The global pandemic is generating a great deal of thinking among scholars broadly interested in the social and cultural implications of Covid-19. In order to provide a forum for early observations and reflections on the pandemic as it unfolds, the editors of Cultural Anthropology—Christopher Nelson, Heather Paxson, and Brad Weiss—are editing an open-ended collection on the global pandemic.
About a decade ago, Daniel Miller (2008) published an ethnography of objects in a London neighborhood, entitling it The Comfort of Things. I leafed through it (... More
The first time I learned to wash my hands “properly” was nearly seven years ago: I was twenty-six.1 It was in an NGO in Delhi, India, one of the organizations i... More
In early February 2020, three days after the first Covid-19 case was detected in India, a message went viral on social media. “BOILER CHICKEN HAS BEEN FOUND TO ... More
Amid ongoing debates over where and how Covid-19 emerged, a “multispecies cloud” of zoonotic speculation has gathered over the wildlife markets of Wuhan in cent... More