Pride in Resistance

In the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Pride marches and parades are taking place against a backdrop where taking to the streets has been resignified as a potent, urgent act of resistance. From the Women’s March to the rallies against the refugee ban to the March for Science, a range of social movements have reembraced […]

Missouri State University Service Learning Series

Editor’s Note: This is an introduction to a series of 8 pieces called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. The course:  a senior-graduate class intended to initiate students into ethnographic field research.  The emphasis is on participant observation and informal interviews (“talking to people”), but throughout the semester […]

Making Money Visible

Digital Money and Financial Precarity amongst Chinese Migrant Workers In the summer of 2016, my students and I were in the industrial city of Shenzhen, South East China, conducting a small exploratory study aimed at gaining an overview of migrant factory workers’ attitudes towards digital money platforms. Over two weeks, we had spoken to many […]

APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize 2017

Writing Mentor, Cash Award, Travel Expenses & Publication Opportunity The Association for Political & Legal Anthropology (APLA) Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate degree-granting program (including MA, PhD, JD, LLM, SJD, etc.) to send stand-alone papers centering on the analysis of political and/or legal institutions and processes. Topics may include citizenship; colonialism […]

Trump, Immigration, and Children

Disrupted Schooling, Disrupted Lives Since President Trump took office, immigrant arrests are up over 32 percent compared to the same time period last year (Washington Post). While the number of deportations is down slightly (likely due to court backlogs), unlike his predecessor President Obama, who focused on arresting and deporting violent criminals and anyone posing […]

Situated Digitalization

Introduction to the Series of “Digital Anthropologies in East Asia” In 2012, the Google policy analyst Andy Yee (2012) claimed that East Asia finally began a second digital revolution that was transforming the region from manufacturing digital hardware to creating digital content and services. According to Yee, this second stage of digitalization was more innovative and […]

Animating Resistance

Anthropology as Public Pedagogy On January 25, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum pushing forward construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The action sparked a new wave of protests across the nation in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies, who vowed to continue in the struggle to protect their homeland from contamination. […]

Financialization and Beyond

Society for Economic Anthropology 2017 Annual Meeting Financialization is the universal explanans of the moment; ready at many an academic’s lips when something needs to be explained. As of April, the concept appears in about 21,000 entries on Google Scholar, an eye-catching expansion from the mere 77 mentions it received until 1990. Most of these […]

Teaching “Stratified Reproduction” in Practice

Shellee Colen coined the term “stratified reproduction” to describe the process whereby childbearing and childcare tasks are distributed, valued, and experienced unequally. Poor women (especially poor women of color) who become mothers are undervalued or reviled, even as they are relied upon to provide the labor of caring for the children of the rich. They […]

2016 SPA Lifetime Achievement Awardee: Richard Shweder

Byron Good and I have known each other for fifty years. So there was something seamless, intimate, affectionate and even life-affirming about our SPA breakfast conversation in which we interviewed each other about our biographies, intellectual passions and perspectives on the future of psychological anthropology. And there was a noticeable complementarity in our academic careers […]