Tag: anthropology topics

The Mueller Report: Highlights

The Mueller Report is probably one of the most extensive legal investigations in the history of the United States. Certainly, the circumstances necessitating it are historic…

Religion and Economy – Part Two

We need to understand better how we build the infrastructures of collective existence, money among them. How do meanings come to be shared and memory to transcend the…

Why do Leaders Fail?

This is an opinion piece that some might say loosely fits within the realm of anthropology. And yet, if one could say that anthropology is the genealogy and…

World’s Most Vital Resource

  It is not necessary to explain the process by which algae through millions of years of geological time and chemical reactions become fossil fuels such as oil,…

The War Against Privacy

In the May-June 1993 issue of Wired Magazine, an article on a group of mathematicians advocating a radical, libertarian, cryptographic philosophy appeared on the front cover. The group…

Decline of Brazil’s Middle Class

              Although he was a left-wing, socialist president for two consecutive terms, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva demonstrated that a left-wing administration…

Birth of the Pharmaceutical

  In his highly original work, Birth of the Clinic, Foucault focuses his attention on the human experience and the rational for its continued homogenous reality. He discusses…

Origins and Scope of Thick Ethnography

Within a historical context, ethnography attempts to be holistic in nature based in part on emic views. It is written, observational science that provides an account of a…

Intricacies of Universal Health Care

What are some of the primary concerns of Universal Health and access to quality health care? Among researchers doing studies in this area, these concerns have raised new…

Expatriates: Dilemmas and Misconceptions

Those who have chosen to become permanent expatriates at some time or another experience a very disturbing and confusing dilemma. What makes this dilemma so disturbing is it…

Affirmative action in brazil: is it necessary?

  Recently, I came across an article in Lasa Forum Spring 2013 edition in which Edward Telles and Marcelo Paixão assessed the significance of Affirmative Action in Brazil….

Indispensability of medical anthropology

Medical anthropology, although considered a subcategory in anthropology, has been making contributions to medicine and public health since the development of anthropology itself. The fact that anthrop…

Tristes Tropiques: Revisited

  When I first encountered Lévi-Strauss in graduate school, I thought the title of his monumental work sounded strange. At that time, I spoke absolutely no Portuguese but…

Universality of Truth

Now this is an article that is going to upset a lot of people but at the same time it will cause a lot of people to reflect…

Self-imposed discrimination in brazil

  When I arrived in Brazil seven years ago as an American anthropologist seeking to discover if Brazil would be a good place to do research for a…

Long-term Ethnographic Immersion

  In the years I have been doing ethnographic research, I have found that some ethnographers have a tendency to avoid researching issues that involve deep immersion. Clearly,…

Lecture series

  Perspectives in Anthropology welcomes you to explore our new Lecture Series where you can discover a wide range of topics, each with a unique perspective and interpretation….

Transforming Refugees

Transforming Refugees: Bio-politics and medical construction of Southeast Asian Immigrant Subjects The point of this article is not to argue that bio-medicine has become a mechanism for establishing…

Traditional Family Values in Urbanized Societies

This article presents a brief discussion about the importance of traditional cultural and family values in urbanized, industrialized societies. In order to illustrate succinct dynamics among social fa…

Unemployment & Poverty in Brazil

Although there is considerable literature on conditions of unemployment and poverty in many modernized countries, there is a penuriously small amount on how these issues are addressed in…