Welcome to the online home of Frederick Errington and Deborah Gewertz, partners in the study of cultural anthropology.
Deborah is the G. Henry Whitcomb Professor of Anthropology at Amherst College, Amherst MA and Fred is the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology (Emeritus) at Trinity College, Hartford CT.
Both separately and together, we have done anthropological research in four different regions of Papua New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Sumatra, and in the U.S. state of Montana, focusing on ethnohistory, gender, sociocultural change, class formation, shifting foodways, and global encounters (among other topics). Most recently, we have worked among purveyors and consumers of fatty meat in New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea; this research was supported by major grants from the National Science Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. In addition to solo efforts, we have written six books together: Cultural Alternatives and a Feminist Anthropology (Cambridge University Press, 1989); Twisted Histories, Altered Contexts (Cambridge University Press, 1991); Articulating Change in the ‘Last Unknown’ (Westview Press, 1995); Emerging Class in Papua New Guinea (Cambridge University Press, 1999); Yali’s Question: Sugar, Culture, and History (University of Chicago Press, 2004); and Cheap Meat (University of California Press, 2010). We are now embarked on a new project about the sociohistorical significance of instant noodles in the Pacific Islands and beyond.
This site serves as our online home for both published and unpublished writings, as well as a place for occasional comments about topics of current anthropological significance.