What to Call US Border Detention Centers?

The government and media call them “immigrant detention centers.” They are meant to be temporary holding facilities—up to 72 hours—for migrants and asylum-seekers crossing the southern US border. But the average length of stay has become much longer and the facilities have become overcrowded and unsanitary. In a word, the conditions are inhumane.

Playing with Conspiracy Theories

What might viewing conspiracism as a form of play tell us about the workings of contemporary culture, our capacity for critical thinking, or how we build new understandings?

Naomi R. Quinn

Naomi Quinn (79), professor emerita of cultural anthropology at Duke University, died on June 23, 2019, in Durham, North Carolina, at home with family.

The MAGA Hat, a Curious Artifact of Contemporary America

Any visit to Washington, DC, today can’t occur without witnessing troops of school-age kids combing the sites of the nation’s capital adorned in MAGA hats. Since the Donald Trump campaign and through his presidency, those red Make America Great Again hats have become part of our cultural landscape. Curiously, the MAGA hat did not become […]

Press Editor or Series Editor

What is the difference between approaching a series editor and a press editor?  For a first author, is there a strategy to this?

At The End of the World

Almost every day for the last two years, people have been leaving the World, for Canada with the hope of finding a better life. They have crossed by the tens of thousands (over 37,000 in 2017 and 2018, and in the first two months of 2019, over 1600) at a remote, unsanctioned, “deadend” road.

What’s in Your Bag? 2019 Edition

From Amann, Jordan, to the marine environments of the Domincan Republic, anthropologists open their field bags to reveal notebooks, recording equipment, reminders of home, and even a speargun. What’s in your bag?

Speak English or Else You’ll Be Put on Dish Duty!

Have you ever been in the US and heard people speaking a language you didn’t understand? Did it bother you? Have you ever thought about why it bothered you? For folks who might tell those people to speak in English, where does that entitlement come from? Why do some people feel they have the right to tell others how or what to speak?