Our responses to social, cultural, and political changes often reflect the tension generated through cooperation and/or opposition in the process of transformation. The Council on Anthropology and Education’s (CAE) Committee #11 (Disability Studies in Education) created a panel to address the intersections between disability studies in education and this year’s American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.
Join Culture & Agriculture for an exciting program of paper sessions, distinguished speakers—Eric Holt-Giménez—and swingin’ receptions at the 2018 American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in San José, California!
One crisp January afternoon one of us (Sarah) sat in the living room of Guadalupe, an immigrant farmworker in California’s Central Valley, as she explained why she had refused to accept Emergency Medicaid to cover her children’s delivery. Quietly and calmly, as though she were describing an ordinary event, Guadalupe shared how she and her husband scraped together the funds each month—on a farmworking salary averaging about $18,000 a year—to pay off the more than $20,000 debt they owed hospitals for the births of their children.
The incompatibility of caregiving and workplace promotion in the United States is widely documented as a challenge to gender diversity in the academy, especially in leadership positions.
This is an introductory text to social and cultural anthropology from a biocultural perspective. What does that exactly mean? Anthropology is at the crossroads between the humanities and the natural sciences. Many prefer to take one of the roads and forget about the other, as if they were incompatible alternatives. My proposal in this book is to bring them together in a productive synthesis.
Richard R. Randolph, professor emeritus in the Anthropology Department at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), died on July 30, 2018, at age 83. Randolph was a member the founding faculty of UCSC in 1965. In addition, he was a founding member Cowell College and the Anthropology Board of Studies.
Edgar (Bud) Winans, emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Washington, died in his Seattle home on July 14, 2017. He was a pillar of the Anthropology Department at the University of Washington, where he taught for half a century, retiring in 2003.
In late September 2017, in the quiet days that followed the annual feast of the Holy Cross in Santa Cruz Mixtepec, Oaxaca, I found a coin in the mouth of Jesus Christ. The silvery five centavo piece was lodged in the open mouth of a large wooden statue of Christ carrying the cross, known locally as El Dulce Nombre.
What intrigued me about plasticity was that it was not yet tamed into something consistent: my fieldwork unfolded in a situation in which the old truth of cerebral fixity had already been dissolved by plasticity—but plasticity had not yet been stabilized. It still could be many different, in part mutually exclusive, things. To me, it was a bit as if the brain—and along with it the human—had been released from a form of knowledge that claimed to exhaust it. It was as if the brain and the human as constituted by the brain had broken free.
Words take center stage in the verbal sparring of the Twitter age. But, amidst the endless talk and noise of today’s political landscape, we often overlook the powerful communicative potential of silence.