Author: Maia

How Health Systems Hurt Women. Review of Fistula Politics by Alison Heller, Rutgers University Press (2018).

Maia , December 24th, 2018

Medical anthropology has come a long way from its initial focus on the interpretive dimensions of health  and sickness. The Medical Anthropology series from Rutgers University Press provides…


Anthropology as Strategy: A Review of Jay Hasbrouck’s “Ethnographic Thinking”

Maia , June 5th, 2018

Anthropology is flourishing outside universities. More anthropologists than ever before work in the commercial sector- as researchers, consultants, user experience and design specialists.  Techniques…


Learning From Design Researchers: Jan Chipchase’s Field Study Handbook

Maia , April 16th, 2018

Jan Chipchase is a leading design researcher. Some of you may have come across his work on the anthropology of mobile phones. I discovered it by chance while…


Situating Knowledge

Maia , September 14th, 2017

As an anthropologist working at the intersection of anthropology and development studies I sometimes undertake work for development organizations. The kind of work I do does not fall…

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Anthropology and Organisational Change: Gillian Tett’s The Silo Effect

Maia , August 17th, 2016

Classification and world making are the core concerns of anthropology. In- groups and out- groups, borders and boundaries  are the frameworks of  social and political order.  Sorting Things Out,…

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Suggestions for Summer Reading: Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Struggle to Write

Maia , May 14th, 2016

For the past couple of years I’ve been addicted to a series of books by the  Norwegian writer, Karl Ove Knausgaard.  Presented as fiction,  these explore in minute…

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Ask A Mind: Is Studying Witchcraft `Useful’ for Development?

Maia , June 7th, 2015

Can anthropologists combine research on witchcraft with research on development? Why are some topics considered more relevant to understanding development issues than others? This post is a response…

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