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 […]

“I Don’t Always March, but When I Do, I March My Ass to Work”

Labor, Intersectional Feminism, and the Women’s March The evening after the Women’s March in January, social media feeds filled with photos of protest signs and pink pussy hats. Simultaneously, social media posts circulated claiming that marchers did not represent all women. One meme, liked by women working at my field site, stood out to me. […]

ASA Update June 2017

It took a while for the ASA to adopt to the resignation of our long-time editor Paul Doughty.  Replacing indefatigable Paul has been difficult; the ASA is forever in his debt. But we have been busy! Jim Weil has been hard at work creating sessions for our usual Thursday slot at the DC meetings, including […]

SUNTA Student Prize Announcements

SUNTA Graduate Student Paper Prize. Submissions Due: September 10, 2017 The Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) is pleased to announce its graduate paper prize competition. We are seeking student papers that address SUNTA’s interests, including urban life, space and place, poverty and homelessness, transnational social processes, impacts of globalization, refugees and immigration. The prize […]

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 […]

Pride in Resistance

In the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Pride marches and parades are taking place against a backdrop where taking to the streets has been resignified as a potent, urgent act of resistance. From the Women’s March to the rallies against the refugee ban to the March for Science, a range of social movements have reembraced […]

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 […]