#Anthropology roundup: Actions taken by the AAA… “The Anthropology of Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration…

What follows is a list of actions and resources AAA has been developing in the wake of the 2016 national elections, an effort that began immediately upon our return from the Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. We need your help to ensure our collective voice is heard and that we have the most up-to-date, accurate information.
Actions taken by the AAA
On November 30, 2016, AAA issued an important resolution rejecting hostilities that threaten personal and intellectual diversity, reaffirming commitment to free inquiry, urging members to stand in solidarity with those threatened or attacked, encouraging members to engage local organizations for positive ends, promising to work in cooperation with organizations on these issues, and committing to advocating for policies that uphold our core values.
Since then, AAA has:
Resources available from the AAA
AAA is working with multiple organizations and individuals to make available reliable information and resources so that members can take action on the issues as they see fit. These resources include:
What you can do
We need your help. Please:


The Anthropology of Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration


Ever since the pioneering work of Mary Douglas on risk back in 1992, anthropologists have understood that there is a difference between what is actually dangerous and what people think is dangerous. Scientists can measure the probability of you being struck by a bolt of lightning or getting hit by a car. But our fears are not based on extensive scientific study, nor are they the results of our own idiosyncratic psychology. They are shaped by the culture we live in and the history we’ve collectively experienced. The sad thing, anthropologically, about Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration is that it does not make Americans safer, just makes some Americans feel safer. The tragic thing about the order is that forces others to suffer for the sake of our own false sense of security.




A helpful set of media and digital anthropology resources for teaching and learning.

This is a selection of resourceson digital visual anthropology & digital ethnography, collected via the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) Visual Anthropology Network’s & Media Anthropology Network’s mailing lists.

Digital Visual Anthropology


Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange: A Financial History of Victorian Science – Book Review
USAPP American Politics and Policy (blog)
The focus of Marc Flandreau’s Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange: A Financial History of Victorian Science is to unearth and explore the links between the development of early circles of anthropologists and the use of science in British imperial


Hannah Arendt and Martin Luther King Jr.: The Next #AnthReadIn on February 17, 2017


By: JC Salyer and Paige West

On January 20, over one thousand anthropologists came together to read Michel Foucault’s lecture eleven in “Society Must Be Defended.” What began as a simple blog post became a global showing of scholarly solidarity and transnational anthropological community building in the wake of the disastrous presidential election in the United States. Groups in sixteen countries convened to both read aloud and discuss Foucault’s analysis of biopower, racism, and the state. Some of these groups were based in university settings but many were not. We had readers in pubs, museums, living rooms, on a live radio broadcast, and in front of Trump Tower in New York City. After the events on January 20 people contacted us through e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter, to describe the sense of collective scholarly engagement that this event provided. Many said that the feeling of anthropological community in the face of this disastrous political change grounded them.

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