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Considering Sloterdijk

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Anthropology for a Wired Planet
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Considering Sloterdijk

I am reading Melissa Cefkin's "Close Encounters: Anthropologists in the Corporate Arena" (Journal of Business Anthropology, Vol. 1(1). As Cefkin approaches the end of her article, she mentions a paper by Nina Wakeford, a British sociologist, titled, "Replacing the network society with social foam: a revolution for corporate ethnography?" (EPIC Proceedings 2011). The abstract of that article reads as follows,What would it mean for corporate ethnography to think of society not as a network, but…See More
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John McCreery replied to M Izabel's discussion IS IT THE EFFECT OF POSTMODERNITY?
"Eh? (I am not sure what Cecilia's"fine!" is intended to convey)"
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Industrial-Scale Ethnography: An Unfinished Project in Search of a Team

I have been invited to give a talk on March 13 at the Institute of Technology, Academia Sinica, in Taiwan, where, it appears, I am now regarded as an anthropological elder. Fair enough, given my age and the fact that my dissertation research was conducted in Puli, a market town in the exact center of Taiwan, in 1969-1971. Trying to pull together my thoughts about what I might talk about, I have drafted the following proposal. Any and all feedback will be appreciated.------This paper begins with…See More
Feb 18
John McCreery replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Only public vision?
"Isn't this a bit too smug and self-serving. As an activist I recognize the truth in Frank Luntz' famous remark that,"It isn't what you want to say. It's what they hear that counts." And as a professional writer, I see…"
Feb 14
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Ryan, we are clearly on the same page, and there are clearly many lines to pursue. That said, I must now move on. If you have followed my ramblings on Facebook, you may know that tomorrow I return to teaching. An old friend, Huang Shumin, the former…"
Feb 12
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Ryan, I consider what you have written here an excellent summary of the current state of the debate. What follows is intended as a development, an addition to and not a critique, of what you have said. Having worked in advertising, I know that…"
Feb 10
John McCreery replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Is Anthropology enough?
"Michael, could you say a bit more about why you think that Becker's theory of the case is more in keeping with legal and medical practice. Two reasons for asking: (1) Becker uses cases to reveal generic features of what may seem at first glance…"
Feb 2
John McCreery replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Is Anthropology enough?
"What I find particularly interesting is small-n comparison, in which the usualrelationship of cases and variables in survey research is inverted, with a few cases and lots of variables instead of lots of cases and few variables. I am also old enough…"
Feb 1
John McCreery replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Is Anthropology enough?
"Michael, thanks for the pointer to What About Mozart? What About Murder?. Serendipitously, I will be teaching Becker's Tricks of the Trade this semester. Are you, by the way, familiar with Ragin, et all, The SAGE Handbook of Case-Based Analysis?"
Feb 1
John McCreery replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Is Anthropology enough?
"Is Anthropology enough? Enough for what, I wonder. Enough to ground the Kantian anthropology that Keith advocates? Enough to provide contemporary Candides with sheltered gardens, niches in which to pursue esoteric interests in things like Mayan…"
Jan 31
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Re Hispanics: One possible explanation is that Trump wasn't perceived as slandering "Hispanics." His rhetoric and the policy proposal to build a wall are both directed primarily at Mexicans."
Jan 30
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"What is blocking my watching the YouTube is intellectual property law and the wishes of the supplier of certain content that it not be made available in Japan, very likely because they hope to sell a subscription to Japanese viewers and don't…"
Jan 26
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"It is unavailable because certain YouTube channels are restricted to other parts of the world, not because of anything here in Japan itself."
Jan 25
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"UNFORTUNATELY UNAVAILABLE IN JAPAN"
Jan 25
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Lee, are you aware of a book by Dorinne Kondo, Crafting Selves: Power, Gender and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace [https://www.amazon.com/Crafting-Selves-Discourses-Identity-Workplace/dp/0226450449]? It is fascinating because it goes…"
Jan 23
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"The idea I want to develop, maybe in an early draft of “Orange Hair and Ontology: Reelity and Reality in Donald Trump’s America,” is that work – jobs – is linked to an aesthetic impulse, both operating on a nascent…"
Jan 23

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Industrial-Scale Ethnography: An Unfinished Project in Search of a Team

I have been invited to give a talk on March 13 at the Institute of Technology, Academia Sinica, in Taiwan, where, it appears, I am now regarded as an anthropological elder. Fair enough, given my age and the fact that my dissertation research was conducted in Puli, a market town in the exact center of Taiwan, in 1969-1971. Trying to pull together my thoughts about what I might talk about, I have drafted the following proposal. Any and all feedback will be…

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Posted on February 18, 2017 at 3:06am

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

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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…
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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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