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Looking beyond the obvious
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lee Drummond 6 hours ago.

Are we ready for The Lively Science?
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Lee Drummond replied to John McCreery's discussion Looking beyond the obvious
"      For me the “Powdermaker problem” is all too real.  In fact, the book is a double disappointment.  It’s a shame, because I should be well-disposed toward it, since I’m keen on the subject…"
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John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion Looking beyond the obvious
"Michael, it's confession time. This anthropologist is also a copywriter, and "The Powdermaker Problem" is a headline, a catch phrase, what is now called "click bait" in discussions of social media. It's a way to draw…"
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Michael Scroggins replied to John McCreery's discussion Looking beyond the obvious
"I don't quite understand why this Problem should be framed as Powdermaker's. For example, Evon Vogt worked on agriculture in New Mexico. I am sure the New Mexico Farm Bureau could have reviewed Modern Homesteaders and found it wanting in…"
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John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion Looking beyond the obvious
"A bit more on the context in which I am discussing the Powdermaker Problem. Posted just today by Grant McCracken: http://cultureby.com/2016/04/make-ethnography-better.html"
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John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion Looking beyond the obvious
"First, a personal note. I have been offline for the last twenty-four hours or so because Ruth and I flew yesterday from Tokyo to Helsinki. I saw the first comments as we were waiting to board our Finnair flight from Narita. Thanks to everyone who…"
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Lee Drummond replied to John McCreery's discussion Looking beyond the obvious
"      I’m afraid I don’t understand the “Powdermaker problem” as described here.  Is it that two reviews of her Hollywood book were highly discrepant in their evaluations of it?  In my…"
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Michael Scroggins replied to John McCreery's discussion Looking beyond the obvious
"There are a couple issues of fact to disambiguate here before we go any further. First, Hollywood: The Dream Factory was published by Little, Brown and Company in 1950. Hence, the book comes onto the market at a time when publishing was not as…"
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Daniel Souleles replied to John McCreery's discussion Looking beyond the obvious
"Hi John, Just a fleeting thought: it sounds like in the case of the advertising book, and perhaps in the case of the Powdermaker book, while the ethnographic reporting maybe fairly good, the argument or explanation of context and significance is not…"
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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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John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion Looking beyond the obvious
"Let me add a little fuel to the fire. One reason this problem interests me is that I have been on both sides of the ethnographic encounter. I was one of Brian Moeran's informants when he was doing the fieldwork for A Japanese Advertising…"
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Looking beyond the obvious

I admit it. My suggesting this topic is in response to our conversation about Daniel Souleles' paper in the last OAC seminar. As an example of what I have labeled "The Powdermaker Problem," I cited two reviews of Hortense Powdermaker's Hollywood: The Dream Factory, being careful to note that one , published by Kirkus Reviews, which targets middle--brow readers, was entirely positive. Another, published by the American Sociological Review was brutally negative and began by citing a previous…See More
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John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion Upcoming OAC online seminar: Finance, Value, and Inequality (April 15-22, 2016)
"Wow! What a conversation! For my money the best ever on OAC. While we are thanking Dan for this very stimulating paper, let's also thank Ryan for recruiting Dan and getting him to present it to us. That is the kind of action that will make OAC…"
Apr 22
John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion Upcoming OAC online seminar: Finance, Value, and Inequality (April 15-22, 2016)
"P.S. Daniel, you mention "involution." You might findthis slideshare of interest."
Apr 22
John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion Upcoming OAC online seminar: Finance, Value, and Inequality (April 15-22, 2016)
"The week is drawing to a close, but I hope the discussion isn't. We have come round once again to the perennial questions: of what use are anthropological research and anthropological thinking? Lee, who thinks that we should all become…"
Apr 22
John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion Upcoming OAC online seminar: Finance, Value, and Inequality (April 15-22, 2016)
"Lee, that this is what you want to do has been clear from your first comment. But I, and perhaps others, have felt that to move the discussion in that direction would be to take it away from the most salient innovation in Daniel's paper, what…"
Apr 21
John McCreery replied to ryan anderson's discussion Upcoming OAC online seminar: Finance, Value, and Inequality (April 15-22, 2016)
"Given that, how do you see institutions like civil courts, definitely state run, fitting with this scheme? I think there is an argument that contract law is a significant component of what lets private equity do what it does, and at this point…"
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Some people take culture seriously. Why?

