Resurrecting Ferrets and Remaking Ecosystems

Cryopreservation provides the tools for crafting a new scientific ice age, in which the ability to freeze and store biological materials is pivotal to assisted human reproduction, livestock breeding, and conservation biology. These three practices converge in the revival of the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), the most endangered mammal in North America.

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

A brazen emu emerged from the scrub, intentions unknown, and began to circle us, pivoting her head often to preserve a radius of about 15 feet. Her gaze alternated between us and our instrumentation, giving us the impression of intense curiosity, although we are trained to never anthropomorphize wild animals.

Committee on Language and Social Justice Meeting Report

The SLA Committee on Language and Social Justice (LSJ) aims to increase awareness, both within the AAA and among the general public, of the ways that language is implicated in social discrimination; and where appropriate, to respond to language-related injustice.

Protesting Border Patrol on Campus

Denisse Moreno Melchor, 20, and Mariel Alexandra Bustamante, 22, along with other students, peacefully protested the presence of Border Patrol at their university, a place they go to learn. As pedagogical research has shown (e.g. Smith 2011), learning can only take place when students are safe, and moreover, feel safe.

No Means I Love You”

“No” was my mother’s constant refrain. Every time I questioned her refusal to grant whatever request I had made that entailed being out of her presence, she responded with her favorite aphorism: “No means I love you.”

Staging Harmony in China’s Urban Dance Competitions

At a recent government-sponsored dance competition for retirees in Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, more than 20 groups of retired women took to the stage to perform a dance routine set to Kangding Qingge, a Chinese pop song with lyrics extolling the romance of the Tibetan grasslands.

SAFN Presents Three Annual Paper Awards

SAFN presented four students with its three annual paper awards during the 2018 annual AAA meeting. The Christine Wilson Award is presented to outstanding undergraduate and graduate student research papers that examine topics within the perspectives in nutrition, food studies and anthropology.

New Design for the NAPA Website

What is the purpose of an association website? For NAPA, the main objective of the association’s website is to serve members and potential members. In addition, along with NAPA’s social media outlets, it serves as the primary public face of NAPA.

Readmission Policy and State-NGO-Funder Relations in Malawi

How can ethnographic attention to the production of a revised student pregnancy policy complicate scholarship on the weakening of the African state in relation to funders and NGOS? Is state disempowerment in places like Malawi—where international funders provide approximately 40 percent of the country’s annual budget—wholesale? Who gets to define the legislative parameters around youth sexuality, a locus of transnational moral anxiety?

Ritualized Violence in Urban Guatemala

Gang-style homicides and lynch mob beatings occur regularly in the Guatemalan city of Quetzaltenango, where gang and vigilante violence have supplanted state violence as the primary registers of power. Public records in Guatemala reveal young men are the most frequent perpetrators of violent crime, but they are also its most likely victims.