A frictionless history of fieldwork: In Search of Us reviewed

23 July 2022 9:00 am

To be an anthropologist today is to understand, as few in the secular modern university can, what it is to…

The 17th-century Huron chief Kondiaronk can still teach us valuable lessons

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Ten years ago, David Graeber was a leading figure of the Occupy Wall Street movement. He and his fellow protesters…

This is the golden age of the grifter – and there's a podcast for every con

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Truly we are living in the golden age of the grifter. From Fyre Fest to the WeWork empire to Theranos…

Is it possible that Neanderthals had a spiritual life?

12 September 2020 9:00 am

When I studied anthropology back in the early 1980s, Neanderthals were still largely the bulk-browed brutes of yore, grunting in…

Why averages don’t add up

12 October 2019 9:00 am

I recently learned from a doctor friend that salt isn’t necessarily bad for you. Yes, there is a minority whose…

The Empire Windrush arriving from Jamaica, 1948, at Tilbury docks. Photo: Daily Herald Archive / SSPL / Getty Images

The excitement of emigrating on your own as a child

23 June 2018 9:00 am

There was one of those moments late on Sunday night when a voice is so arresting (either through tone, timbre,…

Jaw-dropping: My Year with the Tribe reviewed

21 April 2018 9:00 am

For a while now, the Korowai people of Western Papua have been the go-to primitive tribe for documentary-makers. The Korowai…

Roman mosaic from the Villa of the Nile, Leptis Magna, Libya (2nd century AD)

Holy mackerel! Civilisation begins with fishing

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Fish. Slippery, mysterious creatures. They are mysterious because of where they live, in vast waters, and because they elude the…

The head of Jeremy Bentham, who died in 1832

What can we learn from Jeremy Bentham’s pickled head?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Under the central dome of UCL — an indoor crossroads where hordes of students come and go on their way…

Witch-hunting capitalism in Africa

5 October 2013 9:00 am

It’s become trendy to blame capitalism for witchcraft in Africa