Book Review: You Shall Know Them

You Shall Know Them (1953), or Les animaux dénaturés in the French, is a novel by Jean Marcel Bruller under the pseudonym Vercors. He is most famously known for The Silence of the Sea (1942), which explores the experience of a French family and a German occupying officer who attempts to convince the family of…

Syllabus for Intro to Anthropology: ANTH1101

Intro to Anthropology (ANTH 1101-006) UNC Charlotte, Spring 2018 Mon/Wed (11:00-12:15pm) in CHHS 380   Instructor: Adam Johnson Office Hours: T/TR 11:00-12:00pm ajohn344@uncc.edu by appointment in Hickory 42B       This syllabus contains policies and expectations I have established for this course.  Please read the entire syllabus carefully and refer to it regularly throughout…

Syllabus for Science Studies Course: LBST 2213

Science Studies (LBST 2213-015) UNC Charlotte, Spring 2018 Tues/Thurs (2:00-3:15pm) in Kennedy 236   Instructor: Adam Johnson Office Hours: T/TR 11:00-12:00pm ajohn344@uncc.edu by appointment in Hickory 42B       This syllabus contains policies and expectations I have established for this course.  Please read the entire syllabus carefully and refer to it regularly throughout the…

Abstract for “Geno-colonisation: How science executes structural violence”

Below is the abstract for my newest article in review with Race & Class: Social institutions such as healthcare and education have been examined through a lens of structural violence— the systematic ways by which social institutions place certain members at a disadvantage thus causing various types of harm. However, science has escaped such scrutiny. In…

Hegemony, Trump, and The Riddle of Steel

  As you have surely heard, charges were filed against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former aid Rick Gates, including “conspiracy against the United States” and eleven others. The language of the conspiracy charge reads: “knowingly and intentionally [conspiring] to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful governmental functions…

Purity and Danger Revisited: Dirt and Racism

  Mary Douglas defines ‘dirt’ as “matter out of place.[1] In revisiting her work in the context of my current research and the protests of professional athletes, it made me consider this definition, its implications, and the lengths to which we go as a society to “reorder” the world and cleanse. “Dirt offends against order….

What is Anthropology?

Since this is a blog that looks at the world through an anthropological lens, then I think this is the logical place to start. I teach intro to anthropology and the first thing I have my class do, before the obligatory syllabus trek, is to fill out a notecard. I ask them their major, their…