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What is "essentialism," and how should we avoid it?

Whatever our many disagreements on a variety of topics, we can all agree that “essentialism” is bad. We frequently say so. But what exactly…

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN

33 Nov 25, 2009
Reply by Philip Carl SALZMAN

Structure and agency

I have been thinking about doing some ethnographic research (multi-sited, of course) on freedom and order, and their relationship(s) as ide…

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN

24 Nov 16, 2009
Reply by Liz Challinor

Iconography, Abstraction and Cultural Relativism

Splitting off from the discussion of cultural relativism and human rights and earlier discussions of whether anthropologists recognize diff…

Started by John McCreery

14 Oct 29, 2009
Reply by John McCreery

Cultural relativism and human rights

Cultural relativism is one of the great pillars of anthropology. Human rights have become a major focus of attention in many parts of the w…

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN

38 Oct 26, 2009
Reply by John McCreery

Enculturation and Acculturation

Thanks for the invitation for new discussions in this group Philip. Here comes what I think was never discussed so far in OAC : I should l…


1 Oct 19, 2009
Reply by Huon Wardle

Case Based Methods: A New Paradigm for Social Science? For Anthropology?

Today I received my copy of The SAGE Handbook of Case-Based Methods from I began to scan the introduction "Case-Based Methods:…

Started by John McCreery

5 Oct 6, 2009
Reply by John McCreery

Colonial Representation of Colonised People

I have a presentation titled "Colonial Representation of Colonised People: A Case Study of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh" which…

Started by Dr Nasir Uddin

2 Sep 6, 2009
Reply by Philip Carl SALZMAN

Teaching RECENT theory

Next fall, I will once again teach my undergraduate anthropological theory class. I use one of the standard readers with lots of important…

Started by Bill Guinee

10 Jul 31, 2009
Reply by John McCreery


I shouls be glad to explore the anthropological dimension of the cosmopolitan issue ( not only its political and socio-historical or philos…


5 Jul 23, 2009
Reply by Philip Carl SALZMAN

In Theory? Moving to the pages of Lit to the world of Anthro?

An on going issue that I deal with in my research as a graduate student is the movement from literature to Anthro theory. I come to the dis…

Started by Gerald P. McKinley

6 Jul 23, 2009
Reply by John McCreery



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