Edward F. Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is also the founder of Maní+, a program in Guatemala that develops and produces locally sourced complementary foods to fight malnutrition. He has written and edited several books, including Cultural Logics and Global Economies, Broccoli and Desire, and Cash on the Table. His new book, The Good Life: Aspiration, Dignity, and the Anthropology of Wellbeing is out from Stanford University Press.


Anthropological Observations . . . on economics, politics, and daily life


Anthropological Observations . . . on economics, politics, and daily life

Mani+: Fighting Malnutrition and Helping Farmers in Guatemala

Author: Ted Fischer | Posted: February 24, 2015, 4:14 am

Third Wave Coffee: How your gourmet coffee habit affects the livelihoods of producers

Barista Parlor's Golden Sound coffee shop (Nashville, TN)
FROM PopAnth (read full article)
Americans are drinking much less coffee than they did in the 1940s and 1950s — down by almost half from a peak in 1946. And such changing trends in Northern countries have profound impacts in the global South where coffee is ...
Author: Ted Fischer | Posted: January 23, 2015, 8:52 pm

Is Western civilization a bubble? What can we learn from the collapse of ancient societies?

Arthur Demarest, professor of archaeology at Vanderbilt and a student of the collapse of civilizations, says that in looking at our own society: "we are in trouble." 

Arthur points out that the failure rate for great civilizations is 100%.  It is a question not of “if” but when. He says that an "ideology of long-te...
Author: Ted Fischer | Posted: January 8, 2015, 2:45 pm