A Mother’s Other Job

Editor’s Note: This is the second piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. The people who benefit from the services Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in Greene County, MO provides are typically single mothers who receive little to no child support. These […]

Retiring Your Library (Part Two)

Landfill or Foreign Donation? Click here to read part one and a series of options to consider when looking to dispose of a book collection. Sending a library to an institution abroad is probably the most arduous of the options available for disposing of one’s collection, a process involving several steps: Select the books. I […]

Retiring Your Library (Part One)

Landfill or Foreign Donation? More than five decades have passed since I entered graduate school at Cornell University to pursue a doctorate in anthropology. During my long career as an academic and applied anthropologist, I accumulated thousands of books, and as a member of many sections of the American Anthropological Association and other professional societies, […]

The Anthropology of Policy Emerges

The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) promotes the anthropological study of policy, including makings, workings, contexts, agents, and effects. ASAP seeks to advance the contributions of the anthropology of policy to theory and method in anthropology, as well as to research and action in public policy. Anthropologists of policy engage actors and institutions […]

Movement and Power in Archaeology

Archaeology might seem to study static objects and past contexts, however recent recipients of Archaeology Division (AD) awards explore the relationship of movement and power, an underappreciated anthropological issue. A mission of the AD is to show how archaeological research and interpretations provide unique and important perspectives for anthropologists, other scholars, and the general public. […]

SEAA Highlights from Cyberspace to Asia

The Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA) promotes discussion and shares information on diverse topics related to the anthropology of East Asia broadly conceived. We are committed to developing international channels of communication among anthropologists throughout the world who share an interest in East Asia both as a topic of academic inquiry and as a […]

Gendered Landscapes of Production

Maasai Women in Northern Tanzania Pastoralists living in the semi-arid rangelands of Northern Tanzania face a number of climate-related challenges that have become more difficult to reconcile with state-level development and land use policies over the past decade, as the human population continues to grow and natural resources become increasingly scarce. In Longido District, self-identifying […]

Busting Myths about Evolutionary Anthropology

Quarrels over human sociobiology in the 1970s and 1980s introduced several myths into anthropology. Although the heat has gone out of that controversy, these myths still divide the evolutionary and sociocultural subfields. At a time when our entire scholarly enterprise is under attack, we should avoid unnecessary internecine disputes. Here we dispel three of the […]

Five Fields Update

New Perspectives on Teaching and Practicing Anthropology The Five Fields Update Session for the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC promises to deliver an intriguing look at current trends in anthropology.  In addition to the usual and valuable updates on what is happening delivered from specialists across the subfields, this year’s session will offer a […]

Ostrach’s 2017 Health Policy in a Time of Crisis

“In Catalunya and beyond, abortion is never just a medical or even a moral issue. It is an explosive nexus of intense social conflict over power, ‘rights,’ bodily autonomy, access to health care and the equal distribution of resources in society” (Ostrach 2017: 69). Health Policy in a Time of Crisis stems from ten months […]