How Can Service-Learning Serve in Medical Anthropology?

Service-learning can challenge anthropology students to put methods into practice, and to apply cultural relativism to local contexts. In spring 2017, I taught an undergraduate course called Mental Health in Global Perspective. It is a critical survey of psychological anthropology, transcultural psychiatry, and global mental health literature, and this time I added a service-learning component. […]

Ostrach’s 2017 Health Policy in a Time of Crisis

“In Catalunya and beyond, abortion is never just a medical or even a moral issue. It is an explosive nexus of intense social conflict over power, ‘rights,’ bodily autonomy, access to health care and the equal distribution of resources in society” (Ostrach 2017: 69). Health Policy in a Time of Crisis stems from ten months […]

The Voice of Hunger, Part 2

A Two Part Series on Lives Sacrificed under Turkey’s State of Emergency For Nuriye, Semih and many other brave souls who choose to carry on… Part 2: Hunger In January 2017, Gülmen and Özakça hinted at the possibility of a hunger strike if the Turkish state continued to dismiss their demands. On March 9, they […]

The Voice of Hunger, Part 1

A Two Part Series on Lives Sacrificed under Turkey’s State of Emergency For Nuriye, Semih and many other brave souls who choose to carry on… Part 1: The Statue of Human Rights In Ankara’s Yüksel Street, there is a sculpture. It depicts a woman sitting on a chair and reading a copy of the Declaration […]

Racial Projects

Classifying Racial Ambiguity for Equal Employment I write this particularly after the Rachel Dolezal phenomenon, with attempts to push forward the conversation on race by asking how it operates through its social construction. At the heart of this story and the fieldwork are debates between identity and race, our tendency to conflate the two, and […]

Adapting Social Media to Arabian Gulf Norms

 Social media users adapt technologies to accommodate local privacy concerns. Saudi Arabia ranks seventh in the world for per-capita social media accounts. Much of this use is driven by the popularity of social media among younger generations, who comprise over half the population in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. Yet social media platforms imported […]

Dropping the Ball

The power of sports might be the greatest for a parent. Watching one’s child run, jump, or score is a true electric thrill. My son is nearly two years old, but when he puts the basketball in his two-foot bucket, the widest smile you can imagine overcomes me. [pquote]Judging LaVar for his “click-baity” comments alone […]

Introduction to “Maintaining Refuge”

This introduction is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. The last few years have witnessed a rising tide of concern about a rising tide of refugees and migrants. As some countries have responded positively, others have moved definitively toward rejection. For refugees and migrants, the navigation of being human and becoming human overlays the navigation of […]

The Hidden Costs of Reducing Refugee Arrivals  

Reductions in refugee arrivals diminish the viability of the US resettlement program and threaten those already admitted. This article is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. Refugee resettlement has evolved to rely on private service provision and public funding. Since the end of World War II, the nonprofits doing the work of resettlement have shifted from […]

Migrant Resilience and Refuge in the Trump Era

As we enter a new deportation era migrant communities near and far from the border are getting organized. This article is part of the Maintaining Refuge series. Following the installation of a president who has vowed to create a “deportation force,” communities with undocumented members are experiencing increased levels of fear and stress. Whether living along […]