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.

Susanne Kuehling - Dobu

When culture starts looking like race: Dobu and why reifications matter

Anthropology saw culture as anti-race, yet descriptions of Dobu, recently revisited by Susanne Kuehling, show culture reified–and looking a lot like race.

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).

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.