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Playing Along: Fieldwork, Emotional Labor and Self-Care

By Emma Louise Backe

For any practicing or aspiring anthropologist, fieldwork is the defining, almost qualifying practice of the discipline. As an undergraduate studying sociocultural anthropology, we read the seminal journals of Bronislaw Malinowski, followed by foundational ethnographic research from around the world. 3,494 more words


Jekyll and Hyde. Paroxysm of Inner Being.

What a goddamn pretentious post title. I like it anyway. Deal with my love for the word “paroxysm.” Everyone is always dying of it or something in old British stories. 1,717 more words


My Beautifully Kondo-ified Closet

For those of you (to quote my mother) “who live in the Stone Age and don’t know what Kondo-ing is,” I’m referring to the “ 1,256 more words

Home Ownership

The Plague of Stuff: We Buy, Who Pays?

Towards the end of every semester, I ask my anthropology students to conduct an inventory of their closets. It is both a nod to In Small Things Forgotten… 1,205 more words


Letters from Camp: A Reflection on the 2015 Annual Meetings of ASFS and AFHVS

Madeline Chera
Indiana University

Madeline Chera is a PhD candidate in Anthropology with a focus on the anthropology of food. She is the student representative on the ASFS board and a 2011 winner of the Christine Wilson Award from SAFN. 1,566 more words


Telephone con artists

“Congratulations you’ve won an Android device!” said the guy on the other end of my mobile whose name was Jack, “so long as I can confirm that the details you’ve given me in the recent competition you entered online are all correct” he continued. 907 more words

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