Let’s Talk About Borders

One of the things I love most about the field of anthropology is the way it challenges concepts of borders. And it does so by reminding us that borders, like so many other concepts, are social constructs. … More Let’s Talk About Borders

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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

Familiar Strange: Things I (Now) Find Weird About U.S. American Culture

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, culture is like water and people are like fish. In other words, it is difficult to see certain aspects of your own culture until you are removed from it. After spending time abroad, these are the aspects of my home culture (U.S. American) that I now find … More Familiar Strange: Things I (Now) Find Weird About U.S. American Culture