Theory for Anthropology


Theory for Anthropology

OAC already has a group named Theory in Anthropology, a good place to discuss theories already embraced by anthropologists. This group is, instead, intended for discussion of theory found outside anthropology that anthropologists might find useful.

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Latest Activity: Nov 9, 2017

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Model Thinking 7 Replies

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Global Ethnography, A Sociological Perspective

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Started by John McCreery Apr 4, 2012.

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Comment by Oscar González on August 18, 2010 at 10:38pm

It is a good idea to bring here theories never quoted by anthropologists. The list can be large. Now, I remember three examples from other human sciences:

1) I have never seen quoted the historian of national literatures Itamar Even-Zohar, nor his Polysystem Theory, that he developed and (I think) would be quite adequate for studies of culture.

2) Identity is a mean theme in recent years, but social psychologists are never considered as producers of relevant theory. Example:

Peter Burke (ed.) (2006), Contemporary Social Psychological Theories, Stanford University Press. There we can see two theories on identity that merit attention:

- Jan Stetzer "Identity Theory", pp. 88-110. (about individual identity)
- Michael A. Hogg, "Social Identity Theory", pp. 111-136.

3) About the importance of contexts in culture: this theory proposed by scholars of semiotics could be important.

Situation theory
, as developed in:

Barwise, Jon y John Perry (1983), Situations and Attitudes, The MIT Press.
Devlin, Keith (1991) Logic and Information, Cambridge University Press.
Comment by John McCreery on August 18, 2010 at 6:37pm
Oscar, thanks for joining in. I look forward to your connections.

Ariane, I must admit I don't have a clue about what's up with Ning. Keith Hart, et al, the creators of OAC have been talking about this. I am not aware of any conclusions.
Comment by Oscar González on August 18, 2010 at 6:14pm
Great idea, John!
I think it is important to open windows to the knowledge outside.
and I hope to suggest some connections.
Comment by Ariane Beldi on August 18, 2010 at 9:38am
Thank you for the invitation! This seems like an interesting group. I only have one concern. Ning seems to be decided to cancel free subscriptions, giving users until this Friday to choose one of its plans. I have nothing against supporting financially a platform like Ning, but right now, I don't have a credit card I can use to do so. This means that by Friday, they'll cancel my account and I won't be able to participate or even just stay registered. Or will they only cancel any pages or groups that I might have created and not my account? This was really unclear to me. Do you have information as to that?

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