Adventures in Blogging: Public Anthropology and Popular Media

By Paul Stoller

© 2018

Paul Stoller has been writing a popular blog for the Huffington Post since 2011. Blogging, says Stoller, allows him to bring an anthropological perspective to contemporary debates, but it also makes him a better writer: snappier, more concise, and more focused on the connection he wants to make with readers. In this collection of selected blog posts, Stoller models good writing while sharing his insights on politics (including the emergence of "Trumpism" and the impact of ignorance on US political practices), higher education, social science, media, and well-being. In the process, he discusses the changing nature of scholarly communication and the academy’s need for greater public engagement.

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In this collection of selected blog posts, Stoller models good writing while sharing his insights on politics (including the emergence of “Trumpism” and the impact of ignorance on US political practices), higher education, social science, media, and well-being.

Adventures in Blogging: Public Anthropology and Popular Media

By Paul Stoller

© 2018

Paul Stoller has been writing a popular blog for the Huffington Post since 2011. Blogging, says Stoller, allows him to bring an anthropological perspective to contemporary debates, but it also makes him a better writer: snappier, more concise, and more focused on the connection he wants to make with readers. In this collection of selected blog posts, Stoller models good writing while sharing his insights on politics (including the emergence of "Trumpism" and the impact of ignorance on US political practices), higher education, social science, media, and well-being. In the process, he discusses the changing nature of scholarly communication and the academy’s need for greater public engagement.

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  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “At once passionate in his belief in the promise of public anthropology, and clear-eyed about the kinds of knowledge and language anthropology has to sacrifice as it adapts to digital media, Stoller does a marvelous job of chronicling his own adventure while inspiring others to try their own experiments in connecting to our contemporary media ecology.”


    Dominic Boyer, author of The Life Informatic: Newsmaking in the Digital Era

    “By re-charting his journey into the blogosphere, Paul Stoller actually shows us how he makes public anthropology more public. Through his process he reveals why critical cultural analysis—in the short form of blogging as well as in books and articles—is imperative to helping claim our collective humanity.”


    Gina Athena Ulysse, author of Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle

    Adventures in Blogging offers a model for the future of writing anthropology. In 40 quick reads, Stoller provides food for thought and the material we so desperately need to hold rich discussion in any setting: the classroom, the conference hall, and even at the kitchen table.”


    Alisse Waterston, author of My Father’s Wars: Migration, Memory, and the Violence of a Century
  • Author Information

    Paul Stoller is Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University. He has published 14 books, including ethnographies, biographies, memoirs, and novels, and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology. In 2013, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden presented him the Anders Retzius Gold Medal in Anthropology. In 2015, the American Anthropological Association awarded him the Anthropology in Media Award.
  • Table of contents

    Prologue: Blogging Bliss and Public Anthropology

    Part One: Blogging Politics in the Age of Trump
    1. Politics in a Culture of Ignorance (March 2011)
    2. Anti-Anti Science (March 2011)
    3. Class Illusions (September 2011)
    4. Social Engineering and the Politics of Ignorance (July 2012)
    5. Racing Away from Ferguson and the Challenge of Education (December 2014)
    6. Big Man Bibi (March 2015)
    7. The Anthropology of Trump: Myth, Illusion, and Celebrity Culture (March 2016)
    8. The Return of the Plague: An Open Letter to Our Students (November 2016)
    9. Revisiting the Anthropology of Trump: Anthropology and the Power of Culture (November 2016)
    10. Going Public: Resistance in the Age of Trump (January 2017)
    11. Who Is the Enemy of the People? (March 2017)
    12. Budgeting Social Darwinism (March 2017)

    Part Two: Blogging Social Science: The Challenge of Going Public
    13. The Limited Good of Rick Scott’s Anthropology (October 2011)
    14. The Face of Poverty in America (February 2012)
    15. The Social Life of Music—in Mali (May 2013)
    16. Narrative and the Future of the Social Sciences (December 2013)
    17. Welcome to the Anthropocene (November 2014)
    18. Alice Goffman and the Future of Ethnography (June 2015)
    19. In Defense of Ethnography (August 2015)
    20. Terrorism: A Challenge for the Social Sciences (December 2015)
    21. Fast Culture in the Age of Trump (June 2017)
    22. Slow Anthropology in the Age of Trump (June 2017)

    Part Three: Blogging Higher Education: A Public Defense of Scholarship
    23. Winter Break (December 2011)
    24. Waging War on Higher Education (May 2012)
    25. Higher Education’s Train to Nowhere (September 2013)
    26. A 2014 Challenge for the Social Sciences (January 2014)
    27. Kafka on Campus (March 2014)
    28. The Brave New World of Campus Life (April 2014)
    29. Magical Mentors (May 2014)
    30. We’re Number One (August 2014)
    31. A Letter from the Underground of The Castle (September 2014)

    Part Four: Blogging Media in the Era of Fast News
    32. Media Matters in Africa (January 2012)
    33. Joseph Kony and the Other Africa (March 2012)
    34. Media Myopia and the Image of Africa (August 2013)
    35. Message from Mali (March 2015)

    Part Five: Blogging Well-Being: Finding Your Way in Troubled Times
    36. Living with Cancer (February 2011)
    37. Remission Rites (February 2014)
    38. Remiss About Remission (April 2015)
    39. Well-Being in the World (February 2015)
    40. A Path Toward Well-Being (February 2016)

    Epilogue: Anthropology and Popular Media

    Works Cited
    Index