A Look at Current Events: Anthropology and Democracy

While watching coverage of the Hong Kong protests on Tuesday, I heard a U.S. American correspondent say something like “Americans hearts do, and should, go out the Hong Kong protesters.”I’ve watched quite a bit of coverage on the protests, and I eventually lost track of the exact video clip that I heard this statement from. Nonetheless, the quote has been stuck in my thoughts. In the U.S., many citizens take pride in our country’s democracy and all that it stands for. But what about the rest of the world? This led me to the questions “how universal is democracy?” and “what can anthropology tell us about democracy throughout the world?” … More A Look at Current Events: Anthropology and Democracy

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Book Discussion: The Women’s Atlas by Joni Seager

  This book provides insight into “the state of women worldwide” through graphics and maps with statistics on women’s issues. Looking through this book gave me so much to think about. I already knew about some of the issues covered in the book, but seeing the exact statistics was enlightening. There are other topics that … More Book Discussion: The Women’s Atlas by Joni Seager

Book Discussion: Crazy Like Us by Ethan Watters

The full title of this book is Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters. I first read this book for a Psychological Anthropology class when I was an undergrad, and I’ve been revisiting it every so often ever since then (thanks Dr. Davenport!). The are three main points in this … More Book Discussion: Crazy Like Us by Ethan Watters

8 Short but Insightful Documentaries Covering International Issues

I often find myself watching short documentaries during my spare time to learn more about current events and issues around the world. The following are some of my favorite documentaries from this past year. Some are inspiring, some are infuriating, and many are both. All are around 20 minutes long (or less) and available to … More 8 Short but Insightful Documentaries Covering International Issues