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Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
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I kind of feel as though anthropologists want to maintain a kind of 'guild' mentality. I have tried in numerous ways to engage with anthropologists from a range of institutions both through…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liam Starkey Jan 13, 2015.

 

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Korean Anthropology

Anthropology of the Korean Peninsula and the Korean diaspora worldwide.
Jan 24, 2016
Liam Starkey left a comment for Justin Shaffner
"Hi Justin, Interesting sounding research. I would like to know more. My degree was in social anthropology but I now work as a radio producer. My regional interest is really Japan and Korea but I am also quite eclectic. My good friend Mischa Wilmers…"
Jan 18, 2015
Liam Starkey replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
"Hi John, Interesting. Advertising as religion or advertising as magic... It brings to mind some words of Ursula K Le Guin, 'There's a good deal in common between the mind's eye and the TV screen, and though too often the TV set has…"
Jan 13, 2015
John McCreery replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
"In advertising as well as TV rehashing themes is common. Creativity is mainly a matter of finding new angles and new forms of execution. How this difference relates to anthropological theories is an interesting question. I addressed this question in…"
Jan 9, 2015
Liam Starkey replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
"Your experience is interesting. The 'it's been done before' criticism is common in the media although it seems stricter in radio because in TV they seem to have a license to rehash the same old themes again and again. Having this…"
Jan 8, 2015
John McCreery replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
"Liam: My own experience in the corporate world has been at the other end of the spectrum. Working as a copywriter in one of the many creative divisions of Japan's second larges and one of the world's largest advertising agencies, my job…"
Jan 8, 2015
Liam Starkey replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
"(Maybe to a Taoist any attempt to 'change the world for the better' might be considered pernicious?)"
Jan 5, 2015
Liam Starkey replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
Jan 5, 2015
Alice C. Linsley replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
"Hoarding knowledge? As in not sharing findings? That is a tragic quality in an anthropologist. I only can speak from my experience, but I've found that the more freely I share findings, data, hard information, and sources, the more other people…"
Dec 29, 2014
John McCreery replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
"Liam, Yes, I do mean constraints on academic funding. But there is, of course, a lot more to that story, there is top-heavy administration. There are faculty for whom tenure means being allowed to pursue personal hobbies disconnected by critique of…"
Dec 29, 2014
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Dec 27, 2014
Liam Starkey replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
"I don't want to embarrass anyone by naming them but here are a few examples:- 1) Whilst an undergrad I was interested by the work of US author Daniel Quinn. I was trying to understand how 'teleology' shaped particular societies. Did…"
Dec 27, 2014
John McCreery replied to Liam Starkey's discussion Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?
"Liam, It is weird. But I wonder, is today's anthropological world more closed than that of any other academic discipline whose foundations are rapidly eroding. I am curious, what sorts of questions do you ask when you attempt to engage with…"
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Do anthropologists 'hoard' knowledge?

I kind of feel as though anthropologists want to maintain a kind of 'guild' mentality. I have tried in numerous ways to engage with anthropologists from a range of institutions both through interpersonal exchange and as a journalist. I don't know if it is because they are media shy or they have a personal dislike of me but I find myself with anthropologists is like oil with water, the two don't mix.Anthropologists seem to have this amazing resource. The slogan of the world social forum 'another…See More
Dec 22, 2014
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I'm a graduate of Manchester school of anthropology. I now work as a radio producer for independent production company 'Made in Manchester'. In 2013 I produced a documentary about the Northern Soul music scene in Tokyo and Kobe for BBC Radio 4. I work consistently on numerous documentaries and features, some of which have a link to anthropology and others which do not.

My undergraduate dissertation was a study of the links between anthropology and SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). It was inspired by a paper in Anthropology Today by Steven J Dick. I also got to the interview stage of a Geography PhD at Swansea with an autobiographical ethnography of the tenuous position of the 'creative class' drawing on the work of Richard Florida, amongst others. I was quite surprised about this because I didn't have a masters.  I've given up applying for funded PhD's for the time being because i've realised its hard to get selected without further bone fide academic credentials.

I am a language learner (Spanish, Korean, Japanese) and eclectic reader. I am influenced by (but not neccesarily uncritical of) Taoism, Sufism, Anarchism, Jungian psychology, the writings of US anti civilisational writer Daniel Quinn, Graeberian anthropology, the writings of Ursula Le Guin, Benjamin Hoff, William Blake, Arnold Mindell and anthropology in general (there are probably many other influences too). Recently I have been reading a lot of material and watching films about the DPRK.

I am also a mental health/perceptual diversity activist linked to the UK Soteria Network. Soteria seeks to create non-medical dominated therapeutic settings where people with first instance psychosis can seek treatment without excessive use of neuroleptics, other psychiatric drugs and other coercive practices. I post on the Icarus Project message board under the handle 'Yellowrose' (The yellow rose is a symbol in the Mahmoud Darwish poem 'Assassination').

I am a massive letter writer and essay writer (most of which never see the light of day).

The most influential book in my life is not an anthropological text or a tome by a French theorist, It is Ursula Le Guin's rendition of the Tao Te Ching (influenced by her anthropologist father Alfred L Kroeber). It's hard to express the subjective feeling I get when reading this book but it gives me an enormous spiritiual sense, Le Guin talks about the 'inexhaustible fullness of being'. I sometimes feel that academia is too Eyeoreish and too mired in critqies of various sorts. I think in some ways this is understandable given the state of the world but I still feel this way. I also agree with Chomsky on his criticisms of western intellectuals (sorry can't find citation right now). I feel many academics tend to hoard knowledge. As Hoff says academics are too often like 'frogs in the well', unable to see the whole picture.

I'm a massive lover of anthropology and the way it exposes the 'curve in the universe'. I try to chip away at various conversations and debates by introducing elements of anthropological type thinking.

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