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Academic language versus political advocacy

I wanted to start a group that discusses the difference between academic writing and political advocacy. I would like to have people share ethnographically informed examples of how these discourses articulate with one another.See More
Jan 10, 2014
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Finding fieldsites

Finding a fieldsite in which to do anthropology is often a challenge for newer scholars. Here I hope to create a group that shares stories of finding fieldsites as well as making connections for people to find fieldsites.
May 31, 2013
Michael Francis commented on Norman Schräpel's group Visual Anthropology
"Thanks for sharing the article - I have handed out cameras is remote Kalahari communities on a number of occasions - but have accompanied this by long-term fieldwork and ongoing fieldwork since 2003 (many shorter visits instead of one really long…"
Feb 18, 2013
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Finding fieldsites

Finding a fieldsite in which to do anthropology is often a challenge for newer scholars. Here I hope to create a group that shares stories of finding fieldsites as well as making connections for people to find fieldsites.
Sep 30, 2012
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Finding fieldsites

Finding a fieldsite in which to do anthropology is often a challenge for newer scholars. Here I hope to create a group that shares stories of finding fieldsites as well as making connections for people to find fieldsites.
Sep 28, 2012
Michael Francis replied to Aris Anagnostopoulos's discussion Software for kinship relationships in the group Anthropology of kinship
"Decent software is hard to find especially when one deals with polygamy in the recent past as well as modern blended families.  I have tried Kinship editor but find that MS word charts work as well and easily used in publications and…"
Apr 7, 2011
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Academic language versus political advocacy

I wanted to start a group that discusses the difference between academic writing and political advocacy. I would like to have people share ethnographically informed examples of how these discourses articulate with one another.See More
Jan 29, 2011
Michael Francis commented on Norman Schräpel's group Visual Anthropology
"@ Bruno - I think that you are right in that if you have a project and the abilities many cultural anthropology programs would be happy to support your pursuits even if they are not explicitly a visual anthropology program. Also many of the products…"
Nov 30, 2010
Michael Francis commented on Norman Schräpel's group Visual Anthropology
"@Leia Atkinson - There are a few out there but not many. If you are prepared to go overseas you could do a MA in Cultural and Media Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. They offer a chance to pursue a visual…"
Nov 29, 2010
Michael Francis replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion The roots of violence.
"Hi Gabriela, Your link goes to a blank page can you re-post?"
Nov 25, 2010
Michael Francis commented on Norman Schräpel's group Visual Anthropology
"For those interested in Curtis there is a new book: Touchie, Roger (2010). Edwards S Curtis: Above the Medicine Line - portraits of Aboriginal Life in the Canadian West. Heritage House Publishing, Vancouver. It's an interesting look at Curtis…"
Nov 20, 2010
Michael Francis commented on Michael Francis's group Academic language versus political advocacy
"I had made some comments about the organisation Survival International in another forum on semantics and it was pointed out to me that I was unfair to Survival International in a private email. I had accused SI of using racialised imagery for their…"
Nov 15, 2010
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Academic language versus political advocacy

I wanted to start a group that discusses the difference between academic writing and political advocacy. I would like to have people share ethnographically informed examples of how these discourses articulate with one another.See More
Nov 15, 2010
Michael Francis commented on Toby Austin Locke's group Against Semantics in Social Science
"I just wished to say something further (and again away from semantics) about Survival International. My quick comments below were not meant to vilify the organization in any way. Without their work in Botswana the world would never have heard of the…"
Nov 15, 2010
Michael Francis left a comment for M Izabel
"I think online discussions can be problematic as tone intention etc can be misread easily. Hope I have not been rude back either. I do enjoy our discussions."
Nov 14, 2010
Michael Francis left a comment for M Izabel
"No worries, I enjoyed are debate and will read up Lemkin as suggested. I think my disagreement with the watering down comes from working with different groups of Bushmen some who have experienced a genocide and others language loss and cultural…"
Nov 14, 2010

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At 5:01pm on November 14, 2010, M Izabel said…
Michael, my apology, if out of frustration, I blurted something that was unpleasant.

If you know the politics behind the dilution of the definition of "genocide" proposed by Lemkin, you would understand my point of view and my spirited dealing of the subject.

America and Canada were the country that led in the omission of cultural destruction as a form of genocide because of their internal histories of destroying the cultures of their own native peoples.

Indigenous peoples in my country resort to the term genocide, even though it is their cultures that have been reduced to nothing, as a shield and precautionary measure. Imagine if dislocation of a group is considered genocide from the start, the subsequent physicalization of its extinction through mass killing can be prevented. An inclusive genocide is the only thing they have to make their experience both powerful and pitiful.
At 5:50am on November 14, 2010, Piers Locke said…
Dear Michael- Thank you so much for your Bushmen reading suggestions-very much appreciated. Please excuse my tardy response.
all the best, Piers
At 8:50pm on November 8, 2010, Piers Locke said…
Michael- it's been gratifying to see that so many other contributors to discussion on Theory in Anthropology have become frustrated by the combative, self-righteous and dogmatic style of one of the contributors who comports themself wih poor manners. A shame, because their passion and commitment has nonetheless helped stimulate an interesting discussion.

BTW-Can you suggest for me some sources about the Bushmen for a course on the plight of indigenous peoples (I'm a South Asianist, so am less familiar with this literature)?

thanks, all the best, Piers (University of Canterbury)
At 10:21pm on November 6, 2010, Jacob Lee said…
Welcome to the cooperative!
At 6:48pm on November 6, 2010, Keith Hart said…
Welcome to the OAC, Michael! Let me know if I can be of any help. Keith
 
 
 

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