Our Most Read Articles of 2017!

We rounded up the most-read articles of 2017. Here’s the top five from In Focus, Opinion, and Section News! Most Read In Focus Articles 5. “The Future of Education is Now” by Cathy N. Davidson 4. ” Tackling the Elephant in the Room” by Kristin L. Krueger 3. “Privilege and the Kinship Chart” by Cerisa R. […]

“Speaking Justice to Power” Since 1973

The study of politics and law is critical to unpacking the operation of power in society and identifying possible pathways to social change. For contemporary political and legal anthropology, our greatest challenge may be the very unboundedness of that charge, and the almost staggering potential for our work to influence understanding, policy and practice, and […]

Unsettling Anthropology?

Eleven days after the 2016 US presidential election, anthropologists tried to make sense of what happened at an AAA Annual Meeting roundtable sponsored by the American Ethnological Society (AES) and the Society for North American Anthropology (SANA). The co-organizers—current AES board member Shanti Parikh and Angelique Haugerud, former editor-in-chief of American Ethnologist (AE)—asked what the […]

Trump’s Wall and the Dictator Aesthetic

Well, look, we’re going to have a border. It’s going to be a real border, and we’re going to build a wall and it’s going to be a serious wall. Just remember that. And you remember I said it…. It’s going to be a serious wall. It’s going to be a real wall. It’s not going to […]

Process the Trump

To understand Trump’s populist appeal we must go beyond linguistic form to focus on the semiotic and ideological dimensions of language use. The rise of populist and anti-intellectual discourses have many scholars and educators concerned about the state of academic freedom. Since the election of Trump, the rise of anti-intellectualism has become a more urgent […]

Trump, Uber, and the Changing Shape of Work

On political rhetoric and the sharing economy boom. “You’re fired.” A decade ago, in the heat of the TV lights, those two words served as Donald Trump’s trademark. The Apprentice was a world energized by endless competition and entrepreneurial risk. No safe employment here. On the campaign trail last year, Trump began broadcasting a new […]

Turning to Trump  

Notes on health care, Trump rhetoric, and feeling neglected in rural Pennsylvania. “Santa was here!” my four-year-old son gleefully shouts as he wakes me by pulling off my blanket. It is our last day of fieldwork at the Petersen’s and indeed, it seems as if Santa Claus has come early this year. Jenny, our host, […]

Whose Populism? Which Democracy?

“Populism” conflates widely disparate political projects under one conceptual category. The term demands closer anthropological analysis. [pquote]The assumption that the popular classes are an ignorant, easily manipulated mass is not confined to the political establishment or the liberal corporate media. It is an assumption that many (otherwise) neutral academics may make as well.[/pquote]“The new enemy.” […]

When White Nationalism Became Popular

What rising white nationalism says about race in the 21st century US. On November 12th, 2016 TheDailyStormer.com, a neo-Nazi website with a monthly viewership of over two million lead with the headline, “The Swastika Reigns in Germany! Trump reigns in America!” After the election a popular thread on the white nationalist website Stormfront.org, with over […]