Anthropology: The Birth of Colonialism in Africa and Modern Day Challenges

In the history of Africa, colonialism engraved the crucial points linked to anthropology. African independence started mostly about 1960, paving the path to sustainability after years of heavy pressure. Ghana was the first country that announced independence from Great Britain … Continue reading Anthropology: The Birth of Colonialism in Africa and Modern Day Challenges

In an old Orientalist painting, a young boy stands with a snake draped over his arms and shoulders in front of an building that appears to be a Mosque

The Influence and History of Exoticism in Anthropology Past and Present

Social and cultural anthropology has always been about the comparative study of societies across the world. However, in recent years, the issue of ‘exoticism’ in anthropology has become an ethical problem in the field. Exoticism refers to a trend in … Continue reading The Influence and History of Exoticism in Anthropology Past and Present

A Review of King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

Adam Hochschild’s Take on the Story of the Congolese Conquest King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa (Mariner Books 1999) by Adam Hochschild details the ways in which King Leopold II of Belgium established … Continue reading A Review of King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

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Anthropology in Fashion: Cultural Clothing in Western Africa

Welcome back to another week of the anthropology in fashion series, where we learn about the traditional dresses from one region in the world every week. This week we’ll learn about traditional clothing distinct to West Africa. West Africa refers to the … Continue reading Anthropology in Fashion: Cultural Clothing in Western Africa

Evo Morales, Climate Change, and the Restrictions of Colonization

Colonization was not an inevitable process, rather an important historical process that shaped the global order. The intersectional relationships between colonization, economic power, and socio-political framework, created an institutional foundation of social inequalities against Indigenous peoples. Colonization set off a … Continue reading Evo Morales, Climate Change, and the Restrictions of Colonization