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Monkey Gives First Aid To Friend Shocked By Wires

Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend -- resuscitating another monkey that had been shocked and knocked unconscious.The injured monkey had fallen between the...Show More Summary

Zora Neale Hurston, The Making of an Anthropologist

Little did Zora know that moving to New York from Washington, DC, where she was a student at Howard University, would forever change the trajectory of her life. When Zora landed in Harlem, she became the latest arrival to what would become enshrined in history as the Harlem Renaissance. Zora’s dramatic flair and need for […]

Panopti-claus: Foucaultian social control for the kiddies

He sees you when you’re sleeping; he knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake. -From the popular children’s song, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” The tension. Stress. Anxiety! It was the night before Christmas and I couldn’t sleep. I knew he was watching. […]

How much public anthropology is enough public anthropology?

Anthropologists seem unusual in their desire to make the public think what they think. Other disciplines relate to the public differently — Classicists sigh endlessly about the anachronisms of Hollywood blockbusters, while for some philosophers the whole point is to be the kind of person the merely average can’t understand. Show More Summary

141: For Tsepey Who Self-Immolated in Tibet Six Hours From Now

It is 8:00 in the morning in Colorado. On the other side of the world a young Tibetan woman self-immolated at 2:00 pm today, Monday the 22nd of December 2014. Her name was Tsering Dolma (and her nickname was Tsepey). She was twenty years old. She was the 141st Tibetan to self-immolate in recent years. […]

In Argentina, a Court Grants Sandra the Orangutan Basic Rights

The ape has spent the last 20 years in a zooAn orangutan named Sandra has been granted certain legal rights by a court in Argentina.Lawyers for Argentina’s Association of Professional Lawyers for Animal Rights (Afada) argued that Sandra...Show More Summary

The Future at Last: Unraveling the Embargo on Cuba

[Savage Minds is pleased to publish this essay by L. Kaifa Roland who is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Kaifa is the author of Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha: An Ethnography of Racial Meaning (OUP, 2010) “T/racing Belonging in Cuban Tourism” (Cultural Anthropology, August 2013), and “Between Belonging and the […]

Wishing you a merry ... something

Yale was founded by English Congregationalist ministers. Today, only 22% of its student body has a Christian European background of any sort. Last year, around this time, friends and acquaintances offered me all sorts of religiouslyShow More Summary

Doing Concept Work: An Interview with Ann Stoler about the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry

(The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry [ICSI] is a program getting under way at the New School for social research, where   advanced graduate students and junior faculty with the opportunity to spend a week at The New School’s campus in...Show More Summary

Anthropologies/Savage Minds student debt survey: THE DEBTORS

Earlier this year I posted two informal student debt surveys here on Savage Minds as part of the Anthropologies issue on Student Debt. Both of these surveys focused on student debt in anthropology. Here at long last are some of the results. (Sorry for taking so long  to get to this…I was writing a dissertation […]

Chocolate-Fed Monkey Terrorizes Marseille Until Tasered

For several weeks the monkey had been provoking panic in Castellanne, a northern suburb of Marseille, La Provence newspaper reported.At one point it even entered a primary school where “it caused bedlam and scratched some of the children”...Show More Summary

Revolutionary Time: First Thoughts on a Concept

[Savage Minds is pleased to publish this essay by Melissa Rosario who is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology at Bowdoin College. Melissa is a cultural anthropologist interested in the politics of autonomy for Caribbean peoples and marginalized U.S. Show More Summary

Cuba and the US: Castro and Obama on Establishing Diplomatic Relations

What follows are transcripts of the two speeches given today by Cuba’s President, Raúl Castro, and US President Barack Obama, on the establishment of diplomatic relations: STATEMENT BY THE CUBAN PRESIDENT (Havana, December 17, 2014) Fellow countrymen, Since my election as President of the State Council and Council of Ministers I have reiterated on many […]

The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky

Jurafsky, Dan. 2014. The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. The Language of Food has always been one of my favorite blogs, and so when I heard that it was being turned into a blook, I leapt at the chance to review it. Having now read the book, […]

Digital Anthropology: You could get with this, or you could get with that

Last week I reported from #AAA2014 on the emergence of digital anthropology as a growing theme in our discipline and one in need of some legitimacy relative to anthropology’s traditional domains. Readers posed questions interrogating the worth of digital anthropology. What is it good for? What does it add? How should we define it? I’ve […]

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