One of the prominent ways to think about culture is as a system of symbols or beliefs. For example, Clifford Geertz wrote in 1973: Believing, with Max Weber, that man is an animal suspended in
Of late I’ve been saying that the constraints that come with applied work are useful for doing good theoretical and empirical work. Just as experimental models bring demands to the research process that can clarify
Oxford Bibliographies has just published my entry Biocultural Anthropology into their excellent series on Anthropology. The bibliographies are expert guides to the literature, with introductions to each section of the bibliography as well as short
“Neuroanthropology and Its Applications,” the summer issue of the journal Annals of Anthropological Practice, is now out. The full issue includes ten articles – a comprehensive introduction, and then nine articles split into three sections.
On Franz Boas Franz Boas was the founder of anthropology in the United States. A German immigrant, he came to the Americas as a scientist interested in psychophysics, or sensory perception in relation to the
Kate Clancy over at Scientific American has initiated a great conversation about biocultural anthropology, the integration of biological and cultural approaches within the field, as well as how to do interdisciplinary work more generally. Her
The March 2012 issue of the journal Anthropological Theory is dedicated to Neuroanthropology. There are articles by Juan Dominguez, Robert Turner, Charles Whitehead, and Stephen Reyna, with commentary by Andreas Roepstorff and Chris Frith. You
Here’s a selection of recent neuroanthropology articles available online in pdf format. They are a strong set of papers that explore a variety of topics, including the direction of anthropological research on cognitive functions, cultural
Francis Fukuyama, the esteemed political scientist best known for his work The End of History, has a new book coming out in April, The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution.
The question of ‘human nature’ is a fraught one for many anthropologists, especially those of us who pay special attention to human variation, Darwinian theory, and dynamic approaches to diversity in developmental questions. The very