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. […]

Gendered Landscapes of Production

Maasai Women in Northern Tanzania Pastoralists living in the semi-arid rangelands of Northern Tanzania face a number of climate-related challenges that have become more difficult to reconcile with state-level development and land use policies over the past decade, as the human population continues to grow and natural resources become increasingly scarce. In Longido District, self-identifying […]

The Detroitists

Reflections of Detroit Ethnographers at the Anniversary of the 1967 Rebellion “The case of Detroit confirms that redevelopment had strong negative repercussions for racial minorities, here represented by African Americans, but offers additional insight into the way racial prejudice and conflict impeded efforts to stop city decline.” June Thomas, 2013 “Northern blacks lived as second-class […]

Busting Myths about Evolutionary Anthropology

Quarrels over human sociobiology in the 1970s and 1980s introduced several myths into anthropology. Although the heat has gone out of that controversy, these myths still divide the evolutionary and sociocultural subfields. At a time when our entire scholarly enterprise is under attack, we should avoid unnecessary internecine disputes. Here we dispel three of the […]

Five Fields Update

New Perspectives on Teaching and Practicing Anthropology The Five Fields Update Session for the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC promises to deliver an intriguing look at current trends in anthropology.  In addition to the usual and valuable updates on what is happening delivered from specialists across the subfields, this year’s session will offer a […]

Takie Sugiyama Lebra

February 6, 1930–May 26, 2017 Takie Sugiyama Lebra died in Honolulu on May 26, 2017, following a lengthy illness. She was born on February 6, 1930, in a rural village in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. She attended Tsuda College in Tokyo (1951), Gakushuin University in Tokyo (BA, Political Science, 1954), and the University of Pittsburgh (MA, […]

Joanna Kirkpatrick

September 6, 1929–April 7, 2017 Joanna Kirkpatrick, emerita professor at Bennington College, passed away on April 7, 2017, of complications from rheumatoid arthritis. She died in Boise, Idaho, where she lived in retirement. A sociocultural anthropologist whose research focused on South Asia, her work ranged over medical anthropology and women’s studies, as well as folk art. […]

Joan E. Freeman

April 3, 1931–June 23, 2017 Joan Elizabeth Freeman, Wisconsin’s first state archaeologist and the long-time curator of anthropology at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, passed away peacefully June 23, 2017 following a series of strokes. Freeman was born in Madison on April 3, 1931, and grew up in Milwaukee. Her mother instructed English at […]

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 […]

Stop Pretending We Are a Meritocracy

Recently Richard Reeve published an article in the New York Times called “Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich.” He recounts his horror on discovering that the United States was even more class stratified than his native England, and he points to many ways that wealth and privilege are perpetuated by the American system, particularly through our […]