Everyday Anthropology: Social Constructs

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

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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

My Graduate Research on Welcoming Communities and U.S. Citizenship

From August 2016 through December 2018 I was a student in the Applied Anthropology Master’s Program at the University of North Texas. For much of that time I was working on my graduate thesis research project and paper. The subject of my project was interesting and timely, so I thought I’d summarize it briefly (as … More My Graduate Research on Welcoming Communities and U.S. Citizenship

An Informal Anthropological Perspective on Millennials Killing Things, Part 2

How timely is it that this article by Anne Helen Peterson on Buzzfeed was published while I’m working on my series about millennials killing things?   The essay, titled “How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation,” is insightful, emotional, and in my opinion, spot-on. I highly recommend it. I may have to write my own essay … More An Informal Anthropological Perspective on Millennials Killing Things, Part 2

An Informal Anthropological Perspective on Millennials Killing Things, Part 1

When I’m not sure what to write about, I can always count on the internet for plenty of random inspiration. One of my favorite online trends from the past couple of years is the idea that millennials (people aged approximately 18-30? 20-32?) are “killing” various things, usually by failing to spend their money. Being a … More An Informal Anthropological Perspective on Millennials Killing Things, Part 1

My Worst Travel Experiences, Part 2: Creepers and Other Characters

Note: This is a re-post from my old blog. The original post was made in 2017, under the title “My Worst Experiences Abroad.” The point of me sharing these experiences is to encourage everyone to embrace the good and the bad when it comes to traveling, and find ways to grow from negative experiences. (Fortunately, I’ve been … More My Worst Travel Experiences, Part 2: Creepers and Other Characters

What is Next for 2019

  “Everybody arrives on this planet with unique desires, gifts and talents, and as you journey through life, your job is to discover what yours are, to nurture them, and to bloom into the most authentic, gleeful, and badassiest version of yourself.” – Jen Sincero, You are a Badass 2019 Calendar   In 2019 I … More What is Next for 2019