Anthropology Matters

Open Anthropology Matters

The October 2017 issue of Open Anthropology promoted material linked to the 2017 annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Anthropology Matters. The articles from the archives of the AAA journals selected for Open Anthropology were accessible for one year, through October 2018. This material was background reading for the Anthropology Matters Conference and aimed to build on conference themes.

We highlighted work by the keynote speakers, Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim. The issue also included AAA President Alisse Waterston, who helped navigate #AnthroForward and rapid responses to issues. One example: The AAA Remains Committed to UNESCO. Many of these themes could be found at the selection of Executive Sessions.

Teaching Open Anthropology Matters

Open Anthropology is a public effort by the AAA, and so we were drawn to the Executive Sessions on Anthropological Knowledge Creation/Dissemination. Since we began editing Open Anthropology, we have tried to feature articles that are useful in teaching–both teaching anthropology and allied endeavors. Therefore within the category of Anthropological Knowledge Creation/Dissemination, we highlighted the session on Making Anthropology Relevant and Engaging a Larger Public Audience through Pedagogy.

Additionally within the category of Anthropological Knowledge Creation/Dissemination was the perhaps provocatively titled Do Black and Brown Lives Matter to Anthropology?: Race, Bodies, and Context. This roundtable is relevant both to anthropology and pedagogy.

Please see the October 2017 issue for the selections. Below I’ve collected a wider array of articles, books, and blog-posts related to the presenters in the panel on pedagogy and the roundtable on race.

Articles from AAA Publications

Bonilla, Yarimar, and Jonathan Rosa. 2015. “#Ferguson: Digital protest, hashtag ethnography, and the racial politics of social media in the United States.” American Ethnologist 42(1):4-17. (Note: This article appeared in the Open Anthropology issue on Race, Racism, and Protesting Anthropology)

Briller, Sherylyn, Todd Kelley, and Elizabeth Wirtz. 2016. “Designing for People.” Anthropology News 57(9):e51-e54.

Briller, Sherylyn, and Andrea Sankar. 2013. “Engaging Opportunities in Urban Revitalization: Practicing Detroit Anthropology.” Annals of Anthropological Practice 37(1):156-178.

Cox, Aimee. 2009. “The BlackLight Project and Public Scholarship: Young Black Women Perform Against and Through the Boundaries of Anthropology.” Transforming Anthropology 17(1):51-64.

Cox, Aimee, and Dana-Ain Davis. 2012. “Reading Race Now.” Transforming Anthropology 20(2):103-104.

——. 2013. “On Moving Words.” Transforming Anthropology 21(1):1-3.

Diaz, Vanessa. 2015. “At the Margins of Celebrity Culture: Criminalizing the Latina/o Paparazzi of Los Angeles.” Anthropology News 56(11-12):31-32.

Dick, Hilary Parsons. 2012. “Review of ‘Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice among Latina Youth Gangs’ by Norma Mendoza-Denton.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 22(2):E108-E111.

Hoadwonic, Ryan. 2011. “Review of ‘Designing an Anthropology Career: Professional Development Exercises’ by Sharylyn Briller and Amy Goldmacher.” Anthropology of Work Review 32(2):120-121.

Jackson Jr, John L. 2012. “Ethnography Is, Ethnography Ain’t.” Cultural Anthropology 27(3):480-497.

Jackson, John L., and Deborah A. Thomas. 2009. “The Issue of Whiteness.” Transforming Anthropology 17(1):1-1.

Jenks, Angela C. 2016. “‘The Uses of Anger’: Confronting Racism in the Classroom.” Teaching Anthropology: Proceedings of the 2015 AAA Meeting Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges 21(1).

Mendoza-Denton, Norma. 2011. “The Semiotic Hitchhiker’s Guide to Creaky Voice: Circulation and Gendered Hardcore in a Chicana/o Gang Persona.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 21(2):261-280.

Ricke, Audrey. 2017. “Producing the Middle Class: Domestic Tourism, Ethnic Roots, and Class Routes in Brazil.” The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

Rosa, Jonathan Daniel. 2016. “Standardization, Racialization, Languagelessness: Raciolinguistic Ideologies across Communicative Contexts.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 26(2):162-183.

Rosa, Jonathan, and Yarimar Bonilla. 2017. “Deprovincializing Trump, decolonizing diversity, and unsettling anthropology.” American Ethnologist 44(2):201-208.

Scobie, Willow. 2011. “Review of ‘An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube’ by Michael Wesch.” American Anthropologist 113(4):661-662.

Wali, Alaka. 2010. “Review of ‘Ethnography for the Digital Age: http://www.YouTube/ Digital Ethnography’ by Michael Wesch.” American Anthropologist 112(1):147-148.

Wesch, Michael. 2007. “What is Web 2.0? What Does It Mean for Anthropology? Lessons From an Accidental Viral Video.” Anthropology News 48(5):30-31.

Anthropology Articles & Chapters (non-AAA)

Diaz, Vanessa, 2015. “‘Brad & Angelina: And Now…Brangelina!’: A Sociocultural Analysis of Blended Celebrity Couple Names.” In First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics. S. Cobb and N. Ewin, eds: Bloomsbury Academic Press.

Jackson Jr, John L. 2010. “On Ethnographic Sincerity.” Current Anthropology 51(S2):S279-S287.

Jenks, Angela C., 2010. “What’s the Use of Culture?: Health Disparities and the Development of ‘Culturally Competent’ Health Care.” In What’s the Use of Race? Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference. D.S. Jones and I. Whitmarsh, eds. Pp. 207-224. Cambridge: MIT Press.

——. 2011. “From ‘Lists of Traits’ to ‘Open-Mindedness’: Emerging Issues in Cultural Competence Education.” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 35(2):209-235.

Mendoza-Denton, Norma. 1999. “Sociolinguistics and Linguistic Anthropology of US Latinos.” Annual Review of Anthropology 28(1):375-395.

Ricke, Audrey. 2017. “Making ‘Sense’ of Identity: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Sensory Experience of German Traditions in Brazil.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 46(2):173-202.

Mittler, Jessica N., Grant R. Martsolf, Shannon J. Telenko, and Dennis P. Scanlon. 2013. “Making Sense of ‘Consumer Engagement’ Initiatives to Improve Health and Health Care: A Conceptual Framework to Guide Policy and Practice.” Milbank Quarterly 91(1):37-77.


Briller, Sherylyn, and Amy Goldmacher. 2008. Designing an Anthropology Career: Professional Development Exercises. Lanham: AltaMira Press.

Cox, Aimee. 2015. Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Daniels, Cora, and John L. Jackson Jr. 2014. Impolite Conversations: On Race, Class, Sex, Religion, and Politics. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Forrest, Beth, Willa Zhen, and Maureen Costura, eds. 2015. Introduction to Gastronomy. Cognella Academic Publishing.

Gelfand, Donald E., Richard Raspa, Sherylyn Briller, and Stephanie Myers Schim, eds. 2005. End-of-Life Stories: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Mendoza-Denton, Norma. 2008. Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Whitehead, Neil L., and Michael Wesch, eds. 2012. Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Unhuman Subjects, and the End of Anthropology. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.

Online Anthropology #AmAnth17

And for more, see the Anthropology Blogs list.

To cite: Antrosio, Jason. 2017. “Open Anthropology Matters: American Anthropological Association Meetings 2017.” Living Anthropologically website, Posted 18 October 2017. Revised 4 June 2019.

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