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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Communist Manifesto, Four Field Manifesto

Anthropology, Moral Optimism, & Capitalism

Anthropology’s Moral Optimism: Four Field Manifesto & alternative visions of humanity. Capitalism is not the most beautiful or respectful of shared planet.

Anthropology is Necessary – Anthropologists Don’t “Study Everything”

Anthropologists don’t study everything. Anthropology studies important issues, in context, and gets real data. Anthropology is necessary.