Redirected Futures in Rural Manitoba

A Report from the Field This essay describes the establishment of a small Filipino community on the Canadian prairies. My PhD fieldsite is unassuming place; an unexpected destination; a thoroughfare for most. Yet, since 2009, it has become a site of permanent in-migration as a growing number of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) from the Philippines […]

Review of the film “Tokyo Waka”

Tokyo Waka is a lyrical documentary portraying Tokyo overrun by crows directed by John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson. In this rapidly changing metropolis, crows are observed through various lenses referencing culture, society and art. To review this film, I use Jacques Lévy’s “condition of serendipity” (“The City is Back [in Our Minds]” in Cities and Fascination. Beyond […]

Review of “The Human Scale: Bringing Cities to Life”

A film written and directed by Andreas M Dalsgard. 2012. 77 minutes. Producer, Signe Byrge Sørensen. Bullfrog Films. I think most anthropologists already agree with the main premises of this film: that the best way to design cities or buildings is to ask people what they want and observe what they do, that people are […]

SUNTA Graduate Student Paper Prize Submissions

Deadline September 20 The Society for Urban, National and Transnational/global Anthropology (SUNTA) is pleased to announce its graduate paper prize competition. We are seeking student papers that address SUNTA’s interests, including transnational social processes, impacts of globalization, refugees and immigrants, urban life, space and place, and poverty and homelessness. The prize includes a cash award […]

Tehran’s Bra Shops

Tracing the Effects of Economic Policies This essay discusses the current economic context of bra shops in Tehran, and outlines how neoliberal economic policies are affecting two distinct models of bra shops very differently. I consider the differences between “westernized” and “traditional” bra shops, focusing on their spatial layouts as well as their relationships to […]

Apartheid Lives On

Policing Migrants in South Africa Within South Africa, black African immigrants are an over-policed population. While much attention has been given to the policies and experiences that shape the lives of these migrants, there has been little focus on the interactions between these migrants and the South African Police Service (SAPS). In particular, the perspectives […]

(De)Criminalizing Homelessness in Columbus, OH

This paper is an excerpt from my undergraduate honors thesis, “America’s Nicest City: The Contentious Politics of Care and Punishment in Columbus, Ohio.” The paper is based upon qualitative research conducted from 2012-2013 that involved twenty-five intensive interviews with law enforcement officers, policy makers, service providers, and homeless individuals. In addition, I carried out participant […]

Behind the Gates

The Wagner Free Institute of Science and its Neighborhood, 1865 to Today The Wagner Free Institute of Science (also referred to as “WFIS” and “the Wagner,”) is a boxy, two story building on the southwestern corner of 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue in North Philadelphia. The building, surrounded by an imposing wrought iron fence, looks […]