Community Mapping at Razor’s Speakeasy

By Beth U Razor's is a speakeasy in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood of North Philadelphia, on a block once vibrant with bakeries, butchers, and florists. Decades of redlining, structural racism, and orchestrated economic decline have taken down most of the other buildings on the block.  Open spaces are good for gardens and barbecues, until gentrification claims them one by one.  Meanwhile, residents pile into Razor's for talk, news, jobs, gossip and love. I am here wit...
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Reflecting on Twenty Years of Sensuous Scholarship

By Beth & Laurian We are presenting a paper and co-chairing a panel at the upcoming American Anthropology Meetings to celebrate the twenty-year publication of Paul Stoller's Sensuous Scholarship.  Read below to see what we are up to! ________________ Panel Abstract Since its publication twenty years ago, Paul Stoller’s Sensuous Scholarship has informed not just what we write but how we write as ethnographers. In it, Sto...
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Community Engagement in Precarious Times: Ethnography meets socially engaged art

By Beth U I biked up to the vacant lot and stopped to open the gate, the iced coffee in my hand now lukewarm and dripping.  Angel, the 10-year old neighbor, spied me from his second-story window and was soon tearing across the gravel to meet me. Together we unlocked the large metal storage container that stood at the back of the lot. Despite the early hour, it was humid.  Pockets of damp air heated up as the sun rose over Angel’s roof.  We pulled out tables and chairs and pla...
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