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Anthropology

Anthropology news and analysis from The Nation

  • 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…

    Our Readers

  • 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.

    Jennifer Wilson

  • October 5, 2017

    Barbarian Virtues

    James Scott's search for the origins of the state.

    Samuel Moyn

  • 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?

    Hisham Aidi

  • June 16, 2016

    Bad Intelligence

    David Price’s long battle against anthropology’s collaborations with the national-security state.

    Peter C. Baker

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