Part Three of Three: New York City

[audio:] New York has long been a city of immigrants, and as a result of waves of immigration, language experts describe it as the most linguistically dense city on earth. Mark Turin travels to the Big Apple to track the many languages of New York. He travels the 7 train, designated a US Heritage Trail, […]

Language Politics in South Africa

Anthropologist and linguist Dr Mark Turin travels to South Africa to get to grips with the country’s complex language politics and policies. Until the mid 1990s, there were just two official languages, English and Afrikaans, while other indigenous African languages were sidelined. Today the situation is different, with eleven official languages recognized by the Constitution […]

Linguistic Diversity and Language Endangerment in the Himalayas

[audio:] Landlocked and mountainous Nepal is home to over 100 languages, many of which are now endangered. Languages spoken for generations may soon be extinct. Anthropologist and linguist Dr Mark Turin has spent years talking to the last speakers of languages under threat, and now he returns to the Himalayas to show us how communities […]

Is Anthropology a Science?

From The Brian Lehrer Show, December 14, 2010, anthropologists Hugh Gusterson (executive boardmember of the American Anthropological Association and professor of Anthropology at George Mason University) and Peter N. Peregrine (president of the Society for Anthropological Sciences and professor of Anthropology at Lawrence University) discuss the removal of the word ‘science’ from The American Anthropological […]

Crises of Capitalism by an animated David Harvey

From The New York Observer, Wall Street article by Max Abelson, “Today’s Must-See Animated Capitalist Takedown from RSA and David Harvey By Max Abelson June 29, 2010 | 6:24 p.m If you watch just one funny and handsome Marxist critique of the financial crisis, make it the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures […]

Paul Farmer on Haiti

Watch CBS News Videos Online A medical anthropologist and physician at Harvard University, Paul Farmer is also the Deputy U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti and a co-founder of Partners in Health (PIH), a health organization that has worked in Haiti since 1987. For more information on PIH, click here. For more on Paul Farmer and […]

Sneaking Across the Israeli Palestinian Border

Avram Bornstein, anthropologist at John Jay college in New York City, discusses his fieldwork with Palestinian day-laborers, the experiencing of circumventing Israeli checkpoints at dawn, the concept of structural violence, and impossibility of objectivity in the American Media. Read more to listen to and download the podcast!