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What Is Cultural Anthropology?

Emily Sekine , September 27th, 2022


Cultural anthropologists seek to understand the dizzyingly diverse ways people live today, including how they think, act, create, struggle, make meaning, and organize their societies. WHAT IS CULTURAL…


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In Spain, Scapegoating Spikes During the Pandemic

Keridwen Cornelius , September 22nd, 2022


An anthropologist and a Rroma activist investigate the rise in prejudice and abuse toward Rroma people during the COVID-19 crisis. ✽ During the first wave of the pandemic,…


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Does “Monkeypox” Give Monkeys a Bad Name?

Emily Sekine , September 21st, 2022


The debate over naming the virus known as monkeypox says a lot about the close—but fraught—relationships between humans and our fellow primates. ✽ The name of the latest…


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Are Insomniacs Overthinking Sleep?

Keridwen Cornelius , September 20th, 2022


From WiFi-enabled sleep trackers to wearable brain-altering apps, sleep technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated. But is the antidote to insomnia far more ancient? ✽ You will likely spend…


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When Women Answer the Call of Duty

Emily Sekine , September 15th, 2022


From Syria to Ukraine, the sight of women taking up arms to fight for a cause calls audiences to attention. Why? ✽ In 2019, the video game Call…


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What Is Freedom in a Brazilian Favela?

Emily Sekine , September 13th, 2022


In a new book, Minoritarian Liberalism, an anthropologist explores how favela residents of Rio de Janeiro create their own versions of liberty—even under conditions of violence, poverty, and…


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What’s Behind the Backlash to Lightyear’s Animated Kiss?

Emily Sekine , September 6th, 2022


What do Twitter debates over Disney-Pixar’s recent family film tell us about today’s parenting politics in the U.S.? ✽ On June 17, Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation…


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What Is Anthropological Poetry?

Emily Sekine , August 30th, 2022


SAPIENS’ poetry editor and inaugural poet-in-residence break down what makes certain poems anthropological and explore how poetry has the potential to transform ways of thinking and being in…


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Peeling Back the Myth of a “White” Midwest

Emily Sekine , August 23rd, 2022


The popular image of the U.S. heartland as only a place of rural, hardworking white farmers has always been a larger-than-life myth. In a new book, Imagining the…


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Why Do (Some) Humans Love Chili Peppers?

Emily Sekine , August 18th, 2022


An anthropologist traces the origins and world travels of one of his favorite kinds of plants. ✽ As someone who grew up in the Philippines, I have always…


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We All Love Roses

Christine Weeber , August 15th, 2022


SAPIENS Poet-in-Residence Jason Vasser-Elong reflects on horrific cycles of violence—and highlights injustices that are often papered over. We All Love Roses – Listen Some say it’s human nature…


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How a Coerced Confession Shaped a Family History

Emily Sekine , August 10th, 2022


A researcher delves into her family’s oral history and local archives to tell the story of a relative—falsely accused as a boy of a crime in Jim Crow–era…


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Wisdom From the Winding Path

Christine Weeber , August 9th, 2022


An anthropologist dreams of his work with Songhay sorcerers in Niger and of French poet Edmond Jabès, fictionalizing conversations and experiences to polish nuggets of wisdom for our…


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Wisdom From the Winding Path

Paul Stoller , August 2nd, 2022


[no caption] Frans Lemmens/Getty Images Excerpted from Paul Stoller’s essay “Jabès Amongst Songhay Sorcerers” in Philosophy on Fieldwork: Case Studies in Anthropological Analysis, e…


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Looking Into the World of Frog Gigging

Saish Solankar , June 29th, 2022


Frog hunters, known as “giggers,” search for bullfrogs in southern Indiana. Saish Solankar The moon emerged out of the clouds at a few minutes past midnight, reflecting on…


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Looking Into the World of Frog Gigging

SAPIENS , June 29th, 2022


The moon emerged out of the clouds at a few minutes past midnight, reflecting on the murky water of a forest pond. I watched as Wyatt*, the organizer…


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Difficult Truths: Confronting Irish Industrial Schools

Fiona Murphy , June 28th, 2022


[no-caption] Matt Anderson Photography/Getty Images This article was originally published at Otherwise magazine and has been republished with permission as a lightly edited excerpt. CONST…


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Difficult Truths: Confronting Irish Industrial Schools

SAPIENS , June 28th, 2022


This article was originally published at Otherwise magazine and has been republished with permission as a lightly edited excerpt. CONSTELLATIONS The 1918 Spanish flu altered the course of…


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Did Margaret Mead Think a Healed Femur Was the Earliest Sign of Civilization?

Gideon Lasco , June 16th, 2022


According to a commonly shared story, the anthropologist Margaret Mead was supposedly asked by a student what she thought was the earliest sign of a civilized society. There…


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Did Margaret Mead Think a Healed Femur Was the Earliest Sign of Civilization?

SAPIENS , June 16th, 2022


An anthropologist digs into the origins of a popular story attributed to Margaret Mead about the original sign of civilization. ✽ According to a commonly shared story, the…


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Understanding the Shaman’s Tribulations

Guest Blogger , June 15th, 2022


Understanding the Shaman’s Tribulations – By Taba Menia – The scholarship of shamanism is closely related to ideas about traditional healing and their knowledge. Found across the world…


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Living With the Prospect of Assisted Dying

Anita Hannig , June 15th, 2022


[no-caption] The Real Tokyo Life/Getty Images Excerpted from The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America by Anita Hannig. © 2022 by Anita Hannig….


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Living With the Prospect of Assisted Dying

SAPIENS , June 15th, 2022


Excerpted from The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America by Anita Hannig. © 2022 by Anita Hannig. Used with permission of the publisher,…


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Is Donated Blood a Gift or a Commodity?

Ben Belek , June 14th, 2022


In 1950, human blood was stored for patient use at a U.S. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Korea. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration/Wikimedia Commons In the spring…


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