Towards Emancipatory Education Across Nations

In dialogue with Pablo Imen, member of the Latin American Educational Emancipatory Network The Cooperative Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, took an initiative a few years ago: networking to construct a common agenda around emancipatory educational practices. Building upon the work of several different educational groups composed by principals, teachers, and other educational workers, this […]

Space of Mediation

Why do international labor recruiters in China charge so much, and why are they difficult to regulate? Unskilled Chinese workers pay an average of US$8,000 (including US$ 3,000 security bond that would be confiscated if they violate any rules) in 2010 to secure a job in Japan, Singapore and South Korea, their top three choices. […]

Interview with Joshua Hotaka Roth

Jennifer Bruno: What inspired you to undertake your research with Japanese Brazilian migrants in Japan? Joshua Hotaka Roth: There was a lot of excitement about globalization and transnationalism when I was in graduate school in the early 1990s. I had befriended several Japanese Brazilians when I was in university in Japan in 1989, just as […]

SUNTA Leeds Prize

SUNTA is please to offer the nomination of Mun Young Cho for the 2014 LEEDS prize. The Society for Urban, National and Transnational Anthropology (SUNTA) is pleased to award the 2015 Anthony Leeds Prize to Mun Young Cho for her book The Specter of “The People”: Urban Poverty in Northeast China (Cornell University Press, 2013). Amidst China’s […]

What Wilderness?

I love reading, writing, teaching, and engaging in research about the environment, so much so that I spend a large part of my year, when I am not teaching, traveling to field sites that help me better understand the environment and our relation to it.  Particularly fascinating to me is the conflict that exists regarding […]

On Being a Near-Native Speaker

On my recent trip to Bolivia, my mother-in-law looked at me curiously, then commented, “You know, Anna, you sound almost just like us.  But there’s always something; there’s always some little thing…” she shook her head, as if trying and failing to put her finger on what, exactly, made me different. While the insider/outsider dichotomy […]

Bulgaria’s Guerrilla 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 […]

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Hard to believe it but we have come to our twelfth and final contribution in this yearlong series aimed at helping undergraduate anthropology majors better situate themselves for future success within the discipline.  Over the past year we have strived to delineate some practical measures that students can utilize to expedite their advancement along this […]

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 […]