The Modification of the Hominin Brain | Evan Kiely

The Hominin brain evolved from a primate precursor and, previously, from that of ancient vertebrates via phylogenetic layering in relation to the shift from an arboreal niche to a terrestrial, omnivorous, extractive, and social niche, which allowed for higher level cognition. A way to explore this is, not only by observing the increasing complexity of …

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The Undeniable Dilemma | Karishma Mehrotra

The human has been gifted with a persistent dilemma. In our exposure to the world, a part of our learning stems from our desire to study the world around us as we perceive it, equipped with the tools of empiricism and rational thinking to examine our sensory experience. But we also feel the existence of …

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The Difficulty with Studying Men and Women | Kristin McFadden

Abstract Studying the social and political construction of gender can serve as a significant way in which to deconstruct the power structures that promote a gendered, dichotomous view of society. However, in studying gender there arises certain issues with attempts to deconstruct socialized norms. This paper explores the issue that arises when studying gender in …

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Disparities of Children of Lower Socioeconomic Status in America’s Educational System | Leigh Johnson

Abstract When humans are born each person is equipped with 100 billion brain cells (1999). If every infant is born with the same capacity to learn, should not every child be given the same opportunity to learn? Children born into poor home environments, lower socioeconomic communities or families of color are immediately placed at a …

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Diagnosis and Healing in Tibetan Medicine | Mikaila Schmitt

Abstract This exploration focuses on diagnosis and healing in the Tibetan medical system. The domain of the Tibetan medical system, and arguably all medical systems, is regarding health and illness. But the Tibetan medical domain also extends to suffering, which I believe is a key concept and facet that differentiates their system. Plus, within this …

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Letter from the Editor | Katherine E. Cooper

Dear Readers,              First, I would like to welcome everyone to the first edition of Anthropos, the Anthropology department E-Publication. Anthropos has been a large endeavor, which could not have been possible without the support of the Emory Anthropology Department and the Emory Anthropology Student Society. When I was selected to be the Editor in Chief, …

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Interview with PhD Candidate, Tawni Tidwell | Matthew Whitwell

            For Anthropos’s first publication, I sat down with Ph.D. Student Tawni Tidwell, whose research is concerned with how Tibetan doctors learn to identify and diagnose diseases, specifically indigenous varieties of cancer. I organized our interview to learn about some of her experiences with conducting research, but it soon became evident that many of Tidwell’s …

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Interview with a Graduate Student, Hanne van der Iest | Mariam Qazilbash

           Life is hard. Adulthood is hard. These two go hand in hand, and always seem to be fast approaching in the life of an undergraduate. Undergraduates are under pressure to know their career path from day 1, but the truth is that isn’t always the case. In fact, many people …

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Poverty and the Imposition of Agency: Examining Constructions of Self Through the Lens of Invisiblized Self-Creation | Evan Kiely

Poverty results from an inherent loss of means, in the economic sense, but it goes far beyond that as well. This lack of means is coupled with a loss of access, the obvious being reduced access to healthcare, food, water, shelter, and/or any of the many areas recognized as fundamental human needs. The lack of …

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Hijras: The “Third Gender” of India | Pooja Gandhi

        India is often perceived as a close-minded, intolerant, and traditional environment where unique expressions of identity and self are negatively received. Despite its strong negations towards certain practices, the society’s view on hijras – transgender men to women who identify as a “third gender” – is ambiguous with both positive and …

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