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
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.
… More Everyday Anthropology: Political Economy
Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing our stories of race, culture & identity, was written by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi, two young women from Princeton, New Jersey. The pair took a gap year between high school and university to complete the research for this book, which involved traveling all over the U.S. to interview hundreds of people about their racial, cultural, and ethnic identities. The result is a collection of profiles, perspectives, and experiences that come together to form an insightful picture of the U.S.’s large and diverse population. … More Book Discussion: Tell Me Who You Are by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
Here are five skills that I acquired during my time as an anthropology student and researcher. … More Five Skills I Learned From Anthropology
Transnationalism is the idea that there are people whose cultural, social and economic ties extend across national borders. For example, many immigrants maintain a close relationship with the country they were born in, while still participating in the new society that they moved to. … More Everyday Anthropology: Transnationalism
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