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Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
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Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"—Invitation to an informal seminar
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John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"Question: Are crocodiles game? Or tabooed because of their association with Nyikang? Thinking about this, it occurs to me—pure speculation—that crocodiles are a lot like Nyikang. Associated with the river and the fertility of the land…"
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John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"None of this undermines David's rich and synthetic account. I don't take it that his aim is to tell what really happened. But he does provide lots of fine stories and analysis which help us to think about politics and religion. I agree.…"
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John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"Eugene, If you have a point to make here, please provide some details. I am aware of struggles like those of the Kurds. The topic at hand, as presented in Graeber's paper, is the relationship between utopian projects and arbitrary violence.…"
Sunday
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"Keith, These comments are very, very interesting, but now I am now more puzzled than before. Could you render David's statement that the received version of Nilotic ethnography is that the Dinka were the Nilotic prototype to which the Nuer…"
Sunday
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"David, Thank you so much for joining this seminar and providing so many useful corrections to our various flights of fancy, with one misreading piled upon another. I see as particularly important the distinction you draw between state and…"
Apr 18
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"To this point I have been primarily concerned with generic, methodological issues. Now, however, I would like to turn to details of Shilluk culture. Why did Frazer get so excited about Seligman's description of the Shilluk that he included it…"
Apr 18
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"How do we reconcile all that diversity with the Ur-issues Look to the biologists my friends. No, I am not advocating some form of crude reductionism. I am simply pointing out that we are not the only science whose central problem is a vast…"
Apr 18
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"For those with the time and interest, here is another early 20th century source on the Shilluk: https://archive.org/details/shillukpeopleth01westgoog A Google search for "Shilluk" produces a Wikipedia page with several additional links."
Apr 17
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"Should we perhaps consider the elephant in the room? David Graeber is an American anthropologist. His national myth describes the formation of a new society through rebellion against a tyrannical king. And perhaps nowhere on Earth today is the…"
Apr 17
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"Kristian has, wisely I think, questioned the quality of the data with which Graeber is working in this piece. I offer in return a favorite thought about method. The author is Aristotle, the source Book III-1 of the Nichaomachean Ethics. "Our…"
Apr 16
John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion Suggestions and comments for the OAC Seminar series
"Jon, take care of yourself. You should think about leading one of these events. It is fascinating to see what other people make of a piece that has caught your eye."
Apr 7
John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion Suggestions and comments for the OAC Seminar series
"Lee, this sounds great. Let me know when you get the details sorted. If you need a hand with announcements and publicity on Facebook, Google+,etc., I will be happy to help out. The same offer is there for anyone else. Wouldn't it be great if…"
Apr 3
John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
""All human interactions are skewed." Of course they are. All primate interactions are skewed. No reason except for utopian dreams to think otherwise. The question is how far should they be skewed and to what ends.  The creative…"
Apr 2
Kristian Garthus-Niegel replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
"All human interactions are socially skewed. So, this seminar discussion has been far from egalitarian. I don't quite know what's people her all put into this 'Rowdy', but it feels like its set to signify something like 'true…"
Apr 2
John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
"Keith, it is, in fact, a suggestion. Lee is perfectly free to reject it. I do hope, however, that he doesn't, for the reasons I articulated in my previous message. If someone else moves first, that is also fine with me. But I do happen to think…"
Apr 2
ryan anderson replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
"My closing remarks are short. I have a similar take on Ingold's article as M does. I like how she put it: the paper seems familiar to me as well. I'm always game for a good debate, but that's not what this paper led me toward. It…"
Apr 2

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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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