Gambled Away: Video Poker and Self-Suspension

Natasha Dow Schüll Patsy, a green-eyed brunette in her mid- forties, began gambling soon after she moved to Las Vegas from California in the 1980s with her husband, a military officer who had been restationed at Nellis Air Force Base. Video poker machines had been introduced to the local gambling market in the late 1970s, […]

Upcoming Sept. issue Anthropology Now

  Anthropology Now September 2012 Vol 4 No 2 Features Gambled Away by  Natasha Dow Schüll Observers Observed: An Anthropologist Under Surveillance by Katherine Verdery Late Pregnancy, Labor Induction and the Occupy Uterus Movement by Kathryn B.H. Clancy Terror and Love: A Study of Brainwashing by Alexandra Stein Dilemmas of Recovery by Seth D. Messinger […]

Alex Edmonds “A Right to Beauty”

Featured Article A Right to Beauty Alexander Edmonds While living in Rio de Janeiro in 1999, I saw something that caught my at­tention: a television broadcast of a Carnival parade that paid homage to a plastic sur­geon, Dr. Ivo Pitanguy. The doctor led the procession surrounded by samba dancers in feathers and bikinis. Over a […]

The Keeper of the Kris

**This is a special feature from the September 2010 issue of Anthropology Now. In “The Keeper of the Kris,” Janet Hoskins reviews Ann Dunham Soetoro’s book, Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia.** If she were alive today, Barack Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham Soetoro, would be 67. The president’s mother was portrayed in Obama’s […]

What Does Race Have to Do With It?

John Hartigan Jr., author of an article on race in the upcoming September issue of Anthropology Now, also writes a blog on race and for publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Statesman. Check out the links below to read his articles and for more about Prof. Hartigan’s research. Prof. Hartigan’s blog: […]

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 […]

Life Underground: Building a Bunker Society

What are the long-term psychological consequences of living within a nuclear culture? What fears are now so ingrained in American life that we can’t seem to live without them? How, in other words, has nuclear fear remade everyday American society as permanently insecure, even as the US has become the most powerful military state on earth?

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A Machinery of Mirrors

Behind the fence of the top secret Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Northern California, scientists have just finished building the most powerful laser in the world. The National Ignition Facility (NIF), as it is called, is a magnificently wasteful piece of engineering at the very frontier of the possible. I think of it as America’s answer to the pyramids. The NIF enables scientists to play with the powers of the gods, creating conditions found inside stars and nuclear explosions half a mile away from a suburban housing development. It was built at a cost of about $4 billion, and yet hardly anyone in America has even heard of it. Lavishly funded by Congress, profiled in the unread science sections of the nation’s newspapers, investigated by countless commissions, spied upon by the nation’s enemies, it is hidden in plain view. What is it for? people ask when I tell them about it. As we shall see, this is not a simple question […]

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Becoming Monsters in Iraq

As many as 40 percent of combat veterans returning from Iraq are crippled from psychological problems. A growing number of anti-war veterans acknowledge the toll of post-traumatic stress, but refuse to let their suffering be claimed as a disorder. Instead, they see the trauma as the natural reaction to the acts of war.