The “Anthropologists” category of Living Anthropologically contains blog-posts related to a specific anthropologist or anthropologists. Unlike other sections of this site, these pages are primarily about the internal workings of anthropology and anthropological associations.

The 2017 book Think Like an Anthropologist by Matthew Engelke is available in the UK. It will be published in the US as of March 2018. Think Like an Anthropologist got a good review in the Guardian as how to understand the human condition. This is indeed what anthropology strives to do! This book is a helpful introductory resource.

This category also includes posts related to work on Open Anthropology, the first public electronic journal of the American Anthropological Association. The articles curated in Open Anthropology are free to access for one year. I am currently a co-editor for Open Anthropology and strive to incorporate it with other Anthropology Blogs.

Blog Posts on Anthropologists (newest first)

Shankman - Trashing Margaret Mead - Public Anthropology

Jared Diamond & Future Anthropology

What makes Jared Diamond possible? Discussant commentary for the panel “Margaret Mead and Jared Diamond: Past Publics, Current Engagements.”

War in the Tribal Zone & Napoleon Chagnon

Party Like It’s 1999 with Napoleon Chagnon!

If “anthropology’s future depends largely on its ability to contest the Savage slot” (Trouillot 2003:9), then how to take Napoleon Chagnon’s Noble Savages?

Patterns of Culture - Ruth Benedict

Patterns of Culture (1934) wins Jared Diamond (2012)

Ruth Benedict’s Patterns of Culture trumps Jared Diamond for conceptual clarity, writing style, ethnographic example, and impact. Pretty good for 1934.