Speech, Power and Social Justice (Conley)

The AAA Committee for Human Rights Task Group and the Society for Linguistic Anthropology Committee on Language & Social Justice is committed to collaborating with one another to provide a unique, linguistic anthropological perspective on relevant issues of the day. We believe that a merging of voices allows for greater depth of reflection, listening, and revision. In this way our process in the Task Group is symbolic of our greater ideals—a collective voice demonstrates shared responsibility for social justice.

Read a co-authored commentary from Robin Conley in the Anthropology News.


"Die-In" protest at the AAA 2014 meeting.  Photo by Marco Hill.  Used by permission.
“Die-In” protest at the AAA 2014 meeting.


This is Anthropology

What to see examples of what anthropologists are up to in their everyday work? Looking for an anthropologist near you? Check out the “This is Anthropology” website from the American Anthropological Association.

Intel’s Sharp-Eyed Social Scientist: A Cultural Anthropologist

New York Times – Saturday, February 15, 2014 – Natasha Singer

Genevieve Bell, as a cultural anthropologist at Intel Labs, runs a team of about 100 researchers. The team studies how consumers interact with electronics and develops new technology experiences for them.  Speaking about the value of an anthropological approach, Diane Bryant, General Manager of Intel’s data center group had this to say about its relevance to the company and its future:

What [Bell] and her organization have done is to shift our mind-set. It takes a very different skill set, a unique domain experience, to sense the market and identify the emerging signals and what is going to matter to the end user.

Check out the full story in the New York Times.

Genevieve Bell, as a cultural anthropologist at Intel Labs.
Photo Credit: Leah Nash


Hoey (Anthropology) NEW BOOK

Hoey in fieldsite of Northwestern Lower MichiganDo you get told what the good life is, or do you figure it out for yourself?

Posed by a middle-aged lifestyle migrant who left a corporate career, this question invokes the theme of Opting for Elsewhere that emerges from stories of people who chose relocation as a way of redefining themselves and reordering work, family, and personal priorities. This is a book about the impulse to start over.  The accounts presented involve new expressions of old dreams, understandings, and ideals.  Whether downshifting from stressful careers or the victims of downsizing from jobs lost in a surge of economic restructuring, lifestyle migrants seek refuge in places that seem to resonate with an idealized, potential self.   Choosing the option of elsewhere and moving as a means of remaking self through sheer force of will are basic facets of American character forged in its history as a developing nation of immigrants with a seemingly ever-expanding frontier. Stories told here are parts of a larger moral story about what constitutes the good life at a time of economic uncertainty coupled with shifting social categories and cultural meanings. Brian Hoey, Marshall University Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, provides an evocative illustration of the ways these sweeping changes impact people and the places that they live and work as well as how both react—devising strategies for either coping with or challenging the status quo. This stirring portrait of starting over in the heartland of America will initiate fruitful discussion about where we are going next as an emerging postindustrial society.

New Book by Brian Hoey: “Opting for Elsewhere” now available from several sources.  See Vanderbilt University Press for information.  You can purchase from Amazon or by providing publication information to your local, independent bookseller.

Hear an Interview with Brian Hoey done in September 2015 via NPR affiliate, Interlochen Pubic Radio as part of their series “Which Way to Paradise”



Dr. Hoey's new book from Vanderbilt University Press. Coming August 2014.
Dr. Hoey’s book from Vanderbilt University Press

Anthropology Program Brochures

For your information, the Anthropology Program has prepared two brochures.  The first is a brief, tri-fold style brochure, which highlights program basics.  The second is a much more detailed, comprehensive poster style brochure.  These are generally used in on-campus promotional contexts (Green and White Day or Majors, Minors, and More), but are offered to you here in PDF format.

Anthropology Program Brief (Tri-fold) Brochure

Anthropology Program Detailed Poster (2-sided)

MU Electronic Theses

You may explore Masters Theses in Sociology, from abstracts to full PDF documents, by linking to MU Electronic Theses for the Sociology Program.  Theses from 2002 forward are available

MU Archaeological Field School

Marshall Anthropology Alumni

See two Marshall Anthropology Alumni speak reflect on their experiences in the program and its value to them as they begin their careers.