge”

This introduction is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. The last few years have witnessed a rising tide of concern about a rising tide of refugees and migrants. As some countries have responded positively, others have moved definitively toward rejection. For refugees and migrants, the navigation of being human and becoming human overlays the navigation of […]

Migrant Resilience and Refuge in the Trump Era

As we enter a new deportation era migrant communities near and far from the border are getting organized. This article is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. Following the installation of a president who has vowed to create a “deportation force,” communities with undocumented members are experiencing increased levels of fear and stress. Whether living along […]

Ethnic Refuge

South Sudanese refugees reshape institutional and social spaces into “ethnic refuges” that resist assimilation and promote community well-being. This article is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. On July 9, 2011, hundreds of South Sudanese refugees gathered on the Tufts University campus to celebrate the birth of their new nation. The ceremony mirrored a similar, […]