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 essays, Stoller models good writing while sharing his insights on politics (including the emergence of Trumpism and the impact of ignorance on political practices in the United States), higher education, social science, media, and well-being. In the process, he discusses the academy’s need for greater public engagement and the changing nature of scholarly communication.

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In this collection of selected blog essays, Stoller models good writing while sharing his insights on politics, 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 essays, Stoller models good writing while sharing his insights on politics (including the emergence of Trumpism and the impact of ignorance on political practices in the United States), higher education, social science, media, and well-being. In the process, he discusses the academy’s need for greater public engagement and the changing nature of scholarly communication.

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  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Paul Stoller is Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University.
  • 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: Public Defenses 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 Myopia and the Image of Africa (August 2013)
    33. Joseph Kony and the Other Africa (March 2012)
    34. Media Matters in Africa (January 2012)
    35. Message from Mali (March 2015) 

    Part Five: Blogging Well-Being: Finding Your Way in Troubled Times

    36. Living with Cancer (February 2014)
    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: Public Anthropology in the Twenty-First Century
    Notes
    Bibliography