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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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Bioethics Must First Burn

Johnathan Flowers , August 30th, 2022


Bioethics must burn before it can be reimagined to enable the flourishing of all humans, and not just the ones that align with or are presupposed by its…


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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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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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Book Review: Played Out – Difference and Repetition in Classic Board Games

Alissa Whitmore , July 14th, 2022


By Samuel Gerald Collins Patkin, Terri Toles (2021). Who’s in the Game? Identity and Intersectionality in Classic Board Games. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland.  After taking…


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Maize and Okra

Jason Vasser-Elong , June 6th, 2022


I saw big momma once, seated in a wooden chair with hair braided all the way like if you look downriver, you could imagine the chillin’ playing— after…


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Perimeter Protection: The Resiliency of Plantation Infrastructures in the South Carolina Lowcountry

colinhoag , May 19th, 2022


Editorial Note: This post is part of our series highlighting the work of the Anthropology and Environment Society’s 2021 Roy A. Rappaport Prize Finalists. We asked them to outline the…


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Helena Wulff reflects on her career

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What article or book that you wrote are you most pleased with?  Could you talk about the story behind writing it? It is hard to choose between an…


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Muda da Maré: Environmental Change, Ecological Grief, and the Fishers and Marisqueiras of Pernambuco

colinhoag , April 14th, 2022


Editorial Note: This post is part of our series highlighting the work of the Anthropology and Environment Society’s 2021 Roy A. Rappaport Prize Finalists. We asked them to outline the…


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Athletics, IQ, Health: Three Myths of Race

Alan Goodman and Joseph L. Graves Jr. , April 14th, 2022


Our recent book, Racism, Not Race, tackles a big lie: The idea that human beings have biological races. Biological races do not exist in humans. Why, then, do…


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The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis’ Double Standard

Isabella Alexander-Nathani , April 7th, 2022


Watching the war unfold in Ukraine due to the recent Russian invasion, I, like many others, have been gripped by heartbreaking images of refugees arriving to the borders…


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Predominantly White Institutions’ Overtures to Black Students OR This Is What They Tell You Without Telling You

Justin D. Wright , April 4th, 2022


Enslaved people built the Rotunda at the University of Virginia in the 19th century. Chrispecoraro/Getty Images Go to undergrad, go to graduate school, get a Ph.D. heft onto…


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Transracial Adoption and the Limits of Love

Christine Chalifoux , March 29th, 2022


A photo installation by artist Glenn Morey explores how Korean adoptees in the U.S. grapple with questions related to belonging, identity, and family. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images On a…


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Untangling Race From Hair

Hannah Seo , March 9th, 2022


Descriptions of hair have long been knotted with false notions of race, but new research points to empowering ways of viewing this emotionally charged physical trait. D3sign/Getty Images …


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Redrawing the Boundaries

Chip Colwell , February 2nd, 2022


For many, archaeology means digging up historical artifacts from beneath the ground. But to some, that framework is also violent and colonialist. What would it mean to leave…


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A Hidden Figure in North American Archaeology

Stephen E. Nash , January 20th, 2022


As a historian of science, I am interested in determining who gets credit for scientific discoveries and why. Sadly, credit often goes to the powerful and connected, not…


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Phantoms within and beyond the Frame: Stirrings of Justice amidst Specters of Rural Capitalism

colinhoag , January 18th, 2022


By Rebecca Witter and Dana E. Powell [1] § Structural racism combines with the toxic wastes from industrialized capitalism to haunt the rural lowland landscapes of eastern North…


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The Emotional Logic of a Black Poetics: Truth, Metaphor, Beauty, Joy

Daniel Salas , December 9th, 2021


In this free live event, Poetry Editor Christine Weeber and SAPIENS Public Anthropology Fellow Eshe Lewis will speak with Justin D. Wright, a doctoral student in sociocultural anthropology…


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Automating the Beast: Modern Police Power and the (Digi)Dog

Austin Hoffman , December 9th, 2021


As an undergraduate, I worked multiple jobs to make ends meet. For one of those jobs, I was a kennel attendant at a veterinary clinic and  earned $7.75…


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Surfing in Color

Traben Pleasant , November 12th, 2021


“Surfing in Color” is part of the collection Lead Me to Life: Voices of the African Diaspora. Read the introduction to the collection here. Floating, my gaze and…


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Riot

Dina Rivera , November 5th, 2021


“The Voice of Diaspora” is part of the collection Lead Me to Life: Voices of the African Diaspora. Read the introduction to the collection here. Her arm is…


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The Voice of Diaspora

Lara de Paula Passos , October 29th, 2021


“The Voice of Diaspora” is part of the collection Lead Me to Life: Voices of the African Diaspora. Read the introduction to the collection here.   I wake…


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