Pem Davidson Buck is a Professor of Anthropology at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in Kentucky. Her work has focused on whiteness, on the discourses of inequality, fascism, incarceration, and most recently on the relationship between state formation and punishment. She is presently working on a book manuscript using family genealogy as a vehicle in order to construct an anthropological history of state formation and punishment in colonial Virginia and pre-Civil War Kentucky. She is the author of Worked to the Bone: Race, Class, Power, and Privilege in Kentucky (Monthly Review) and most recently of an introductory textbook, In/Equality: An Alternative Anthropology (CAT Publishing).
Areas of Research
incarceration, state formation, whiteness
Buck, Pem Davidson. In/Equality: An Alternative Anthropology, 3nd ed. Redding, CA: CAT Publishing Co, 2013
Buck, Pem Davidson. Worked to the Bone: Race, Class, Power and Privilege in Kentucky. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2001.
Buck, Pem Davidson. Whither Whiteness? Empire, State, and the Re-Ordering of Whiteness. Transforming Anthropology 20(2): 105-117, 2012.
Buck, Pem Davidson. Carceral Logic: Race and Unfree Labor, Commentary, Anthropology News, May, p.4,2009.
Buck, Pem Davidson. Keeping the Collaborators on Board as the Ship Sinks: Toward a Theory of Fascism and the U.S. ‘Middle Class.’ Rethinking Marxism, 20(1):68-90, 2008.
Buck, Pem Davidson. When the White Picket Fence Needs Whitewash: Fascism and the Middle Class. Dialogue and Initiative. Summer/Fall: 9-12, 2004 .
Buck, Pem Davidson. “Arbeit Macht Frei”: Racism and Bound, Concentrated Labor in U.S. Prisons. Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development. 23(4):331-372,1994.
Maxwell, Andrew and Pem Davidson Buck, Guest Co-Editors,”Teaching as Praxis: Decolonizing Media Representations of ‘Race,’ Gender, and Ethnicity in the New World Order.” Transforming Anthropology 3(1), 1992.
Buck, Pem Davidson. Colonized Anthropology: Cargo Cult Discourse. IN Faye V. Harrison, ed., Decolonizing Anthropology. Washington, D.C.: American Anthropological Association, pp. 24-41, 1991 .
Buck, Pem Davidson and Deborah D’Amico Samuels, Guest Co Editors, “Teaching as Praxis: `Race’ and Ideologies of Power.” Transforming Anthropology 2(1), 1991.