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Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

  • We've Modified Our Behavior So We Can Text and Walk

    We've Modified Our Behavior So We Can Text and Walk

    By Krystal D'Costa | July 29, 2015 |

    Texting—or checking social media or reading/responding to email or reading the news or checking the weather or watching a video—while walking is a pretty ubiquitous phenomenon. It's so common that it might no longer be the annoyance it once was. […]

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  • How Do We Normalize Pregnancy?

    How Do We Normalize Pregnancy?

    By Krystal D'Costa | July 28, 2015 |

    The road to parenthood is littered with advice and criticism. A burgeoning bump is an invitation for all manner of questions and commentary. For example, strangers will ask whether the pregnancy was planned, family members will comment on how long it took for the couple to get pregnant, and everyone will offer advice regarding everything from whether a woman should have an epidural to when the baby should have his first bath. […]

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  • Why Does Everything Look the Same?

    Why Does Everything Look the Same?

    By Krystal D'Costa | July 15, 2015 |

    My leave this summer has exposed me to all manner of television programming. The television is usually on in the background in my home in the afternoons adding to the hum of household noises--there comes a point when things are just too quiet. […]

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  • How Information Builds a Community

    How Information Builds a Community

    By Krystal D'Costa | June 25, 2015 |

    It might be hard to believe in today's mobile-enabled world, but landlines were once the primary option when it came to telephones. And prior to residences having private lines, community lines where neighbors shared a single telephone and party lines where four, eight, or even twelve neighbors shared a telephone were the norm. […]

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  • Context Matters When It Comes to Travel Time

    Context Matters When It Comes to Travel Time

    By Krystal D'Costa | June 11, 2015 |

    Have you ever gone somewhere and found on the return trip you just couldn't wait to get home? And barring three hours of traffic on the Belt Parkway or a four hour approach to the Tunnels, maybe you actually made it home and thought, "Hey, I got here quicker than I expected! […]

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  • A Story of Wood

    A Story of Wood

    By Krystal D'Costa | June 4, 2015 |

    The DIY movement has firmly established itself, particularly when it comes to home improvement. On cable television, HGTV and the DIY Network feature non-stop programming on renovations that cover a range of projects and budgets. A common element in many of the renovations is wood. […]

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  • Rice and Beans: Shaping the Customer's Choice

    Rice and Beans: Shaping the Customer's Choice

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 15, 2015 |

    About Rice and Beans: Following recent discussions on food here on Anthropology in Practice, this week I’ll feature a four part series that that explores the ways immigrant groups in Corona, NY are involved in creating generic versions of their cultures to support themselves. […]

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  • Rice and Beans: The Private Role of Food

    Rice and Beans: The Private Role of Food

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 14, 2015 |

    About Rice and Beans: Following recent discussions on food here on Anthropology in Practice, this week I’ll feature a four part series that that explores the ways immigrant groups in Corona, NY are involved in creating generic versions of their cultures to support themselves. […]

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  • Rice and Beans: What Is the Difference Between Private and Public Culture?

    Rice and Beans: What Is the Difference Between Private and Public Culture?

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 12, 2015 |

    CC | Click on image for license and information. About Rice and Beans: Following recent discussions on food here on Anthropology in Practice, this week I’ll feature a four part series that that explores the ways immigrant groups in Corona, NY are involved in creating generic versions of their cultures to support themselves. […]

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  • Rice and Beans: How Does Culture Become Generic?

    Rice and Beans: How Does Culture Become Generic?

    By Krystal D'Costa | May 11, 2015 |

    CC | Click on image for license and information. About Rice and Beans: Following recent discussions on food here on Anthropology in Practice, this week I’ll feature a four part series that explores the ways immigrant groups in Corona, NY are involved in creating generic versions of their cultures to support themselves. […]

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