Paradoxes of Eventfulness in Trump’s First Year

Trump’s first year was, if nothing else, eventful. It was so eventful that, in the onslaught of broken norms and sabotaged institutions, it is impossible to give each violation its due recognition.

Anthropology in Dangerous Times

In Athens, Greece, on December 31, 1967, eight months after the overthrow of the constitutional monarchy by the military junta on April 21, 1967, armed and uniformed men entered the building that housed the Social Sciences Centre, Athens and carted out boxes full of papers and books. What was contained in these boxes? Where did […]

Pride and Mother-in-Law Relations

Pride Goes before the Fall—of the Discipline? As anthropologists, we pride ourselves on exposing injustices and fighting for what is right. So, why have we not better organized as individuals, the AAA, and anthropology departments to right the wrong of overproducing PhDs in a rapidly shrinking job market where exploited adjuncts do half the teaching? […]

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The Politics of Grieving in Turkey

The Death of the Maden Family The Aegean Sea is a graveyard. Like its Mediterranean counterpart, its waters are filled with human bodies that wash up on the shores of Turkey and Greece. You may remember Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian. Two winters ago, the image of his lifeless body lying on a Turkish beach […]

The Power of Sports to Change American Ideals

  When the now former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt for the national anthem in a preseason game in the summer of 2016, he set off far reaching political waves. He empowered other players to follow suit and provoked the sitting United States president to lash out at kneeling players. But Kaepernick […]