Around the Web Digest: Week of June 8

A day late and a dollar short! Just kidding – no one gets paid for this (I think). Here’s what you missed last week. If you have any articles that you’d like me to check out for next week, shoot me an email at or on Twitter @dtpowis.

Let’s do this. 

Stories by anthropologists.

If you read only one of these articles, read Patrick Clarkin’s great piece on developmental plasticity. You won’t be disappointed. (Patrick F. Clarkin, Ph.D.)

E. A. Quinn made a case for investigating the link between gut bacteria and colic. (Biomarkers & Milk)

Barbara J. King wrote about Marina Chapman’s new memoir in which she claims she was raised by capuchin monkeys. Primatologist Katherine MacKinnon thinks it was more likely that they tried to drown her. (NPR)

Michael E. Smith addresses one of my most persistent pet peeves: when people refer to something has “global” and then omit a large part of the world, in this case, the New World. (In my case, it’s usually Africa.) (Publishing Archaeology)

William O. Beeman has written an article on the disintegration of Iraq which might provide a little context (if you aren’t following recent events) for Obama’s announcement that “all options” are on the table. (Culture and International Affairs)

John Terrell threw in his two cents on Nicholas Wade’s latest book – Wade fell for the “myth of the primitive isolate.” (Science Dialogues)

Angela Vandenbroek turned the workload of her first year on her PhD into an infographic. (How to be an Anthropologist)

Paul Stoller wrote about the recent H&R Block list of worst college majors. Guess who’s at the top (again)? (HuffPo)

Alexis Winter explored the intersection of neuroanthropology and sensory anthropology. (Neuroanthropology)

Fiona Murphy wrote on “the application of anthropological understandings of sustainability . . . in a world where ecological degradation is now one of our more urgent concerns.” (Allegra Lab)

Lorenzo D’Angelo authored a piece on mining, environment, and the contributions of anthropology. (Allegra Lab)

Juho Reinikainen was able to sit down with David Graeber for a short interview. (Allegra Lab)

From corruption to the human cost, Meg Stalcup offered up some background on the protest against the World Cup in Brazil. (Anthropoliteia)

Emma Louise Backe wrote on Hannibal and morals. (Spoilers!) (The Geek Anthropologist)

Stories about anthropology. 

Sam Bakkila interviewed Sarah Kendzior about her work on the prestige economy and what needs to be done about it. (Policy Mic)

Stories for anthropologists.

So-called “hostile architecture” is becoming a (poor) solution for ridding areas of unwanted peoples and practices. Gives new meaning to “structural violence.” (The Guardian)

Marie Berry wrote an excellent article on understandings of race and ethnicity in Rwanda during and since the genocide of 1994. (The Society Pages)

Deborah Siegel interviewed Paul Raeburn, science journalist and author of “Do Fathers Matter?” (Girl w/ Pen!)

Four faculty members are applying to share the duties and salary of the position of university president at University of Alberta. Clever. (Inside Higher Ed)

Why can’t college be free? (In These Times)

Eric Garland has authored a very good piece on white male privilege. (Eric Garland)

If you’re a man, you’re part of the rape culture. (HuffPo)

I once referred to myself as a feminist in a women’s studies course and got scoffed at by some dude-bros in the back of the room. Turns out, male feminists aren’t exactly new. (The Atlantic)

DC Comics writer Chuck Dixon (who most famously authored the Batman Knightfall saga) claims that he lost work because of his conservative politics. (The Mary Sue)

Here’s a useful illustration on the hazards of sitting for your physical anthropology course. (The Washington Post)

Someone thought it was a good idea to celebrate Iran’s participation in the World Cup by using the flag of the Islamic republic on their beer, and Iran is none too happy. (Al Jazeera)

If you’re interested in reviewing one of these recent publications in economics for Allegra Labs, shoot them an email and they’ll send you a free copy! (Allegra Lab)

Check out this cool new project that apparently seeks to understand our own tribe (of anthropologists), which is called “Who are ‘We’?: Reimagining Alterity and Affinity in Anthropology.” (Who Are We?)


Edited (13:41 EST) to clear up any confusion about the authorship of Barbara J. King’s NPR article.

Dick Powis

Dick Powis is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, and is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His research interests include men and childbirth, prenatal screening technologies, and reproductive health in urban settings in Senegal. Read more at