Anthropology / Everything Human

Interplanetary Environmentalism (Part 1)

Space

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    Dancing “My Humps” in Rural China

    Middle-aged women use private online space to organize their public square-dancing performances. The new technology has changed their dance moves—and their lives.

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    In October 2015, Russian scientists began Moon-2015, a simulated mission to the moon and back.

    Unmanning Space Language

    Language matters, as demonstrated by the recent discussion following the discovery of example sentences using sexist stereotypes in the Oxford Dictionary of English. Language about who goes into space also matters, both historically and again now as more people are on the International Space Station for longer-duration missions, and NASA, SpaceX, and others plan to send humans to Mars. When journalists write about a spacecraft, they often use …

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    Anthropologists in Outer Space

    Anthropologists studying outer space might sound like fringe science, like something from “The X-Files” or some “ancient aliens” TV show, but we have been studying outer space as long as we’ve been studying people whose lives are influenced by it. In the fields of archaeoastronomy (how people understood the sky in the past) and ethnoastronomy (current cultural perceptions of the sky), scholars study how humans throughout history have …

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    Wandering Among the Stars

    As we spend longer in space, and plan to set up human habitation on other worlds, it is no longer a question of whether humans will move into space, but when. Now is the time to ask what kind of future we imagine for humanity in outer space, and what that future will mean for life here on Earth.