Ho in American Anthropologist: Wall Street, Corporate America, and the Culture of Crisis

  In the latest issue of American Anthropologist, Karen Ho considers the quotidian practices of Wall Street, and their effect on the downsizing of “corporate America” and the 2001 financial bubble and bust. Ho examines the ethos of investment banks as any ethnographer would, by considering the “mundane cultural practices of the everyday”, thereby avoiding … Continue reading Ho in American Anthropologist: Wall Street, Corporate America, and the Culture of Crisis

Zucker in Anthropology & Humanism: Morality and the Khmer Rouge

By most estimates, at least 1.7 million Cambodians died during the four-year reign of the Khmer Rouge.  The regime fell from power in 1979, but it was not until nearly 30 years later that its leaders were charged with any crimes. In 2006, the United Nations and Cambodian government jointly began formal proceedings against surviving leaders … Continue reading Zucker in Anthropology & Humanism: Morality and the Khmer Rouge

Hartigan Considers Humor and Race in the Popular Media

In his Transforming Anthropology article “What Are You Laughing At?: Assessing the “Racial” in U.S. Public Discourse”, John Hartigan Jr. explores the social conventions by which Americans “keep laughing about race, even as they draw emphatic lines about not being amused by racist humor.” According to Hartigan, when public figures Don Imus and Michael Richards claimed … Continue reading Hartigan Considers Humor and Race in the Popular Media

Tanaka in AEQ: U.S. Anthropologists Should Address “The End of Culture”

Greg Tanaka’s article in the current issue of Anthropology & Education Quarterly presents provocative findings from an action research project on a U.S. university campus (AEQ, Volume 40, Issue 1 [March 2009], pages 82-95). The project reveals that a large percentage of white students cannot trace their identities to a particular nation in Europe and … Continue reading Tanaka in AEQ: U.S. Anthropologists Should Address “The End of Culture”