Childbirth in the Americas: Part One

Rumors, Threats and C-Sections in Rural Yucatan. Veronica Miranda, U Kentucky. Series Introduction by Eliza Williamson and Mounia El Kotni.   Introduction Eliza Williamson Mounia El Kotni In her influential comparative ethnography, Birth in Four Cultures, Brigitte Jordan asserts that “birth is everywhere culturally marked and shaped” (1993 [1978]: 1). Childbirth may be a human universal, […]

Rina Sherman and the Ovahimba

Exhibit Review Approach the exhibit hall of the Francois Mitterrand National Library of France (BnF) Donor’s Gallery in Paris, and the full on gaze of the headman of Etanga beckons to the visitor to enter. Head turned to watch as you approach, he is surrounded by cattle while standing there in his dry, dusty field. […]

The Absent Crowd

What imagery has come to define political life in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe? In the summer of 2012, a few hundred protesters gathering weekly in front of the prime minister’s office (Kantei-mae) grew into hundreds of thousands. Every Friday evening, the crowd manifested itself, pouring silently out of subway exits and municipal buses, politely […]

Painting Anthropology

My skills as a portrait painter provide me with a helpful ethnographic way of getting to know my “informants” during fieldwork. I invite people to pose for a portrait for several hours over many days in a one-on-one setting. The sessions provide an extraordinary opportunity for us to hang out together during regular periods of time […]

Don’t Throw Out the Baby with Social Evolution

Revisiting “Tribe” in the Middle East and North Africa In college and graduate school, smarting from years of patronizing and homogenizing images of Arabs, I rejected the social evolutionary assumptions in so many of the texts I read. I also argued vehemently against the use of “tribe” in anthropology, a term that appeared to lump […]

Two More Views on Anthropologists and Boycotts

Note from the editor: Anthropology News shares here two essays that discuss the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement (BDS) as it relates to current discussions among anthropologists. As a reminder, all essays appearing in AN reflect the views of the authors; their publication does not signify endorsement by AN or the AAA. Authors are expected to verify all factual […]

Crafting Interactive Journalism

To understand the current social movements and protest culture in Japan, it is necessary to understand the role played by the mass and alternative media. In the wake of the 3.11 earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disasters, a sense that the mass media had failed to accurately report on the nuclear contamination at Fukushima galvanized a group of individuals […]

Teaching Globalization with Sci-Fi

I teach about the South Pacific in introductory anthropology. With a price tag on everything, the most important lesson for college students is the gift. So, over the past several years, I have used an ethnography of the Orokaiva people of Papua New Guinea alongside a film, Letter to the Dead (André Iteanu and Eytan […]

Student Protests Return to Tokyo

Contributing Editors’ Note: Due to recent media attention on the activists of Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy (SEALDS), we have moved up Robin O’Day’s report in this article series—“Social Movements in Japan”— to reflect its timeliness. Note on photographs: The author took all photographs of the August 23, 2015 SEALDS demonstration.  Do not reproduce […]

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: […]