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Anthropology in Practice

How Do You Stay Warm When You’re Homeless?

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When the temperature drops during the winter months, it’s not uncommon to see articles about how to help the homeless. The advice is generally the same: call a city hotline and a special team will be dispatched or consider donating warm weather clothing—and you should of course do both of these things if you know [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

The World Science Festival is Coming!

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Heads up, readers: The World Science Festival is coming to New York City! From May 29th through June 2nd, New York City will be host to a variety of events designed to make science accessible to a larger audience. While some events do require a ticket, many are free, including a science fair done street-style [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Speakeasy Smoking? The Making of a Stigma

Do you have a light? It’s 10:00 am, and all over New York City, office workers are headed outside. They’ve checked their email, drank their morning cup(s) of coffee, and had their morning meetings. Now they’ll ride the elevators down to the lobbies of their buildings, push the doors open and step outside. And in [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

The Cost of Healthy Eating

S has taken the lead in preparing our weeknight meals. It helps us get dinner on the table earlier but he’s also interested in helping us eat more healthfully. He’s invested a great deal of time into learning about healthy food options and healthy substitutes for the richer foods he enjoys. Our daily menu has [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Collecting Signs of Life

It’s true that pictures can be worth a thousand words. The images I’ve collected in the Signs of Life album represent a particular look at the things that constitute my life—as well of the lives of many others who exist in the same communities as I do. These pictures represent the heart of anthropology in [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Hidden Find: Cannon’s Walk at the South Street Seaport

The South Street Seaport is home to boisterous bit of New York City history. It’s one of my favorite parts of the City, and although it’s changing rapidly as lower Manhattan undergoes a residential transformation, I’m thrilled that it still has secrets to reveal. The door to 206 Front Street was open last week when [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Mobilizing The Urban Network

Once upon a time there was a family that lived in homes raised on platforms in the sky. They had cars that flew and sorta drove themselves. Their sidewalks carried them to where they needed to go. Video conferencing was the norm, as were appliances which were mostly automated. And they had a robot that [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Observations: This Seat’s For You

New York City’s subway system provides a rich ethnographic field site. New Yorkers are so used to being alone together that they often let their guard down in unusual ways, conducting private affairs without much concern for the present company, who are all busy with the business of seeming occupied themselves. I’ve documented these sorts [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

A Tale of Two Undergrounds

“To be happy, stay hidden.” – Yopie, Parisian cataphile Ever since reading Jennifer Toth’s The Mole People as a teen, I’ve been intrigued by the metropolitan underground. Cities teem with life, and change happens at a dizzying pace. But what lurks beneath the streets remains a mystery to many—it almost remains a realm lost to [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Smells From the Past: The Fulton Fish Market

Ed Note: This post originally appeared on The Urban Ethnographer, where it was selected as a ResearchBlogging Editor’s Selection. It has been slightly edited for posting here. It was chosen for publication in The Open Lab competition. It’s been a very hot summer here in New York City. And the city smells. It’s more than [...]

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Teaching Kids to Love Science, and Falling in Love with the Kids

  Put a science writer in a classroom with two-dozen ten-year-olds and I promise you this: the writer will learn more than the kids. I’ve just had that experience, not for the first time but in an especially fulfilling way, while talking about science to a group of fourth and fifth graders at Public School [...]

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Observations

How Valid Are Health Concerns for the Occupy Wall Street Camps?

Watching the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators march by the offices of Scientific American yesterday got me thinking about health conditions at Zuccotti Park. New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg said that “health and safety conditions became intolerable” at the encampment, so he was forced to evict demonstrators and remove their tents and sleeping bags.  Hmm. [...]

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