Alex Golub

An Anthropology Blog

Month: August, 2014

My full World 101x interview is now available

I was recently interviewed for the anthropology MOOC World 101x and I guess bits of the interview will appear in their course. The full interview with me is available on YouTube.

My annotated bibliography of Marshall Sahlins is available

I’m pleased to announce that my annotated bibliography of Marshall Sahlins’s work is now available from Oxford University Press. Although one typo has already been found (!) I’m still very proud of this piece, which I did to show my respect for the chair of my dissertation committee. I’m very satisfied with the result, although it will have to be revised as he continues to publish! I normally would turn down requests from closed-access publishers, but the topic and the form were both too interesting for me to turn down.

Quoted in a BBC piece on ‘uncontacted tribes’

There’s a good new piece about ‘uncontacted tribes’ in Latin America. I did an interview with the author and I’m quoted in it — I’d recommend it:

Anthropology: The sad truth about uncontacted tribes

Here’s the quote:

“This gets to the heart of a common misconception surrounding isolated tribes such as the one in Acre: that they live in a bubble of wilderness, somehow missing the fact that their small corner of the world is in fact part of a much greater whole – and one that is dominated by other humans. “Almost all human communities have been in some contact with one another for as long as we have historical or archaeological records,” says Alex Golub, an anthropologist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “Human prehistory is not like that game Civilization where you start with a little hut and the whole map is black.”

Any time I can promote Sid Meier and anthropology at the same time, I’m happy.