Sallie Han (Anthropology, SUNY Oneonta) and Jason Antrosio (Anthropology, Hartwick College) are the co-editors of the July 2020 issue of Open Anthropology on the theme of “Hope.”
In this issue of Open Anthropology, Han and Antrosio explore hope as a human experience and as a framework for cultural theory and social action:
“We have chosen ‘hope’ as the theme of the July 2020 issue of Open Anthropology because collectively we are living in times that feel rather desperate… COVID-19 continues to spread across large swaths of the United States and other places around the world. Here, there, and everywhere, the burden of the disease and its economic consequences are not equally shared. The fact of these inequalities has not so much been exposed, but made undeniable by both the pandemic and the other events of the spring of 2020. The death of George Floyd at the hands of police sparked days and weeks of protest, bringing out people not only in Minneapolis, where Floyd died, but in scores of large and small cities and towns across America and from Lagos to Kolkata to Seoul.
“Lives and livelihoods have been lost, damaged, and otherwise profoundly affected in such ways that there will be no simple recovery. They demand reckoning. Somehow, we need to find our way toward building, inventing, and growing anew.”
The issue features twelve articles and two book reviews that have appeared in the publications of the American Anthropological Association. All of the selections in this issue are available for free download through July 2021: