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Phantom Epistemologies
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Should anthropology be more creative?
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John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"Lee, Peter, Mark, Lurkers, Before we proceed further, each and everyone of us should have a look at Louise's papers, which are easily accessible on Academia.edu, starting with the very first one:…"
12 hours ago
John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"Some interesting thoughts from another culture watcher. Raises an interesting question: How much does a work or a genre's popularity depend on style as opposed to the existential issues it addresses?  We like to think that…"
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John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"Louise,you may not be a fan; but now you have one. I can only,alas, peer in from outside that wonderful world you inhabit so fully. Were I to follow you into it, and tempting it is, indeed, I would have to give up other things I still hold dear.…"
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John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"Louise, Marvelous. The true evidence hunter doesn't mind fresh information that falsifies conjectures. This one revels in it. As a culture industry veteran, he isn't, moreover, the least bit surprised that artists, writers, directors,…"
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John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"Interesting; but here is where we evidence hunters get to be a real pain in the nether regions. Where is the evidence, in the films and books in question, or those like them, that brain=soul and blood=body?  I am quite sure that some among us…"
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John McCreery replied to John McCreery's discussion Phantom Epistemologies
"Neil, when does your book come out? I am eager to read it. "
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John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"A quick Lévi-Strauss type question re vampires and zombies: Both are undead, animated corpses. Vampires want your blood. Zombies want your brains. Blood is to brains as.....? In what semiospace?"
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John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"Louise asks another nicely pointed question, Do anthropologists always study  cultural phenomena of which they are fans?  Does one have to be into widow burning to study suttee? Or mad about cows to study the Nilotic Cattle Complex? But,…"
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Neil Turner replied to John McCreery's discussion Phantom Epistemologies
"After several years of ethnographic research here in Brazil, I have just recently be able to penetrate into the deeper levels of this society's cultural underbelly. It was here that I discovered much of what you are alluding to in…"
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John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"Also, for everyone's amusement, but especially Lee's, I want to mention another tale, "The Pick-Up" by Lawrence Watts-Evans, which originally appeared in 1995 in a collection of science fiction and fantasy stories titled _The…"
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John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"Reading the exchange between Lee and Mark, I am reminded of a classic tale told by Arthur Waley in his _Three Ways of Thought in Ancient China_. Chuang Tzu (the second most famous Daoist sage after Lao Tzu) is sitting beside a river doing what…"
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John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"Louise, this is very shrewdly observed. I can see that Student L takes after her teacher. I should confess that, unlike you and Lee, I am not a movie fan. I rarely go to a movie theater unless I am in Virginia, when I sometimes go out with my…"
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John McCreery commented on Alexander Lee's blog post Review of Philosophical Papers, Volume 1: The Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes
"Hi, Alexander. Thanks for the pointer. Just read the Wikipedia entry on Imre Lakatos, a fascinating man, indeed. But I think you misread him if you see him as an idealist who believes that we can know everything. His most intriguing idea to me is…"
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John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"Lee Louise, Peter, Before we dash off in some new direction, let us pause for a moment and take stock. What have we learned so far? Top of my list is that we all should read carefully the complete contents of Student L's Twilight Anthropology…"
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John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"Louise asks, If we were a major consumer products company or advertising agency we would commission Gallup or some other research organisation to conduct a large-sample survey. The results would likely be presented as maps based on correspondence…"
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John McCreery replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"Louise, Sorry about the picture. If my daughter has it blocked,I should not have been spreading it around. In it what you see is a half-portrait shot of three attractive young women, all white, all with long, very blonde hair. My daughter, in The…"
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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

How would you cope with calamity?

Last night I was at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo attending a "Book Break." The book in question was Japan Copes with Calamity: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011, ed. by Tom Gill, David Slater, and Brigitte Steger. I don't know Brigitte, but Tom and David are old friends. Both are anthropologists, one from the…

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Posted on February 1, 2014 at 2:53am

How would you rate the Proctontologist?

Yesterday, in a comment on the Lee Drummond forever thread, I posted the following quote from proctontologist.weebly.com:

“Ontologicality is a proctology, but only if you allow for the proctological to speak its ontologicality. Ontology is just a set of assumptions postulated by the anthropologist for analytical purposes. Indeed, it is well worth pointing out that such an exercise in conceptual creativity needn’t be territorialized with reference to any…

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Posted on January 27, 2014 at 4:40am — 6 Comments

Ritual, Liminality, and Social Facts

I have recently been engaged on LinkedIn with Jonathan Cook, who is writing a book about ritual in the advertising business. It has been a delightful conversation, with a lot of productive to and fro, but yesterday Jonathan wrote something that I strongly disagreed with. In responding to him, several different arguments that I have been thinking about for years suddenly clicked into place. Here is what I wrote. I will be happy if it proves useful to someone who reads it, ecstatic if they reply… Continue

Posted on January 26, 2014 at 2:58am — 2 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…
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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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