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.

White Hispanic

White-Race Problems: White Hispanic, White Black, Geraldo Rivera, Barack Obama

Don’t worry White people! White Hispanics and our White Black President will save us! Geraldo Rivera’s Fox News fact-twisting shows race retrenchment.

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.

Fame of Sharing Anthropology: Valuing and Devaluing Anthropology

How might sharing anthropology change anthropological research and presentation? An anthropology of value and the value of anthropology during devaluation.

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.