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Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

Then and Now: April Fools’ Day—How did we get here?

Then and Now: April Fools’ Day—How did we get here?

Where is here exactly? Here is a tired, eye-roll inducing pseudo-holiday that we endure with a grimace every year. Hopefully you have room for one more article about April Fools’ Day.

April 2, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa

It's True: We're Probably All a Little Irish--Especially in the Caribbean

Everyone is supposedly a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day but there is more truth to this saying than most recognize. It's not merely a loophole allowing for the uninhibited consumption of Guinness. The Irish have traveled to all corners of the world, and like other immigrant groups, wherever they have stayed they have left a mark.

March 17, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa
How many TV sets do you have—and why does it matter?

How many TV sets do you have—and why does it matter?

In the early nineties, researchers predicted that at the current rate of growth, there would be two televisions per US household by 1995. It’s probably safe to say that we have likely exceeded that prediction.

March 16, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa
Is there joy in missing out?

Is there joy in missing out?

Researchers talk about our attachment to social media in terms of the fear of missing out (FOMO). We can’t look away from our mobile devices because we might miss the possibility to make or enhance a connection.

February 18, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa
Whose time are we celebrating for the New Year?

Whose time are we celebrating for the New Year?

Note: A version of this post appeared on Anthropology in Practice in 2010. It’s New Year’s Eve in the United States, and in New York City tourists and residents are getting ready for the countdown in Times Square that marks the end of the year and the beginning of a new one.

December 31, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa
Our public affair with food porn

Our public affair with food porn

Do you ever feel like your social feed is overrun by pictures of food? A report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project from October 2013 found that more than half of all Internet users have posted original photos or videos to a website.

December 30, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa

The Obligation of Gifts

For those of you with Christmas trees, they probably look a little barren following the unwrapping of presents. What did you get for Christmas?

December 26, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa

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