The New Elite’s Battle Against Affirmative Action

What little solace we had from Abigail Fisher losing her anti-affirmative action case against the University of Texas, is now under threat as a new legal case is underway against Harvard University. The current lawsuit that alleges Harvard University discriminates against Asian-Americans student applicants is not a lawsuit claiming “reverse racism” or racism against white people.

Academic Games

In 1947, the British writer Stephen Potter published a slim volume called The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship: Or the Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating, ushering the term gamesmanship into the English language. In later books, Potter extended his theories and recommendations beyond the formal world of sports to include every aspect of human life.

Call for 2019 Opinion Columnists!

What do you want to see in AN? Have you been wishing for a column that probes the anthropology of  climate change or stand-up comedy or the tech industry or that interrogates the latest food fads? What about a column that focuses on a particular region or conversation in anthropology, or a column that offers a critical anthropological take on today’s political climate?

Suggesting Reviewers

Ilana Gershon asked seven editors for their insights on how authors should think about potential reviewers to suggest to presses?

What “Types of Racism” Does Trump Recognize?

Trump’s tweet on the anniversary of Charlottesville fails to conceptualize racism as anything other than a decontextualized form of personal prejudice unconnected to current and historical power relations in US society.

In Defense of Bolivian Street Democracy

Several months ago, my friend—we’ll call her Carmen—and I were chatting nostalgically over lunch about the atmosphere of street protest in Bolivia. We had met in Bolivia where she worked for many years as a journalist. She was intimately familiar with the patterns of political activism, intellectual life, and statecraft there.

Communicating in Times of Crisis

It started with people tagging me on Facebook, during the first few days of the family separation crisis at the US–Mexico border. Concerned friends drew my attention to legal aid groups who were working at the border, asking if anyone could find interpreters for lesser-spoken and indigenous languages.

Euphemisms for the Global Other

I recently attended a conference in Copenhagen about sustainable consumption where I kept hearing “the Global South” used to refer to poor people in general, to low income countries, and the continents of Africa and South America.

Reclaiming “Allahu Akbar” from Semantic Pejoration

Allāhu akbar, the Arabic phrase meaning “God is the greatest,” has gained connotations in US public discourse that differ vastly from its meaning among Muslims. Understanding this process may be the first step to reclaiming its positive connotations.

Review Time

Ilana Gershon, a contributing editor for the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, 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. This month’s column explores the following question: how long does it usually take to get reviews back on a manuscript?