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Exploring the world with anthropological lens. News, information, commentary, videos about humans in all their differences, issues and complexity.
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Op-Eds: What Anthropologists Can Add to the Debate

Op-Eds: What Anthropologists Can Add to the Debate | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Anthropologists have much to contribute to civic discourse, but all too often we are bypassed in favor of experts in other fields, such as psychology or political science. Although many of us try t...
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Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You - SlumberWise

Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You - SlumberWise | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Once you go back before the 1800s, sleep starts to look a lot different. Your ancestors slept in a way that modern sleepers would find bizarre.
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The End of Gender | Psychology Today

The differences between men and women are nuanced, complex, and sometimes insignificant.
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As an anthropologist I have always argued that using 'gender' as category for analysis it may result as misleading in several context since differences  are better explained at the leave of the individual  instead of a collective category such gender. 

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‘When wild in woods’: The Embarrassment of Napoleon Chagnon - Justin Erik Halldór Smith

‘When wild in woods’: The Embarrassment of Napoleon Chagnon  - Justin Erik Halldór Smith | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
‘Among’ is a curious preposition. Today it seems to be used mostly to describe the relation of being with beings that are not quite like us, but still enough like us that a properly second-person relation may obtain with them.
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Gender stereotyping is unhelpful and counter-productive – whoever's doing it - The Guardian

Gender stereotyping is unhelpful and counter-productive – whoever's doing it - The Guardian | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
The Guardian Gender stereotyping is unhelpful and counter-productive – whoever's doing it The Guardian Saving your misanthropy for only one gender is just a not-so-fine distinction that leaves you stereotyping half of all people and archetyping the...
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Russians launch dedicated center to fight 'atheist extremism' — RT ...

Russians launch dedicated center to fight 'atheist extremism' — RT ... | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
A group of activists connected with the Russian Orthodox Church are setting up a center against atheist extremism which, according to them, is promoted mainly by foreign-sponsored organizations.
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The Effect of a Male Surplus on Intimate Partner Violence in India | Economic and Political Weekly

The Effect of a Male Surplus on Intimate Partner Violence in India | Economic and Political Weekly | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it

Theories of the social consequences of imbalanced sex ratios posit that men will exercise strict control over women's behaviour when women's relationship options are plentiful and men's own options are limited. Using data from the third National Family and Health Survey, this paper investigates the effect of the community sex ratio on women's experience of intimate partner violence in India. Multilevel logistic regression models show that a relative surplus of men in a community increases the likelihood of physical abuse by husbands even after adjusting for various other individual, household, and geographic characteristics. Further evidence of control over women when there is a sex ratio imbalance is provided by the increased odds of husbands distrusting wives with money.

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From disability stigma to disability value: Notes from research on disability in urban India

From disability stigma to disability value: Notes from research on disability in urban India | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
I am a medical anthropologist who researches deaf and disabled peoples’ social, moral, and economic practices in urban India. When speaking with colleagues and friends in the United States and else...
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Chinese Workers Trafficked Into Italy’s Garment Factories

Chinese Workers Trafficked Into Italy’s Garment Factories | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Barbie Latza Nadeau reports on the growing number of Chinese immigrants trafficked into Italy to work in inhumane conditions at garment factories or in the sex trade. (Another taste of things to come from the Madang Industrial Zones......
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Language Log » The culturomic psychology of urbanization

Language Log » The culturomic psychology of urbanization | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
The culturomic psychology of urbanization: Patricia Greenfield, "The Changing Psychology of Culture From 1800 ... http://t.co/baQaN5YJbK
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How big data will impact employment and human resources ...

