Love, Kinship, and Ceremonial Observance

How do I explain to my soon-to-be college graduate that she has to go to her graduation ceremony?

Anthropological Invigoration

How do you balance a commitment to the discipline of anthropology with recognizing and valuing insights that are relevant and challenging but come from outside anthropology?

Law as a Tool to Reveal Your Rival’s True Intentions

One of my friends in San Ignacio de Mojos, Bolivia was Don Santiago (not his real name). By the time I met him, he had already held several positions within the indigenous organizations that represent the Ignaciano community, and he had served as Secretary of Land and Territory during part of an extended legal battle to title land that indigenous communities farmed and occupied throughout the municipality. During one of our conversations, he reflected on his experience with this legal activism.

Twentieth-Century Faces of Anthropology’s Holism

The evolutionary-racial othering that the concept of holism enacted does not only belong to anthropology’s past, in the nineteenth century. The division of the world into us and them has continued in many works, albeit not in the form of the “modern” us and “primitive” them that many anthropologists now recognize. This othering, itself political, operates regardless of whether the work in question explicitly engages with politics.

#MeToo Holds Lessons for Political Resistance

Remember when everyone feared the “normalization” of a Trump presidency? Well, it’s gotten to the point where the US president can now openly brag about lying to the Canadian prime minister, and his bald-faced maneuvers to discredit the Robert Mueller investigation and FBI have been openly joined by House Republicans under the deceptive moniker of “oversight.”

Editors Edit

Ilana Gershon asked seven editors for their insights on questions that authors of books commonly ask. Five are press editors (Berghahn, Chicago, Indiana, Princeton, Stanford) and two are series editors.

Terrorist Students, Terrorist Academics

I admire the bravery of those who continue to put their lives and livelihoods at stake by making their dissent visible in public. But I also realize that the consequences that they will face for their valiance will be dire.

Meddling

When the news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller III indicted a Russian “troll farm” and 13 individuals associated with it, news and commentary reacted with outrage over the allegations that a foreign government had interfered in a US election.

Pride without Prestige

The Northern League focused on the civilizational divide between an abstract idea of Europe, Mitteleuropa (Central Europe)–the superior trans-alpine North in the international order of things– which represents a high culture with its implied Germanic and supposedly high race, and the rest of the world, especially Muslims and Africans who are constructed as uncivilized, primitive, and violent. Framing themselves as Europeans as opposed to immigrants, not only compensate for their prestige deficit but also satisfy their bourgeoisie ideology that is based on a self-perception of being civilized, pure, hard-working, and therefore rich people, thereby rescuing them from the label of being a quasi-member of the global precariat.

A Theory of Propaganda for the Social Media Age

Intertextuality and the propagation of disinformation Propaganda typically refers to manipulative techniques and misleading messages used to gain public acquiescence for a political cause, especially during times of war. Over the past century, George Orwell, Harold Lasswell, Jacques Ellul, and Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, among others, have written or theorized about propaganda. But […]