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Technologies of Trust put to the Test

Isabella Hesse , September 22nd, 2022

Drawing on participant observation of COVID-19 tests and blood donation, this article demonstrates how micro-interactions between medical personnel and laypeople can constitute trust, grounding the he…

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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,…


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…


Making medicines trustworthy: pharmaceutical technologies of trust and regulation

Ramah McKay , September 21st, 2022

How do globalised health regimes create and shape landscapes of medical regulation and patient safety? This essay asks about the many ways in which patients, consumers, health advocates,…

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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…


6 Recommended Reads on Epidemics and Religious Change

Rose Deller , September 15th, 2022

Photo by Jeremy Bezanger on Unsplash Epidemics can turn the world upside down. They kill millions, isolate us and wreak havoc on international trade. But what is their impact on religion?…

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Global health meets sugar capitalism

Cal Biruk , September 14th, 2022

After a long drive, Sheila and I arrive at the gates of a sprawling fifty-one square mile Malawian sugar plantation that belongs to Africa’s largest sugar company. An…

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Misperceiving Life Expectancy in the Deep Past

Marlaina Martin , September 14th, 2022

An archaeologist explains that most people do not calculate life expectancy correctly. This leads to misunderstandings. This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republis…


Finding Mental Health Issues Hidden in the Past

Sophie Muro , September 8th, 2022

An archaeologist speculates about how to uncover evidence of depression, anxiety, and neurodiversities in ancient humans. ✽ Hi, my name is Paige, and I have generalized anxiety and…


Reducing Hypertension in Trinidad and Tobago

alex.clegg , August 4th, 2022

Author: Daniel Miller The research project Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing which is now close to completion was always intended to also develop some practical projects to…

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What the Anthropology of Smell Reveals About Humanity

Sarah Ives , June 30th, 2022

Former first lady Michelle Obama savors the scent of a Douglas fir tree presented to the first family for Christmas in 2010. Rod Lamkey/Getty Images Vivian,* a Washington,…


What the Anthropology of Smell Reveals About Humanity

Chip , June 30th, 2022

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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…


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…


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….


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,…


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…


Is Donated Blood a Gift or a Commodity?

SAPIENS , June 14th, 2022

An anthropologist dives into the morally fraught blood and plasma industry and what it reveals about human societies—the good, the bad, and the gory. ✽ In the spring…


Do Children Need Special Foods?

Tina Moffat , May 25th, 2022

Ultraprocessed breakfast cereals, sometimes touted as “healthy” thanks to vitamin fortification, are one of the most popular foods targeted toward kids. Education Images/Getty Images In c…


We Should Talk More About the Abortion Pill

Brenna McCaffrey , May 12th, 2022

In May 2018, activists took abortion pills as part of a protest against anti-abortion laws in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Many were dressed as characters from The Handmaid’s Tale,…


Impossible Choices at the Crossroads of Motherhood and Fieldwork

Jamie Hodgkins and Jessica Thompson , May 5th, 2022

Co-author Jamie Hodgkins holds her daughter as she co-directs the excavations at the Arma Veirana site in northwestern Italy. Fabio Negrino/University of Genoa Many women* in science who…


Unmasked: Illustrating COVID-19 in Okoboji

Emily Mendenhall and Aaron Gronstal , May 3rd, 2022

[no-caption] Aaron Gronstal These illustrations tell the story of the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in a small tourist town in the Iowa Great Lakes region: my…


Nurturing Autism Acceptance in Indonesia

Annie Tucker and Robert Lemelson , April 28th, 2022

Idris (right), a teenager on the autism spectrum, visits a local mosque in Indonesia to pray with his father. Elemental Productions On a typical day, Wawan, a teenager…