Vol 31 No 2 (2016)
Cultural Anthropology’s latest issue opens with an announcement of the founding of a new 501(c)(3), Friends of Cultural Anthropology, which has been created as a gathering point for ideas and funds to help make the journal’s open-access transition sustainable over the long term.
Six original research articles complete the May 2016 issue. Eleana Kim introduces us to rogue infrastructure in the weaponized landscape of the Korean Demilitarized Zone, where landmines produce environments and transform social and material relations. Janelle Lamoreaux reimagines personhood beyond the individual at the nexus of epigenetic factors that inscribe pregnant women’s bodies and the potential toxicities inhabiting them as transgenerational, biosocial connectivity. Traversing the recalcitrant topographies of Bogota’s urban planning regimes, Federico Pérez finds a form of juridical archaeology that thrives upon bureaucratic disorder and regulatory contingencies. Julie Archambault explores the affective encounters young men in Mozambique have with the plants they care for and how human-plant relations prove redemptive for those struggling to live up to mainstream ideals of masculinity. Othon Alexandrakis discusses the indirect activism practiced by a group of Athenian graffiti artists and their work to generate new political possibilities against the backdrop of the economization of Greece. Finally, in the surreal landscape of tweaker Missouri, Jason Pine shows us how the alchemy of methamphetamine cooking exposes the unstable composition of late industrial life and its ontology of desire, excess, and failure.