Advancing Age

Anthropological Perspectives on Being and Growing Older “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Attributed variously to Mark Twain, Jack Benny, and Satchel Paige, the quote’s provenance  is uncertain—and a perusal of the anthropological literature might cause us to doubt its purported wisdom. Given the graying of the world’s […]

Music – Anthropology – Life

The study of music is one of anthropology’s most daunting challenges. Across cultures and time, music intertwines with human life and meaning. Yet that meaning inheres in the music, in its specific embodied performance. Even with the advent of recording devices, it is impossible to capture the context of music, and exceedingly difficult to translate. […]

Six Ways Anthropologists Can Challenge White Supremacy

Recently, white supremacists attempted to defame Boasian Anthropology and its historic role in challenging scientific racism. This article proposes some concrete steps by which to challenge whiteness as a category of power and status, and is a follow-up to last month’s Diversity and the Rise of the Alt-Right. While this list is short, do not […]

Derek Roberts

July 1925–December 19, 2016 Derek Frank Bruce Roberts died in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK on 19 December 2016 at the age of 91 years. Roberts was born in London, UK in July 1925 and after army service during World War II received a degree in geography from the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge he developed an […]

Teaching from a Place of Hope in Indigenous Education

The Council on Anthropology and Education’s Standing Committee on Indigenous Education has had a presence at the American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting over the past decade. The CAE Indigenous Education Standing Committee #7 is dedicated to the exploration of anthropology of education from an Indigenous perspective. Member activities focus on engaging in theoretical and methodological […]

Waud Hocking Kracke

1939–2013 Waud Hocking Kracke, 74 (born in Beijing China, 1939) passed away of pancreatic cancer on December 31, 2013, at home in Hyde Park in Chicago. Kracke lived in Chicago from childhood and attended the University of Chicago Lab School before graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1958 and Harvard College in 1962. Kracke combined […]

Déjà Lu: A Journal of Global Anthropological Reprints

The American anthropological world over the past few decades has become increasingly aware  that anthropology is not just a Western but a global discipline. But the structure of this global discipline remains asymmetrical—while many anthropologists from elsewhere in the world are well aware of theoretical and ethnographic developments in anthropology in the United States and […]

Stanislaus Sandarupa

October 9, 1956–January 18, 2016 Stanislaus Sandarupa, Indonesian linguistic anthropologist and Hasanuddin University professor, passed away in Makassar, Indonesia on January 18, 2016. He was a widely recognized advocate for Toraja cultural preservation, an engaged mentor to scores of Indonesian students, and a friend to many foreign anthropologists doing research in Sulawesi. Born in the […]

My Propinquity Towards Grandiose Narratives

Our book, The U.S.-Mexico Transborder Region: Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interactions (Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez and Josiah Heyman, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2017: 401 pp.) is a labor of affection and hopefully a contribution to recasting a region that is often mischaracterized by only the brittle, bifurcating borderline imposed upon a common ecology only two grandmothers ago […]

Edith Turner

June 17, 1921–June 18, 2016 Edith Lucy Brocklesby Turner, “Edie,” passed away peacefully on June 18, 2016, the day after her 95th birthday. Turner was a singular and beloved figure in anthropology, both through her remarkable intellectual partnership with her husband Victor Turner, and through her own writing, teaching, editing, and fierce advocacy for story and […]