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Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

One Year on the Scientific American Blog Network

One Year on the Scientific American Blog Network

I started writing AiP in 2009. I was writing for you, Readers, of course. But I was also writing for me. Why? Kate Clancy said it best, Blogging is a selfish endeavor, a desire to be heard.

July 5, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa
Talking With Our Hands: The Significance of Gestures

Talking With Our Hands: The Significance of Gestures

Hailing a cab or waving hello? Gestures are defined by culture and context. | CC. Image by Willy Volk. Click on image for license and information. This post originally appeared on Anthropology in Practice on December 6th, 2010.

July 2, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa
Deconstructing Rituals of Reconciliation

Deconstructing Rituals of Reconciliation

Sorry. | CC, photo by fboyd. Click on image for license and information. Ed note - We're digging in the archives today: This post originally appeared on Anthropology in Practice on June 27th, 2011.

June 25, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa
Anthropological Finds at ID Day

Anthropological Finds at ID Day

Glen Taylor came because he was being plagued by spirits. While his two daughters wandered the stations set up for Identification (ID) Day in the Grand Gallery of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Glen waited in line for Anibal Rodriguez and Nell Murphy, who were staffing the anthropology table.

June 22, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa
Editor's Selection: Excavations, Hurricanes, and Bonobos

Editor's Selection: Excavations, Hurricanes, and Bonobos

This week you'll want to be sure you check out: Reporting live from Rome, Katy Myers discusses some of the challenges with excavating inside urn—and what constitutes a person—at Bones Don't Lie .

June 21, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa
Editor's Selections: Colors and Stuttering

Editor's Selections: Colors and Stuttering

It's Thursday, so that means Research Blogging Editor's Selections!This week you'll want to be sure you check out: Quick—what color is the sky? Aatish Bhatia has a fascinating discussion on colors up at Empirical Zeal, demonstrating nicely the ways in which we construct elements of our world that seem so concrete with time.

June 7, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa
Editor's Selections: Political Economy and the Grave, and Uniform Colors

Editor's Selections: Political Economy and the Grave, and Uniform Colors

Two selections for your holiday weekend (Memorial Day, US): Can grave goods tell us about the political economy of a group? At Bones Don't Lie , Katy Meyers reports on recent research that examines what burial practices can reveal about the extent of social networks.

May 24, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa

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