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The Enduring Legacy of Margaret Mead
 

The Enduring Legacy of Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead was a U.S. anthropologist and public intellectual did her foundational fieldwork in Samoa in the 1920s. A student of Franz Boas, Mead published Coming of Age in Samoa which challenged the western idea that puberty is a tumultuous and trying time.
Making fun/Having fun
 

Making fun/Having fun

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, anthropologists tend to be a funny bunch, even if sometimes we’re the only ones laughing at our jokes. 
Sing a Song of Anthropology
 

Sing a Song of Anthropology

Anthropologists are often the first to make fun of themselves, many have quirky or dark senses of humour, and some even love to sing.
My Top 5 Anthropology Blogs
 

My Top 5 Anthropology Blogs

In the odd few minutes I can eek out now and again as a practising anthropologist, I like to head over to some great anthropology blogs.
What can you do with a degree in anthropology?
 

What can you do with a degree in anthropology?

As a grad student I often worked the anthropology table at the seasonal career fair. The central question from parents and students: What can you do with a degree in anthropology?
Top Anthropology Podcasts
 

Top Anthropology Podcasts

Anthropology is a storytelling discipline. As such, it seems to lend itself to podcasting. Check out some of these great podcasts if you’re looking for something new and interesting!
Note on Anthropology and Trumpism Part 3
 

Note on Anthropology and Trumpism Part 3

In the past two posts I’ve been exploring the election of President’elect Trump through the lenses of anthropology. If you’ll recall from my first post, one of the key capabilities of anthropology “is to make the world safe for human differences” (Benedict 1946). In this post I’ll continue to build...
Notes on Anthropology and Trumpism Part 2
 

Notes on Anthropology and Trumpism Part 2

In my last post I wrote about one of two articles by anthropologist, Paul Stoller, where he explored Trump’s relationship to myth, illusion, and celebrity culture. I also explored an art installation, “The Emperor With no Balls”, that draws attention to the illusion of suitability for the role of President...
Notes on Anthropology and Trumpism Part 1
 

Notes on Anthropology and Trumpism Part 1

For many on the political centre-left, this week was jarring. Donald Trump, quasi-successful businessman and reality TV personality was voted into United States political office as President-elect.