Call for Proposals: Health and Well-being

With health policy debates in the US ongoing, AN invites proposals for feature articles, commentary, photo essays and other media that shed an anthropological light on health and well-being past and present. We’re seeking engaging stories on topics from global health travel to infectious disease, evolutionary medicine to e/m-health interventions, ancient DNA and diets to […]

Life and Time after Fidel

What does the future hold for Cubans who came of age with the revolutionary state? On November 25, 2016, Fidel Castro Ruz passed away. As Cuba’s Commander-in-Chief from 1959 until 2008 (when power formally passed to his brother, Raúl), he headed a state that survived the tenures of ten US presidents, from Eisenhower to Obama. […]

Marching for Science in London

An anthropologist joins demonstrators and asks, “What happens next?” I am currently in London, beginning a year of fieldwork in climate finance, and on Saturday I joined the city’s March for Science. Straight from the field, I present my experience in the form of two fieldnotes, one for the day before and the day of […]

Storying Climate Change

Local testimonies build understandings of global climate change and galvanize meaningful action. There is a lot of talk about how we can bring the climate change message to individuals, communities, and even policymakers in the United States in this era of climate change denial and even denial of the foundation of our knowledge base—science. I […]

Cities as Migrant Emplacement

São Paulo rappers are remaking the cultural space of the city. We’ve joined forces with AAA’s public education initiative “World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration” to run an ongoing series of articles on migration and displacement. Click here for all World on the Move articles. Current events continue to remind us that migration is a […]

Grounded Dreams?

Hong Kong and Hollywood face the challenges of a globalizing movie economy. Hortense Powdermaker’s analysis of a Hollywood movie industry driven by extreme uncertainty, anxiety, and crisis in Hollywood, the Dream Factory (1950), remains just as relevant to today’s industry marked by increasing post-Fordist production and globalization. The offshoring of production jobs from the dream […]

Watching Movies in Ghana

Re-presenting the stuff of dreams and invisible forces, films feed the popular imagination. “It’s true, it’s true. All these things happen, all these things happen in real life. In reality,” Paulina, a fan of Ghanaian movies, told me at the beginning of my research on Ghana’s emergent local film industry in the fall of 1996. […]

The Accidental Celebrity

Achieving media stardom takes more than luck. It requires hard work and perseverance. City of stars Are you shining just for me? City of stars You never shined so brightly —Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, “City of Stars,” from the film La La Land (2016) Being a celebrity is hard work. This observation […]

Film for Good

Can cinema produce social justice? Six decades separate the #OscarsSoWhite movement and the publication of Hortense Powdermaker’s ethnography on Hollywood’s inner workings Hollywood, the Dream Factory: An Anthropologist Looks at the Movie-Makers (1950). Yet Powdermaker’s analysis presents a clear diagnosis of the structures the contemporary movement struggles against. Powdermaker writes about the power of the […]

Influential Women of and for Anthropology

AN’s contributing editors were asked to identify the ethnographies (and other works) most influential to them, their careers, and their work. Below are descriptions of those ethnographies, ethnographers, other works, and their impact. Precarious Japan by Anne Allison Kelly Alexander is author of “What’s Your Beef” and an upcoming Opinion column on anthropology of food One afternoon […]