The blog harvest was rich again this week at the Savage Minds ranch. Help me find more blogs by sending me links at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HuffPost featured this article in which an anthropologist argues that isolating babies in cribs and sleeping 8 continuous hours a night are Western constructions: My Conversation with Co-Sleeping Expert James McKenna
In this National Geographic post, Jason De León discusses some of the findings in his book, The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail. He argues that migrant deaths at the border have been deliberately caused and normalized in national media: An Anthropologist Unravels the Mysteries of Mexican Migration
In this episode of the Craft podcast, anthropologist Jeffrey Cohen describes some moments of adaptation in his fieldwork in Mexico: Eating Soup (and Grasshoppers) Without a Spoon with Jeffrey Cohen. The interviewer actually asks how to avoid “changing their civilization.”
NPR’s The Salt also looked at eating behaviors in “Eat Up”: How Cultural Messages Can Lead to Eating Disorders. Women of color are often told to consume large amounts of food while conforming to normative slenderness (whether internal or external to their communities), and doctors are less likely to diagnose them with eating disorders than white women.
According to Aeon, the “toxic disinhibition” exhibited by Internet commenters has a forecursor in masking behaviors from around the world: Possessed by a Mask
The Conversation featured this post with a self-explanatory title: Six Tools That are Revolutionizing Archaeology by Helping Us Find Sites Without Digging. It profiles tools like drones, LIDAR and Google Earth.
In this post on the AAA Ethics blog, the disconnect between the assumptions embedded in IRB review and the experience of doing precarious fieldwork among activists in Kyiv actually enraged the author: Fieldwork Safety and IRB Detachment
Imaginative Ethnography features this post that works through questions about humanitarian giving in Greece in cartoon format: At the Food Bank: A Graphic Commentary
The NY Times showcased this short cartoon biography of a renowned paleoanthropologist: Animated Life: Mary Leakey
This Aidnography post points out that, despite its issues, Academia.edu is one of the most accessible sources of scholarly materials for people outside of traditional institutions: Why I Prefer Academia_edu over Academia_eu
See you next week!