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Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

Context Matters When It Comes to Travel Time

People will often feel that the return trip covering the same geographical distance requires less time to complete. It doesn't. When all factors are equalized--same distance, traveling at approximately the same speed, no external delays, roughly the same number of rest stops--the duration of the return trip will be almost identical to the original journey. So why does it feel different?

June 11, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa

A Story of Wood

Wood has played an important role in the history of civilization. Humans have used it for fuel, building materials, furniture, paper, tools, weapons, and more. And demand for wood continues to increase annually, spurring conflicts between neighboring states over control of shared resources. Our relationship to this resource has remained relatively unchanged over time, and our methods of developing and managing woodlands continue to rely on tried and true techniques established by early civilizations. So perhaps this is why we take it for granted: wood has long been a part of our lives, and we probably can't really imagine it not being there. 

June 4, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa
Rice and Beans: What Is the Difference Between Private and Public Culture?

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

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.

May 12, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa
Rice and Beans: How Does Culture Become Generic?

Rice and Beans: How Does Culture Become Generic?

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.

May 11, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa

Identity and Meaning in Derby Hats

Last Saturday over 170,000 people descended on Churchill Downs for the 141st Kentucky Derby. The Derby is the first of three races that comprise the American Triple Crown which awards a multi-million dollar purse.

May 8, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa

Can Hunter-Gatherer Societies Teach Us About Cooperation?

We're big on teaching cooperative practices, even while we encourage competition. Humans are the only species to cooperate to the degree that we do, and this cooperation may have allowed for many other derived social traits related to group living to emerge, including generosity, sharing, teaching and learning, and shared intentionality.

April 30, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa

Culture Bites: The Changing Nature of the Food Truck Industry

What do you normally have for lunch? Leftovers? A sandwich? Do you bring it from home or do you buy it from a local eatery? In New York City, a sandwich from a deli (with a pickle and a bag of chips) will cost you about $8.00 to $12.00.

April 23, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa

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