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 […]

Anthropology for the Planet

Partnering with business for sustainability. Although the US federal government under the Trump administration is working to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency and withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, there is hope. An impressive array of US corporations, institutions, and sub-federal governments are stepping up to affirm their commitment to environmentally sustainable practices and […]

Call for 2018 Opinion Columnists Extended!

Deadline for submitting Opinion column proposals extended to December 15! We are seeking opinion columnists to write engaging, critical commentary for the Anthropology News website in 2018. Do you want to provide your anthropological viewpoint on current events or debates in anthropology? Can you write for a broad audience of anthropologists and non-anthropologists alike? We’re […]

Ask Me about My Science

Curious public means many opportunities for biological anthropologists willing to speak up I once took a cast of a Neandertal skull with me on a research trip, packing it in my carry-on luggage. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the TSA agents at the small Midwestern airport when that bag went through security. To […]

Reimagining Political Horizons

Anthropologists have long been engaged in resistance and activism. “Social movements have been important spaces for generating anthropological theory,” Leith Mullings insisted in her bold 2013 presidential address, entitled “Anthropology Matters.”  After participating in the 1963 March on Washington, and watching in horror as her fellow civil rights activists were beaten and attacked with dogs […]

Good Intentions and Murky Ethics

How anthropology matters in short-term global health travel. According to Volunteer World, an online international volunteer placement platform, “International voluntary work plays a key role in delivering and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals,” such that “Volunteer World provides the chance to become active and help reach the SDG Goal #03 Good Health And Well-Being.” For […]

Anthropology in Unseen Spaces

Documenting the human costs of the US security-state. This spring, Esperanza, a Salvadoran woman in the small California Central Valley town of Mendota, was on her way to church when the police pulled her over for having “overly tinted windows.” As is becoming more common in this rural town in conservative Fresno County—a county that depends […]

Latinx America and an Anthropology of Dissent

[pquote]Instead of proclaiming and declaring anthropology’s importance, we should step back and ask: What is the matter with anthropology?[/pquote]Our Annual Meeting theme has a problem. “Anthropology Matters!” both asserts the discipline’s relevance and considers anthropology’s subjects of study, but as an anthropologist of color, I question the wisdom in upholding this at face value. If […]