Anthropology / Everything Human

Europe’s Destructive Spirals of Distrust

Identity

  • Viewpoint

  • Crossroads

    Bilal works at a night shop on Falconplein, a sprawling square in the north of Antwerp and a short walk from the city’s red-light district. He arrived in Belgium eight years ago from Afghanistan and now works long hours at his cousin’s shop, which is open 24/7. Bilal hopes to move to the U.K., study medicine, and become a doctor.

    The Nachtwinkels of Antwerp

    In Belgium, neighborhood convenience stores run by immigrants and ethnic minorities are facing prejudice and fines. But these shops are a vital part of a city in flux.

  • Identities

    Social media sites create relationships of access. A friendship on Facebook is not as much about intimacy as about giving others a role in your identity “performances.”

    How Real Are You on Facebook?

    Carefully consider who you connect with on social media. Best friends and acquaintances alike contribute to your identity.

  • In Flux

  • "Race"

    Racial Realities

    When I tell my students that there is no such thing as “race” (meaning biological race), I wait for the blowback. I know it is coming. “Well if there is no such thing as race,” one of them will say, “then why do we look different, like our skin color?” Or another will say, “If there is no such thing as race, then why do we continue to …

  • "Race"

    The Black Lives Matter movement has brought issues of race to headlines across the United States.

    Why We Must Talk About Race

    I grew up a black woman in urban Los Angeles during the age of the civil rights movement. “Race” was all around me, woven into the fabric of my personal life, my community, my country. Perhaps it was inevitable that I would become a cultural anthropologist who studies how race works in the world. I’ve always wanted to know why. Why do we live in this community, and …