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 […]

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, […]

Take a Stand on Austerity

Brief from the Critical Anthropology of Global Health SIG Responding to recent global financial crises and related austerity measures, the Critical Anthropology of Global Health (CAGH) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Society for Medical Anthropology launched the Take a Stand (TAS) on Austerity initiative in 2013. Among the committee’s first steps has been drafting the […]