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John McCreery replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
"In advertising as well as TV rehashing themes is common. Creativity is mainly a matter of finding new angles and new forms of execution. How this difference relates to anthropological theories is an interesting question. I addressed this question in…"
Jan 9
John McCreery commented on Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay's blog post 'Linguistic Cybercolonization'
"Personally, I find the proposition that creative speaking subjects no longer exist because linguistic creativity is crippled by sociality preposterous. It is extremely peculiar, indeed, to have academic punditry denying the possibility of…"
Jan 8
John McCreery replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
"Liam: My own experience in the corporate world has been at the other end of the spectrum. Working as a copywriter in one of the many creative divisions of Japan's second larges and one of the world's largest advertising agencies, my job…"
Jan 8
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion By the Time We Got to . . . Visions of Freedom through American Decades: Two "Movements" PART 2
"Also after occasional bouts of smug satisfaction. Happy New Year."
Jan 4
John McCreery replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
"Liam, Yes, I do mean constraints on academic funding. But there is, of course, a lot more to that story, there is top-heavy administration. There are faculty for whom tenure means being allowed to pursue personal hobbies disconnected by critique of…"
Dec 29, 2014
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion By the Time We Got to . . . Visions of Freedom through American Decades: Two "Movements"
"So the only role of the rebel without a cause is that of garbageman, in a world where today's garbage will soon be replaced by tomorrow's. All that is left for the rebels among us is existential despair.  Or am I missing something…"
Dec 29, 2014
John McCreery replied to Brandon Meyer's discussion A Comparative Analysis of The Curatorial Presentation of Mesoamerican Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art in the group Design Anthropology
"Brandon, This is a very nice piece and one which resonates strongly with me. Exhibition catalogues and other museum-related materials have become a major source of business for The Word Works and just this year, we had a chance to visit,…"
Dec 29, 2014
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion By the Time We Got to . . . Visions of Freedom through American Decades: Two "Movements" PART 2
"Lee, Good examples of folks that we wouldn't mind seeing dead. Might even dance on their graves. Righteous vengeance is a tempting fantasy. Capital punishment hasn't prevented new murderers from appearing. But what cause would this…"
Dec 26, 2014
John McCreery replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
"Liam, It is weird. But I wonder, is today's anthropological world more closed than that of any other academic discipline whose foundations are rapidly eroding. I am curious, what sorts of questions do you ask when you attempt to engage with…"
Dec 26, 2014
John McCreery replied to M Izabel's discussion Is Tolerating a Culture to Oppress and Persecute Part of Multiculturalism and Cultural Relativism?
"M. How are you doing? As I peek once again at OAC, after a long withdrawal, it is good to see you here, still asking important questions. An hypothesis worth considering is that anthropologists are by self-selection and training mostly monks instead…"
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John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion By the Time We Got to . . . Visions of Freedom through American Decades: Two "Movements" PART 2
"Lee, let us agree that "As anthropologists we need to look long and hard at the phenomenon of political violence." My questions are how and to what end? I am aware of anthropologists who write about "structural violence," but the…"
Dec 1, 2014
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion By the Time We Got to . . . Visions of Freedom through American Decades: Two "Movements" PART 2
"Powerful, engrossing, arguably brilliant. But where does it point? For anthropology? For US citizens? For inhabitants of a world in which the options for global leadership seem to come down to the USA or China? In Lenin's immortal words,…"
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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 commented on Aareon M. Harreld's blog post American Moral Objectification of Food
"I speak as an American "foodie," an aging white male who likes to cook and likes to eat and, for health reasons, must also watch his diet. I observe that from this perspective learning more about where food comes from and what is good for…"
Oct 14, 2014

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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. :)

At 11:44am on March 21, 2012, Chelsea Hayman said…

John, firstly, thank you for all of your input. I completely agree with what you said about the 'Western' - the idea is pretty totalizing and inaccurate in and of itself. I've been looking into more ontological theory and non-dualism since I've been studying for my Master's. I think it's easy to set up a dichotomy almost as a polemical point of departure and I guess I have been using it more evocatively in thinking through some of the ideas that have been on my mind for the past couple of weeks. I will look into the material you suggested and see what I can come up with. I suppose my main issue with conceptual categories is that they can be so linguistically conditioned, but they also have some grounding in our ideas about rationality, which can also be variable depending upon one's education. I think that's an idea I've been struggling with. I don't necessarily think the authors are arguing against that point, but it seems to be an often unidentified issue in the cognitive science literature. Of course, the anthropological literature addresses it rather well, on the whole. What are you up to in Japan? I see that you work as an independent scholar - what kinds of work do you do? I'm interested because I've considered a non-academic career in applied anthropology. Thank you again for your input, I appreciate it greatly.

 
 
 

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