The Human Body

How burying my father made me believe in anthropology

How burying my father made me believe in anthropology

Cultural differences can be shocking, especially when they involve death. When her father died suddenly in the Philippines, Henrietta Chico Nofre struggled to deal with local practices involving the body. She turned to anthropology to help her cope with the trauma and understand cultural differences, rather than judge them.Read on »

Why can't cyclists read maps?

Why can't cyclists read maps?

During my ethnographic research among inner-city cycling activists, I would ask cyclists to plot on maps the routes they rode most regularly. Surprisingly, despite being confident, regular riders, most cyclists had difficulty plotting their route. The dissonance struck me: why can't cycling activists read maps?Read on »

On Capoeira

On Capoeira

Capoeira is an international hit, but in Brazil capoeiristas themselves continued to be marginalized, in large part because of their identity. What happens when these two worlds meet?Read on »

What is your body story?

What is your body story?

As the new Human Body section editor of PopAnth, I want to open up a space for dialogue from (and for) bodies of all shapes and kinds. How does it feel to be human and have a body? What are your material realities and how does that affect you?Read on »

Looking under disability

Looking under disability

Why is it that disabilities, or how we react to them socially, are seldom mentioned in day-to-day conversations? Kastner explores studies of disability by anthropologist Joan Ablon.Read on »