#Anthropology roundup: “The Life and Meaning of Margaret Mead

The Life and Meaning of Margaret Mead SAPIENS by Sam Dresser Anthropologist Margaret Mead immerses herself in the community on a field trip to Bali, Indonesia, in 1957. AP Photo This article was originally published at Aeon. In 1978, after 50 years at the pinnacle of American opinion, the anthropologist Margaret Mead died with a secure reputation and … Read more

#Anthropology roundup: “The Anthropologists Who Undid Sex, Race, and Gender

The Anthropologists Who Undid Sex, Race, and Gender SAPIENS by Julia M. Klein Anthropologist Margaret Mead—a museum curator, a professor, a popular commentator, and an author, among other roles—was perhaps the most famous student of Franz Boas. Bettmann /Getty Images Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in … Read more

Anthro roundup: The populist battle over a Christmas figure in the Netherlands…

More thoughts from the Archaeology Division of the AAA- Publications, Blogging, and Making Conversations Count Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology by Jane Baxter Lynne Goldstein is a Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Campus Archaeology Program at Michigan State University. She is the outgoing Publications Director for the Archaeology Division of the AAA. … Read more

Anthropology roundup: “Malinowski and Hats”..”First RAI Photography Salon…

Malinowski and Hats Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology The alternate title for this post was going to be “Malinowski, Radcliffe-Brown, and Boas walk into a bar…”. This is a little autobiographical passage from pages 46-48 of History, Evolution, and the Concept of Culture: Selected Papers by Alexander Lesser. In it, Lesser (a vastly under-read and under-appreciated … Read more

Anthropology roundup: “Paleolithic Ax Debunks Colonial Myth”

Paleolithic Ax Debunks Colonial Myth SAPIENS by Jacqueline Matthews and Martin Porr Earlier this year, a team of Australian researchers led by Peter Hiscock from the University of Sydney published new findings about a fragment of a ground-edge ax—which might have been similar to the hafted ax shown here—that had been discovered in the Kimberly region … Read more

Anthropology roundup: ” ?neo-Tardian revival? …

Gabriel Tarde: Been there, done that. In the last decade or so (earlier, if you speak French) there has been a ?neo-Tardian revival? as people organize conferences, write books, and otherwise advocate for Gabriel  Tarde, an otherwise-forgotten thinker of France?s Third Republic. Most anthropologists think of Tarde, if they think of him at all, as … Read more

Anthropology at Howard University needs our attention…

Anthropology on the Ropes at Howard from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by Matt Some faculty at Howard University write: Dear Friends and Colleagues, This is a Call for Action regarding the possible closing of the Anthropology Program at Howard University. On September 23, 2010, Howard University President Sidney … Read more

Anthro research hit the news: Don’t trust the number of Facebook friends:)

Well, as a person who has more than a thousand friends in Facebook, I had already experienced that, now we scientify it (!):

Brain Can’t Handle More Than 150 Facebook Friends Finds Oxford Boffin
A professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University has found out that human beings are physically limited to being able to link up and manage up

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