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Writing Life No. 13: An interview with Matthew Wolf-Meyer by Matthew Wolf-Meyer

Matthew Wolf-Meyer , June 3rd, 2021

From the bottom left, clockwise: my writing board (which currently has a note from my kids and a note about a future paper to be written), a stack…


Guest Post: Embracing Affect in the Classroom [Embodying Reciprocity Series]

Footnotes Editor , July 22nd, 2020

[Footnotes is excited to present a guest post by Schuyler Marquez. This post is a part of the Embodying Reciprocity series. Schuyler Marq…


Guest Post: Embracing Affect in the Classroom [Embodying Reciprocity Series]

footnotes , July 22nd, 2020

[Footnotes is excited to present a guest post by Schuyler Marquez. This post is a part of the Embodying Reciprocity series. Schuyler Marquez’s work focuses on bringing classical anthropological…


“Innovation, Habitus, and Heritage”: A New Paper Out Now in JFR

Jason Baird Jackson , March 14th, 2020

Hi all. I am happy to note that a new paper, co-authored with Johannes Müske and Lijun Zhang, has just been published in the Journal of Folklore Research….

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What is Anthropology? A Summary Review of the Second Edition by Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Jodie-Lee Trembath , March 1st, 2020

I found it helpful when Eriksen drew the line in the sand about the fundamental questions that anthropology concerns itself with. Here’s his Big Three: 1) What is…

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Marxism is amphetamines, biopolitics is cocaine: Social science theories as drugs.

Hilary Agro , October 22nd, 2019

Okay so hear me out, I have a new bit: Social science theories as drugs. Biopolitics is cocaine. I like it in small doses, and I can see…

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Homage to Those Who Hollered before Me/Meditations on Inheritances and Lineages, Anthropological and Otherwise

Alexandra Frankel , April 8th, 2019

Homage to Those Who Hollered before Me Silence chose me I didn’t choose silence silence immobilized me I could not breathe in my own skin without breaking the…

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How Race & Gender Interact To Shape Inequality

Shay-Akil , March 19th, 2019

INTRODUCTION Inequality can be best understood in the context of how humans conceptualize ‘equality’.  In the United States, a nation that projects an image of democracy and fairness,…

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Modalities of Culture Change: A Query

Jason Baird Jackson , November 2nd, 2018

A hybrid flower photographed by makamuki0 and circulated under a CC0 license. Hybridization as a mode of cultural change was discussed prominently in Theorizing the Hybrid, a 1999…

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Ep. #21 Misogyny, irrational politics, the ontological turn, and multi-media learning: this month on TFS

The Familiar Strange , September 2nd, 2018

Jodie (1:04), drawing on the book Down Girl by Australian philosopher Kate Manne, starts us off by asking what misogyny is, and how we should tackle it as…

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Designs for the Pluriverse — [book review]

Matt Thompson , August 27th, 2018

In Designs for the Pluriverse : Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds, theorist and distinguished critic of development Arturo Escobar joins a chorus of works that…


On Thinking with People and their Escapes: A Review of Unfinished through Storytelling by Onur Günay

Onur Günay , May 23rd, 2018

Unfinished: The Anthropology of Becoming João Biehl and Peter Locke, editors Duke University Press, 2017. 400 pages.   If hierarchy is the key to sociological knowledge production, what…


“To Peace, Because the Awful Alternative is the End of All Life”: Build Bomb–Explore Space(s)–Save World! (Part 2)

Taylor R. Genovese , July 20th, 2017

This two-part post is a collaborative authorship between Taylor R. Genovese and Martin Pfeiffer, a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. For more on…

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Psychoanalysis, primitivism and reality testing

eli , June 23rd, 2017

I realize it is meaningless to harp on the failures of past authors, but I was still struck by this very blithe statement from a psychoanalytic scholar in…


insult, injury, & imagination

Shay-Akil , June 8th, 2017

after reading an article about DeVos’ Dept. of Educ hinting at rolling back the gainful-employment rule & how it would be more costly to tax payers i thought…

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An encounter with theory #Anthroadvice

Ghassan Hage , May 9th, 2017

Today we will reflect on what it means to ‘encounter, dwell in, read, critique and make use of theory’. The idea of an ‘encounter’ with theory is particularly…


The masculinity of Marxist theory

eli , March 28th, 2017

It is an exaggeration to say that all Marxist theory people are men. But the historical masculinity of that little world — let’s face it —is hard to underestimate. I’m not talking…


Cocina, música y comunicación: Tecnologías y estética en el Yucatán contemporáneo. Presentación por Marina Alonso Bolaños

Gabriela Vargas-Cetina , March 26th, 2017

Cocina, música y comunicación: Tecnologías y estética en el Yucatán contemporáneo, de Steffan Igor Ayora Diaz, Gabriela Vargas Cetina y Francisco Javier Fernández Repetto (UADY / CONACYT 2017) Mar…

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Supporting the Resistance

Anne , February 16th, 2017

Well, 2017 has certainly burst out of the gates, with Trump signing executive orders the way a bull wreaks havoc in a china shop, and the resistance using…

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Being a grad student with ADHD: An ode to constant ontological uncertainty.

Hilary Agro , February 4th, 2017

[Hi. I’m back. I’m digressing from my usual topics to get a little cathartic and personal for a bit. Don’t worry, for the next post we’ll be back…

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Structure & Agency In Contemporary Social Theory

Shay-Akil , February 1st, 2017

One of the main concerns of theorists of society in the 20th century has been the question of the relation between structure and agency.  Describe three different schools…

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Labour & The Self

Shay-Akil , February 1st, 2017

What is Karl Marx’s conceptualization of the self?  How is it shaped by labor processes?  According to Karl Marx, an individual’s self-identity influences their local context or is…

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Summary of Classical Sociological Theory

Shay-Akil , February 1st, 2017

The basic premise of all classical sociological theory is that the contemporary world is the outcome of a transition from “traditional” to “modern” societies.  Explain how Karl…

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First RAI Photo Salon

Haidy Geismar , January 30th, 2017

Haidy Geismar,  UCL Anthropology and Chair of the R.A.I Photo Committee On December 8, 2016, the Photography Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute convened its first Photo Salon….

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