Fetishizing Fieldwork

Adieu Culture: Fetishizing Fieldwork on the Road to Essentialism

Fieldwork and the ethnographic monograph invited closure around cultural wholes. Anthropology can defend the concept of culture while jettisoning the word.

Social Science for the Twenty-First Century

Science & Humanities Together – Anthropology Is Your Ally

An impassioned plea to lower the arrogance decibels. In the wake of Steven Pinker’s “Science Is Not Your Enemy” assessing humanities & science together.

Virtual War and Magical Death - Technologies and Imaginaries for Terror and Killing

Public Anthropology and Bill Gates: We Cannot Abandon Humanity

Preparing for the biggest Jared Diamond review of all-time–by Bill Gates. As American Anthropology becomes Public Anthropology, we cannot abandon humanity.

Daniel Everett - Language The Cultural Tool

Epigenetics on The Edge of Human Nature, Goodbye to all that

Could epigenetics finally re-write the script about human nature? Maybe, but first we have to go over The Edge’s promotional tribute to Napoleon Chagnon.

Words at Work and Play: David Brooks is a Cultural Problem

David Brooks is a Cultural Problem–Power & the Culture of Greed

Brooks uses culture to bypass power, inequality, economics, politics, and history. That’s the real cultural problem–and a problem anthropology must tackle.

War in the Tribal Zone & Napoleon Chagnon

Party Like It’s 1999 with Napoleon Chagnon!

If “anthropology’s future depends largely on its ability to contest the Savage slot” (Trouillot 2003:9), then how to take Napoleon Chagnon’s Noble Savages?

Brian Ferguson - Yanomami Warfare

Yanomami Ax Fight: Jared Diamond, Science, Violence & the Facts

The Ax Fight shows how Yanomami used steel axes long before anthropologists arrive. The Jared Diamond violence calculations must consider interconnection.

Angry Papuan leaders demand Jared Diamond apologizes

Angry Papuan leaders demand Jared Diamond apologizes – Survival Intl

Papuan leaders jump into the discussion, as Stephen Corry and Survival International challenge two very public figures–Jared Diamond and Steven Pinker.

Patterns of Culture - Ruth Benedict

Patterns of Culture (1934) wins Jared Diamond (2012)

Ruth Benedict’s Patterns of Culture trumps Jared Diamond for conceptual clarity, writing style, ethnographic example, and impact. Pretty good for 1934.

Hannerz Anthropology's World - Semi-automatic

Semi-Automatic Anthropology. Or, yes, the guns really do matter.

It really is not so complicated. The mass shootings are with semi-automatic weapons. The answer is simple: a semi-automatic weapons buyback and ban.

Political Punditry and Anthropology

Anthropology & Politics in 2012 Elections

Anthropology should be front and center–the 2012 Obama Romney election concerns race, culture, history, and power, key issues for political anthropology.

Between Barack and a Hard Place - Social Construction of Race

The “Social Construction of Race” is a Conservative Goldmine

The “social construction of race” is a goldmine for conservative politics, offering endless denunciation, delusions of anti-white bias, & political venom.

Jared Diamond won’t beat Mitt Romney – Anthropolitics 2012

The really scary part of the Diamond Romney dustup is how Romney recaps Diamond: European imperialism is accidental but societies choose to fail.

Anthropology 2012-2013

The Headline We Should Be Reading: Anthropology Changed Everything

The headline I wish we were reading is how the nation gathered to reflect on Trouillot’s work and legacy: Anthropology Changed Everything.