A couple of years ago, I read Lynn Bolles article Telling the Story Straight: Black Feminist Intellectual Thought in Anthropology. My main take away from Bolles’ article is that not only are minority scholars being faced with structural barriers in academia, but we also are less likely to be cited and referenced by other scholars—even more so for women of color. So for my introductory course with a decolonized reading list, I made an effort to seek out literature written by women, people of color, and from underrepresented minorities.
I stumbled on some really interesting readings (both in the traditional sense and in the new mediatic sense), and I’m sharing them here. The list includes articles, book chapters, Ted Talks, YouTube Videos, podcasts, and online resources like The Sociological Cinema (which actually was started in my graduate alma mater, The University of Maryland, College Park, and to which several colleagues and friends of mine contributed).
Here are some readings that I used for my class based on the thematic components of the discussion:
- Understanding the Contemporary World (Augé and Colleyn 2006:7-20)
- The Behavioral Inheritance Systems (Jablonka and Lam b 2005:155-180)
- Anthropologists and Other Friends (Deloria Jr. 1969)
- Vine Deloria Jr. was a Native American author, theologian, historian, and activist. Deloria’s critiques of the colonial work of anthropology on Native Americans is dismissed by Clifford in his introduction to his volume, Writing Culture.
- The Puzzle (Handwerker 2009:15-35)
- Body Ritual Among the Nacirema (Miner 1956)
- Introduction: Partial Truths (Clifford 1986:1-26)
- Why Indians Aren’t Celebrating The Bicentennial (Deloria Jr. 1999:199-205)
- Another Look at Centuries-Long Hegemonic Practices (Williams 2010)
- Brackette Williams, professor at the University of Arizona
- Introduction: Out of Exile (Behar 1995:1- 29)
- Ruth Behar is a Cuban-American anthropologist and writer. Women Writing Culture is the book edited by Behar. We discussed the introduction to this book as a counter-point to Clifford’s Writing Culture in which women and feminist studies were excluded from the seminal book.
- Ethnography as Politics (Harrison 1997:88-109)
- Faye V. Harrison is a Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Seeing Kali’s City As “Insiders”: Religious Diversity, Gender, Class, And Culture As “Textured” Learning For American Students (Samanta 2014)
- Suchitra Samanta is a professor at Virginia Tech University.
- The Centrality of Ethnography in the Study of Transnational Migration: Seeing the Wetland Instead of Swamp (Schiller 2003)
- Nina Glick Schiller, professor Emerita of the University of Manchester.
- Living and Working in a War Zone: An Applied Anthropologist in Afghanistan (Omidian 2009)
- Patricia Omidian, applied anthropologist.
- The Circle and the Field (Agar 1994a:49-60)
- Culture Blends (Agar 1994b:15-30)
- Slippery Semantics (Godreau 2008)
- Isar Godreau, Puerto Rican Anthropologist at the University of Puerto Rico
- Migration, Return, and Development: an Institutional Perspective (Olesen 2002)
- Gender Roles in Sociocultural and Historical Context (Schweitzer 2006:41-56)
- Linguistic Anthropology in 2008: An Election-Cycle Guide (Faudree 2009)
- Paja Faudree is a Professor at Brown University.
- Mass Media and Transnational Subjectivity in Shanghai: Notes on (Re)Cosmopolitanism in a Chinese Metropolis (Yang 2007:325-349)
- Mayfair Yang 楊美惠教授 is an Anthropologist by training and professor at University of California Berkeley’s Department of Religious Studies and Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies.
- 1-4 (Sontag 2001:5-37)
- Susan Sontag was a writer, filmmaker, teacher and political activist.
Videos and Other Media
- A Vision of Students Today (Wesch 2007)
- The Generation That’s Remaking China (Lan 2011)
- Yang Lan is a Chinese Journalist and entrepreneur
- Proud To Be (National Congress of American Indians 2014)
- A Radical Experiment in Empathy (Richards 2014)
- We are all cyborgs now (Case 2010)
- Amber Case is a Cyborg anthropologist.
- Doubt (Climate Reality 2012)
- Fake Science (Glass 2004)
- If Latinos Said the Stuff White People said; & If Asians Said the Stuff White People Said (Buzzfeed Yellow 2014)
- How Language Transformed Humanity (Pagel 2011)
- We Should all be Feminists (Adichie 2013)
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer.
- Facundo the Great (Storycorps 2012)
- 3 Ways to Speak English (Lyiscott 2014)
- Jamila Lyiscott is a poet, educator, and adjunct professor.
- Languages Lost and Found: Speaking & Whistling the Mamma Tongue (Brooks, et al. 2011)
- Iris Brooks is a writer, photographer, and producer.
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
2013 We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at Tedxeuston. http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/We-should-all-be-feminists-Chim, Accessed: August 8, 2014.
1994a Culture Blends. In Language Shock: Understanding the Culture of Conversation. Pp. 15-30: HarperCollins.—
1994b The Circle and the Field. In Language Shock: Understanding the Culture of Conversation. Pp. 49-60: HarperCollins.
