Orin Starn anthropology and the world


Anthropology and Its Past, Present, and Futures

Introductory essay to Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology (Duke University Press, 2015).  This new book, edited by Starn, has chapters by Anne Allison, James Clifford, Michael Fischer, Richard Handler, Kim Fortun, John Jackson Jr,, George Marcus, Charles Piot, Hugh Raffles, Danilyn Rutherford, Kathleen Stewart, Michael Taussig, and Kamala Visweswaran.

“Here Come the Anthros (Again): The Strange Marriage of Anthropology and Native America” Cultural Anthropology, May 2011 (with comments by James Clifford and Audra Simpson)


Sports and Society

“The Peruvian Neymar,” about hair, soccer, and the World Cup, Duke University Press website, 2014: http://dukeupress.typepad.com/dukeupresslog/2014/07/fernando-the-peruvian-neymar-by-orin-starn.html

“Caddying for the Dalai Lama: Golf, Heritage Tourism, and the Pinehurst Resort,” South Atlantic Quarterly, 2008

Tobacco Road” about the masterpiece by the brilliant golf course architect Mike Strantz, Los Angeles Times, 2008

Set a Course Along Shasta Serengeti” about the Weed Golf Club near Mount Shasta, a poor man’s Pebble Beach, Los Angeles Times, 2005

Cheddar Cheese-flavored Plastic Lure, Please,” about the pleasures of bass fishing in North Carolina, Los Angeles Times, 2005

“The Ebb and Flow of a Life in Venice” about one of the world’s most beautiful cities and the unlikely golf course there, Huffington Post, 2012


The Andes, Ishi, and Indigenous Politics

“Antropología Andina, ‘Andinismo,’ y Sendero Luminoso,” Allpanchis, 1994.  Una traducción al castellano del artículo “Missing the Revolution: Anthropologists and the War in Peru”; incluye los comentarios de varios antropólogos norteamericanos y peruanos).

Hablan los ronderos: La busquéda por la paz en los Andes Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 1993.  An edited collection of testimonies from key figures in Peru’s rondas campesinas, or peasant patrols.

Wowi in Washington” about what Ishi might have thought about the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, Los Angeles Times, 2004

Various Other Pieces….

“The Media’s Inexcusable Frenzy” about the media’s herding to the latest disaster, Huffington Post, 2013




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