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 […]

Not As-Seen-On-TV Forensic Anthropology

The smell of jet fuel was overwhelming, the air was frigid, and my adrenalin was pumping, making it difficult to breathe. Continental Flight 3407 had crashed less than 48 hours beforehand in a suburb of Buffalo, and I, along with a few other graduate students from the University at Buffalo, volunteered to help the Medical […]

Martín and the Immigration Forms

A friend of mine from Peru—we’ll call him Martín—recently applied for a visa to attend graduate school in the United States. Moving to the US involved filling out lots of forms, and this presented a dilemma: When I had to mark a category for race, I couldn’t find the word “mestizo,” which is the option […]

Go Anthros!

Why doesn’t every one of us enthusiastically cheer the American Anthropological Association, which is rightfully our imagined community?

TrumPhD

Dear AnthroVice: I recently had a conversation with a PhD student (who is in an anthropology department) who, to my surprise, suggested that he had some strong feelings of support for the Trump agenda, even now. After my head exploded and I stopped throwing things, I got to thinking there might be a better way to handle this. Any suggestions?

Am I Anthro-gitimate?

When can you call yourself an anthropologist? I got into a bit of a squabble about what kind of degree and experience you need to qualify: A doctorate? A master’s? A bachelor’s? When can you expect anthropologists to accept you as an anthropologist?