Augé, Marc, and Colleyn, Jean-Paul
2006 The World of an Anthropologist. Howe, John, transl. Oxford, UK; New York, USA: Berg, Oxford International Publishers Ltd.
1995 Introduction: Out of Exile. In Women Writing Culture. Behar, Ruth and Gordon, Deborah A., eds. Pp. 1-29: University of California Press.
2010 We Are All Cyborgs Now. Ted.Com. http://www.ted.com/talks/amber_case_we_are_all_cyborgs_now?language=en, accessed October 1, 2014.
1986Introduction: Partial Truths. In Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography. Clifford, J. and Marcus, G.E., eds. Pp. 1-26: University of California Press.
2012 Doubt. Video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhDacrl1aSA, Accessed: 8/30/2014.
Brooks, Iris and Davis, Jon H.,
2011 Languages Lost and Found: Speaking & Whistling the Mamma Tongue. http://search.alexanderstreet.com/view/work/1785489, Accessed: 9/1/2014.
Deloria Jr., Vine
1969 Anthropologists and Other Friends. In Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto. University of Oklahoma Press.
1999 A Flock of Anthros. In Spirit & Reason: The Vine Deloria, Jr., Reader. Deloria Jr., Vine, Deloria, B., Foehner, K., and Scinta, S., eds. Pp. 123-126: Fulcrum Pub.—
1999 Why Indians Aren’t Celebrating the Bicentennial. In Spirit & Reason: The Vine Deloria, Jr., Reader. Deloria Jr., Vine, Deloria, B., Foehner, K., and Scinta, S., eds. Pp. 199-205: Fulcrum Pub.
2009 Linguistic Anthropology in 2008: An Election-Cycle Guide. American Anthropologist 111(2):153-161.
2004 Fake Science: Stories of People Trying to Drag Science Where It Doesn’t Belong. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/265/fake-science, Accessed: 8/30/2014.
2008 Slippery Semantics: Race Talk and Everyday Uses of Racial Terminology in Puerto Rico. Centro Journal XX(2):5-33.
2005 The Birth of Writing. http://search.alexanderstreet.com/anthropology/view/work/1779548, Accessed: 9/01/2014.
Handwerker, W. Penn
2009 The Puzzle. In The Origin of Cultures: How Individual Choices Make Cultures Change. Pp. 15-35. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, Inc.
Harrison, Faye Venetia
1997 Ethnography as Politics. In Decolonizing Anthropology: Moving Further Toward an Anthropology of Liberation. Harrison, Faye Venetia, ed. Pp. 88-109: Association of Black Anthropologists, American Anthropological Association.
Jablonka, Eva, and Lamb, Marion J.
2005 The Behavioral Inheritance Systems. In Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life. Pp. 155-191. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.
2011 The Generation That’s Remaking China. http://www.ted.com/talks/yang_lan, Accessed: 8/14/14.
2014 3 Ways to Speak English. http://www.ted.com/talks/jamila_lyiscott_3_ways_to_speak_english, Accessed: 9/2/2014.
1956 Body Ritual among the Nacirema. American Anthropologist 58(3):503-507.
National Congress of American Indians
2014 Proud to Be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR-tbOxlhvE, Accessed: 08/26/2014.
2009 Living and Working in a War Zone: An Aplied Anthropologist in Afghanistan. Practicing Anthropology: Spring 2009, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 4-11.
2011 Mark Pagel: How Language Transformed Humanity. http://www.ted.com/talks/mark_pagel_how_language_transformed_humanity#t-536675, Accessed: 8/31/2014.
2014 A Radical Experiment In Empathy. Ted.Com. http://www.ted.com/talks/ sam_richards_a_radical_experiment_in_empathy, accessed September 7 , 2014.
2014 Seeing Kali’s City As “Insiders”: Religious Diversity, Gender, Class, And Culture As “Textured” Learning For American Students. Practicing Anthropology 35(3): 23-27.
Schweitzer, Marjorie M.
2006 Gender Roles in Sociocultural and Historical Context. In Women in Anthropology: Autobiographical Narratives and Social History. Cattell, Maria G. and Scheweitzer, Marjorie M., eds. Pp. 41-56. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, Inc.
2007 A Vision of Students Today. Online Video, http://mediatedcultures.net/videos/a-vision-of-students-today/, Accessed: July 30, 2014.
Williams, Brackette F.
2010 Forty Years Ago: Another Look at Centuries‐Long Hegemonic Practices. Transforming Anthropology 18(2):111-113.
Yang, Mayfair Mei-Hui
2007 Mass Media and Transnational Subjectivity in Shanghai: Notes on (Re)Cosmopolitanism in a Chinese Metropolis. In The Anthropology of Globalization: A Reader. Inda, Jonathan Xavier and Rosaldo, Renato, eds. Pp. 325-349: Wiley.