Anthropology Magazine

Consumer Culture Won’t Lead to Body Positivity


  • Viewpoint

    Members of a girls’ rugby team pose together with arms linked over each other’s shoulders, starting straight at the camera.

    Consumer Culture Won’t Lead to Body Positivity

    An anthropologist in the U.S., struggling with how the fashion industry shapes her daughter’s self-image, turns to insights about bodies and self-worth from her fieldwork with Indigenous Kichwa women in Ecuador.

  • Curiosities

  • Podcast

    A swirl with the phrase "Our Past Is Our Future" in the center.

    Guided by the Past

    Hosts Dr. Ora Marek-Martinez and Yoli Ngandali share how they found their way to archaeology and what it means to be Black and Indigenous archaeologists. From defying the status quo in a classroom to diving through sunken ships, Ora and Yoli bring listeners on a journey of reclaiming stories and reimagining history.

  • Poetry

    Two people wearing dark clothing hold a green tarp and separate a herd of black, grey, and white reindeer. Snow covers the landscape behind them.

    The Spring a Time for Calving and Cleaving

    A poet-anthropologist joins Sámi reindeer herders in Norway who are preparing for the spring migration. As an outsider, he feels a longing to connect, even as he remains “outside the fences.”

  • Excerpt

  • Counterpoint

    A person in a red shirt points out a spot to a group of people standing among dry grasses and rocks.

    Does DNA Simplify or Complicate Repatriation Claims?

    A restitution effort in South Africa illustrates the challenges to scientists, policymakers, and living descendants as they navigate the complex repercussions of genetic analysis for unethically obtained human remains.