Anthropology and the Rashomon Effect

A Reflection on Group Fieldwork. There is a high-fever-pitch limbic sensation of simultaneously registering something you heard or read as wrong, and the antsy, itchy, compulsion to raise your hand, right there, everyone in the room as your witness. You might write a comment or review, maybe draft an article, or even embark on a […]

Anthropology Matters! in Brief

Anthropology News invited members to report on the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, from reflections on a panels, to gonzo-style reporting, to anthropological impressions of the District.  On “Detained on Trumped up Charges: Migrants and the Ascendant US Security-State” Fiona Murphy 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, November 29—After a jetlagged night, I wake in the […]

Refugees and Police Violence in Calais

An anthropologist reflects on ethical responsibility and everyday violence. Sitting on a bench in a beautiful town-center park in Calais, we speak to a number of Ethiopian refugees who tell us they are worried about further confrontation with the police. I am volunteering with a British NGO as part of my fieldwork, and, accompanied by […]

What’s in Your Annual Meeting Bag?

Over the summer, AN asked anthropologists what they pack in their field bags. This time, anthropologists share what they’ve packed for the AAA Annual Meeting. Oguz Alyanak Three items stand out in this backpack. First, the Turkish passport. It is not its presence but its absence that I fear—perhaps more than ever today. Second, the evil eye. My mom said to carry it […]

Doing Good by Doing Well in Business Anthropology

It is axiomatic that educators hope that students use their skills to improve their communities. “Doing good” in the world outside of academia can often translate into “doing well” in academic work. This is the philosophy of Business Anthropology training at the University of Minnesota. The Business Anthropology course combines academic work and real-world problems […]

Cultural Change in Business School Curricula

Integrating multiple disciplinary approaches continues to be a challenge in higher education. Despite a growing number of disciplinary hybrids and many examples of successful multiple disciplinary teams, significant obstacles remain to creating integrated curricula. For me, this is a familiar challenge: Three years ago I began introducing design and anthropology to a business school curriculum. […]

Pathways to the Future

The business anthropology wave. For-profit business corporations are, along with nation-states, arguably one of the most powerful institutions shaping the modern world. My interest in business anthropology developed as I tried to study them, which began in the year 2000. I had just completed a theoretical book concerned with the movement of culture through the […]

Cultivating Opportunities

Enriching change through business anthropology. The discipline of anthropology is changing through a steady rise in anthropological practice. A network of anthropologists interested in the many facets of anthropological practice—including research, employment, consulting, and education—has formed and welcomes your participation. It is known as the Business Anthropology Community.[pquote]The Business Anthropology Community’s goal is to advance […]

Building on Consensus

Cultural analysis for managing risk and quality on transformative organizational projects. Studying cultural change is at the core of many ethnographers’ everyday work. We apply the concepts, methods, and tools of social science to the research, yet our perspective all too often remains that of a spectator analyzing from the sidelines. For anyone who wants […]

The Strength of Anthropology

Deciphering the Enigma of Social and Cultural Mechanisms [pquote]Anthropologists are still asked to resolve human problems as if there were some miracle solution… Anthropological answers are much more modest and often more effective.[/pquote]I still remember one of the first questions I was asked by a company manager. It was in the early 1970s, when he […]