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.

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.

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.

Cultural Relativism

Cultural Relativism 2011 – DSK, Guinea, Introduction to Anthropology

Assessing cultural relativism and anthropology as Mike McGovern’s “Before you Judge, Stand in Her Shoes” duels with “Don’t walk a mile in her shoes.”