The United Nations has declared 2019 to be the Year of Indigenous Languages, and will support a number of functions and movements related to this theme this year. Here is what you need to know about the 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages, from a general anthropological perspective. … More 2019 is the Year of Indigenous Languages
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
In the end I have few regrets about the path I have chosen, but there are some things I wish I would have known before I started.
So, for new anthropology majors (or those considering the discipline as their field of study), here are the things I think you might want to know as you begin your journey!
… More Anthropology Majors: What You Should Know, Part 2
So, you want to study anthropology? When I first started college I didn’t declare a major. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I focused on getting my core requirements out of the way first. Sophomore year I took an anthropology course and fell in the love with the discipline. But like … More Anthropology Majors: What You Should Know, Part 1
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
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 Feel free to share this post but please do not publish this infographic elsewhere … More How to Write an Anthropology Paper: An Infographic
For those who have never taken an anthropology course before, diving into the writing and analysis style of anthropology, especially at a higher level, can be challenging! So I decided to share my guide to anthropology writing on this blog, in order to help any potential anthropology students out there with their university writing assignments.
Social constructs are, by definition, concepts that have been made and agreed upon by the majority of people in a culture or society. Social constructs are a commonly discussed topic in anthropology, for a variety of interesting reasons. … More Everyday Anthropology: Social Constructs
The idea behind reflexivity is that the researcher (in this case, the anthropologist) should reflect on their identity and the role that this identity plays in the society that they are researching within. In other words, research in anthropology is not just about observing others, but also yourself.
In anthropology, as well as in geography and other disciplines, there is a concept of “Space” vs. “Place.”
Space is location, physical space and physical geography.
Place is what gives a space meaning, “personality” and a connection to a cultural or personal identity. It is the culturally ascribed meaning given to a space. It is the “vibe” that you get from a certain space, and it exists for a reason. … More Everyday Anthropology: Space vs. Place