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Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world's largest organization of individuals interested in anthropology. The purposes of the Association shall be to advance anthropology as the science that studies humankind in all its aspects through archaeological, biological, ethnological, and linguistic research; and to further the professional interests of American anthropologists, including the dissemination of anthropological knowledge and its use to solve human problems. Visit us at www.aaanet.org

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The Dangers of Kennewick Man's DNA

(4) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 3:10 PM

Dr. Chip Colwell is curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the author of the forthcoming Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America's Treasures (University of Chicago Press). Follow him on Twitter @drchipcolwell

An article in Nature...

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The Problem With Transgender Generality

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 4:39 PM

If the sensationalism that followed Caitlyn Jenner's revelation of herself as a transgender woman has something to teach us, it is not about the particulars of what it means to be transgender. Jenner, like each of us, has a gender identity that is too complex and individual to generalize about,...

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Depraved Hearts?

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 7:00 AM

Pem Davidson Buck teaches anthropology and sociology at the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in Kentucky.

Once upon a time police, they said, were a child's best friend; the friendly cop on the corner with the big belly and the funny hat patted lost kids on the head and returned...

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College Majors "Worth" Something

(18) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 4:42 PM

Dr. Alisse Waterston is an anthropology professor at CUNY and president-elect of the American Anthropological Association

Inside Higher Ed was exactly right when it predicted the newest report by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce "will surprise exactly no one."

The Georgetown study on the economic value...

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Rest for the King, No Rest for Native Americans

(17) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 12:08 PM

Written by Chip Colwell

Today, the King of England will be deposited back into the earth. The public ceremony will be respectful and uncontroversial. Archaeologists will not write angry editorials, sign petitions or organize protests about Richard III, who died 530 years ago.

Richard III's body was a treasure house...

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Anthropology In Schools: Is There a Future?

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 3:41 PM

Written by Ed Liebow, AAA Executive Director

Racial bias is a documented aspect of police practice, in the United States and elsewhere. In Iraq, antiquities are irreparably damaged for ideological and financial gain, as is often the case in violent struggles. In West Africa,

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Why Does Heritage Become Hostage?

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 3:56 PM

Written by Chip Colwell

In the early spring of 2001, dark rumors spread that the Taliban were systematically destroying thousands of ancient statues across Afghanistan. Reports soon confirmed an edict from Mulla Mohammad Omar, the Taliban's supreme leader.

"These idols have been gods of the infidels, who worshiped them and...

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The Middle Class (Thinks It) Knows Best: Daring to Intervene in Disadvantaged Households

(5) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 3:31 PM

Written by Susan D. Blum, Lizzie Fagen, Kathleen C. Riley

In a recent New Yorker article, Margaret Talbot discusses Providence Talks, a project designed to address the so-called "language gap" that, according to 30-year-old research claims, is directly related to an "achievement gap" at school. Generalizing from data...

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Research in the Public Interest

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 4:41 PM

Written by Jeffrey H. Altschul, President, Society for American Archaeology and Monica Heller, President, American Anthropological Association

In a recent editorial published on Politico's website, Senator Rand Paul (R-TN) and Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) argue that public funds should only be used on "the...

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This Holiday Season Let's Replace Disparaging Slurs

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Written by Netta Avineri, Ph.D. and Bernard Perley, Ph.D.

'Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.' Not true. Words have power.

We've all been on the receiving end of name-calling by insensitive childhood classmates. Some of us, however, have endured decades -- and some...

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Gloria Steinem vs. Prostitution in India

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 5:45 PM

Written by Svati Shah

When Gloria Steinem went to India earlier this year, she documented her trip in a series of articles in the New York Times's (NYT) India Ink column. They were full of Steinem's revelations about the existence of feminism in India, and creatively described white guilt as...

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Congratulations to Anthropologist Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's New President

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Written by Dr. Edward Liebow, Executive Director of the American Anthropological Association

The American Anthropological Association extends its warm congratulations to Dr. Ashraf Ghani, the newly elected president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Dr. Ghani, who has formed a unity government with his electoral opponent, Dr. Abdullah...

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Changing Our Response to Behavioral Health

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 9:33 AM

Written by Jennie M. Simpson

Robin Williams's death has saddened and shocked many of us, and as the many displays of mourning through social media indicate, Williams's death has deeply touched so many and brought to the fore much needed conversations about mental illness. Through his diverse work and career,...

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An Experiment 'Goes Wild' in Kenya: Locally-Run Conservancies Are Meeting the Needs of Wildlife, Livestock, and People

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 1:33 PM

Written by Kathleen A. Galvin and Robin Reid

A revolution is occurring in Kenya. Or perhaps 'transformation' better fits. What's happening is an explosion in the number (and fast-growing maturity) of community-based wildlife 'conservancies' in Kenya, which, although famous for its wildlife 'parks' and tourist businesses, has been losing its...

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Love Bite: Why Uruguayans Revere Luis Suárez

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 5:48 PM

Written by Daniel Renfrew

For many soccer fans around the world, Uruguay superstar Luis Suárez's televised chomp on the shoulder of Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in what has been dubbed "the bite heard 'round the world" has marred an otherwise mesmerizing World Cup in Brazil. People have expressed incredulity: how could...

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The Civilizing Act of 1964

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Written by Dr. A. Lynn Bolles

Just a mere 50 years ago, the US Congress produced a landmark piece of legislation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. What made this law remarkable was that it outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin in a country that...

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Brazilian Football as a Means of Reflecting Upon Brazilian Society

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Written by Benjamin Penglase

The massive protests that broke out in Brazil last year during the Confederations Cup soccer tournament caught everyone by surprise. Images of police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful protestors outside stadiums grabbed the world's attention and raised a series of questions. Why were...

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Concealment and Recognition at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 4:51 PM

Written by Joshua D. Rubin

To many in Brazil and the wider sporting world, the opening match of the FIFA World Cup was like a breath of fresh air. With the touch of a ball, years of anxious debate, furious social and infrastructural transformation, and political protest will suddenly...

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Forgetting the 9/11 Victims

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 1:34 PM

By Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh

In that terrible moment on that bright September morning, when the Twin Towers collapsed, thousands of pounds of steel became entwined with the lives of nearly 2,749 victims, the billowing dust that rained over lower Manhattan intermixed with the ashes of bodies cremated in an instant. Although...

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Ritual on Steroids: Staging the World Cup in Brazil

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 7:14 PM

Written by Werner Krauss

Structural anthropology has been good at explaining sports as a social context for belonging: my soccer club, my national team. Events like World Cups or Olympic Games made sense of a global world inhabited by a united humanity, simultaneously exhibiting and transcending differences of race, class,...

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