Tag: Cooperation

Swan Lessons

Alma Gottlieb , September 4th, 2021

This past month, the swans have taken up residence in our local cove, for the first time in the six summers we’ve lived here. What could be a…

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What Anthropology Teaches Us about COVID-19, Part 2: An Optimist’s Scenario

Alma Gottlieb , March 19th, 2020

Here’s what I imagine could–and should–emerge from this viral nightmare. Locally, stranger-neighbors will (re)discover each other. Re-appreciate the bonds of co-residence. …

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What Anthropology Teaches Us about COVID-19

Alma Gottlieb , March 17th, 2020

Lesson 1: Like the ducks and brants my husband and I see congregating regularly by the dozens along the shore’s edge of Narraganssett Bay near our coastal home,…

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Does Generosity Come Naturally?

Daniel Salas , November 19th, 2019

[no-caption] Marcel Hirshegger/SAPIENS When anthropologist Cathryn Townsend headed into the field in 2009 to study generosity, she knew the project was for her. That’s because she was the…


Is a More Generous Society Possible?

Leah Shaffer , February 21st, 2019

A group of women and children from the Ik tribe share a meal. Cathryn Townsend In January 2016, Cathryn Townsend set out to live among “the loveless people.”…


How Men Stole Civilization

David Wengrow , October 19th, 2018

Museum objects such as this painting—Frieze of Dancers, by Edgar Degas—are often impressive and beautiful. But what do they tell us about the cultures that created them? Andrew…


Caring in Ancient Times

Alexandra Frankel , January 24th, 2018

A new bioarchaeological approach suggests health care has a long human history. Over 4,000 years ago, in a small hunter-gatherer settlement in northern Vietnam, a young man survived…

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When Feminism Starts in Fifth Grade

Alma Gottlieb , February 16th, 2017

Can ten-year-olds be feminists? Absolutely. This group of fifth graders just voted to forfeit their basketball season unless their co-ed team is allowed to compete, girls included. Feminism…

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An Anthropologist at the Women’s March on Washington, Part 1: Finding Communitas, Feminist Style

Alma Gottlieb , January 23rd, 2017

(photo by Alma Gottlieb) The doors of our metro car opened and closed, opened and closed with increasingly alarming dysfunction.  On any other day, the many more dozens…

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An Open Letter to My Grandchildren

Alma Gottlieb , November 9th, 2016

Dear Dean and Mona,   At four years old and ten months old, you are both too young to understand why the grown-ups around you keep talking about…

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An Open Letter to My Children

Alma Gottlieb , November 9th, 2016

Dear Nathaniel and Hannah, I am sorry that my generation has failed you. We have bequeathed you a world that has too many problems, too much fear, and too much…

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A Tale of Two Chins

Alma Gottlieb , April 19th, 2015

Cell phones . . . couches . . . gyms and community centers . . . archaeologists of the future will unearth countless artifacts and buildings that will testify…

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