Anthropology Magazine

Living With the Prospect of Assisted Dying

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  • A group of people, some of whom wear white necklaces and white feather headpieces, stand in front of buildings with metal roofs and hold a large, colorful map.

    Indigenous Mapmaking, or Bringing a Dead Map to Life

    In a new book, an anthropologist explores how oil palm plantations in West Papua are upending Indigenous Marind communities' ways of life. In this excerpt, Marind villagers call upon their plant and animal kin to confront a map used by the oil palm industry.

  • Two yellow gourds painted to look like a frowning man with black hair wearing a blue top and a smiling woman with long black hair and a red and white dress sit on a ledge.

    Busting Myths About Sex and Gender

    In a newly revised book, an anthropologist dismantles harmful untruths about society, including notions about the nature of differences between men and women.

  • A white temple wall with partially exposed brick is covered with holes. Two red, green, and yellow dragons perch on either side of stairs leading to a blue door.

    Haunted by a Secret War

    In a new book of ethnographic fiction on the lingering effects of the United States’ Secret War in Laos, the living must find ways to pacify the ghosts of those who suffered past violence.

  • Four soldiers in military gear kneel and stand as they watch a small robot in a sandy clearing surrounded by brush.

    Requiem for a War Robot

    An anthropologist explores the brave new world of virtual warfare—and the fraught relationship between humans and machines.