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: […]

On Transitioning Field Sites

With extensive methods training and previous research experience guiding me, I confidently entered the field in 2013 to investigate the relationships between gendered violence, peace building efforts, and land conflict in post-conflict northern Uganda. The project was collaborative, interdisciplinary, and laid the groundwork for my subsequent dissertation project. I came out of the experience with […]

Introduction to the Series “Social Movements in Japan”

Contributing Editors’ Note: We present our next Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA) article series on the social movements that are presently occurring in Japan, with David H Slater (Sophia U) as this series’ curator. What follows is his introduction to the context and content of the four forthcoming reports in this series. The triple […]

Two Anthropologists Look beyond Diplomacy for a Peace Framework in South Sudan

Sharon E Hutchinson (U Wisconsin–Madison) and Naomi R Pendle (London School of Economics and Political Science) have just published “Violence, legitimacy, and prophecy: Nuer struggles with uncertainty in South Sudan” in American Ethnologist. Their article is particularly timely because July 2015 marks the fourth anniversary of independence for South Sudan, which is the world’s newest […]

“Pro-Government” Is Not “Pro-Corruption” in the Aftermath of the Nepal Earthquakes

Since the April 25th earthquake in Nepal, as anthropologists, aid workers, Nepalis and outsiders, we have responded to our grief in both laudable and questionable ways. Many of us have thrown ourselves into action through the networks and organizations we are connected to in Nepal. In an environment rife with anguish and critique, we admire […]

Strength, Security, Resilience and Nepal’s Great Earthquake

Newars, one of Nepal’s many ethnic groups, have a traditional way of responding to earthquakes. When a quake comes, adult men are supposed to stand up and yell loudly, while women should place their hands on the ground and recite soothing mantras to comfort the earth in its agitation. In fact, none of my friends […]