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Huon Wardle replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Kennewick Man and the Culture of Race PART II
"These kinds of mobilizations are driven by a social process where the only social advantages are cash advantages and the best route to these is 'class action' type litigation. The effect is extreme formalizatoin of group identity claims…"
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Huon Wardle replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Kennewick Man and the Culture of Race PART II
"All this makes me think that the job of social / cultural anthropology in this situation is different from that of the archaeologist. The anthropologist's role is to work out why the politics of 'sovereign nations' like the Colville…"
Sep 13
Huon Wardle replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Kennewick Man and the Culture of Race PART II
"faites vos jeux indeed. I agree, explanation is not a justification -- to understand everything is not to pardon anything. Certainly the parties to this debate could learn from the Caribbean that any claim to essential identity should appear…"
Sep 6
Huon Wardle replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Kennewick Man and the Culture of Race PART II
"In a staggering irony, Indian activists invoke the metaphor of blood (how much “blood” is required for tribal membership?), the very metaphor used by slaveholders in the Caribbean and the U. S. south to oppress blacks.  Isn’t…"
Sep 4
Huon Wardle replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Kennewick Man and the Culture of Race PART II
"Neither of us disagrees with the idea that the activities at the Genomics lab are science and that you have to do some rigorous science in order to arrive at a rigorous account of reality. But we can't forget either that History, as…"
Sep 1
Huon Wardle replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Kennewick Man and the Culture of Race PART II
"LEE: 'Here it is important to note an inconvenient and puzzling fact about the earliest Americans: their physical morphology differed significantly from that of contemporary Indians.  They seem to have been taller (although the sample size…"
Aug 28
Huon Wardle replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Kennewick Man and the Culture of Race PART II
"I agree that, from a liberal humanist point of view, the situation with the Kennewick skeleton is a terrible mess. But unfortunately I don't think the claim that Science has a right regardless of the social situation really stands up. The…"
Aug 24
Huon Wardle replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Kennewick Man and the Culture of Race PART II
"LEE: "he may not have anticipated how far an “indigenous people,” i.e. American Indians, could parlay a fatuous nativism into real political power and bucks.   The hucksterism of “The Ancient One” has proven…"
Aug 22
Huon Wardle replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Kennewick Man and the Culture of Race PART II
"A second more serious thought, borrowed from a 1936 essay by Bronislaw Malinowski: "Our present civilization is undoubtedly passing through a very severe, perhaps a critical, stage of maladjustment. The abuse of legal and administrative…"
Aug 21
Huon Wardle replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Kennewick Man and the Culture of Race PART II
"Hi Lee, This is a sorry tale, indeed. I couldn't resist posting this screengrab of the results I got when I looked up Kennewick to see what was going on at the moment. Seems like a case of plus ca change:"
Aug 18
Huon Wardle posted a video

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain

Rosetta Tharpe plays 'Didn't It Rain'. Recorded in Manchester, England in 1964. Taken from the DVD 'The American Folk Blues Festival: The British Tours'
Mar 30
Huon Wardle commented on M Izabel's blog post WHOM SHOULD I BLAME?
Mar 30
Huon Wardle commented on M Izabel's blog post WHOM SHOULD I BLAME?
"I like that project. Who in contemporary U.S. society are the people who want: freedom of expression tolerance of other people's ideas, toleration of other religions/worldviews freedom to do what I want as long as it is not infringing someone…"
Mar 30
Huon Wardle commented on M Izabel's blog post WHOM SHOULD I BLAME?
"LEE: “whom should . . .” is too proper, too correct.  It’s the sort of thing the liberals you criticize say. This pudding is beginning to look over-egged --  'liberals' now have an entire syntax of their…"
Mar 28
Huon Wardle commented on M Izabel's blog post WHOM SHOULD I BLAME?
"What this all adds up to is almost complete chaos in the use of the word 'liberal'. The 'anonymous' in this blog, who would in Britain be called what?, a Leftist or an Anarchist perhaps? sees himself as having common cause with…"
Mar 18
Huon Wardle commented on M Izabel's blog post WHOM SHOULD I BLAME?
"Lee, anyone who went to a university in the last four decades has probably seen Animal House, not to mention The Blues Brothers, both popular favourites which, since the projector screen for our film club was broken, we projected 16mm onto a bed…"
Mar 16

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Sounding the Last Post-- Goodbye!

