Process the Trump

To understand Trump’s populist appeal we must go beyond linguistic form to focus on the semiotic and ideological dimensions of language use. The rise of populist and anti-intellectual discourses have many scholars and educators concerned about the state of academic freedom. Since the election of Trump, the rise of anti-intellectualism has become a more urgent […]

Trump, Uber, and the Changing Shape of Work

On political rhetoric and the sharing economy boom. “You’re fired.” A decade ago, in the heat of the TV lights, those two words served as Donald Trump’s trademark. The Apprentice was a world energized by endless competition and entrepreneurial risk. No safe employment here. On the campaign trail last year, Trump began broadcasting a new […]

Turning to Trump  

Notes on health care, Trump rhetoric, and feeling neglected in rural Pennsylvania. “Santa was here!” my four-year-old son gleefully shouts as he wakes me by pulling off my blanket. It is our last day of fieldwork at the Petersen’s and indeed, it seems as if Santa Claus has come early this year. Jenny, our host, […]

UKIP after the Referendum

A populist movement struggles to find its purpose as Britain heads for Brexit. Late in the evening on June 23, 2016, I stood in the middle of a sports center gymnasium not far from the heart of Sheffield, England. The gym had been transformed that night to serve as the city’s counting station for the […]

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 […]

Of Populists and Mutants

Venezuela’s public murals depict ongoing relations between “the people” and Chávez. In the days following Donald Trump’s inauguration, a number of Latin American commentators rushed to establish parallels between the new president and Latin American political leaders in the US media. One commentary went as far as defining “[p]opulism, authoritarianism, personalism, machismo, racialism, and caudillismo,” […]

Advertising Populism in Hungary

In 2015 the government used billboards to promote its anti-immigration stance. A satirical opposition hit back.  Visitors to Hungary in in the spring of 2015 were likely to see blue billboards scattered around the country, primarily in the capital city of Budapest. While they may have noticed that several were defaced, it is unlikely they […]

Research in Pain

Sally Campbell Galman is an artist, associate professor of child and family studies at UMass Amherst, and editor of Anthropology and Education Quarterly. Correction: The article in the Anthropology News print magazine 58(3): 14–17, misidentifies Sally Campbell Galman as a professor of anthropology. She is, in fact, a professor of child and family studies at UMass Amherst. Cite as: […]