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By Social Science Bites | Published: April 3, 2017
In this Social Science Bites podcast, anthropologist Scott Atran describes how 'sacred values' prove remarkably immune to negotiation and can empower vicious terrorism or victorious revolution.
By David Varel | Published: February 13, 2017
This Black History Month, remember the trailblazing work of an American anthropologist, Allison Davis, who both studied and was a victim of the nation's entrenched racism.
By Ed Jones | Published: January 19, 2017
In Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange: A Financial History of Victorian Science, Marc Flandreau traces the interwoven development of anthropology, global finance and scientific study, placing all three at the heart of late-19th-century British imperialism.
By Joseph Anderson | Published: August 15, 2016
"Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, The Pentagon and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology" offers a historical account of how the US military industrial complex has had a profound influence on the development of US anthropology during the Cold War and into the present day. Reviewer Joseph Anderson sees the book as a dense but readable outline that confronts how ethnographic research in the field has been shaped by wider political-economic force.
By Kirrilly Thompson | Published: May 4, 2016
Anthropologists use ethnographic methods designed to facilitate their competency in another culture to understand what people do, think, feel and say that might seem strange to an outsider but are completely familiar to an insider. But what does that mean in practice?
By Social Science Bites | Published: January 13, 2016
One of the leading exponents of what might be called the second coming of kinship studies, Janet Carsten, a professor of social and cultural anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, has (literally) brought new blood into the field, exploring kinship’s nexus with politics, work and gender.
By David Rudrum | Published: September 29, 2015
A corporate anthropologist is told to write a report that will “name what’s taking place right now" and is “the First and Last Word on our age." And so we set the stage for what in turn David Rudrum argues is itself a zeitgeist-defining work.
By Social Science Bites | Published: January 21, 2015
It’s an unusual approach for an academic: a hands-on approach. Literally a hands-on approach. Trevor Marchand is an anthropologist interested in how information about crafts is transferred from expert to novice. This has led him to Nigeria, Yemen, Mali, and East London ...
By Robert Dingwall | Published: December 7, 2014
There is a genuine cost from ignoring lessons from social science in the fight against Ebola. What's even sadder -- these lessons were taught in blood three decades ago in the fights against AIDS. Are we ready for the next malady?
By LSE Impact | Published: September 4, 2013
A recent New York Times op-ed has provoked a great deal of debate over the relevance and reinvigoration of the social sciences. Alex Golub welcomes some of the criticism levied at the social sciences as a whole but finds the lack of evidence supporting many of the sweeping claims on why social science is stagnating to be unreconcilable given massive funding differentials and the history of social and natural sciences. But social scientists must continue to work to ensure mainstream social science is communicated in more accessible ways.
By American Anthropological Association (AAA) | Published: February 22, 2013
Contrary to some loudly voiced claims, both advocacy and science are (and long have been) at the core of our discipline.
By Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson | Published: January 8, 2013
Study finds boredom is a key experience in daily life in secure care and young people deal with their boredom through the generation of risk-taking action.