Bulgaria’s Guerilla Girl

In May of 1944, Bulgaria was at war with the United States, France, and Great Britain, and occupied large swaths of Northern Greece and Eastern Yugoslavia.  Across the country, rag-tag bands of guerrillas resisted the Nazi-allied Bulgarian monarchy.  In response to the growing threat of internal insurrection, King Boris III’s government deployed the gendarmerie to […]

Anthropology on the Long Tail

Small Big Data? Of the many hyperbolic predictions in bestselling books devoted to big data, none is more astounding than Mayer-Schönberger’s and Cukier’s claims that big data will eliminate the need for sampling (why sample when you’ve got all the data?). But here’s the thing. We don’t have all of the data. Let’s look at […]

Holes in the Gender Gap

The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 is out.  A total of 142 countries are listed according to what the World Economic Forum defines as gender equality and inequality in health, education, economy and politics.  If you are from Iceland, there is good news beyond the long arctic cold.  You are number one, followed in succession […]

Food for all in Latin America

Access to food is critical in several Latin American countries.What have been the self-organized responses to accessing food for all in Latin America? How have some of the governmental administrations responded to these issues? Over the past twenty years, peasants and rural families organized as worldwide coalitions or movements such as Vía Campesina. Other coalitions, […]

Going to Pottery Barn

When the U.S. decided to liberate Iraq only a decade ago, Secretary of State Colin Powell issued a warning behind the closed doors and to the closed minds of the war planners. It was the Pottery Barn rule: you break it and you own it.  Before Pottery Barn broke on the mall scene, I remember […]

Public Sector Anthropology and the Annual Meeting

  As the annual meeting of our organization approaches, my e-mail inbox fills up with messages about exciting sessions and calls for papers, notes from friends and colleagues inquiring about coffee dates and committee meetings.  And yet, despite longstanding investment in “the AAAs,” I’m not going this year.  Many constituent groups within AAA have been […]

Tweeting the Hell Train

Moving Across Scale and Platform in Seoul Walker, Rider, Smartphone Talker In Ryu Shin’s 2014 Seoul Arcade Project, the author, in the persona of the “walker” (구보), explores Seoul through Benjamin’s “Arcades Project,” focusing on the phantasmagoria of Korean capitalism and spectacle over the course of a day’s travel from Gangnam to Gangbuk and back again.  […]

Anthropology and Climate Change

Climate Change Denial: The Organized Creation and Emotional Embrace of Unsupported Science Claims The August 13, 2014 issue of Arctic News begins, “A catastrophe of unimaginable proportions is unfolding in the Arctic Ocean. Huge quantities of methane are erupting from the seafloor of the East Siberian Sea and entering the atmosphere over the Arctic Ocean”. This […]

Self-organization, Integration and Homeless People

Some people are stigmatized as excluded, marginalized, the poor, extreme poor people, homeless and helpless, and other categories with which western capitalist societies tend to label the living situation of people who do not conform to common sense patterns of the market economy. Palleres (2004) has documented that over time, people living on the streets […]

Producing Anthropology of Palestine-Israel

Discussing the Calls for an Academic Boycott at the Annual Meeting What does it mean to produce anthropology in Palestine-Israel, to conduct fieldwork there, to write ethnographies of the hopes, dreams, and lives dwelling there, and to contribute to debate about politics and projects targeting them? Viewing this year’s annual conference theme, “Producing Anthropology,” from […]