Deprovincializing Trump, decolonizing diversity, and unsettling anthropology

Jonathan Rosa, Yarimar Bonilla

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After Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 US presidential election, there was widespread public and scholarly outcry that particularized this historical moment. But the tendency to exceptionalize Trump obscures how his rise reflects long-standing political and economic currents, both domestically and globally. By contrast, the effort to deprovincialize Trump effectively locates his electoral win within broader historical, political, and economic assemblages of which it is but one part. This entails examining how colonial and racial legacies shaped perceptions of the 2016 election, as well as the role of anthropology in the contemporary political landscape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-208
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology


  • Donald Trump
  • United States
  • anthropology
  • colonialism
  • diversity
  • liberalism
  • race


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