Making Homeland (Haciendo Patria): Agrarian Change, Nationhood and Inter-Ethnic Relations at the Frontier of Colonial Expansion in Chile

By Piergiorgio Di Giminiani, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile § As are many other valleys in the southern Andean region of Chile, Coilaco was the setting of some of the last processes of colonial resettlement that followed the colonization of the indigenous Mapuche region in the late 19th century. Settlers began to migrate to this area soon after […]

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Conjuring Property: An Interview with Jeremy Campbell

Conjuring Property: Speculation and Environmental Futures in the Brazilian Amazon By Jeremy Campbell, Roger Williams University  2015. 256 pp. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. § Theresa Miller (Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution) spoke with Jeremy Campbell (Associate Professor, Roger Williams University) about his recent book on political economy in formation in the Brazilian Amazon. As an “ethnography of political economy in […]

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Human-Animal Encounters at the Park

By Shay Perryman, Ana Cruz, and Justin Brady § Woodward Park lies on the northwest edge of Fresno in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley. Fresno is California’s fifth largest city with a diverse population of just over half a million residents. Established in 1968, a local resident donated the 235-acres, and an additional 65 acres were added […]

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Anthropology Beyond the Tap: From Flint, Michigan to California’s Central Valley

By Alexa Becerra-Almendarez, Emily Wolff, and Lemual Wheatley § Imagine you are thirsty. You go to the sink to pour yourself a glass of water, but you stop abruptly; your drinking water is contaminated. Residents of Flint, Michigan have become all too familiar with this problem. Recently, their drinking water was found to contain levels of […]

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Drought and Culture: From the Yard to the Farm

By Alfred Lopez, Yeng Vang, and Chong Vang, California State University, Fresno § We hurriedly walked through a middle-class Fresno, California neighborhood. The City of Fresno and Fresno County are located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley: a major hub of industrial agriculture and one of the most drought-affected areas of the state. We wanted to […]

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Ground Truthing the Central Valley: Introduction to the Series on Student Environmental Ethnographic Journalism

By Dvera I. Saxton, California State University, Fresno, with contributions from Victoria Sanchez § In September of 2014, upon first arriving to Fresno, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dvera I. Saxton attended a conference hosted by an organization in California’s Central Valley that works with communities to help them identify and challenge environmental injustices. They do especially important […]

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Who Is Afraid of CRISPR Art?

By Eben Kirksey, University of New South Wales § Originally published in Somatosphere A crowd-sourced Indiegogo funding campaign that raised over $45,000 for do-it-yourself gene editing kits in December, asks: “If you had access to modern synthetic biology tools, what would you create?”  This campaign, which aims to democratize science “so everyone has access,” was launched by […]

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