Peer Review and Academic Citizenship: A Call to Our Colleagues

Most of us who earned our degrees before the advent of email remember the thrill of being asked to write our first peer review. We both remember how a typed letter arrived, the request signed in pen by the editor. We quickly typed and mailed a letter saying we were deeply honored, and agreeing to […]

Fish Kills and Protests on the Islands of Chiloé

  Southern Chile’s Archipelago of Chiloé is a region best known for its mythology, historic churches, and communitarian labor practices like the minga. Earlier this month, though, it exploded in political unrest, drawing the attention of the international press. Thousands of protesters blocked roads and set fire to barricades on seaside ramps. Commercial access to […]

The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes . . . and a Canal

Anthropology and Nicaragua’s Interoceanic Canal The cab driver sized me (M. Petriello) up, “¿A dónde nos vamos?” (Where are we going?) he asked, assessing the fee and my Spanish simultaneously. After departing, we negotiated typical taxi conversation etiquette, but something felt different from my prior visits to Nicaragua. His speech emanated an immediate and urgent […]

The Nicaraguan Interoceanic Canal and Heritage Protection

Why consultations with Indigenous communities matter The construction of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal has garnered only a sporadic interest in the news media, one that does not match the immensity of the project and its potential to affect the natural environment and the lives of those who inhabit the region. As proposed, the canal […]

An Open Letter to the American Anthropologist and Responses

An Open Letter to the American Anthropologist Nadia Abu El-Haj Susan Slyomovics The recent issue of the American Anthropologist included a section presenting nine views on anthropology in Israel. The persons asked to respond to three questions about Israeli anthropology included “all living past heads of the Israel [sic] Anthropological Association,” a group whom Virginia […]

Why Refugee Resettlement Isn’t Enough

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are nearly 60 million refugees worldwide, the largest number in recorded history. The same report by the UNHCR states that “one in 122 humans is a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum”, and approximately 50 percent of this population is made up of children under […]

May the Folk Be with You

In 1979, on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s first UK general election victory, an advertisement appeared in London’s The Evening News. Paid for by the party, the half-page spread read, “Dear Maggie, May the Fourth Be with You.” This marked the first known printing of the pun behind what has come to be known as […]

Sounding Home

Syrian Musicians in Istanbul How might music produce of a sense of home for displaced Syrians in Turkey? What is the role of displaced Syrians in the preservation and transformation of their musical traditions? In addressing these and related questions my current research with Syrian musicians in Istanbul hopes to add to our understanding of […]

War in Syria and the Refugee Crisis

There are different ways in which the war in Syria and the ensuing refugee crisis can be made sense of anthropologically. When a crisis looms large on the global stage, the tendency is to focus on the immediacy of the crisis at hand and relegate to the background those that preceded it. While we focus […]

Letter to the Editor and Response: The Symbolic Violence of Choice

The Symbolic Violence of Fallacious Reasoning To the Editor: Re “The Symbolic Violence of Choice” (In Focus, March 2) On its face, Starrett’s essay resembles any anthropologically grounded think piece. It opens with a quote from a literary classic (Heller’s Catch-22) and cites a sociological construct (Bourdieu’s symbolic violence). It weighs in on a public […]