Category: "Latin- and Central America"


Deadly migration: The ignored health crisis on the US-Mexican border

A multi-dimensional public health crisis is unfolding on the U.S.-Mexico border that few seem ready to acknowledge, anthropologists Rachel Stonecipher & Sarah Willen write on the Access Denied blog. The complexity of this crisis came to light dur… more »


Where shamans understand colonialism as sickness

"I am here to save the people, to cure the people. In the city they are all sick, they are all domesticated. The shaman has to go together with disease." Anthropologist Anders Burman talks to Don Carlos, an Aymara shaman in Bolivia. According to D… more »


The Anthropology of Wrestling

How do you study wrestling as an anthropologist? By becoming a wrestler yourself! Heather Levi's book The World of Lucha Libre: Secrets, Revelations, and Mexican National Identity is featured in the new issue of American Ethnography on Lucha libre - Mexi… more »


Why was anthropologist Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez Ávila beaten to death?

One year after anthropologist, author and indigenous rights activist Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez Ávila was beaten to death in Southern Mexico, there has been silence from the Mexican authorities. The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN as… more »


  00:18:35, by admin   . Categories: Latin- and Central America, persons and theories

Olivia Harris has passed away

One of's readers alerted me to the death of anthropologist Olivia Harris. She died suddenly of cancer aged 60 on the morning of 9th April. Harris is the co-founder of the Anthropology Department at Goldsmiths College (also Universit… more »


In Norwegian TV: Indian tribe paid to go naked to appear more primitive

(Norwegian version) In the reality program «Den store reisen» (Ticket to the tribes), a Norwegian family moved in with Waorani-indians in Banemo, Ecuador. The TV-pictures show people who go naked and live "primitively". What the TVstation NRK fails to me… more »


"Untouched" Amazone hosted large cities - a model for the future?

The myth of the "untouched" Amazone is popular. But areas that look pristine today have been the home of large urban areas, anthropologist Michael Heckenberger has found out already five years ago. In a new paper that was published today in Science h… more »


  03:24:49, by admin   . Categories: Latin- and Central America, gender, journal articles / papers

Study: Drug smuggling as vehicle for female empowerment?

An increasing number of women are becoming involved in Mexico's drug trade. Anthropologist Howard Campbell has conducted fieldwork among female smugglers on the U.S.-Mexico border, The Dallas Morning News reports. Dallas Morning News refers to Campb… more »

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