Swimming with Sharks

Swimming with Sharks

In 2011, anthropologist and journalist Joris Luyendijk embarked upon a quest to find out why people were so apathetic about the 2008 global financial crisis. Was it that people were indifferent? Or was the financial system simply too complicated for people to understand?Read on »

The Unending Hunger

The Unending Hunger

In her ethnography, The Unending Hunger: Tracing Women and Food Insecurity Across Borders, Megan Carney examines the impact of food insecurity on women’s migration experiences from Mexico and Central America to the United States.Read on »

Minerals, Collecting, and Value across the US-Mexico Border

Minerals, Collecting, and Value across the US-Mexico Border

Why might a person have the same feelings towards a piece of malachite that a mother has towards her child? Does it puzzle you that a small semi-precious Mexican mineral specimen could sell for two million dollars? If so, then Elizabeth Ferry's book Minerals, Collecting, and Value Across US-Border Relations can shed some light on these issues for you.Read on »

The Making of Home

The Making of Home

If you are reading this article at home, take a look around you and see if you can tell what makes this place home. Chances are, there are a dozen objects—furniture, decorations, architectural features—that would be conspicuous in their absence, yet you probably take them for granted.Read on »

The Lively Science

The Lively Science

What does it mean to say that we can explain human behaviour scientifically? Is this even possible? In The Lively Science: Remodeling Human Social Research, Michael Agar says yes, but not in the way that you might expect.Read on »