Storying Climate Change

Local testimonies build understandings of global climate change and galvanize meaningful action. There is a lot of talk about how we can bring the climate change message to individuals, communities, and even policymakers in the United States in this era of climate change denial and even denial of the foundation of our knowledge base—science. I […]

Turkey Votes

The Turkish referendum could extend President Erdoğan’s one-man rule. A piece of bicolored paper. On the left is printed EVET (YES), in black font over a white background, and on the right, HAYIR (NO), in black font over a light brown background. A regular A8 sheet of paper such as this ballot I am holding […]

Dream Factories in the Time of War

On Sunday, February 26, 2017, the Arab world held elections—anyone who had access to a cell phone and wanted to pay the extra fee to send an SMS could vote.  Arab Idol is one of the most watched programs for Arabic speakers around the world and anyone can vote. Over 100 million viewers watched the […]

Cities as Migrant Emplacement

São Paulo rappers are remaking the cultural space of the city. We’ve joined forces with AAA’s public education initiative “World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration” to run an ongoing series of articles on migration and displacement. Click here for all World on the Move articles. Current events continue to remind us that migration is a […]

Six Ways Anthropologists Can Challenge White Supremacy

Recently, white supremacists attempted to defame Boasian Anthropology and its historic role in challenging scientific racism. This article proposes some concrete steps by which to challenge whiteness as a category of power and status, and is a follow-up to last month’s Diversity and the Rise of the Alt-Right. While this list is short, do not […]

Latin America’s Gender Ideology Explosion

What’s been called part of the “global war” to destroy marriage, “your latest right-wing conspiracy,” and the driving idea behind the “anti-LGBT backlash in Latin America,” but “doesn’t really exist”? Gender ideology. While it would be nice to report that the phrase is merely a malapropism, it is a very deliberate concept spawned by conservative […]

The Strange Public Afterlife of Anthropological Theory

Didier Fassin, in an important recent intervention, directed our attention to the “public afterlife of ethnography.” We as anthropologists do not and cannot expect to control how anthropological theory and concepts are used. A recent debate in my native Norway reminded me of the strange public afterlife of anthropological theory. This was the perennial debate over […]

The Docile Ethnographer?

On Self-Censure and Fieldwork “Looking forward to reading more in this series. Would have liked to retweet it, but I’m not touching anything critical until I’m done with fieldwork and out of the country. Some informants follow me on twitter. So, yeah…” This was one of the several messages I received following the publication of […]

Ethnography and Street Photography

Two Arts of Serendipity Street photography, notes Magnum photographer Alex Webb, is a practice of harnessing serendipity. Photographers never know what they are going to find when they go out on the streets. They have to stay open to what comes their way and be ready for it when it does. They have to let […]

Grounded Dreams?

Hong Kong and Hollywood face the challenges of a globalizing movie economy. Hortense Powdermaker’s analysis of a Hollywood movie industry driven by extreme uncertainty, anxiety, and crisis in Hollywood, the Dream Factory (1950), remains just as relevant to today’s industry marked by increasing post-Fordist production and globalization. The offshoring of production jobs from the dream […]