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Gerald Sider


  •      BA with Honors in Anthropology and English, University of Pennsylvania, 1959
  •     MA Anthropology, University of Toronto, 1960
  •     PhD Anthropology, New School for Social Research, 1971
  •     University of Chicago 1963-1965 (Anthropology)
  •     London School of Economics 1960-1961 (Anthropology and Economic Development)


     Adjunct Professor

 Contact Info


     Phone: (917) 612 3965 or (212) 662 8326

 Research Interests

 I have two major research projects ongoing now: the primary one is a long historical analysis of the current epidemic of youth substance abuse and suicide and adult alcoholism among the native people of Labrador. Focusing on the period from the early mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth, I am seeking to understand the range of ways that native peoples dealt with imposed suffering, and what happened in the late twentieth century to undermine these strategies.

The second research project is a study of the production of race in the North and South Carolina. Along the border of the Carolinas a fourth "race" of people, the Smilings, were recognized legally, with their own school, church, and other separate social institutions. From the early to the late mid twentieth century four separate peoples were recognized: White, Black, Indian, and Smiling. This situation is rather widely replicated in the southern US. I am particularly interested in the formation of these fourth groups, and what this reveals about the production of race in the 20th century in the most rural regions of the southern US.

Both of these projects expand and intensify the work I began as a member of the anthropology and history working group at the Max Planck Institute for History in Goettingen, from 1979-2000. This work had to do with the development of methods and theory for everyday life history. In the above cases the theoretical issue is the way larger social processes get woven into ordinary daily life, and in so doing transformed.

Manuscripts in process


The Peculiar Legacy of Civil Rights: The tomorrows of race in the United States


Making and Breaking the Aboriginal Remote:  Realities, languages, tomorrows.  Manuscript currently giving apoplexy to some of the editors of Oceania.




  • (forthcoming, February) Skin for Skin: Death and life among Inuit and Innu.   Duke University Press.


  •  Between History and Tomorrow: Making and Breaking Everyday Life in Rural Newfoundland [2ed, substantially expanded and updated, of Culture and Class in Anthropology and History.] Toronto, University of Toronto Press .
  •  Living Indian Histories: Lumbee and Tuscarora People in North Carolina [2ed, substantially expanded and updated, of Lumbee Indian Histories]. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.


  •  Between History and Histories: The production of silences and commemorations. co-edited with Gavin Smith. Toronto, University of Toronto Press.


  •  Lumbee Indian Histories: Race, Ethnicity and Indian Identity in the Southern United States. New York, Cambridge University Press 1993; paperback ed., 1994.


  •  Culture and Class in Anthropology and History: A Newfoundland Illustration. Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology. (New York, Cambridge University Press; Paris, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme 1986; paperback ed., 1987; Korean Edition, forthcoming, 2003.


  •  Klassen und Kultur: Sozialanthropologische Perspektiven in der Geschichtsschreibung. Robert Berdahl, Alf Lüdtke, Gerald Sider et al., eds. Frankfurt am Main, Syndikat.
  • Co-Editor, With Kirk Dombrowski, of the series of ethnographic case studies of native political struggles: Fourth World Rising: Native people''s necessary and chosen struggles. University of Nebraska Press. Five books have been published since 1991. Each book contains an editor's introduction and an analytical epilog co-authored by Gerald Sider and Kirk Dombrowski.

Articles and edited volume introductions and essays

  • “Belonging to Tomorrow: Native Livelihoods and the problem of survival in the Carolinas and Labrador.”  in Confronting Capital: Critique and Engagement in Anthropology ed by Belinda Leach, Pauline Barber, and Winnie Lem.  NY, Taylor and Francis, 2012
  • “The Construction and Denial of Indigenous Identities: Recognition, misrecognition, and the question of “Natives” in Nation-States and Anthropology: a review essay” Dialectical Anthropology, Vol 31, January 2009.
  • “Anthropology, History, and the Problem of Everyday Life:  Issues from the Field and for Discussion.” In Alltag, Erfahrung, Eigensinn:  Historisch-Anthropologische Erkundungen. Belinda Davis, Thomas LIndenberger and Michaell Wildt, eds. Pp. 121-132. Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag, 2008
  • “Can anthropology ever be innocent?”  Anthropology Now, Vol 1 No. 1,  November 2008


  • "The Production of Race, Culture, and State: an anthropology." ( Distinguished lecture, Canadian Anthropological Society/ Societe Anthropologie Canadienne May 2003). Anthropologica, The Canadian Journal of Anthropology, Vol 48, 2.
  • "The Walls Came Tumbling Up: The production of culture, class, and Native American Societies." (Keynote lecture, Australian Anthropological Society Annual Meetings, Oct. 2003) The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Vol 17, 3.