Talking Anthropology on the Open Anthropology Cooperative (ning--this website) has been a lot of fun, but all good things come to an end and this will be my last post. The reasons are entirely practical, though not impersonal. OAC here (there is another highly successful and vibrant OAC group on Facebook), has come to the end of what it can reasonably achieve. This website is full up with interesting, but chaotically ordered content and points of contact. It is really a massive hammer to…

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Posted on November 16, 2016 at 2:00pm

Ras Dizzy (1932-2008)

This is a version of an entry I wrote for the W.E.B. Dubois institute's Dictionary of Afro-Latin American Biography.

Dizzy, Ras (1932-2008), painter, poet and itinerant Rastafarian activist, was…

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Posted on September 4, 2015 at 12:08pm

Review of Colin Grant's Negro With a Hat.

If you work as I do on the anthropology of the Caribbean, then Marcus Garvey and Garveyism cast a long shadow. By any standards Garvey's legacy is worthy of reflection. Reading Colin Grant's fine biography gave me pause for thought regarding Garvey and also the excuse to put those thoughts into a review for the OAC. Garvey was the leader of the largest black internationalist movement that has ever existed, but a movement of a unique kind. Most of the internationalisms of the Twentieth…

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Posted on January 21, 2013 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Soda Drinkers of the World Unite

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I came across this demographic today. People in the Mid-West and the North West of the United States drink 'pop'. People who live in the South drink 'coke' and people on the West and East coasts drink 'soda'. Never having spent much time in the U.S. myself I wondered what this might mean. Of course, we have Tocqueville's…

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Posted on October 19, 2012 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

North of the Border: narcocorridos

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b01dvw70

This BBC radio documentary explores the narcocorrido (drug smuggling ballad) as a popular genre among Mexicans in the U.S. Denselow, the journalist points to the ambivalence of the the border in the Mexican imagination. He traces the background to 1848 when the U.S. effectively annexed half of the landmass of Mexico including California. Ballads of…

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Posted on May 10, 2012 at 3:52pm

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At 4:07pm on November 18, 2012, Elizabeth Rodrigues da Costa said…

Hi, thank you for attention. The publisher wants the address to send the book.

Regards,

At 4:00pm on October 5, 2012, Tomi Bartole said…

thanks for the greetings, I hope to enjoy in this virtual community.

At 2:50pm on July 21, 2012, Alan Passes said…

Thanks for the greeting, Huon. Hello to you too. I hope to contribute to the Joanna Overing discussion in due course... and once I've worked out how to navigate this somewhat confusing site. Alan Passes

At 10:57am on July 2, 2012, Kathinka Frøystad said…

Hi Huon,

Thank you for your kind note - and for coming to Bergen. I sure learned a lot in what turned out to be two and a half rather intense days! We'll be in touch. Best, Kathinka

At 4:14am on March 11, 2011, John McCreery said…
Huon, I wrote Keith last night to say that I was taking a break from OAC. I was angry at what I see as the knee-jerk negativity of your responses to my posts in the "Missing the Exemplary" thread. Apparently the ways in which we perceive the world we inhabit and the scholarship that attempts to understand it are so different that there is no possibility of productive conversation based on generous reading. That's too bad. This morning I was tempted to shorten my break by Ken Routon's post on "facts." I hope that we can reach an agreement that I will stay out of threads in which you participate if you return the favor. We both have a lot to contribute to OAC but not, at least for a while, together.
At 8:12am on November 8, 2010, Keith Hart said…
Hi Huon,

Jean Besson just announced that Barry died. Did you know?

K
At 1:21am on May 6, 2010, Philip Swift said…
Dear Huon,
Apologies for the request, which probably seemed rather peculiar. The thing is, I just wanted to ask you a question, and couldn't work out how to send it. Sorry about that. It was just a query about the OAC Press.
At 2:44pm on March 25, 2010, Michael O'Neal said…
Many thanks indeed, Huon.
At 9:25pm on January 26, 2010, Karl Reisman said…
I just saw your comments on my Fadograph Finnegans Wake page.
I'm looking for a direct email address for you -
Kern and Old Man River show up among other places
in 363.10 Heat wives rasing. They jest keeps rosing. He jumps leaps rizing.
363.11 Howlong!
363.12 You known that tom?
But could certainly be one of the songs of the woods.

JBryllars@Gmail.com
At 10:12pm on November 27, 2009, Vahe S. Boyajian said…
Thanks Huon! Just recovered my old account!
 
 
 

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