Anthropology / Everything Human

Is the United Nations Broken?

Crossroads

  • U.S. President Donald Trump excoriated the United Nations at the 72nd U.N. General Assembly in September.

    Is the United Nations Broken?

    Anthropologists turned the U.N. into a field site. Their studies highlight the U.N.'s fragility, but we shouldn't give up on the organization just yet.

  • postindustrial world - Steel mills were the economic backbone of many cities across the Midwest and Northeast until the 1980s. When the industry left, former workers not only took a hit economically—they also felt displaced and suffered disillusionment and a loss of identity.

    Life and Death After the Steel Mills

    In her study of a community devastated by industry's flight, anthropologist Christine Walley raises questions about how to create and support meaningful work in a postindustrial world.

  • Three early cultures from the southwestern United States faced environmental challenges, and each responded in uniquely different ways that dramatically altered their people’s futures.

    How Vulnerable Are We to Collapse?

    Archaeologists are plumbing the human experience to find out how various societies have responded to existential challenges to their survival.

  • Symptoms of schizophrenia and related disorders likely arise from a perplexing interplay of social, environmental, psychological, and biological factors.

    Schizophrenia’s Tangled Roots

    As an increasingly complex picture of schizophrenia emerges, researchers are recognizing that a more individualized and humane approach is needed to better understand and treat the condition.