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Ferguson: An American Story

By now the story is familiar to many. In Ferguson, MO, a town of less than 16,000 people, Michael Brown, an 18-year old was walking in the middle of a residential street. He ignored police officer’s... 
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Beheaded: An Anthropology

What can anthropology tell us about the beheading of two American journalists by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL)? Anthropologists have been mostly silent so far, but with... 
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Contributions to Community Reintegration

I am an anthropologist who works as an investigator for a VA research center, Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR), where one of the primary goals is to develop, evaluate,... 
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Ferguson and the Right to Black Life

On March 19, 1935, the white manager of WH Kress & Co five-and-dime store on 125th Street in Harlem apprehended a 16-year-old Puerto Rican boy, allegedly for shoplifting a pocketknife. The teenager,... 
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The Violence of the Status Quo

Michael Brown, Ferguson and Tanks Years ago I thought about writing a paper I would call “The Violence of the Status Quo.” I never wrote that paper. Perhaps now is the time—although it would have... 
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The Guns of August, Again

I have been thinking about World War One this summer. Of course, the centennial of the start of the Great War has produced many thought pieces in the higher-brow press, and one magisterial book, “The... 
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A Tale of Many Borders

Unaccompanied Minors and the Perils of Sentimentalism It is almost the last week in July, and the sun along the strip of land connecting Boca Chica Beach, Texas, with Playa Bagdad, Tamaulipas (Mexico)... 
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Working on The Hill

Politics as the Art of the Possible Despite Congress’s abysmally poor reputation in the public eye and its polarization, the national legislature remains an important public policy arena. Beyond authorizing... 

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