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Being Together with Strangers

Barbara Heer examines urban anxieties in post-Apartheid Johannesburg, where residents confront social inequality in their shared spaces.

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Not Wanted on the Rue Saint-Denis

When gentrification in Paris faces off against a historic street that has served as the heart of Paris’ sex trade, a french anthropologist asks: “Is prostitution, or the attempt to eradicate and normalize it, the deviant influence?”

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The Life of the Whanganui River

Dame Anne Salmond tells the story of why the Moauri people of the Whanganui River obtained legal recognition as a living being by the state.

Winning and Losing in Modern China

I first met Hu in 2009. A computer programmer by trade, Hu was earning a middle-class salary by Chinese standards. He was single and rented a room in downtown Hangzhou, a major urban city along the coast of China. Altogether he appeared to have a vibrant social and family life, happily living the modern Chinese dream. By late 2012, he had a revelation of a different sort. Hu proudly told me that he had finally figured it out. In a nation of winners, he was a loser. READ MORE

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A Storied Commute

When I see a person reading in public I always wonder: what are you trying to learn from that book and what are you trying to learn about yourself?

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Mobile Autonomy

With 930 million mobile phone subscribers—a million of whom were added in March 2014 alone—India is easily one of the world’s largest and fastest growing mobile markets, sandwiched between China and the United States. Robin Jeffrey and Assa Doron’s chronicle of the impact of cell phone diffusion in India in Cell Phone Nation (Hachette, 2013) confirms that much of mobile’s exponential market growth has been driven by the increasingly ubiquitous “cheap cell phone,” which made the technology accessible to workers and their bosses like.Life in India would never be the same. READ MORE

Beyond the Disease

Three days a week, David wakes up, showers, dresses, and plunges a needle into a vein. He’s been doing this since he was a child. He does this three days a week, for fifteen minutes, because if he doesn’t, a fall or scrape can land him in the hospital. This needle is a reality he’s lived with all 22 years of his life and one he will carry with him until his final days. This ritual of the needle is a constant. It is, and always has been, a symbol of who he is. It has defined his life. He has hemophilia. READ MORE

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Shakespeares in the Ghetto

“If this was in English it would be a mega hit. I can’t stop playing it. It’s spinning in my head all day long.” This was the response of Toronto hip hop beat-maker Kyd Alchemy (aka Justin Sousa) after he listened to a mixtape CD of Serbian hip hop I had put together for his listening enjoyment and critical assessment. Though the beats, the slick production, and the mixes of Serbian hip hop sound like they could have been manufactured by Dr. Dre or Ryan Lewis, what is distinctive about Serbian hip hop is how it uses verse, rhyme, song structure, wordplay and vocal timbre to attract attention to a message, using beats ranging from “the rawest hardcore to the slickest contemporary hip hop,” to quote Kyd Alchemy.

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The Human Element at Microsoft

In the moments before she signs on to our virtual interview, I imagine Microsoft’s Senior User Experience Researcher and Sociologist sitting down at her computer, mentally preparing to have yet another conversation about the unique nature of her work. Sam is a busy woman. In addition to doing her job, she is constantly having to explain it. What exactly does a sociologist do at Microsoft?

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How to Bank in Kimbe

As a young anthropologist with PhD aspirations, the task of choosing a fieldsite in which to commit at least a year of your life is, as you may imagine, no easy feat. Compelled to venture far from home in order to earn my proverbial stripes, I spent a solid month staring at maps and imagining myself living in every corner of the globe.

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Medellín, The Smart City

For over 60 years, Colombia has been burdened by a series of enmeshed conflicts characterised by civil war, on-going Guerrilla conflicts and drug cartel violence. Throughout these conflicts, the city of Medellín has been a protagonist; a battleground for drug cartels and paramilitaries or a host receiving rural communities fleeing from fighting. In recent years, however, Medellín has been recognised internationally for its successful urban development and social transformation.

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The Daughters of Reykjavik are on YouTube

She holds a hand up towards her face, fingers aligned like a gun, and her dark hair frames strong cheekbones that shift and lock as she chews gum and clicks her tongue against her teeth. Heavy base vibrates into the background of the video clip as another woman appears on screen and another; one after the other dancing in front of the grainy black and white lens.

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Of Treasures and Trinkets

Cultural anthropology is a discipline that investigates all aspects of human societies. Personally, I have always been interested in the exploration of the ways objects are made and used by people to express a personal and collective identity.

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Tech in Cuba: The Rhetoric and the Reality

A few days ago, I called a friend in Cuba to wish her a happy birthday. Her greeting had the familiar joy and ebullience characteristic of her personality. Without missing a beat, she then told me about her immediate situation.

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The Game of School

Anthropology is a field of inquiry not only focused on the far away and remote, on the exotic practices of mysterious others. Anthropologists also turn our eye on the society within which we live.

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