Are IBCLCs The ‘New’ Infant Formula?: A look at biopower, global sovereignty and the Proliferation of Breastfeeding Professionals

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[Update]: This conversation on the complications that I believe stem from this new-found establishment, as well as some thoughts on forging more justice in this area, will be examined in greater detail in my upcoming webinar of the same title, happening at the end of August, 2014!  The sections in this post are various short excerpts from a essay I wrote in an anthropology theory […]

Everybody knows about Mississippi? G*ddamn! #SomebodySayAPrayer

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I was finishing-up a fellowship proposal for my program at school last week, when I had to do some quick research. I needed a few facts and figures from the Center for Disease Control to input into my proposal, so I went to the 2012 Breastfeeding Report Card, which lists the ‘reports’ of breastfeeding for […]

That moment — when anthropologist and breastfeeding advocate Kathy Dettwyler Skypes with your class

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When I was up in Canada earlier this year, I was contacted through this blog by Katherine Dettwyler — who has studied infant nutrition and around the world, and who has focused a large portion of her work on breastfeeding, working with various breastfeeding advocacy groups and organization across the country and around the world. […]

Who Says Black Women Don’t Breastfeed? I’ll Give You A Hint: It Isn’t Carlos Linnaeus!

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Maybe we shouldn’t have laughed, but my classmates and I, and the professor all had a real good howl in class last week at the foolery that was (and continues to be) Carlos Linnaeus’ science — his scientific racism. Carlos Linnaeus was a physician from the 18th century, and who many have called the ‘Father of Taxonomy’. […]

What I’m Reading :: #Anthropology and the Politics of Reproduction (Video)

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I just wanted to check in quickly and share a reading list from one of my classes. School is going well, and I am definitely being challenged — especially in my theory course — I’ve always had a difficult time wrapping my mind around some of the things these ‘DWM’ ( Dead White Men) are saying. […]

Acquanda S.: SUPER Radical Black Feminist, decidedly unapologetic breastfeeding junkie, sociocultural anthropology PhD student

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I had been thinking about something I’d heard a while back and it almost made me laugh. One in particular was when I finished undergrad, I remember being told that I ‘Came back a radical!’ I heard this from more than one person — that I went away to school and when I came back […]

What I’m Reading :: Family Secrets: Risking Reproduction in Central Mozambique

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Tomorrow, I’m going to begin reading Family Secrets: Risking Reproduction in Central Mozambique. I’m getting a head-start on my class coursework (school starts in just over two weeks). But even if that weren’t part of the equation I’d still be looking forward to this one. Family Secrets is the ethnography of Dr. Rachel Chapman, a University of Washington […]

Open Anthropology – A FREE #Anthropology Journal! #MakingAnthropologyPublic

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This is cause for celebration. Or at least a few cheers. In an effort to make anthropology more public and to make anthropologists more visible, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) has created Open Anthropology: A PUBLIC JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, an online journal and volume 1, Number 1 — the inaugural issue is now online, and […]

Mock Anthropology, Mock(ing) Culture and PDN (Public Display of Nipples) Apparently Aren’t OK on the Menfolk Either (Video)

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The mega online education platform, Coursea that offers free education classes, played a joke on those of us who ‘Like’ their facebook page. On April 1st, they sent a course description informing us of a new five-week-long course in Underwater Basketweaving, taught by a “Maritime Anthropologist” and was starting that day. My fingers could not […]