Q: Why do some of the posts on this anthropology blog look like ads? Are you trying to sell me something?
A: No! Some of the recent posts on this blog are reviews of different products or services such as gadgets and gear that might be useful for academic research or field work. Other reviews, like the series on eyeglasses, are part of an ongoing ethnographic project in consumer anthropology looking at online consumerism and how the online review process alters the relationship between companies and the general public.
The latest issue of Anthropologies containing a collection of short pieces on race and racism is now available. Check out the table of contents below for the complete list of articles including my own submission on the public perception of anthropology and race (with a hint of the digital). I recommend reading the entire issue which offers a good mix of personal anecdotes from life and stories from the field as well as hard-hitting academic commentary. Standouts include Ryan Anderson's intro, and Doug La Rose and Steve Bunce's papers, which go beyond simply rehashing American ideas about race. All of the pages are open to comments and discussion, so let's keeping talking about race and/in anthropology.