Anthropologists are often the first to make fun of themselves, many have quirky or dark senses of humour, and some even love to sing.
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 …
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 …
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.
“The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences”. Ruth Benedict’s now-famous dictum echoed so artfully by Nancy Schepher-Hughes (see this post) is a powerful way to conceptualize what purpose anthropological practice can play in the world at-large.
In Part 1 I described an art installation by Lisa Braun that she is exhibiting in a field in western Canada. In this post I want to explore the speculative, eerie and uncanny feelings these running horses incite.
Nature :: Technology Anthropologists pursuing the study of material culture have been perennially interested in the relationship between nature, culture, and what role technology plays in the what it means to be human (c.f. Pfaffenberger 1992).
Myth 2: Corporate culture is “fluffy” After reading Michel Foucault’s deeply moving and oft-disturbing Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, I don’t know of another book that so radically changed the way I thought about the role of the education, health “care”, and the state.
Anthropologists are often very deliberate about the way we deploy concepts and theories. This comes from a well documented disciplinary history that has taught us to be mindful and explanatory lest we do more damage than good.
Notes from an Agency Anthropologist In 1946, Ruth Benedict, a US anthropologist published the study of Japanese culture entitled: The Chrysanthemum and the Sword. The book was a product of Benedict’s wartime research completed at the behest of the US Office of War Information. Given the political situation at the time, …