Anthropology Magazine
When Women Answer the Call of Duty

From Syria to Ukraine, the sight of women taking up arms to fight for a cause calls audiences to attention.…

What’s Behind the Backlash to Lightyear’s Animated Kiss?

What do Twitter debates over Disney-Pixar’s recent family film tell us about today’s parenting politics in the U.S.? ✽ On…

How Dr. Li Wenliang Went From a Whistleblower to a National Hero

The Chinese doctor who tried to warn the world about the coronavirus but was silenced by authorities—and soon died of the virus—has become a protagonist in a nationalist tale about the Chinese Communist Party’s successful pandemic response.

What Netflix Got Wrong About Indigenous Storytelling

Two anthropologists look back on one of the year’s most binged animated shows on Netflix—the supernatural Filipino crime thriller Trese—and what it missed about the stories of Indigenous peoples.

The Strange Rites of Celebrity

A brush with Jesse Eisenberg—anxious Hollywood star, intellectual, and advocate of anthropology—spurred one anthropologist to ponder the culture of celebrity.

Why the Myth of the “Savage Indian” Persists

Iconic children’s books and popular media that Gen Xers grew up with are riddled with damaging Native stereotypes—but things may finally be shifting.

The Double Lives of Chinese Foreign Correspondents

Chinese journalists reporting from abroad grapple with a conflicted identity, facing both censorship and the perception that their work often serves nationalistic goals.