Capitalism and the Coronavirus Conspiracy

In France, government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic inspire conspiracy theories and social confinement is perceived as capitalism’s threat to French society.

Selling Food and Watching Baseball in Southern Mexico

When the Oaxaca Guerreros Baseball players take the field from April to August, fans are likely to be indulging in tasty concession food. The familiar faces and voices of dozens of hard working food vendors are an integral part of the Guerreros baseball community and experience in the city of Oaxaca de Juárez.

Give an Ethnographer a Fish

“Fish are gold here,” the diver fisherman whispered to me as we stood above the wharf, watching the theatre of arrival below. As boats come into port in Monte Cristi – a historic Dominican fishing town– crowds of friends, colleagues and fishmongers gather to greet them, either hoping to score a few pounds of conch, lobster, and fish, or – in the case of fishmongers – attempting to make sure the entire boatload isn’t gifted away.

Moon Landing as a Critique of Free-Market Capitalism?

At a time of extreme political partisanship when Americans view each other with considerable suspicion if not downright animosity, it is quaint to think back 50 years ago to the summer of 1969. A similarly polarized country waged war on itself over U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia managed to come together to celebrate what many regard as humankind’s greatest achievement.

Yugoslav Peasants Land Apollo 8

On Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to venture around the dark side of the moon. To audiences across the world, the visions of Earth rising above the lunar deserts triggered an understanding that humanity might be alone in the universe, its habitat precariously unique.