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Sociocultural anthropology is discussed as risking its critical contribution across the disciplines founded in its primary ethnographic focus. Here, anthropology's distinction as a generator of theory (not merely as affirmatory of it) is presented as akin to theoretical physics, though not...
This article relates to a set of recent reports about the Canadian Border Services Agency's (CBSA) use of commercial DNA ancestry tests to determine the nationality of detained migrants. While DNA tests are routinely used in many countries for the purposes of family reunification, these reports...
This article pivots from the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first manned voyage to the moon, to reflect on the impact of ‘earthrise' – seeing earth from lunar orbit – and to reflect on the vision's meanings in an extended cultural history. The emerging anthropology of space considers the...
This article aims to examine the ongoing changes in ‘green politics’ in China by focusing on the example of e‐waste recycling and, specifically, transformations in one given town, Guiyu. It is argued that the spontaneous stage of development in e‐waste recycling in Guiyu has become the object of...
We understand our time as one in which human culture remakes nature. But Japanese and Euro‐American primatologists have come to question whether humans are the only primates capable of culture. Chimpanzee ethnographers observe different chimpanzee communities which share much of their lives with...
This article uses the idea of the ‘uncanny valley’ – the revulsion that people feel when looking at a human facsimile or lookalike – to examine the eerie atmosphere in refugee camps. The authors argue that by considering the underlying engineering of camps as almost, but never quite cities and...
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