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Anthropology news and analysis from The Nation
September 20, 2021
David Graeber and David Wengrow’s Anarchist History of Humanity
The Dawn of Everything,
Graeber and Wengrow offer a sweeping and ambitious exploration of life without the state.
September 9, 2020
That Was David Graeber
The anthropologist who coined “the 99 percent” and “bullshit jobs” died at age 59.
June 2, 2020
Letters From the June 15/22, 2020, Issue
Don’t blame the Boasians… Tilting at windmills… Dark recesses… The road already taken… Submerging the valley…
May 5, 2020
The Long Shadow of Cultural Anthropology
Franz Boas, Margaret Mead, and their circle sought to show the fallacy of biological and physical difference, but they also created new forms of categorization that reinforced their underlying biases.
October 5, 2017
James Scott’s search for the origins of the state.
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July 12, 2016
The Political Uses of Malcolm X’s Image
For Muslim youth, interest in the black freedom movement is part of a larger turn toward an American conception of race—it fills a political void and offers a sense of belonging. But at what cost?
June 16, 2016
David Price’s long battle against anthropology’s collaborations with the national-security state.
Peter C. Baker
November 2, 2000
Anthropologists as Spies
Collaboration occurred in the past, and there’s no professional bar to it today.