On Mentorship: Because Another Anthropology Is Possible

I’ll never forget my first impressions of what anthropology really looked like after attending my first AAA meeting. This must have been in the early 1990s, when I was a student at CUNY’s Graduate Center, where my cohort—thanks to an open PhD admissions policy that allowed non-matriculated students to attend PhD classes (since terminated)—was overwhelmingly […]

Amar el Pueblo: The Embodied Politics of Autonomy

In Honduras Garifuna inclusion within emergent tourism developments is predicated upon embodying a particular version of state-sanctioned cultural alterity, one that is welcoming to white tourists and that contributes to the growth of the national economy. This development-imaginary has had the dual effect of increasing the visibility of blackness for touristic consumption at the same […]

Deep Diversity Makes a Big Tent

A Reflection on an ALLA Mission Statement (The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of ALLA or the AAA.  Of course the author wishes this were not so.) I am a board member of the Association of Latina/Latino Anthropologists.  Truth be told, I have always held a […]

Mobilities, Migration and Displacement

The AAA’s Public Education Initiative Over the past two years we have been aggressively planning the new Public Education Initiative (PEI) on Mobility, Migration, and Displacement, now titled “World on the Move.” Building on the successes of the Association’s first PEI, “Race: Are We So Different,” the steering committee has been working to develop a framework, […]

Pachamama: Gender, Mining Politics and Spiritual Protest in Andean Ecuador

On December 12, 2009, a few hundred dairy farmers and their allies gathered around Father Ramiro as he led a lakeside mass in the Southern Ecuadorian Andes. At 12,000 feet, Kimsacocha is a toponym meaning three highland lakes in Quechua from which thousands of dairy farmers draw their drinking and irrigation water. I conducted research […]

The Discriminatory Politics of Typesetting

How Anthropology Databases Erase Latin@ Anthropologists with a Few Keystrokes, or the Lack Thereof Sometimes, it is the little things that matter; like those pesky little markings on my name—that squiggly tilde over the “n” and the accent on the “i.” Actually, these markings matter even in ways I wish they did not. Sure, they […]

Latina/o Ethnography and the Anthropological Toolkit

Having experienced my first AAA annual meeting held at my ethnographic site of Chicago, I emerged with these questions: what obligations do we as anthropologists have towards the Latina/o population? Why does the ethnography of Latinas/os matter today and what does it look like? Given the estimate that the Hispanic population in the United States […]