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 being published by Stanford University Press.
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Anthropological Observations . . . on economics, politics, and daily life

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

German Lessons

Not so long ago Germany served as a cautionary example for the Anglo-American economies. After the success of the post-war economic miracle (the Wirtschaftswunder), by the 1980s Germany was best known for its generous welfare state, chronically high unemployment rates, and slow growth. Donald Rumsfeld's dismissi...
Author: Ted Fischer | Posted: August 12, 2014, 3:38 pm

Brazil's Middle Class and the Price of Coffee in New York

It looks like Brazil will surpass the U.S. this year as the world's biggest consumer of coffee. The Wall Street Journal reports that this is driving up global prices. Coffee futures (the "C price" as it is known in the trade) reached $1.95 a pound last Thursday, its highest since the price collapse in 2011. This is ...
Author: Ted Fischer | Posted: August 5, 2014, 3:45 pm

The Political Economy of Malnutrition

Almost half of Guatemalan children under five are malnourished, the vast majority rural Maya kids. This is a hidden human tragedy of epic proportions, each of these lives stunted - corporeally and figuratively - just as they are getting started. While we should not reduce this to just economic impact, it is nonethel...
Author: Ted Fischer | Posted: July 26, 2014, 3:34 pm