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The Geek Anthropologist
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The Geek Anthropologist is a blog where geekiness, online communities and science-fiction are analysed through the perspective of socio-cultural anthropology. Definitions of geek identity, the representation of ethnic groups in science-fiction and the importance of video games in people’s life are some of the many topics explored in the anthropology posts.
The Geek Anthropologist is a blog where geekiness, online communities and science-fiction are analysed through the perspective of socio-cultural anthropology. Definitions of geek identity, the representation of ethnic groups in science-fiction and the importance of video games in people’s life are some of the many topics explored in the anthropology posts.

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In honor of World Anthropology Day 2017, we’re sharing the text from an AnthroTalk presentation on what it means to do geek anthropology, given at George Washington University in October 2016.  I was a geek long before I was an anthropologist. I grew up…

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By Astrid Countee “Only Forward,” that is the message of Netflix’s latest superhero show, Luke Cage. A message that seems to have shown up just in time for the turmoil that we find our country in.

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We didn’t want to go, we didn’t want to kill them, but its persistent silence and outstretched arms horrified and comforted us at the same time… The moral panic surrounding Slender Man—a figure of Internet folklore—erupted in 2014 after two young girls,…

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In 2015, mainstream geek culture began to emerge as more than simply a popular and bankable enterprise–throughout the year, creative projects in the genre provided models of diversity and cultivated conversations about representation, responsibility, and…

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Nick here: I had the honor of meeting Gabriel at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association meeting earlier this year, where he presented on the phenomenon of “bleed” in LARP from an educational psychology perspective. He was also a…

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"It’s In the Cards: Narratives and Storytelling in Magic: The Gathering" by Steven Dashiell

  By Steven Dashiell Gaming isn’t the focus of my research, but I’ve participated in it since I was 13 years old, the first day I bought a copy of Dungeons & Dragons (much to the chagrin of my parents, who bought into the Satanic Panic of the time).  I…

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After the results of the election, there was a new kind of energy at the AAA’s, a nervousness and a palpable anticipation. There was a sense that this crisis, this political and epistemic rupture, was anthropology’s moment to break into the public, to…

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By Haley Bryant Upon opening my eyes, I see that a figure has appeared on the horizon: a young boy adorned in the iconic red vestments of the Maasai people is walking toward me across the Kenyan savanna, past a lone Acacia. His face neutral, his stride…

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As The Geek Anthropologist has expanded over the past several years, the editors have had a number of discussions about our identity as an online publication. Though our project, broadly speaking, is to provide anthropological sensibility to geek culture…

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J’ai constaté que peu d’entre vous se sont abonnés à ce site et que les visites hebdomadaires sont peu nombreuses.   Il me semble donc utile de vous expliquer rapidement l’utilité de vous abonner en cliquant sur le petit bouton qui se trouve en marge de…
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