How big data will impact employment and human resources ... | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
As a human resources software provider, iCIMS is acutely aware of the potential of big data and how it will one day change everything we know about hiring and human resources. The key areas every recruiting technology ...
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Anthropology Now: Bollywood and Violence

Anthropology Now: Bollywood and Violence | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Irfan Ahmad, a political anthropologist, writes in Al-Jazeera about Bollywood and violence in India:
On July 31, a shocking incident took place at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), one of South Asia’s top universities.
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Religion could disappear by 2041 because people will have replaced God with ... - Daily Mail

Religion could disappear by 2041 because people will have replaced God with ... - Daily Mail | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
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Religion could disappear by 2041 because people will have replaced God with ...
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I strongly think that this is an over statement.  The issue here is the word religion that in the article seems to become the same as faith and spirituality, which of course is not the case. I think religion, in its different forms,  will have more voice in people life and unfortunately political games 

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Anthropologists to study humanity’s biggest crises - Department of Social Anthropology

Anthropologists to study humanity’s biggest crises - Department of Social Anthropology | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it

A new research project looks at how some of our world’s most serious crises are interconnected and what can be done about them. “It is about time that anthropology begins to address the large issues confronting humanity”, says Thomas Hylland Eriksen.

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You See What You Believe

You See What You Believe | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it

However, this influence of belief on behavior can be a problem in situations like eyewitness testimony.  It is well known that the reports of eyewitnesses are not that reliable.

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From the gut

From the gut | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it

SAGES from philosophers to pollsters have long struggled to explain what makes voters lean left or right. As political animals, people are unpredictable. Why do conservative poor people vote against their economic interests? Why do privileged young intellectuals stump for the welfare state?

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here are serious issues in taking concept such as 'left' and 'right' or 'progressive' and 'conservative' as actual categories. I tend to see this as a rather serious mistake of logical typing. 

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UCSB anthropologists study the genesis of reciprocity in food sharing - Eureka! Science News

UCSB anthropologists study the genesis of reciprocity in food sharing - Eureka! Science News | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
UCSB anthropologists study the genesis of reciprocity in food sharing
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Beyond Bradley Manning: Stories from people who have transitioned gender - Washington Post

Beyond Bradley Manning: Stories from people who have transitioned gender - Washington Post | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Beyond Bradley Manning: Stories from people who have transitioned gender
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Beyond Bradley Manning: Stories from people who have transitioned gender.
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Impact Stories: Former Oxford Researcher Alex Cobham on Why He ...

Impact Stories: Former Oxford Researcher Alex Cobham on Why He ... | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
In this profile interview, Alex Cobham explains his choice to leave academia to try to better leverage his expertise on illicit financial flows, or ways in which forms of tax avoidance can hinder poverty alleviation and ...
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Why most neuroscience findings are false, part II: The ...

Why most neuroscience findings are false, part II: The ... | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
In my May post for this blog, I wrote about a piece by Stanford professor Dr. John Ioannidis and his colleagues, detailing why, as they put it “small sample size undermines the reliability of neuroscience.” [See previous blog ...
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Naked musings on borders, illegality and personal identity | The Naked Anthropologist

Naked musings on borders, illegality and personal identity | The Naked Anthropologist | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Who are you? ask border officials. What shall we call a thinker that speaks directly about taboo subjects? Laura Agustín and a London politician discuss it.
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Beginning a Sketch of Accumulation by Dispossession in Contemporary Cambodia — Cultural Anthropology

Beginning a Sketch of Accumulation by Dispossession in Contemporary Cambodia — Cultural Anthropology | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Accumulation by Dispossession in Contemporary Cambodia @culanth via @erikwdavis #anthropology http://t.co/3gDjsYB2Wk
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As Gay Culture Goes Mainstream, So Must Advertising to Gays | The Big Tent - Advertising Age

As Gay Culture Goes Mainstream, So Must Advertising to Gays | The Big Tent - Advertising Age | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
RT @adage: As Gay Culture Goes Mainstream, So Must Advertising to Gays http://t.co/lrMBYwGLBN
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Dolphins keep lifelong social memories, longest in a non-human ...

Dolphins keep lifelong social memories, longest in a non-human ... | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Dolphins can recognize their old tank mates' whistles after being separated for more than 20 years—the longest social memory ever recorded for a non-human species. The remarkable memory feat is another indication that ...
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Study finds modern word choices reflect a more self-centered culture - CBS News

Study finds modern word choices reflect a more self-centered culture - CBS News | Exploring Anthropology | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Study finds modern word choices reflect a more self-centered culture CBS News A research team led by psychologist Patricia Greenfield found that more than 1.5 million American and British books published between 1800 and 2000,...
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