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Religious Ritual at the Credit Card Machine

Christina Lauren Quigley , November 24th, 2022

Ritual Shrine Offerings Among the Exotic Nacirema Tribe While it may seem that anthropologists have documented the most exotic rituals across the globe, the strangest rituals are still…


Thailand’s Most Famous Writer Finally Published in English

Christina Lauren Quigley , November 12th, 2022

Thailand’s most famous and beloved writer– Rong Wongsawan’s work has been translated, edited and published in English for the first time. For admirers of Thailand and its culture,…


What Happens if Chinese Smartphones Teach English Lessons in Tanzania?

Christina Lauren Quigley , October 7th, 2022

English is the dominant global language of the world, it is the language of power, and control. But it is not the only language, and different people have…



The New Face of Ethnography, from Tanzania to Thailand

A Liquor Store is like a Drive-Thru Cheers

Liquor Store Mind Bender Puzzle

America Needs Some Perspective

thenarcissisticanthropologist , August 30th, 2017

I used to think that Americans like me who had a strong point of view on topics related to positive social change all had some sort of elevated…

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For the Love of Us All, No More Deplorables, Snowflakes, or Nasty Women

Carie Little Hersh , June 8th, 2017

8 Labels I Never Want to Hear Again There are several words that have gained in popularity over the last few years that I don’t ever want to…

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Ken Burns, an anthropological portrait of an artist and the edge

Grant , May 18th, 2017

[This essay first appeared in Medium. It has been lightly edited for presentation here.] In the world of documentary filmmaking, it feels like there’s the era “Before Ken…

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Racial Purity is a Lie and Here’s Why

Carie Little Hersh , May 4th, 2017

With the recent increase in folks’ throwing shade and swastikas on other people’s ethnicities, I thought I’d take a moment to remind us all that racial purity is…

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We’re Not Mourning The 80’s. We’re Returning To Them.

thenarcissisticanthropologist , December 31st, 2016

I know what everyone has been thinking as we look gleefully forward to the end of 2016, with a desire to put the social and political turmoil behind us…

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Postmodernism Comes to America

Carie Little Hersh , December 5th, 2016

Fake News and the End of Facts I recently had the pleasure (?) of engaging in a fruitless debate on social media with a friend of a friend….

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Casual Racism and the Problem of White Identity

Carie Little Hersh , November 29th, 2016

A Family Portrait My family is super white. We love brunch at IKEA, we have varying relationships with rhythm, and we feel slightly guilty about everything. Aside from…

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On the Backs of Other Mothers

Carie Little Hersh , November 3rd, 2016

I had no idea I was singing the saddest song about motherhood of all time. It all started when I became curious about a lullaby my grandmother used…

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The relevANTH Guide to Choosing a Culturally Sensitive Halloween Costume

Carie Little Hersh , October 14th, 2016

Just… no. It’s that time of year again, when millions of Americans hit the streets dressed as terrifying celebrities, food items, and ethically questionable depictions of others’ cul…

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There was “no racism before Obama”. Wait, what now?

Carie Little Hersh , September 29th, 2016

Welcome to the (sur)reality that is the American election of 2016. The latest in a series of Perplexing Statements that People Believe Despite Immeasurable Evidence to the Contrary…

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comics on culture on Charlie Rose

Grant , August 24th, 2016

Yesterday, the Charlie Rose Show repeated interviews with comics Billy Eichner, Amy Pohler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, and Seth Meyers. A couple of comments jumped out….

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When Nature Has to Conform to Culture: Highly Sensitive People in a Nonsensitive Culture

Carie Little Hersh , August 19th, 2016

Elaine Aron’s book The Highly Sensitive Person was like my own personal Da Vinci Code—riveting, compelling, and totally solved a mystery about myself I didn’t know existed. My…

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I Don’t Care What Your Beliefs about Racism Are

Carie Little Hersh , August 4th, 2016

In the wake of several brutal and unwarranted police shootings of black men and women, and the subsequent retaliation against innocent police officers, politicians across the country have…

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5 Homophobic Myths Destroyed by Anthropology

Carie Little Hersh , July 15th, 2016

After the horrific mass murder in June focusing on the LGBTQ community at an Orlando club, the only thing worse than the massacre has been the thread of…

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How Karl Marx Ruined My Dinner Party

Carie Little Hersh , June 2nd, 2016

At dinner one night, I made two fatal social errors in rapid succession. First, during casual conversation with two good friends, I began talking about American culture. Not…

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Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and the Election Hunger Games

Carie Little Hersh , May 4th, 2016

With Donald Trump defending the size of his hands, Ted Cruz dropping out of the race the week after recruiting former opponent Fiorina as a running mate, Hillary…

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Make Ethnography Better

Grant , April 27th, 2016

Ethnography has grown in the last couple of decades from a moody, friendless method in the social sciences to the bell of the business ball. But clearly it has…

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