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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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John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"On Savage Minds, Kerim Friedman has posted a contribution to the reading of Foucault's "Society Must be Saved" that is going on around the world as a protest against Donald J. Trump's inauguration as US President. I found myself…"
Jan 21
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Interesting data. Via Craig Froehle and Teramis on Googl+."
Jan 18
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Ryan, I am glad the we are approaching agreement. Thanks for checking the Ferguson, MO, claim. I pulled that example out of my imagination, and it would be good to have actual data. A point that needs further examination is Ferguson, MO's…"
Jan 18
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Ryan, I did not say that racism was a 2nd or 3rd level factor. I said that it is a major one. That said, it was given your own data, a constant, at least as far as the Romney and Trump races go. To explain why Trump, we need to focus attention on…"
Jan 18
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Ryan, Lee, I feel very old. I read a debate like so many online debates these days, shot through with words like "charges," "allows," "must," "must not"; the list could go on but the point is clear. To me, it…"
Jan 17
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
""I think it's important to look at this whole thing as a massive, complex event with many moving parts." Absolutely. And we also need to consider how we think about moving parts. "Moving parts" suggests that a mechanical…"
Jan 17
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Ryan, let's tackle this from a slightly different angle. 1. The evidence you yourself offer suggests that there was no major shift in the white racist vote from Romney to Trump. But if the white racist vote did not increase in Trump's…"
Jan 16
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Lee.you ask important questions. That said, I detect a questionable premise that an anthropologist's reaction to the election of Donald Trump calls into question the anthropologist's professional expertise. Given that most of us, if we are…"
Jan 15
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Ryan, do you seriously believe that anyone involved in this conversation denies that racism is real or does not take for granted that racism is one and, not only one but important, factor in Trump's victory? To me, at least, "identity…"
Jan 15
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Moderated Minds: Is Savage Minds a "Safe Space"?
"Lee, I happily agree with what you have written here. But allow me to add one more date, January 27, 1973, the day that the military draft ended in the USA, gutting the peace movement and resistance to later US wars. Until that day, the possibility…"
Jan 14
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Moderated Minds: Is Savage Minds a "Safe Space"?
"Lee, thanks for the strokes and pointing out some common ground we share. Allow me, however, to attempt to refute the proposition that, "the anthropologist cannot afford to be 'nice,' cannot avoid being 'mean.'" In…"
Jan 12
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Lee, Spot on. But let's add a bit of historical perspective. In a very good book titled The Power Game , reporter Hedrick Smith explains the impact of TV on American politics. Before TV, politics was local and controlled by political…"
Jan 11
John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Michael, What form cultural analysis might take today is a great question. An idea I share with Michael Agar, though I came to it separately in an obscure paper in the Journal of Chinese Religion, and see pointers to in allusions to quantum…"
Jan 8
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John McCreery replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"There is much I agree with in what Lee writes here. Being struck dumb is not an anthropological response to unexpected events. It is, however, a personal response from an individual, a woman and a serious scholar, who happened to express her…"
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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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