Anthropologists of the Second “Gilded Age”

If you happen to have paid attention to financial news in international newspapers in recent weeks, you may have noticed that the world is in the midst of a new “Gilded Age”—not since the turn of the 20th century and the age of the Carnegies, the Rockefellers, and the Vanderbilts has global wealth been so […]

Learning from Stuart Hall

The anthropology of living with difference. This year has for me been a year of reading and re-reading the work of the late cultural studies scholar Stuart Hall (1932-2014). This year the publishing of Hall’s work has become a minor publishing cottage industry. Though Hall was not an anthropologist, his books and essays have certainly been […]

Community Health Worker Training Made Me a Better Anthropologist

By Renee Cadzow, PhD I landed my first tenure-track faculty position in 2012 at a small private college after working for about eight years at a Research I university as a grant-funded health disparities researcher. During that time I simultaneously completed my PhD in biological anthropology (2008). The decision to jump from a research 1 […]

Doing Fieldwork among People We Don’t (Necessarily) Like

Last year’s Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association (AAA) took place in a cold and wintry Minneapolis, less a week after the global shock that was the election of Donald Trump as president of the US. It was only natural and that talk in the corridors and in quite a few panels and roundtables should […]

Returning to the Anthropology of Secularism and the “Secular”

At the recent party congress of the governing populist right-wing Progress Party in Norway, party delegates adopted resolutions calling for a range of measures targeting religious minorities in Norway. Those adopted called for a national ban on the wearing of the Islamic headscarf—the hijab—for girls under the age of sixteen in public schools; increased state […]

Can There Be an Anthropology of Hate Speech?

A mainstreaming of racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic and misogynist hate speech in the public sphere in the US accompanied the rise of Donald Trump during the US presidential campaign. Though there is no direct and immediate causal relationship between hate speech and hate crimes, hate crimes do tend to increase when powerful figures engage in it or provide license and […]

The Strange Public Afterlife of Anthropological Theory

Didier Fassin, in an important recent intervention, directed our attention to the “public afterlife of ethnography.” We as anthropologists do not and cannot expect to control how anthropological theory and concepts are used. A recent debate in my native Norway reminded me of the strange public afterlife of anthropological theory. This was the perennial debate over […]