Am I Anthro-gitimate?

When can you call yourself an anthropologist? I got into a bit of a squabble about what kind of degree and experience you need to qualify: A doctorate? A master’s? A bachelor’s? When can you expect anthropologists to accept you as an anthropologist?

Pride and Mother-in-Law Relations

Pride Goes before the Fall—of the Discipline? As anthropologists, we pride ourselves on exposing injustices and fighting for what is right. So, why have we not better organized as individuals, the AAA, and anthropology departments to right the wrong of overproducing PhDs in a rapidly shrinking job market where exploited adjuncts do half the teaching? […]

Blue Children and All Shades of Responsibility

Book Review One Blue Child. Asthma, Responsibility, and the Politics of Global Health. Susanna Trnka. Standford: Stanford University Press, 2017. ISBN: 9781503601130. 280pp. Turning red is much “sexier” than turning blue in terms of health symptoms. Many physicians that Trnka interviewed for this book believe that cardiac issues attract more attention than respiratory conditions in […]

The CMA Program and Reception at the 2017 Annual Meeting

CMA is looking forward to this year’s AAA Annual Meeting, taking place November 29–December 2 in Washington, DC. All members are invited to our general Business Meeting (4-0640 in the AAA program) on Friday, December 1, 12:15–1:30 p.m. That evening, we invite you to a members-only reception at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage! Friday, […]

Who Majors in Anthropology, and Why?

First, the bad news: After decades of solid growth, US anthropology bachelor’s degree completions peaked at 11,270 in 2013 and have decreased sharply since then. The year 2016 saw only 9,135 anthropology degrees granted, the fewest since 2009. This is not due to programs shutting down—the number of colleges and universities granting four-year degrees in […]

Is Anthropology Ready for the 21st Century?

Whenever social scientists start rethinking basic issues, they usually begin by interrogating their key analytical categories and assumptions. They may, for example, take terms like “identity” or “sustainability” or “power” apart, pointing the way to new research programs by finding the problematic assumptions or generalizations concealed in such words and their usage. The idea behind […]