The Ultimate Proletarian and the Neoliberal Condition

“Proletarian” has acquired many layers of meaning over the centuries, possibly in part because the many, historically changing situations of proletarians became more complex. Since the advent of western European capitalism in the sixteenth century, proletarians were defined as “members of the lowest class”. By the mid-1800s, they were “the lowest class” composed of “indigent… Read More The Ultimate Proletarian and the Neoliberal Condition

0.20: “Potentially Dangerous Implications for the Practice of Anthropology Today”

[This is the first in a descending series of articles that will bring this blog to a close.] Circle the Wagons! If the “nativism” that Adam Kuper alleges was spawned by the marriage of American post-modernism and radical political engagement means that only the native can speak for the native, then Kuper will have none… Read More 0.20: “Potentially Dangerous Implications for the Practice of Anthropology Today”

Sugar Sammy’s Art: Making Jokes of Ethnicity, Sex, and Conflict

Another installment of Monday Morning Madness takes us to Sugar Sammy, an Indo-Canadian stand-up comedian who offers a narrative that is dripping with racial, ethnic and gender jokes, directed against Indians, and virtually every other major ethnic group in North America. Thanks to UK-based Trinidadian blogger, Jumbie’s Watch, for drawing my attention to these videos.… Read More Sugar Sammy’s Art: Making Jokes of Ethnicity, Sex, and Conflict

The Retreat of Globalization? The Possible Impacts on the Future of Anthropology

Before beginning, more than the usual word of caution to readers: added to the usual grain of salt, one should keep in mind that what follows is speculation based on current trends and news, a scratching of the analytical surface that is not intended to pose as a summary derived from an extensive research project.… Read More The Retreat of Globalization? The Possible Impacts on the Future of Anthropology