Tag: xenophobia

Linguistic Anthropology and COVID-19

Chelsea Horton , March 26th, 2021

A post-COVID-19 “return to normal” implies a continuation of the very cultural, linguistic, and economic practices that precipitated the pandemic. Scholars of language and communication must do better…

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What to Call US Border Detention Centers?

Adam Hodges , August 5th, 2019

The controversy over the term “concentration camps” stems from the connotations it carries, setting up analogies that risk hyperbole and overlook the complexities of historical comparison. The governm…

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Brexitannia: The Faces and Voices of Brexit

Maximilian C. Forte , May 24th, 2019

First shown at London’s East End Festival in June of 2017, Brexitannia was the very first documentary about Brexit. It is a striking and deeply pensive film, in…


Brexit, the Uncivil War: Watering Myths with the Teardrops of the Ruling Class

Maximilian C. Forte , May 21st, 2019

What have been billed as momentous EU Parliament elections are taking place this week (May 23–26), and it seemed like the right time to review some Brexit films—one…


“We wunt be druv”- Intolerance of Tyranny at Lewes Bonfire

melissageere , February 4th, 2019

by Melissa Geere Lewes, a small town just ten minutes from the University of Sussex, makes headlines every November for its famous Bonfire celebrations. In 2018, the headlines were not…

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Feature Essay: The Case of Brexit, Expertise and Linguaphobia: Cosmopolitanism, Language and the Politics of Value by Sarah Burton

Rose Deller , December 11th, 2018

In this feature essay, The Case of Brexit, Expertise and Linguaphobia: Cosmopolitanism, Language and the Politics of Value, Sarah Burton argues that the heightened expression of antipathy towards lang…

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A Demagogue’s Words Matter

Adam Hodges , November 2nd, 2018

Trump’s immigration metaphors set a divisive tone from the top. Trump wields demagogic rhetoric like a marketing tool, ramping up prejudicial appeals in the closing days of the…

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Reclaiming “Allahu Akbar” from Semantic Pejoration

Adam Hodges , August 1st, 2018

Allāhu akbar, the Arabic phrase meaning “God is the greatest,” has gained connotations in US public discourse that differ vastly from its meaning among Muslims. Understanding this process…

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Wrestling with “The Donald”

Adam Hodges , September 5th, 2017

Nothing better epitomizes the content-free showmanship of President Trump’s governing style than the White House Rose Garden ceremony he held in May after the House passed their version…

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United we stand, divided we fall

guestanthropologist , December 21st, 2016

by Filippo Osella If there is a lesson to be learnt from the long 2016 it is that there is more than one way to disgrace oneself. Calling…

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Karen Sykes: The estranged citizens of Brexit

Focaal Web Editor , August 8th, 2016

It was political 16 June 2016 I first heard the BBC Radio 4 announce the death of the Labour MP for the Spen Valley, West Yorkshire while I…


Anthropology, #Brexit and Xenophobia in Europe

Felix Stein , July 12th, 2016

The decision of people in Britain to leave the European Union has come as a surprise, even a shock to most of my friends and colleagues who work…


The politics of decency #Brexit

Matei Candea , July 5th, 2016

I have lots of things to say about Brexit. As a Romanian, holding a French passport, resident of the UK for the past 18 years, whose wife and…


UK should Remain in the EU to stop the global advance of the far right

Vito Laterza , June 22nd, 2016

Tomorrow the British will go to the polls to decide whether UK should stay within the European Union or not. I truly hope that the majority will vote…

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Nativistic Movements

Maximilian Forte , March 22nd, 2016

Originally published as: “Nativistic Movements” By Ralph Linton and A. Irving Hallowell American Anthropologist, 45(2), 1943, pp. 230-240 NATIVISTIC MOVEMENTS By RALPH LINTON —&#8212…


anthro in the news 11/23/2015

anthropologyworks , November 23rd, 2015

  As of November 21, Brussels was on high alert for a possible terrorist attack. source: Smirnoff, Creative Commons What does ISIS want? CBS (Minnesota) carried a brief…


Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán’s xenophobia rejects the country’s multi-ethnic history

standplaatswereld , September 14th, 2015

By Pál Nyíri    My son and I have come to see the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble’s show An Evocation of Subcarpathia. According to the introduction to the venerable…

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Epidemics, Xenophobia and the “Other” Fear Factor

Anne Kelsey , August 6th, 2015

Sharks, contaminated foods, polluted water, heat waves, droughts, floods, tsunamis, rising ocean levels, financial collapse, the police, radical Muslims, young African American men – we live in fearfu…

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Educating ‘bilingual’ children in Spain and Denmark

John Postill , June 26th, 2015

Educating ‘bilingual’ children in Spain and Denmark: childhood bilingualism as opportunity or constraint by Kenn Nakata Steffensen University College Cork/University of Tokyo See PDF  This article exa…


American Muslims, Muslimphobia, and dangerous chemerias

Dr. Marranci , January 1st, 2013

The debate concerning Islam and Muslims in the US is a very heated one – sometimes beyond metaphors. The fear that Sharia will rule in the land of the…