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 Feel free to share this post but please do not publish this infographic elsewhere … More How to Write an Anthropology Paper: An Infographic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
Long time, no see! I’m happy to be back on my blog again. While searching for books to inspire my blogging in 2019, I came across an awesome site called Five Books. In short, this site interviews authors and other experts in various fields to get the best book recommendations for almost every topic you … More Books to Feed My Blog
Cultural Relativism. Some of the most common questions I hear about anthropology from outside the discipline are about cultural relativism, and for good reason. It is taught as one of the core principles of the discipline of anthropology, and yet anthropologists, social scientists and philosophers still debate how it should be applied. The debate surrounding … More It’s All Good? Some Thoughts on Cultural Relativism
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