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OAC Survey [meta]

Hi everyone. I just wanted to direct your attention to a relatively short survey on the OAC (both this site and the Facebook group). This survey is part of an effort by a team that includes Keith…Continue

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Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion The two OAC's (here and on Facebook)
"Keith et al, Please feel free to ping me if specific assistance is required (especially technical assistance). I don't feel free comfortable playing a central role atm due to trying to learn two languages and other things, but I'm happy to…"
Jan 9
Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion The two OAC's (here and on Facebook)
"The technology of the discussion is one of the social processes by which the platforms were created and developed. For example, considered from the viewpoint of a first-year anthropology student: You've been using Facebook since you were 13…"
Jan 8
Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion The two OAC's (here and on Facebook)
"I'm one of those younger (relatively) anthropologists of which you speak, having taken approximately the same career path as Ruth Benedict (i.e. bimbled around a lot and made up my mind to study anthropology in my mid-30s despite having no…"
Jan 8
Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion The two OAC's (here and on Facebook)
"I feel like trying to follow one of the longer conversations here on a mobile screen would only lead to pain and despair. "
Jan 7
Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion The two OAC's (here and on Facebook)
"I haven't been contributing here much recently (largely because, well, life). However, when I do find time to read through discussions here, I find them much more stimulating and interesting than the Facebook posts. The Facebook OAC tends to…"
Jan 6
Kate Wood commented on Michael Alexeevich Popov's blog post Ethnic identity as natural phenomenon
"One thing that springs to mind here, reading this, is that the quoted passage makes a classical error of conflation of national and ethnic identities. This is quite common, and I'm not condemning anyone for making it, but I do think it raises a…"
Mar 17, 2014
Kate Wood posted a discussion

OAC Survey [meta]

Hi everyone. I just wanted to direct your attention to a relatively short survey on the OAC (both this site and the Facebook group). This survey is part of an effort by a team that includes Keith Hart, Ryan Anderson, Fran Barone, and me. In response to both a changing technological platform and changing flows in social interaction and communication on the site, we think it's time to reassess what we're doing with the site, as well as more generally what a 'social network' means in the context…See More
Mar 17, 2014
Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies "Lance Armstrong: The Reality Show (A Cultural Analysis)" and other stories
"Jessie, The facile answer is that, of course, none of these terms exist external to our own mental world - "environment", "nature", and "ecosystem" all refer to cognitive constructs that organize the world around us…"
Oct 18, 2013
Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies "Lance Armstrong: The Reality Show (A Cultural Analysis)" and other stories
"Mark, I'd recommend others, like Stefana Broadbent, rather than Danny Miller, on this particular topic. Broadbent's work is all about how digital is different from mass media - particularly interesting is her work in its enabling role in…"
Oct 17, 2013
Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies "Lance Armstrong: The Reality Show (A Cultural Analysis)" and other stories
"Mark, As a follow-up, because I'm a big fan of free reading material, here's Nardi's work (and it's 'night elf priest', which is what I get for being too lazy to walk to the bookshelf).  My life as a night elf…"
Oct 17, 2013
Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies "Lance Armstrong: The Reality Show (A Cultural Analysis)" and other stories
"Mark, I was actually referring to digital anthropology, which is a terribly new and IMO under-developed baby field. STS is indeed more use understanding the physical processes of science of the last century than the communicative dilemmas of this…"
Oct 17, 2013
Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies "Lance Armstrong: The Reality Show (A Cultural Analysis)" and other stories
"Mark, I agree that neither Ingold nor Bateson engage with modern technology particularly well, though I'd suggest that criticism could be levelled at more anthropologists than not. Our lifeworld-models barely account for mediated communication…"
Oct 17, 2013
Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies "Lance Armstrong: The Reality Show (A Cultural Analysis)" and other stories
"Mark, These are all indeed very valid questions, and are actually pretty common critiques. I am not as familiar as I would like, but I've been reading an awful lot of it recently so I'll attempt to answer them as best I can! Ingold's…"
Oct 17, 2013
Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies "Lance Armstrong: The Reality Show (A Cultural Analysis)" and other stories
"Jessie and others, Ingold's project generally - in Making as in his other works - is to situate the practice of craft in an anthropological context as well as in an ecological context. This arises from two different issues. The first is that he…"
Oct 17, 2013
Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies "Lance Armstrong: The Reality Show (A Cultural Analysis)" and other stories
"John, Two things come immediately to mind: 1) The situation in the USA and in Asia is somewhat different. In Asia, people are returning to lack of professional jobs they've trained for. For example, you train to be a software engineer, get…"
Oct 11, 2013
Kate Wood replied to Keith Hart's discussion New online seminar 9-21 September -- Lee Drummond "Lance Armstrong: The Reality Show (A Cultural Analysis)"
"Lee and others, Thank you for the wide-ranging discussion of the last few weeks, from one of the aforementioned lurkers. Just in closing, I'd like to ask a provocative question (I hope) about the actual topic of the paper: what if…"
Sep 21, 2013

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On... religion?

After almost two years of studying anthropology intensively, I've come to a realization: I'm really, really uncomfortable with religion and ritual, to the point of even avoiding lectures about them. I've spent very little time in churches, and of course there are few rituals in American society that happen outside of church. The time I have spent was largely forced, in a primitivist Pentacostal sect of the early 1980s - not really a comfortable environment to become comfortable with the…

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Posted on November 8, 2012 at 11:28pm — 13 Comments

techniques and technologies are harder than we think!

One of the things I like about anthropology is that it's so gosh darn interactive. Coming from an economics and social theory background, I'm accustomed to talking about things - talking a lot about things! However, as Marx put it, "The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." (I am uncertain what of Feuerbach's writings provoked that particular thesis, but IMO it's a good one.) Getting to the point, this summer at Trelleborg I…

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Posted on September 15, 2012 at 11:00pm — 6 Comments

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At 12:59am on July 20, 2012, Chelsea Hayman said…

Hey Kate, welcome to OAC! Glad to see you here. :)

 
 
 

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