Anthropology and Climate Change

The AAA Statement on Humanity and Climate Change put forth in 2015 lists “eight points for understanding the impacts of climate change from an anthropological perspective.”  Within these points is an emphasis on the human causes of climate chance, the effects on vulnerable populations, and the ways an anthropological point of view could potentially help lesson some of climate change’s harmful effects. … More Anthropology and Climate Change

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Everyday Anthropology: Business Anthropology

What is Business Anthropology?   Business anthropology is perhaps one of the most concrete examples of how anthropology can be applied to “the real world” (outside of academia). According to a 2010 article written by Robert Guang Tian on the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) website, business anthropology is:   “a practical oriented scholastic field … More Everyday Anthropology: Business Anthropology

Book Discussion: Tell Me Who You Are by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi

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

Everyday Anthropology: Space vs. Place

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

It’s All Good? Some Thoughts on Cultural Relativism

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

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