Around the Web Digest: Week of June 29

I survived Georgia, and it appears that it’s been another slow week on the anthroblogosphere. Here’s what I’ve managed to put together for your reading pleasure. If you have an article you’d like me to review for next week, shoot me an email at or on Twitter @dtpowis.

Away we go! 

Stories by anthropologists:

Sarah Kendzior lamented the ongoing demise of the American shopping mall and the rise of internet consumerism. (Al Jazeera)

Sarah Kendzior also wrote on the disservice that women’s magazines do to powerful women, even as they celebrate them. (Politico)

Daniel Lende discussed Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance in the context of neuroanthropology, and concluded with a round-up of reviews of the book. (Neuroanthropology)

Colleen Morgan wrote up a guide on Creative Commons for archaeologists. (Middle Savagery)

Rosemary Joyce discusses the recent discovery about the Neanderthal diet – and why people insist on othering them. (Psychology Today)

Sean T. Mitchell talks about the dichotomy of peace and violence of Brazil in popular culture along the with politics of violence and the World Cup. (Anthropoliteia)

Adrienne Strong wrote from the field on standards evaluations of Tanzanian health dispensaries. (Adrienne Strong)

Paul Stoller gives the film Neighbors a review, and wonders if the message reinforces stereotypes about college towns. (HuffPo)

Alex Golub wrote on anthropology and Game of Thrones. (I’ve never seen it, so I have no quips to make.) (Savage Minds)

Stories about anthropology: 

New research suggests that Tibetans have the Denisovans to thank for their ability to climb to and live at high altitudes. (Slate)

Stories for anthropologists:

Kimon de Greef wrote on the paradox of illegal immigration in Europe. (This is Africa)

As Davids et al. have pointed out, Senegal has avoided much of the HIV/AIDS crisis because of Islam. (On Islam)

Muslim leaders in Pakistan have issued a fatwa that distinguishes between “honor killings” and religious practice. (VICE News)

Here’s a meta-review of Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance, for those that haven’t been keeping up. (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting)

The Dutch blackface character, Zwarte Piet, might have been smacked down in court, but it’s really a bait-and-switch. (Africa is a Country)

Jack Halberstam wrote a thought provoking analysis of trigger warnings in the context of neoliberalism. (Bully Bloggers)

Those evil Plasmodium sp. bastards are at it again – it turns out that they probably control your scent as a mechanism to attract mosquitos to you. (Pacific Standard)

Jamie Miller wrote on the challenges of teaching in America with a foreign PhD. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Somatosphere is soliciting submissions for a new series on pedagogy. (Somatosphere)

Edited 07/07/2014: A link was removed because I hadn’t realized how offensive it was.

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

7 thoughts on “Around the Web Digest: Week of June 29

  1. The philosopher’s football comic is surely the most accurate representation of Confucianism that has ever existed and isn’t yet another in a long line of Orientalizing stereotype-ridden dreck that passes itself off as humorous. What a quality link, bravo.

  2. I tend to be pretty sensitive about the things I consume online, and even more so about those that I pass on in the Digest. Sometimes, my privilege obscures the issues to which I should pay more attention. I apologize. I’ll remove the link and try harder next time.

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