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, […]

Women in the Middle East Take a Stand

The 2016 edition of the Arab Human Development Report by the UNDP highlighted the challenges of reporting on young women in the region. The report’s authors encountered objections to their nuanced depiction of women in the region. Their examination of how young women, who were subject to prevailing norms, found ways to circumvent societal forces […]

Animating Resistance

Anthropology as Public Pedagogy On January 25, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum pushing forward construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The action sparked a new wave of protests across the nation in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies, who vowed to continue in the struggle to protect their homeland from contamination. […]

Trump Echoes Bush in Middle East Visit

President Introduces New Term into Counterterrorism Lexicon President Trump embarked on his first international trip since moving into the White House after a special counsel was appointed to investigate his campaign’s ties to Russia and concerns about obstruction of justice. Each day leading up to his departure brought a fusillade of damning reports about his […]

Managing Hope after Affirmative Action

What “Diversity of Thought” Reveals About the Disappearing Corporate Ladder   In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg took the media by storm with the publication of her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Many in the diversity management profession applauded her, despite critiques by intersectional feminist scholars that her purported universal advice offered […]

Photographing African Migration to Sicily

Refugees of the neoliberal global economy, unaccompanied African minors are leaving for Europe in search of a brighter future. [pquote]This series of photographs—both bleak and hopeful—sheds light on the lived experiences of unaccompanied African youth finding refuge in Sicily amidst a global migratory crisis.[/pquote]In 2016, more than one million refugees crossed the Mediterranean from Africa […]

Whose Populism? Which Democracy?

“Populism” conflates widely disparate political projects under one conceptual category. The term demands closer anthropological analysis. [pquote]The assumption that the popular classes are an ignorant, easily manipulated mass is not confined to the political establishment or the liberal corporate media. It is an assumption that many (otherwise) neutral academics may make as well.[/pquote]“The new enemy.” […]

When White Nationalism Became Popular

What rising white nationalism says about race in the 21st century US. On November 12th, 2016 TheDailyStormer.com, a neo-Nazi website with a monthly viewership of over two million lead with the headline, “The Swastika Reigns in Germany! Trump reigns in America!” After the election a popular thread on the white nationalist website Stormfront.org, with over […]