Class is in Session: U.S. American Culture and Education

These are my thoughts, based on my background as an anthropologist, on the state of the U.S. education system, the values that shape it, and the systems that drive it. Anthropology has given me a great lens through which to examine these concepts. Here are some of the ways I think anthropological theory and concepts can be applied to American education. … More Class is in Session: U.S. American Culture and Education

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Everyday Anthropology: Political Economy

There are many ways to define the theory of political economy (especially depending on the field of study you ask). Based on my background in anthropology, I define it like this:

Political economy is the study of cultural phenomenon in the broader context of economic, political and social power structures. It is a way of studying culture that recognizes the influence of politics, economic structures and social hierarchies on everyday life.
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Everyday Anthropology: Environmental Justice

Environmental justice centers around the belief that all people have a right to a healthy living environment and fair treatment through environmental laws and regulations. In addition, environmental justice persists because of the existence of environmental injustices—ways that environmental issues such as pollution and natural disasters disproportionately affect vulnerable and disadvantaged people. … More Everyday Anthropology: Environmental Justice

Book Discussion: The Invitation Only Zone by Robert S. Boynton

When I first opened this book, I was expecting an account of the abductions conducted by North Korea since the 1970s. I was not expecting to learn how the Japanese imperialist government used ideas of race and anthropology to promote colonialism. But I’m glad that I did. … More Book Discussion: The Invitation Only Zone by Robert S. Boynton

How to Write an Anthropology Paper: An Infographic

I decided to condense my original anthropology writing guide into a handy infographic for quick reference. I created this graphic using the website Canva, which I love. I’m no graphic designer, but I had fun making it. Enjoy!       Feel free to share this post but please do not publish this infographic elsewhere … More How to Write an Anthropology Paper: An Infographic