With a tip of the hat to Bill Bishop at Sinocism,

Cultural reflection can improve modern governance: Xi - Xinhuaat Politburo study session  //  Xi argued that ancient ideologies still have deep influence on people nowadays, and they should be scientifically analyzed so as to inherit and promote the good parts…

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Posted on October 16, 2014 at 8:33am

Why should I read what you have written?

Why should anyone read what you have written? This should be question No. 1 for anyone writing anything. So, let me rephrase the question: Why do so many of the contributors to the online forums in which I participate assume that people will be interested in what they are writing about, then feel disappointed when no one responds?

As students, we learn to write assignments. The teacher who hands us a topic has to read what we write. But once we leave school and start writing for…

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Posted on October 15, 2014 at 9:41am

The Third International Conference on Applications of Anthropology in Business

     It was my third time to participate in the annual International Conference on Applications of Anthropology in Business, organized by Robert Tian Guang and held at a venue in China, and my second time to visit Jishou University, which is located in the Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Hunan Province in the west of China. The first two…

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Posted on May 23, 2014 at 4:30am

Who says anthropology can't rock?

Serendipitously, the entertainment section in this morning's Japan Times carries an article about an Indie band, three young Japanese women, called Crunch. One of them, Noriyo Hotta says,



"For example, take 'Mori no Naka,' the first track on the album. This song was influenced by Radiohead, especially the songs 'Jigsaw Falling' and 'There There,' and a funk tune by Japanese rock band Jagatara called 'Tango.' But I was also inspired by a book about the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon.… Continue

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 3:06am

Collective? Individual? Both? How should we think about thinking?

Just found an interesting piece titled "Good Group Think" on eighteen chains.com. Resurrects some shrewd observations by Karl Mannheim, from Ideology and Utopia. Most of what we think we learn from others. We add a bit and pass it on. Tracing the routes is a project called the sociology of knowledge. Enjoy. Reflect. Respond. Pass it on.

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 8:29am — 7 Comments

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At 6:52am on April 3, 2014, Peter Wogan said…

Thanks, John. Sorry to be away, but nice to know I'm missed! More to follow...

Peter

At 1:43pm on March 2, 2013, Larry Stout said…

The "Grey People" are found at yet another fishing village along the same coast of Gaspesie.  It's a very interesting and scenic drive, all the way around the peninsula.  You see the flag of Acadie flying there, and in parts of New Brunswick,often to the exclusion of the Canada flag.

At 12:17pm on March 2, 2013, Larry Stout said…

Hi, John  -- The "Blue Men" are the work of an old woodcarver who has a shop in a fishing village on the St. Lawrence seaway in Gaspé, Quebec.  He fashioned them from driftwood logs and gave them a beautiful lapis lazuli panache.  I told him that when I win the lottery I'll fly him down to Ozarkistan and pay him handsomely to create similar art for our backyard (near our inukshuk).

At 11:40pm on January 11, 2013, Tracey Thornborrow said…

thanks for that John, I shall check it out! 

At 11:30pm on November 8, 2012, Kate Wood said…

Sorry for the late response, I am not good at social networking! :) 

At 3:45am on September 15, 2012, Keith Hart said…
See OAC Facebook.
At 12:46pm on September 9, 2012, Sheyma Buali said…

sounds great, thanks a lot for the suggestion! im looking at it and it shall indeed be helpful!

At 3:16pm on June 28, 2012, Logan Sparks said…

thanks, John, for the article. its very interesting. I am actually looking into what else Neslihan Cevik has written...

At 2:41am on May 6, 2012, Chelsea Hayman said…

Thank you John for your excellent response and the great clarification! It's been awhile since those undergrad theory classes, but I did learn a lot from them, even though they were so long ago. Now I am trying to manage a theory class in my Master's course that was combined with ethnography -- except the weeks seem to be organized thematically rather than chronologically. Or in order of influence rather than historical period. All of this can be rather frustrating for a student, who can make misleading assumptions based on when the material was presented! All very confusing. Thank you for sorting that information out for me - we did not discuss the Boasians at length in my class but rather focused mostly upon Geertz. Such is the nature of the British school of Anthropology. I'll have to post more blogs about theory - I always have lots of questions and need for clarification. I wish I had more time to learn about the historical context in which some of these ideas developed, but I should have plenty of time when I graduate to read freely. :)

 
 
 

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