  •  "Between Silences and Culture: A partisan anthropology" in Maria-Luise Achino-Loeb, ed., Silence: The currency of power. New York, Berghahn Books.
  • "Anthropology and History: Opening points for a new synthesis" in Don Kalb, Ed., Oxford, Berghahn Books.


  •  "Introduction" (co-authored with Gavin Smith) Between History and Histories: The production of silences and commemorations. University of Toronto Press.
  •  "Against Experience: The struggles for history, tradition and hope among a Native American people."
  • In Between History and Histories: The production of silences and commemorations. University of Toronto Press.


  • "The Making of Peculiar Local Cultures: Producing and surviving history in peasant and tribal society." in Was Bleibt von Marxistischen Perspectiven in der Geschichtsforschung? Alf Luedtke, ed. Goettingen, Germany, Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht.
  • Co-editor, with Simon Middleton, and co-author, of Introduction "The Praxis of Anthropology and History" Special Issue: Radical History Review 65, March 1996.
  •  "Cleansing History: Lawrence, Massachusetts, the strike for four loaves of bread and no roses, and the anthropology of working class consciousness" Radical History Review 65, March 1996. (This article was published with responses by David Montgomery, Paul Buhle, Christine Stansell, Ardis Cameron, and my reply)
  • "Anthropology and History: Opening points for a new synthesis" Focaal (Netherlands).


  • "Identity as History: Ethnohistory, cultural differentiation, and the politics of Native American identity in the southeastern United States" in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power (Vol 1 no.1, Spring 1994).


  • "The Contradictions of Transnational Migration: a discussion" in Towards a Transnational Perspective on Migration Nina Glick Schiller, et. al., eds. (New York, New York Academy of Sciences; Annals645)


  • "House and History at the Margins of Life: Domination, domesticity, ethnicity and the construction of ethnohistories in ''the land God gave to Cain''" in Golden Ages, Dark Ages, Jay O'Brien and William Roseberry, eds. (Berkeley, University of California Press).


  •  "History and Hope among the Barbarous Indians," Geschichtswerkstatt, August, 1989.
  •  "A Delicate People and Their Dogs: the cultural economy of subsistence production. -- A critique of Chayanov and Meillassoux." of Historical Sociology, 2,1, Jan. 89.


  • revised and expanded: "Wenn Papageien Sprechen Lernen" in Herrschaft als Sozial Praxis, Alf Lüüdtke, ed. Gööttingen, Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 1988.


  • "When Parrots Learn to Talk, and Why They Can't: domination, deception and self-deception in Indian-White relations." Comparative Studies in Society and History, 29,1 1987


  • "Family Fun in Starve Harbour: custom, history and confrontation in village Newfoundland." in Hans Medick and David Sabean, eds., Interest and Emotion: Essays on the Study of Family and Kinship (Cambridge and Paris: Cambridge University Press/Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme) 1984 in translation:
  • "Familienvergnugen in Starve Harbour: Brauchtum, Geschichte und Konfrontation auf dem Dorf in Neufundland." in Hans Medick und David Sabean, Hg., Emotionen und Materielle Interessen. (Göttingen, Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht).


  • "Der Kulturelle Nationalismus der Lumbee-Indianer" Sozialwissenschaftliche Informationen fur Unterricht und Studium Heft 3.


  • "The Ties that Bind: Culture and Agriculture, Property and Propriety in the Newfoundland Village Fishery." Social History V, 1.
  • in translation: "Bande, die zusammenbinden: kultur und agrikultur, eigenheit und eigentum in der Dorffischerei Neufundland." in Klassen und Kultur.


  • "Christmas Mumming and the New Year in Outport Newfoundland." Past and Present 71.