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Why is anthropology not a public science?
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The Memory Bank: A New Commonwealth ver 5.0

I have recently posted two pieces on the potential for an anthropology of world society using the resources made available by the internet.

The digital revolution and me

Studying world society as a vocation

I have made two other attempts at telling my story (both sung to an old Hoagy Carmichael tune):

Manchester on my mind

Africa on my mind

About my website.

Banks are slower-moving deposits of fast-moving flows, whether of water, information or money. This website is my Memory Bank, but it is meant to reach out to a public that shares my aims. The two great human memory banks are language and money which are converging into a single network of digital communications in our time. The idea of a 'New Commonwealth' refers to the possibility that money might serve the purposes of economic democracy more fully than it has; but beyond that to the need to make a world society fit for all humanity.

We face an extraordinary moment in history when the old structures are palpably failing. The formation of a global civil society, even a world state, is an urgent task. Anthropology has a distinguished past, but it has an even greater role to play in future, not necessarily as an academic discipline, but perhaps as an interdisiciplinary project: to discover what we need to know about humanity as a whole if we would make a better world. Such a project depends on making full use of the emerging social and technical synthesis entailed in the digital revolution.

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At 2:20pm on November 15, 2013, juan rojas said…

Dear Keith Hart, Carlo Cubero and I would like to open a page on the site for the upcoming EASA conference at Tallinn (July 29 -Aug 03, 2014) for the purpose of informing about the basic themes motivating the conference, its organization including the use of media 'labs' and several types of updates. I would like to know if this would be possible and how I might go about it -plus any suggestions you may have.

If positive- it might be best to start a new account ('EASA-2014'?) which would be removed after the conference.

Thank you for your help,

Juan Rojas (& C. Cubero)

At 5:19pm on September 15, 2013, Annahid Burnett said…


I did my PhD research on a market very similar to the one you describe in your article about Ghana informal market. I used your study as a reference and to establish a comparison between them two. I have attached a letter with photos of this northeastern Brazilian market for your better comprehension.

That article was never translated into Portuguese. Therefore, I would ask you if you would give me your permission to publish my translation of your article. My study is part of a group research at the Federal University placed in the interior of Northeast of Brazil: www.gptrabalhoufcg and most members do not read in English. Thus, I thought translating your article to them would be a path towards a better understanding of our object of study.

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At 3:02pm on August 23, 2013, Bernell Wesley said…

Thank you so much Keith. I look forward to networking and learning here. I am a 61 year old History major with a minor in Anthropology. My fall classes begin Monday. I agree with your discernment of the coming role of Anthropology. Now to get this to our public schools...His In Service

At 12:16am on May 31, 2013, Magdalena Bialoborska said…

Yes, I know. And I find realy interesting your speech for the Conference organized by Marzia Grassi in 2007. I'll keep in touch.

At 10:35pm on May 30, 2013, Magdalena Bialoborska said…

Hallo Keith, its a pleasure to join this comunity, its a real pleasure to get your welcome note. I've just put some more info in my profile, now I'm going to surf here to get to know more about OAC. I'm investigating informal economy in Cape Verde in general, informal workers organizations in particular, but I'm especially interested in the people who chose to live from art, from creation..

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The uniqueness of humanity: a philosophical discussion (video)

The Uniqueness of Humanity examines the human condition through the lens of evolutionary theory. Darwin's work appears to ally evolution with advance, and we are often compelled to place humanity at the top of a hierarchy. Is…


Posted on December 1, 2013 at 11:50pm — 5 Comments

The anthropology of money and finance: from ethnography to world history

Come read and discuss an essay by Horacio Ortiz and myself posted online in separate parts, either here or on my website.

We review developments in the anthropology of money and finance over the last century, listing its achievements, shortcomings and prospects. Since the 1960s, anthropologists have tended to restrict themselves to niche fields and marginal debates.…


Posted on September 4, 2013 at 5:30pm — 21 Comments

The human economy: a strategy in the struggle for happiness

An earlier essay, ‘Manifesto for a human economy‘, deals explicitly with the object, theory and methods of a human economy approach. Here I examine some of the precedents for such an approach in the history of modern revolutions, drawing on Kant, Jefferson, Tocqueville, James and Gandhi.

‘Human economy’ is one way of taking forward the great conversation about making a better world.…


Posted on July 14, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

An African liberal revolution in the 21st century?

I have just posted an essay exploring the prospects for African emancipation (as part of a world revolution) in the decades ahead. It's full title is Waiting for emancipation: towards an African liberal revolution. You can find it here. The essay summarises Africans' history of relations with the rest of the world and their current situation as the…

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 11:00am

The case for an African customs union

I will first explain what I mean by saying that the informal economy, a concept I was associated with coining in the early 1970s, has taken over the world, largely as a result of neoliberal deregulation over the last three decades (pp. 1-3). After a brief account of my own early exposure to West Africa (pp. 3-5), I turn to the question of how and why Africa has long been a symbol of global inequality. Even after independence, Africans are still waiting from emancipation (pp. 5-10). Even so…


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