“Capitalism Is Just around the Corner…”

A view on tourism and economic development from rural Cuba Expanding private business “Everyone is now crazy for renting,” my friend Julio told me during my last stay in Viñales, in the summer of 2016. Julio was referring to the boom in private tourism rentals, known as casas particulares, in this rural Cuban town. The […]

Sustainable Tourism… for Development?

Not a day goes by without being confronted, one way or the other, with the multiple environmental, societal, and economic challenges that our planet faces. Because it is impossible to tackle all problems at once, the United Nations (UN) has created so-called international observances—special days, weeks, months, years, and even decades that highlight an issue […]

Anthropologists Weigh in on the Sustainability of Tourism

With 1 billion annual tourists worldwide (and rising), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) declared 2017 the Year of Sustainable Tourism. But how—and if—tourism can be sustainable, particularly as we strive to conserve cultural and natural heritage from man-made pressures is debatable, In May, the International Committee on Cultural Tourism (ICTC), a sub-committee of the International […]


How to Teach about African Foragers One of my favorite courses to teach centers around a problematic category: hunter-gatherers. But the problematic nature is also one of the reasons why I enjoy teaching this course—it allows me to integrate scientific and critical perspectives in anthropology to train students to recognize myths about foragers and their […]

Looking Back at “Anthropology on the Front Lines”

On May 1 and 2, University of California Berkeley’s Department of Anthropology hosted a conference, “Anthropology on the Front Lines,” in honor of Nancy Scheper-Hughes and in celebration of barefoot anthropology. In what follows, two conference participants, David Napier Meira Weiss, reflect on the conference, and the impact of engaged anthropology and Scheper-Hughes on their own work […]

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 […]

Adapting Social Media to Arabian Gulf Norms

 Social media users adapt technologies to accommodate local privacy concerns. Saudi Arabia ranks seventh in the world for per-capita social media accounts. Much of this use is driven by the popularity of social media among younger generations, who comprise over half the population in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. Yet social media platforms imported […]

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 […]

The Hidden Costs of Reducing Refugee Arrivals  

Reductions in refugee arrivals diminish the viability of the US resettlement program and threaten those already admitted. This article is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. Refugee resettlement has evolved to rely on private service provision and public funding. Since the end of World War II, the nonprofits doing the work of resettlement have shifted from […]