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Alex Brewis

Our new book!

Can’t get enough of the blog? Our new book is out November 19th. You can but it here with code HTWN for 20% discount: https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/lazy-crazy-and-disgusting “Providing a fresh look at the classic social science concept of stigma, this book adds to the literature on why humans so readily stigmatize while […]

From Samoa to Japan: Narrowing body norms and expanding anxieties.

Sophie To, an undergraduate student at Yale, is just finishing up her thesis work from data collected in Samoa under the supervision of our wonderful colleague Nicola Hawley. Sophie has replicated a study I wrote up from when I was part  from the same public health project almost 25 years ago; at […]

Citizen Social Science as a tool to study urban stigma

In Fall 2018 I had the joy of getting back to classroom teaching after an extended leave to focus on research. For my re-entry, I chose a research practicum. The class is focused on exposing global health and anthropology majors to the mechanics of doing social science. The students help […]

Nothing sweet about it: Stigma and living with diabetes

This week I began teaching on online class on poverty and global health. The first assignment was for students to write briefly about their personal experiences with health inequities. The posts were honest, interesting, and many converged on what seemed like the most common recurring theme: the trials of them […]

Gender Norms, Stressful Stigma, and the ‘Critical’ Role of Families.

The Global Impact Collaboratory has had a very busy month. The core team (Roseanne Schuster, Peggy Ochandarena, and me) have been in the West Bank of Palestine working on developing new tools to allow rapid evaluation of social norms around gender-based violence.  Peggy is currently Chief of Party for a USAID human […]

Those “dirty people” often aren’t: Our lesson from Ireland

In 2015, we were invited to friendly Dublin, Ireland to collaborate on a new project focusing on the social dimensions of water. At the time, Ireland was in the midst of a highly emotional political crisis, because people were outraged that the government had begun to charge households for water. […]

Haiti, Cholera, and the Downhill Flow of Blame

On two visits his year, I have been working out of an office in a beautiful colonial era villa in Petion-ville, Haiti.  From the 2nd floor terrace, I can drink coffee and enjoy the vista of Jalousie, spilling down the steep hillside behind Port-au-Prince. A jumble of bright Carribbean pastels, […]

Boys will be boys? ADHD and “normal behavior”

Between us, Amber and I are raising three elementary-middle school sons. We counter our very busy professional lives with weekends and evenings of martial arts, soccer, homework, and play dates. For anthropologists, the right way to raise our children is always a challenging and interesting proposition.  Anyone who has spent […]

India, HIV, and Stigma Marsala

Chennai (Madras) in Southern India has long been a hot spot for HIV, but rates of new infection there (as in elsewhere in India) have thankfully been going down. Public education and associated outreach like prenatal care seems key to much of that reduction in the last decade. Yet, currently more […]