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Security Measures Surrounding the 2008 Olympic Games

As athletes strive for the Olympic Gold this summer in London, Anthropology News takes an anthropological look into the Games.

Kevin Carrico reflects on the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing in his article Celebration and Security. He was studying in China when the International Olympic Committee announced the host city of the 2008 Games. Carrico returns to China in 2008 to observe the Olympic experience for local Chinese outside of Beijing. The outcome of such research is surprising. Here is an excerpt:

Photo courtesy Kevin Carrico

In the summer of 2001, when the International Olympic Committee named the Chinese capital Beijing as the host for the 2008 Olympics, I was studying in the former southern capital of Nanjing. Despite marked geographical and temporal distance from the event, excitement and celebration reigned that July evening. Crowds cheered before televisions broadcasting the news live, drivers honked their horns in celebration, bar patrons engaged in repeated calls of “bottoms up (gan bei),” and acquaintances and friends repeatedly asked, “did you hear?” The geographical and historical gap between the two cities was sutured by a manufactured intimacy seemingly encompassing “China” as a whole, while the temporal gap was sutured by anticipation and already rapidly-growing expectations. Acquaintances, seemingly unfulfilled by the present moment, repeatedly encouraged me, “you’ll have to come back in 2008!”

Read the entire article on Anthropology News.

Read more Olympic articles in the new online summer edition of Anthropology News.

Anthropology News Gets Olympic Fever

Photo by David Poultney for LOCOG

Calling all sports fans! This summer Anthropology News has Olympic fever. In Anthropology News’ very first electronic summer issue, readers get an anthropological vista of the Olympic Games.

Over the course of the Games, we’ll highlight this AN Olympic series which includes articles about the professional athletes, paralympians, gender verification, spectators and security preparations to pull of such a spectacular international event.

Don’t want to wait to read it on the AAA Blog? Head over to the Anthropology News website now to read this summer’s issue!

AN Proposals on Power Due June 15

With the fall 2012 US national elections on the horizon, there are more and more conversations in the media about power. On the most basic level, the election is about who should set the country’s policies and direction. However, in the run-up to the election, organized groups are harnessing and wielding their influence and power as already seen through the primaries, advertising, and voting registration drives. But elections are hardly the only way people gain power and use it.

In honor of this year’s national election, Anthropology News invites proposals for a series on power. While stemming from the US elections, this series will go beyond politics and power. AN seeks proposals that may include, but are not limited to, explorations on power in terms of: governance; policy development; institutional power; activism; language; inequality; influence; gender; economic development; colonialism and imperialism; and in specific contexts, such as at the local, state, national, and international levels.  Proposals may also focus on specific empowered or disempowered groups,  or investigate interpersonal dimensions of power, such as among family, colleagues and community members.


We welcome proposals from current AAA members for In Focus commentaries, Teaching Strategies articles, Field Notes pieces, photo essays, photo features, news stories, interviews and more. Proposals for photo essays should also include up to five high resolution photographs (tiff or jpg), each with a caption and credit. Multimedia submissions are especially encouraged to be featured on www.anthropology-news.org. All accepted contributions will be published online at www.anthropology-news.org for up to 1,600 words for commentaries, with flexible space for supplemental artwork and other supporting files. Thematic contributions for print AN will be determined based on when completed In Focus contributions of 1,100–1,300 words in length are submitted.

Selected authors will be notified of their status in July and full articles will be due August 15.

To submit a proposal, either:

(1) Use the new online AN Proposal System for your 300-word abstract, brief biosketch, and more at www.aaanet.org/customcf/an/login.cfm;  or

(2) Email a 300-word abstract and 50–100-word biosketch to AN Managing Editor Amy Goldenberg

 Proposal deadline: June 15.

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