Member Voices showcases the intellectual vitality of the SCA by featuring the work of its more than one thousand members, as well as archived content from discontinued Fieldsights sections. Submissions in a range of formats are welcome from current SCA members.

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Rural Development and Alternative Agriculture in Italy: Cultivating the Future by Governing Expectations of Change

Rural Development and Alternative Agriculture in Italy: Cultivating the Future by Governing Expectations of Change

In the wake of the “Friday for Future” demonstrations across the world, as well as the shift in food consumption driven by consumers’ new preference for organic... More

Challenging Art as Cultural Systems . . . for Cliff from the Twenty-First Century: Light Shows, Shadow Plays, Pressure Points

Challenging Art as Cultural Systems . . . for Cliff from the Twenty-First Century: Light Shows, Shadow Plays, Pressure Points

The following piece is a lightly edited version of a lecture delivered as the Clifford Geertz Memorial Lecture at Princeton University on April 25, 2019, by Mic... More

China’s Respiratory Communities

China’s Respiratory Communities

“It’s always busier here when the pollution is bad,” Lili, a community engagement coordinator, told me. Worried I would not be able to find the place, she had w... More

Reimagining the Annual Meeting for an Era of Radical Climate Change

Reimagining the Annual Meeting for an Era of Radical Climate Change

This is less a blog post than a virtual and distributed happening. We bring you the account of a roundtable at the November 2019 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting in Van... More

Bateson Book Forum: Dust of the Zulu

Bateson Book Forum: Dust of the Zulu

Louise Meintjes’s Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics After Apartheid (Duke University Press, 2017) is an ethnography of post-aparteid ngoma dance—a competitive ... More

A Conversation Around Keith Hart: Swimming into the Current of Human Society Through History

A Conversation Around Keith Hart: Swimming into the Current of Human Society Through History

Many of Keith Hart’s students, colleagues, interlocutors, and friends have long wanted to express their appreciation for the influence that the man and his idea... More

Where Have All the Comparisons Gone?

Where Have All the Comparisons Gone?

Comparison is basic to anthropology. It frames an understanding of ourselves and others. Yet anthropological comparison in the traditional sense—as involving tw... More

Forum: Culture at Large 2018 with Robin Kelley

Forum: Culture at Large 2018 with Robin Kelley

At the 2018 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Anthropology's signature Culture at Large session honored the work of hi... More

States, Elections, and The Promise of Newness: Thinking with Pakistan’s 2018 General Election

States, Elections, and The Promise of Newness: Thinking with Pakistan’s 2018 General Election

In the winter of 2017, as villagers in Pakistan’s Punjab region discussed an irrigation canal breach, one of them, Shahab baba, reflected: “Ayub da time changa ... More

Black Availability: Antimigrant Policies in Africa and the Exploitation of Black Migrants

Black Availability: Antimigrant Policies in Africa and the Exploitation of Black Migrants

Restricting African migration to Europe has proved to be good politics for both European and North African leaders. As “tough on crime” strategies of blocking b... More