Beware the Ides of March, pansies. The dedicated anthropology blogs were a bit quieter than usual this week but to make up for it, anthropologists were featured in a variety of other spaces. As always, if you come across anything good or want to bring an anthro blog to my attention, email me at email@example.com
Let me take a minute to boost the Savage Minds Reader Survey (after all, survey data shows that people who take surveys are nicer and smarter than people who don’t!).
This is a January post, and it’s not even written by an anthropologist. Bear with me. It blew up my feeds this week when it was republished by The Guardian, so I think it’s worth a look. The title is pretty self-explanatory: Don’t Call them Expats, They are Immigrants like Everyone Else
In an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio, anthropologist Ted Fisher argues that self-help books may be wrong and happiness may come from fulfilling social roles and aspirations: Why One Scholar Says That Happiness Isn’t a Personal Responsibility
Anthropologist David Price calls out the use of deterministic models of culture to “manage” cultural difference in counterinsurgency efforts on political blog Fabius Maximus. A provocative quote: “Most prominent is the absence of any systemic discussion of how difficult it is to bring about engineered culture change, there is no mention of applied anthropologists[‘] failures to get people to do simple things (like recycling, losing weight, reducing behaviors associated with the spread of HIV, etc.)[:] basic things that are arguably in their own self-interest”: We Weaponized Anthropology. Why Didn’t It Work?
Along the same lines, Erin Taylor summarizes a discussion of how anthropologists have contributed to (or been sidelined from) economic conversations on Anthropology News: Economic Anthropology, Economics and the Social Sciences
Here’s my attempt at reaching the physical/biological anthropology audience with this summary of a talk by primatologist Frans de Waal on primate empathy and reconciliation: Monkeys for Equal Pay (And Every Cat for Itself)
I was really tempted to introduce this one, about how many of us may share a limited set of common male ancestors, with a joke. But we’re all better than that. Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog summarizes: Bottleneck in Human Y-Chromosomes in the Last 10,000 Years
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog has been particularly active this week. This short post links to a study (full text available) that used DNA analysis to determine the ethnic origins of 17th century enslaved Africans: DNA of 17th Century African Slaves from the Caribbean
Anthropologist Kelly D. Alley’s work on the corruption in the environmental impact assessment process in India is featured in this Economy Lead article: US Scientist Questions Green Nod to Indian Hydel Projects
UPDATED to include this Allegra post on experiments in progressive education: We Are Not Containers! On Experimental Objects, Past Struggles and Alternatives for Education
Finally, there’s a conversation about the destruction of archaeological heritage going on at the New York Times: Deploring ISIS, Destroyer of a Civilization’s Art
See you next week!