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This essay argues for the value of counterfactual narrative, and more specifically counterfactual ethnography, for anthropology at a time when the unfinished project of decolonizing the discipline has once again come to the fore and the question of living differently has taken on a new urgency in light of the accelerating climate emergency. In what follows, I will discuss some of the characteristics of counterfactual narratives, explain how they might be adapted to account for more than a century of ethnographic practice, and offer three counterfactual ethnographic scenarios by way of illustration. Toward the end of the essay, which I hope will also serve as a beginning, I offer brief reflections on what kind of distinctive contribution counterfactual ethnography might make, at a time when anthropologists have increasingly embraced the notion that much of anthropology’s value to society at large lies in an ethnographic record replete with examples of creative possibilities of what it means to be human.

Solicitud de doctorado en antropología de la Universidad de Chicago

El Fondo Conmemorativo Michael Silverstein está dedicado a ampliar el acceso a la antropología en la Universidad de Chicago y a diversificar las becas dentro de ella.    En honor a la contribución pionera de Michael Silverstein al estudio del lenguaje, de los nativos de Norteamérica y de los aborígenes de Australia, y de la política dentro de los Estados Unidos, así como a su medio siglo de docencia en la Universidad de Chicago, el fondo conmemorativo dará prioridad al apoyo a los ex alumnos de las escuelas públicas de Chicago y a los miembros de las comunidades históricamente subrepresentadas dentro de la antropología.    El Fondo en Memoria de Michael Silverstein está dedicado a la investigación doctoral que amplía el alcance, la inclusión y la contribución de la antropología como modo de investigación social.

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Anthropology has always been about men talking to men about men, yet it is only recently that a few within the discipline have actually examined men as men. This article explores how anthropologists understand, use, and discuss the category of masculinity by reviewing recent analyses of men as both gendered and gendered subjects. It begins with descriptions of four distinct ways in which masculinity is defined and treated in anthropology, and pays particular attention to the relationships of difference, inequality, and women to the anthropological study of masculinities, including the curious omission of feminist theory by many anthropologists who study the masculine. Specific topics discussed include the various cultural economies of masculinity, the notion of cultural regions in relation to images of manhood, male friendship, machismo, male corporeality, violence, power, and sexual cleavages.

Historia de la antropología en la Universidad de Chicago

Appel, H. (2012). “Despachos de una ocupación: Apuntes etnográficos desde el Wall Street ocupado”. Social Text Online Journal. http://www.socialtextjournal.org/blog/topics/dispatches-from-an-occupation/.

Appel, H. (2012). (2014). “Occupy Wall Street y el imaginario económico”. Antropología cultural. 29 (4): 602-25. http://www.culanth.org/articles/753-occupy-wall-street-and-theeconomic- imagination.

Bear, L., Karen Ho, A. Tsing y S. Yanagisako. (2015). “Generando el capitalismo” y “Gens: Un manifiesto feminista para el estudio del capitalismo”. Fieldsights: Theorizing the contemporary, Cultural Anthropology Online, 30 de marzo. http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/652-gens-a-feminist-manifesto-for-the-study-of-capitalism Consultado el 4/3/16.

Collins, J. (2010). “La era de Wal-Mart”. En The insecure American: How we got here and what we should do about it, editado por Hugh Gusterson y Catherine Besteman, 97-112. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Das, V. (2010). “Comprometiendo la vida del otro: El amor y la vida cotidiana”. En Ordinary ethics: Anthropology, language, and action, editado por Michael Lambek, 376-99. Nueva York: Fordham University Press.

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