A Defense of the Charlottesville Counter-Protesters

Not all forms of violence are created equal. On August 12, violence unfolded at a white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. President Trump’s immediate reaction placed equal blame for the violence on the white supremacists and those that protested their rally. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of […]

Muslim Dandies

How do the sartorial choices made by Muslim men also reflect and reproduce particular ideas and societal norms? In my own work with young Muslims I found that men’s dress was just as meaningful women’s clothing and likewise is in conversation with larger issues of gender, religion, and power as well as race and belonging.

The Continuous Labor of Fashion 

It’s easy to hate the bloggers. At New York Fashion Week, the premier semi-annual industry event where brands display their wares six months before they hit the stores, they often show up in packs. They strut down the sidewalk, clutching handbags and smartphones, hair streaming behind them, sleeves swaying in the breeze, while dozens of street style photographers crouch down to get shots of them. Bloggers—now often referred to with the more expansive and ambiguous title of “influencers”—are an annoyance to many industry insiders, their look-at-me antics distracting from the “serious business” of fashion. But at Fashion Week, bloggers no longer stand out. They are not anomalies, but prototypes, embodying and exemplifying the way the labor of fashion is done today.


Corseting in the popular imagination is rife with myths: it was a distinctly upper-class practice; women frequently died from having their laces tied too tight; the garment was inherently exotic or erotic in nature. However, what we think we know about the cultural and physical effects of corseting in the 18th and 19th centuries diverges somewhat from the evidence, and can create a discourse lacking in accuracy and scientific rigor.

To Dwell in Seams

Fashion has an uncanny way of conjuring the histories and memories of people and geographies—of other places in other times—for the people work to make fashion. For me, fashion is not only an object of academic inquiry, but also a way of seeing and being with people who communicate through materiality: Cloth is the center of livelihood.

About a Boy and a Wig Curler

Dress is personal, symbolic, and multifaceted; it is tied to taste, emulation, production, and consumption. How one covers and adorns the body is a powerful statement of political and personal identities.

What’s in Your Bag?

 As another fieldwork season comes to a close and classes, sabbaticals, and more ventures into the field begin, anthropologists are unpacking and repacking  their bags. Anthropology News wants to know what’s in them. From the North Pole to the tropics, anthropologists from across the discipline’s subfields answer the question, What’s in your bag?

An Anthropologist Looks for Justice in Guantanamo Bay

The issues posed by the vehicle of military commissions, access of the defense to classified evidence, impact of torture on subsequent interrogations, and relevance and category of “alien unprivileged enemy belligerent” are all in question. These legal questions are important in contesting the shape of our post-9/11 world. They are potentially precedent-setting for the still emergent law of war. 

Warning – Your Internet Is Not Secure

Anthropologists in the field or at the desk usually take great care to protect the privacy of their sources and have done so even before the Institutional Review Board process developed. But with more and more communications and scholarly exchanges, as well as publications, in digital form, there comes added risk to self and the […]