On Editing

One of the most undervalued, but arduous forms of academic work is editing: organizing knowledge, judging quality, finding emergent themes, and forging connections. Editing is a form of synthesis that works at a thematic level beyond the scope of individual research, and it requires a collaborative and sometimes unhappy interaction with authors; it moves beyond […]

On the Mentor-Mentee Relationship as Critical Anthropological Praxis

Notes from The Field, a series by the Culture & Agriculture section of AAA. As the Culture & Agriculture (C&A) section continues to evolve dynamically as an organization within the AAA, we are incredibly privileged as applied anthropologists, educators, and agents of change to be able to help steward future generations as they grow as […]

“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 […]

Engaged Anthropological Teaching

The Society for Anthropology in Community College (SACC) holds a biannual conference, SACCFest, to provide community college faculty with an opportunity to network and share ideas on best teaching practices. The “festival” includes a few days of paper presentations, meetings, and dinners, while the last day is set aside for a field trip for all […]

Teaching “Stratified Reproduction” in Practice

Shellee Colen coined the term “stratified reproduction” to describe the process whereby childbearing and childcare tasks are distributed, valued, and experienced unequally. Poor women (especially poor women of color) who become mothers are undervalued or reviled, even as they are relied upon to provide the labor of caring for the children of the rich. They […]