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Paulo Augusto Franco replied to Bill Guinee's discussion Recent Prestige Theory in the group Theory in Anthropology
"Hi, Bill! As a guide theory, I think you could work within Goffman in his "Interaction Ritual. Essays on face-to-face bahaviour" and also "Forms of talk". To think especific in prestige, I believe that these short bibliography…"
Jun 21, 2012
Martin Hermansky replied to Bill Guinee's discussion Recent Prestige Theory in the group Theory in Anthropology
"Have you been successful in finding any theoretical literature? At the moment I am doing research on high school teenagers and need some theoretical background to the concept of prestige. Although Bourdieu's capitals are useful, they are not…"
May 31, 2012
John McCreery replied to Bill Guinee's discussion Theory for Fieldwork Course in the group Teaching Anthropology
"@Frank Thanks for the pointer to Improvising Theory. The Kindle edition is now on my iPad. Still reading the first chapter, but I'm already impressed. If you'd like to blog about your reading of it, I would happily join in the conversation."
Jul 14, 2011
Bill Guinee replied to Bill Guinee's discussion Recent Prestige Theory in the group Theory in Anthropology
"I would really like to open this topic again.  What I really need are some specific references (citations) to recent social scientific works dealing with how people establish prestige and authority, how authority works in supposedly egalitarian…"
Jan 25, 2011
M Izabel replied to Bill Guinee's discussion Recent Prestige Theory in the group Theory in Anthropology
"mmmmmm... good topics are popping up like mushrooms these days. Maybe you can check how they flaunt their chips, narrate their stories during meeting, and make themselves as leaders and models. I suggest theories on ritual and performance are…"
Nov 7, 2010
Bill Guinee added a discussion to the group Theory in Anthropology
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Recent Prestige Theory

I am working on a piece about prestige in Alcoholics Anonymous, and I find myself long on data and rather short on recent theory.  I have thought about using Bourdieu's notions of the various forms of capital, but the prestige in question cannot really be transformed into economic capital (though there are transformations between social capital and cultural capital).  Really, about the most useful thing I have found was a review essay by Elvin Hatch back in 1988.  I would really appreciate it…See More
Nov 7, 2010
John McCreery replied to Bill Guinee's discussion Theory for Fieldwork Course in the group Teaching Anthropology
"Bill, what is the opposite of "long, dry description"? To me it's a short, vivid story. And learning to transform dry data or analytic propositions into stories is a skill that will serve your students well, whatever they wind up…"
Jul 6, 2010
Bill Guinee replied to Bill Guinee's discussion Theory for Fieldwork Course in the group Teaching Anthropology
"While I found all of the comments on this topic of interest, I apparently did not explain my issue very well. I am not asking about methods of data collecting; we already do a number of them in the course experientially and successfully. The problem…"
Jul 5, 2010
lisa l galarneau, ph.d. replied to Bill Guinee's discussion Theory for Fieldwork Course in the group Teaching Anthropology
"Cecilia, if you don't mind a bit of interpretation, you make a good point. One of the defining characteristics of ethnography is the researcher's role as participant, and the relationship to the community in observation that takes much…"
Jun 20, 2010
Cecilia Montero Mórtola replied to Bill Guinee's discussion Theory for Fieldwork Course in the group Teaching Anthropology
"Well, I teach Ethnography now to a small group. The time is something that many teachers of Anthropology say also, I can check on me and while I follow the fieldwork from students that is important to consider. It´s how long is the time…"
Jun 20, 2010
lisa l galarneau, ph.d. replied to Bill Guinee's discussion Theory for Fieldwork Course in the group Teaching Anthropology
"Well, what I will say is ethnography is such art and science, and good ethnographers create and re-create methodologies on the fly, therefore a good toolkit of approaches is key to successful research. I currently do user research lab studies at…"
Jun 20, 2010
Ariel Appel replied to Bill Guinee's discussion Theory for Fieldwork Course in the group Teaching Anthropology
"Without rejecting the idea entirely - wouldn't that be a bit like spoonfeeding? I'm not saying it's a bad idea to give these basic examples, but from my own experience as an undergraduate student it can easily lead to shallowness in…"
Jun 20, 2010
lisa l galarneau, ph.d. replied to Bill Guinee's discussion Theory for Fieldwork Course in the group Teaching Anthropology
"I have lots of experience in this area, but it might be easier to chat by phone... In the meantime, my dissertation is online at http://lgalarneau.webs.com - chapter 4 covers methods. Nice to meet you! Lisa"
Jun 20, 2010
Bill Guinee added a discussion to the group Teaching Anthropology
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Theory for Fieldwork Course

Next fall, I will again be teaching my undergraduate methods course.  It is primarily a workshop course in which the students learn about and try out various approaches to gathering socio-cultural data.  It culminates in the writing of an ethnographical piece which combines their methodological experiments.  The course has been rather strong on collection of data (the primary emphasis) and writing (a writing intensive course).  However, the analysis phase has been rather weak.  Ideally, I would…See More
Jun 20, 2010
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Central States Anthropological Society Annual Conference at University of Wisconsin-Madison

April 8, 2010 to April 10, 2010
The preliminary program of this great small conference has now been posted. A wonderful, friendly conference for anthropologists and their students.Distinguished lecture by Neil Whitehead.
Feb 1, 2010
rick goulden replied to Bill Guinee's discussion An idea for connecting students with other cultures in the group Teaching Anthropology
"hi bill, i taught ESL for many years so when i went back into teaching anthropology, i was able to draw on my ESL experience (pedagogical and cross-cultural) and connections. so i have done something similar to what you are proposing in my…"
Dec 31, 2009

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Bill Guinee
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Westminster College
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As the only anthropologist at Westminster College, I am inevitably a generalist. My educational background has been in Folklore and Religious studies. Earlier research included ethnic festivals and Kali worship (healing through sacrifice and possession) in Trinidad, and work with Anglo-Indians and small Hindu shrines in India. Currently I am doing researh on narratives in Alcoholics Anonymous and their relation to healing. I am also becoming increasingly interested in web culture particularly in Second Life.

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At 6:04pm on August 1, 2009, Philip Carl SALZMAN said…
Sorry, Bill. I now see that you are at Fulton. Got it!
At 6:03pm on August 1, 2009, Philip Carl SALZMAN said…
There is apparently more than one Westminister College. Which one do you teach at?
At 5:55pm on August 1, 2009, Philip Carl SALZMAN said…
Bill, on the Teaching Anthropology page, if you go to "edit' discussions, you can increase the number of discussion topics shown, and thus not "lose" earlier topics as new ones come in.
 
 
 

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