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Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

Whose Name Is It Anyway?

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,Nor arm, nor face, nor any other partBelonging to a man.

September 7, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Is The Grass Always Greener?

I've watched this video several times since @PetiteSam first shared it, and each time I'm struck by the simple message that we're never quite satisfied.

September 6, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

The Truth in Pictures: Disasters in the Digital Age

For two days Hurricane Irene pounded the coast of the Eastern United States. Though she was ultimately downgraded to a tropical storm, the damage from flooding and downed branches left no doubt as to the power she commanded: washed out roads and rail lines, flooded homes, and widespread power failures left millions trying to pick up the pieces.Not surprisingly, New Yorkers were skeptical of Irene's impact ahead of her arrival...

September 5, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Editor's Selections: Acheulian Axes, Skull Fragments, and Penis Spines

This week from With breaking news about our evolutionary history, Zach of Lawn Chair Anthropology delivers a nice summary concerning reports of what may be the oldest Acheulian tools found, and questions the ways stone tools have been assigned to particular taxonomies given the histories we do know (or think we do)...

September 1, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

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...

August 24, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

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...

August 23, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Does Your Beer Glass Matter?

During a very packed trip through New England last week, I managed to squeeze in a late tour to the Sam Adams Brewery where I learned that if a bartender attempts to serve my Sam in anything other than a sanctioned Sam Adams glass, I should consider sending it back.I'll admit that for the most part, I've regarded the fancy glasses paired with some beers as the outcome of well-executed marketing plans...

August 22, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

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