In our modern world, language still reigns supreme. Every aspect of our existence is dependent on the ability to think and speak using a conceptual ruled-based linguistic code.
We need to look in the mirror, or be remembered as living in a mirage.
Known in Europe and Africa for his highly creative work in documentary film, Rouch's work helped to spark The New Wave of French filmmaking, inspiring filmmakers like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.
Here, anthropology reminds us that there is no biological basis for racial distinction but we understand that race and racism continue to exert an enduring and powerful force on outcomes for historically racialized minorities.
It's undeniable that if we are to address father absence at the macro-level, we must do everything we can to see that more children grow up in married-parent homes and that we encourage our children to choose marriage for themselves.
A self-proclaimed "outsider-within," Faye V. Harrison eschewed the normative path of most scholars, conducting international research in Britain and Jamaica and, more recently, in Cuba and the U.S. south while being actively engaged in reworking the discipline.
The power of anthropology and the social sciences is found, at least for me, in the narratives we put forward about the social conditions of people living in the world. In the social sciences, the books with legs are those that create a connection between writers and a diverse audience of readers.
"One must understand that we were a colonial state until 1981 and that effect, while it persists today, back when I was dreaming it, was not a dream a young man could have. It would keep me in poverty was the thought. I went to the university and I studied business administration."
Many new parents nowadays find comfort in the newfound brilliance that their tiny, non-verbal children may demonstrate in laboratory settings. But what implications do these lab findings hold for the day-to-day experiences of babies and those who care for them?
Truth is, we have not tried to be warriors and failed. We are comfortable with the organization of our culture as long as it does not hinder us from achieving our potentials.
Whatever your opinion on climate change, we still need a new energy economy.
For some of us in the world today it can seem easy to make connections to others far from us. We travel widely and our young people, in and out of school, are making virtual and real journeys to other places and cultures.
As politicians continue to debate immigration policy, efforts to better grasp the particularities of life in diverse communities have become even more relevant.
The U.S. West has had years of recurring drought with resultant mandatory water conservation measures, massive wildfires and above normal temperatures.
Few subjects more predictably animate furious disagreement and cross-purposes discussion than the origins of human warfare. Are people "naturally" belligerent? And what does that even mean? The question taps a deep old well of ideological intuition.
What we're really looking for is a new story -- a story to live in to. Not old stories to live out of. That takes some extraordinary imagination.