ALLA President’s Report

It is a joy serving as President of ALLA, an intellectually and politically dynamic community of scholars. Over the past year we have built on our successes and launched exciting initiatives. We continue to develop critical dialogues at the annual meetings–including dynamic community outreach events–enhance our mentoring program, establish collaborative relationships with other sections, and […]

2015 MES Student Paper Prize Winner

My Brother’s Keeper:  The Double Experience of Refugee Aid Workers Over the summer of 2014, I conducted participant observation at a refugee community center on the Turkish-Syrian border. The community center used a participatory approach and aimed to involve the “affected population,” in the words of the project proposal, in their own “healing process.” I […]

Charting New Territory

The Intersection of Language and Geography When most people think about linguistic geography, if they think of it at all, they think of dialect atlases such as the Atlas of North American English (Labov et al., 2006). But linguistic geography has the potential to be far more than isoglosses and vowel shifts. At the recent […]

Silenced Prejudices and the Gynecological Encounter

Health is the new social. Across academia, public health arena and healthcare, and even the lives of people, health is an exhaustively viable yet precariously dense notion that is operative in complex forms through conceptions, metaphors, globalizing forces, and life-changing or life-threating realities. My anthropological research about the relevance and impact of sexuality disclosures by […]

Notes from the Section Leadership: ASAP sessions at the IUAES in Dubrovnik (May 2016)

The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) contributed three sessions to the recent May meeting of the International Union of the Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This is part of the ASAP effort to find venues beyond the American Anthropological Association to discuss anthropological approaches to policy, especially to enable better contact […]

SPA/Robert Lemelson Foundation Fellow Feature

My dissertation research looks at the implementation of an alternative treatment model for psychosis in Berlin, Germany. A local community health organization is experimenting with dialogic practice, a psychotherapeutic approach that includes social network therapy, home visits for clients, and the inclusion of peer specialists (individuals with lived experience as patients in the mental health […]

Edited Out of History

How the Absence of Black and Brown Children from the Historical Record Could be Hazardous to Your Health When Lewis Hine took a job as the photographer for the National Child Labor Committee’s (NCLC) campaign to end child labor in 1908, he wanted to change the hearts and minds of Americans by showing the exploitive […]

The Future of Anthropological Local Practitioner Organizations

More anthropologists today opt out of academia, as academic jobs become scarce and criticisms of the ivory tower deepen. Some of these applied anthropologists may feel isolated or struggle to achieve success in their workplace. In such cases, Local Practitioner Organizations (LPOs) can bring together professionals to foster community and provide guidance. LPOs typically provide […]

Why We Need to Stop Talking about Trans People in the Bathroom

In a May 18, 2016 Time magazine article titled “What Science Says About the Bathroom Debate,”  journalist and Time magazine editor-at-large Jeffrey Kluger attempts to address why so many Americans are suddenly concerned about trans people in the bathroom. Importantly, Kluger approaches the issue not from a social or political basis, but from one he identifies as […]

Garbage, Waste-Products, and Value in Kunming

Since 2009, news outlets across China have repeated the mantra that “two-thirds of China’s cities face besiegement by garbage”—constituting a national crisis. Included is Kunming, the burgeoning capital of Yunnan Province. Yet, in addition to its propensity to “besiege”, proliferating waste matter has also generated economic opportunities for approximately 24 thousand rural migrants who make their living […]