Criminalizing the Destruction of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Federico Lenzerini wrote, “Intangible cultural heritage, which comprises all immaterial manifestations of culture, represents the variety of living heritage of humanity as well as the most important vehicle of cultural diversity.” Despite its undeniable and universal value, intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is being destroyed on an active and worldwide basis. Criminalizing the destruction of ICH […]

2016 Recipient of the AfAA’s Elliott P. Skinner Book Award

James Ferguson, Susan S. and William H. Hindle Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, is the 2016 recipient of the Elliott P. Skinner Book Award for his book Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution, published by Duke University Press. In addition, there are two […]

The Science of the Story

  I recently returned from the 13th Biennial Scientific Conference of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Grand Teton National Park. This was an unusual conference for a social scientist to attend, but, in terms of conference papers and presentations, it was ideal for my purposes. The conference theme was “Building on the Past, Leading into the […]

Reading Masculinities through the “Cat Man of Aleppo”

In recent years, the study of men and masculinities has become an important part of women’s and gender studies, and scholars from a multitude of disciplines have made the topic a central theme in their research. Indeed, the lived experiences of men are so diverse that studies of manhood do have much to offer to […]

Roy D’Andrade

Roy D’Andrade, cultural anthropologist and a founder of cognitive anthropology, died on October 20, 2016. He was emeritus professor at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Connecticut. D’Andrade’s work is notable for disciplinary and sub-disciplinary boundary crossing. He was an omnivorous social scientist whose work combined scientific rigor with deep thinking […]

On Fieldwork and the Construction of Knowledge / Sobre el trabajo de campo y la construcción de conocimiento

(El artículo original en español “Sobre el trabajo de campo y la construcción de conocimiento” aparece a continuación abajo) From Malinowski to the present, a central point for anthropological research is fieldwork. Some texts show us how objectivity in anthropological research is mere illusion, for knowledge is situated (Haraway, 1988; Kondo, 1986; Rosaldo, 1989). Fabian […]

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones passed away on September 3, 2015. Jones was the second of four sons born to Marian Ginn Jones and William Powell Jones of Gates Mills, Ohio. He earned a BA in English literature at Harvard College, and an MA (1963) and PhD (1969) in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia Chris […]

In and Out of Japan

2015 was the first time since 1920 that the population of Japan declined, and it is estimated that it will continue doing so. By 2100, 35% of the population will be over 65 years of age. International commentators, from journalists to researchers, recommend Japan increase immigration. And yet, Prime Minister Abe recently stated that Japan’s […]

The Creepiest Clown

While presidential politics dominated newspaper headlines this summer and fall, back pages carried news of a mystifying side show: encounters—or rumors of encounters—with “creepy clowns.” In August, children in Greenville, South Carolina, reported “creepy clowns” trying to lure children into the woods to a lair in an abandoned house by a lake (fears perhaps inspired […]

Human Trafficking in a Time of Crisis

How exaggerated media reports misconceive the realities of migration and displacement.   We’ve joined forces with AAA’s latest public education initiative “World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration” to launch an ongoing series of articles on migration and displacement. Click here for all our World on the Move articles. The current refugee crisis […]