Anthropology on the Long Tail

Small Big Data? Of the many hyperbolic predictions in bestselling books devoted to big data, none is more astounding than Mayer-Schönberger’s and Cukier’s claims that big data will eliminate the need for sampling (why sample when you’ve got all the data?). But here’s the thing. We don’t have all of the data. Let’s look at […]

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Hard to believe it but we have come to our twelfth and final contribution in this yearlong series aimed at helping undergraduate anthropology majors better situate themselves for future success within the discipline.  Over the past year we have strived to delineate some practical measures that students can utilize to expedite their advancement along this […]

Holes in the Gender Gap

The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 is out.  A total of 142 countries are listed according to what the World Economic Forum defines as gender equality and inequality in health, education, economy and politics.  If you are from Iceland, there is good news beyond the long arctic cold.  You are number one, followed in succession […]

Food for all in Latin America

Access to food is critical in several Latin American countries.What have been the self-organized responses to accessing food for all in Latin America? How have some of the governmental administrations responded to these issues? Over the past twenty years, peasants and rural families organized as worldwide coalitions or movements such as Vía Campesina. Other coalitions, […]

Going to Pottery Barn

When the U.S. decided to liberate Iraq only a decade ago, Secretary of State Colin Powell issued a warning behind the closed doors and to the closed minds of the war planners. It was the Pottery Barn rule: you break it and you own it.  Before Pottery Barn broke on the mall scene, I remember […]

Capitalism vs the Climate

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just released its finalized Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on the state of scientific knowledge about climate change. A central theme of the report is that climate change may have serious, pervasive and irreversible impacts on human society and the environment. The notable word here is irreversible. The […]

Public Sector Anthropology and the Annual Meeting

  As the annual meeting of our organization approaches, my e-mail inbox fills up with messages about exciting sessions and calls for papers, notes from friends and colleagues inquiring about coffee dates and committee meetings.  And yet, despite longstanding investment in “the AAAs,” I’m not going this year.  Many constituent groups within AAA have been […]

The Writing on the Wall

One of the ongoing challenges we confront as professors at the U of Central Florida is dealing with weak or ineffective writing.  Despite the importance of effective communication to overall academic and post-graduation success and efforts made by colleges and universities to ensure that all students are writing on an appropriate level by the end […]

Trouble on the Hill

First, I need to situate this with a little autoethnography. As someone who has spent his entire adult life in the American higher education system, the events at Chapel Hill would have been highly disturbing, just as were those at Penn State a few years ago, apart from any rooting interest one might have in […]

Tweeting the Hell Train

Moving Across Scale and Platform in Seoul Walker, Rider, Smartphone Talker In Ryu Shin’s 2014 Seoul Arcade Project, the author, in the persona of the “walker” (구보), explores Seoul through Benjamin’s “Arcades Project,” focusing on the phantasmagoria of Korean capitalism and spectacle over the course of a day’s travel from Gangnam to Gangbuk and back again.  […]