Painting Anthropology

My skills as a portrait painter provide me with a helpful ethnographic way of getting to know my “informants” during fieldwork. I invite people to pose for a portrait for several hours over many days in a one-on-one setting. The sessions provide an extraordinary opportunity for us to hang out together during regular periods of time […]

Linguistic and Local Peripherality: The Case of Chalmatians in Greater New Orleans

In Greater New Orleans, there is an enregistered (Agha 2003) dialect of English that sounds similar to New York City English, making it stand out within the linguistic landscape of the American South. This dialect is associated with the white, working class residents of New Orleans, and is imbued with the sorts of low status, […]

Crafting Interactive Journalism

To understand the current social movements and protest culture in Japan, it is necessary to understand the role played by the mass and alternative media. In the wake of the 3.11 earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disasters, a sense that the mass media had failed to accurately report on the nuclear contamination at Fukushima galvanized a group of individuals […]

Part I: Artistic Hand Drawing As Scientific Research Method?

“You make use of philosophy to speak about the drawing— do you think that it could make sense/nonsense to make use of the drawing to say something about philosophy?” I ask.
 Jean-Luc Nancy replies: “But why?” Is it possible to research with drawing? Is it possible to document, to sketch in a form that will […]

Knowledge from an Object

Considering the material culture aspect of art conservation, this column is a continuation from my April 2015 column, Preserving Visual Culture and my tour of the U of Delaware Art Conservation Department at the Winterthur Museum’s Crowninshield Research Building. An architectural relief belonging to the U of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) […]

Student Protests Return to Tokyo

Contributing Editors’ Note: Due to recent media attention on the activists of Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy (SEALDS), we have moved up Robin O’Day’s report in this article series—“Social Movements in Japan”— to reflect its timeliness. Note on photographs: The author took all photographs of the August 23, 2015 SEALDS demonstration.  Do not reproduce […]

Mobile Home Community Closures Preferred Despite Worsening Housing Crisis

Manufactured housing in the United States has developed into a secondary housing market designed for lower-income families hoping to achieve the American dream of owning a home on a limited budget. Commonly referred to as mobile homes or trailers, an estimated 20 million Americans live in manufactured homes. 35% of these units are sited in mobile […]

Futurecasting Anthropology

Futurists are scientists that use data analysis, ethnographic methods and other scientific procedures to design and make predictions about our future. To do this, they do something called futurecasting. Futurecasting is the process of mixing of social science, data, economic analysis, technology and conversation as a predictor of what may be the future of humans. […]

An Anthropological Endeavor

I was very inquisitive about having the opportunity of understanding how two anthropologists, Gretchen Bakke and Marina Peterson, formed their content for an upcoming publication pertaining to anthropology of the arts. Considering my own approaches to choosing the content for my Anthropology News columns, I did not want to approach my writing as a traditional […]

Anthropologists and the Moynihan Report

Family Structure, Race and Poverty Ours is a society which presumes male leadership in private and public affairs. The arrangements of society facilitate such leadership and reward it. A sub-culture, such as that of the Negro American, in which this is not the pattern, is placed at a distinct disadvantage. —DP Moynihan, The Negro Family: […]