Children on the Border: Could Migration be the Problem, Not the Solution?

Can a border crisis originate in nurseries? More and more Americans are hiring women from Central America to raise their children. More often than not, the women are undocumented single mothers who, in hope of escaping poverty, left their own children behind with relatives. One day a Los Angeles journalist named Sonia Nazario was horrified […]

Rasanblaj Continua: A Conversation with Gina Athena Ulysse

This past summer marked the release of Caribbean Rasanblaj, a special double issue of the Hemispheric Institute’s journal, e-misférica. Our social media team at Anthropology Now was proud to spread the word about this unique online resource, which is available to all at: Hemispheric Institute’s journal, e-misférica In this web-exclusive discussion for Anthropology Now, Andrea Queeley interviews the project’s […]

Haiti Photography Project: a quick seven day experiment

Technology for development projects (T4D) typically import expensive and unsustainable equipment when trying to improve a situation.  The one laptop per child project is an example of a typical T4D kind of initiative.  Although its laptops are, for the world of laptops, inexpensive, their cost is still prohibitive in the places where they are deployed. […]

Jamaica: A Queer Place

The dump in Riverton has started burning again. A stinking heap of tires, plastic, chemicals, and other run-off, piled high as if an altar to the consumptive labors of residents of Kingston and its surrounding parishes, has confounded slack-handed and resourced-challenged responses to this now familiar but more ferocious blaze sending children to hospital, forcing […]

Burying Minority Istanbul: Last Glimpses of the Cosmopolitan City

April 24, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in what is current-day Turkey. Anthropology Now is pleased to share this piece on contemporary Turkey and reflections on the genocide by journalist Mary D’Ambrosio. We’d disturbed them at dinner, and they leapt up in […]

Fighting an Invisible Enemy in Liberia: the Use of Popular Culture Against Ebola

“I want to do it my way – I wish I had my own way,” sings Takun J., Liberia’s own superstar.  Today he performs at an “Anti-Ebola-stigmatization event” at 146, a bar in downtown Monrovia. Together with other artists Nasiman, Butterfly, Peaches and Skeet, he begs Liberia not to discriminate against Ebola survivors. The event, […]

Riots, Rage and Populism: Voices from the Austere City

Pope Francis for President. It’s the latest provocation of Italian comedy sketches, but it generates bitter laughter. It speaks to the burgeoning lack of trust not only in traditional politicians, but also in political parties, mechanisms and institutions. It signals despair and disillusionment. There is reason to be concerned. Muhammad Shahzad Khan, a Pakistani resident, […]

Recalled to Life: On the Meaning and Power of a Die-In

I have never died before. In the beginning of December, at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C., I made my way down to our hotel’s main lobby with a few of my friends, to join hundreds of my colleagues for a die-in, a powerful, symbolic protest against the continuing epidemic […]

Refusing to Look Away: The Act of Killing and the Indonesian genocide of 1965

The Act of Killing (2013). A Film by Joshua Oppenheimer. In the mid 1990s I was conducting transcultural psychiatric research in Bali, Indonesia, exploring the relationship between Balinese culture, individual experience, and the long-term outcome for severe mental illness. Engaging in person-centered ethnography, I interviewed a number of individuals on a weekly or monthly basis […]

What Jason Richwine Should Have Heard from his PhD Committee

In one of the latest academic-cum-political dust ups, Jason Richwine, formerly of the Heritage Institute, co-authored a study estimating the “cost” of regularizing the immigration status of the undocumented.  Imagined by the Heritage Foundation as a high profile and hard-hitting attack on proposed immigration reform, the study was widely criticized by both liberals and conservatives […]