Advertising Missionaries

Advertising Missionaries, Fragmented Globality: Irony, Paradox, Uncertainty

Pairing Advertising Missionaries with “A Fragmented Globality” to ask “What, if anything, is truly new about our times?” (Trouillot 2003:47)

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.

Global Transformations - Purpose of Anthropology

anthropology will only matter if it evokes a purpose outside of itself

Thinking about the purpose of anthropology–“Ultimately, anthropology will only matter . . . if it evokes a purpose outside of itself” (Trouillot 2003:5).

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?