Why I Like Anthropologists Better than International Studies Types: AAA vs. ISA vs. ASA

     Mark Dawson commented on his Facebook page about attending the International Studies Association meetings in New Orleans this year, and promises to write something for this blog later this week.  This brought back memories to me.  I attended the ISA meetings about ten years ago in the hope that they would be interested in … Continue reading Why I Like Anthropologists Better than International Studies Types: AAA vs. ISA vs. ASA

The Case of the Stung Ducks: A Study of Law from Sukumaland in Tanzania

This is a story about the nature of law, what is like to feel like an outsider in court. It is about laws of liability which are rational, reasonable, and legtimate by local standards.  However, as I think that the following example shows, such assumptions about liability and law are always embedded in the unspoken … Continue reading The Case of the Stung Ducks: A Study of Law from Sukumaland in Tanzania

How to Get Deported for Christmas

       File this one under…I don’t know what.  My story begins with the desire to get cheap airplane tickets to visit our family in Germany this winter.  Simple: Leave at an uncomfortable hour, fly Christmas Eve, save $200 per ticket, and still arrive at Grandma’s in time for Christmas breakfast.  Anyway, we arrived at … Continue reading How to Get Deported for Christmas

Learning Foreign Languages

       I was reminded of the importance of foreign language learning twice in the last week or so.  This morning I read a commentary in the New York Times about how poorly Americans do at foreign languages.  Several of the authors remind us that Americans have long done poorly at foreign language learning, and that … Continue reading Learning Foreign Languages

The Connection between Crime and Immigration: A Complicated but not Conflicted Issue

My first book was based on my Ph.D. dissertation, and called Crime and Immigrant Youth (Sage 1999). I of course really like it when people read it, even though it is becoming dated.  In this context, I read the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) new “Backgrounder” called Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue by … Continue reading The Connection between Crime and Immigration: A Complicated but not Conflicted Issue

Is a single currency for all the world a good idea?

A buddy of mine and I were talking about our favorite conspiracy theories.  Of course, the "one world government" deal is the biggest and bestest of them all. But it led to an economics questions neither of us are skilled enough to answer:  Would a single currency worldwide be good or bad?  Just imagine a worldwide EURO.  How would that work.  OR, does the vary disparity of … Continue reading Is a single currency for all the world a good idea?