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John McCreery commented on Michael O'Neal's blog post Article -- “Idiosyncracies of Place”: A Conversation with La Vaughn Belle [arcthemagazine.com]
"I agree wholeheartedly that, "that the piece was well done and raises many issues regarding place and identity." But place and identity strike me as far too abstract to be of more than academic interest. As I was reading the bits about…"
Jun 28, 2012
Huon Wardle commented on Michael O'Neal's blog post Article -- “Idiosyncracies of Place”: A Conversation with La Vaughn Belle [arcthemagazine.com]
"I agree; that was the part of the discussion on the cosmopolitanism of the Caribbean that stood out for me. Of course, I might well say that because I have written on that topic extensively. What also struck me were the comments on the…"
Jun 27, 2012
Keith Hart commented on Michael O'Neal's blog post Article -- “Idiosyncracies of Place”: A Conversation with La Vaughn Belle [arcthemagazine.com]
"DK: I want to go back to something you said about your interests and how your practice is very assertive in its “local-ness” but at the same time your experience and education seem to be very international. This is a quality of the…"
Jun 26, 2012
Michael O'Neal commented on Michael O'Neal's blog post Article -- “Idiosyncracies of Place”: A Conversation with La Vaughn Belle [arcthemagazine.com]
"Thanks for your observations, John. I thought that the piece was well done and raises many issues regarding place and identity. The interview continues to evoke ongoing commentary on some of the other online sites, such as CSA's…"
Jun 26, 2012
John McCreery commented on Michael O'Neal's blog post Article -- “Idiosyncracies of Place”: A Conversation with La Vaughn Belle [arcthemagazine.com]
"Michael, thanks for posting this. East Asia being where I live and work, the Caribbean is not an  everyday concern. This post is a useful reminder of other lives, other interests, the "other" that has always made anthropology so…"
Jun 26, 2012
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Article -- “Idiosyncracies of Place”: A Conversation with La Vaughn Belle [arcthemagazine.com]

A post which might be of interest to Caribbeanists -- St Croix - “Idiosyncracies of Place”: A Conversation with La Vaughn Belle. An excerpt and relevant url follow:DK: You’ve said that you ‘re interested in “the provincial and the domestic”. What does this mean?LVB: The provincial often has a negative connotation. People think of small towns, small islands, small mindedness. But I am interested in all the things that make a culture and a people who they are – the idiosyncrasies of a place. I…See More
Jun 25, 2012
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Article: "Sugar In The Blood: Andrea Stuart’s Barbadian Legacy" [TheWorld.org]

I just came across this piece, which might be of interest, excerpted below.EXCERPT:As Andrea Stuart writes in the current issue of Granta magazine, her Barbadian heritage is a complicated one. Stuart was born and raised on the Caribbean island, but in 1976, when she was a teenager, her family moved to England. She says her new home wasn’t especially welcoming to newcomers from the Caribbean — even well-educated, affluent ones like…See More
Jun 17, 2012
Michael O'Neal commented on Michael O'Neal's blog post Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism -- New book on BVI social history
"Mr Gardner, Thanks for your comments, informed by your familiarity with aspects of the impact of tourism in the Virgin Islands, particularly, you convey, with reference to Jost Van Dyke. The book deals especially with the evolution of the…"
Mar 15, 2012
Todd Gardner commented on Michael O'Neal's blog post Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism -- New book on BVI social history
"Mr. O'Niel, Your teaser of a post has raised my curiosity.  I suppose that was its design to promote the book.  The publisher's website insinuated that the tourism may be returning a portion of the populace to a form of…"
Mar 15, 2012
Michael O'Neal posted a blog post

Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism -- New book on BVI social history

My book on BVI social history, entitled "Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism: Social Transformations in the British Virgin Islands", released two weeks ago in eBook format for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and Apple iBook/iTunes readers, is now also available online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both paperback and hardcover print editions. Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism is a study in the political economy of development of the British Virgin Islands—from plantation economy,…See More
Mar 14, 2012
Nina Briggs left a comment for Michael O'Neal
"Thank you Michael, Just up my alley. If you come across any architectural anthropology, drop me a line. Cheers! Nina "
Nov 21, 2011
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Jul 26, 2011
Michael O'Neal replied to Michael O'Neal's discussion Ethnography of Family Business in the group Anthropology of Entrepreneurship
"Thanks for the several responses to my query, which I'd also cross-posted on anthropology-related discussion forums on LinkedIn as well. I've made a compilation (4 pages) of responses received and have attached it hereto. Here, excerpted,…"
Dec 8, 2010
Michael O'Neal commented on Sinead Devane's group Anthropology in Business
"Many thanks, John. Actually, my query has elicited quite a few responses, which I am going to compile and share in due course. Best regards."
Dec 3, 2010
Alex Stewart replied to Michael O'Neal's discussion Ethnography of Family Business in the group Anthropology of Entrepreneurship
"Thanks for the interest in this topic. I actually have a recent paper more directly on the anthropology of family business than the one with Mike Hitt (which does have some related materia); it's the sources of discretion…"
Nov 27, 2010
Michael O'Neal replied to Michael O'Neal's discussion Ethnography of Family Business in the group Anthropology of Entrepreneurship
"Many thanks for your response to my query. I'll try to contact Alex Stewart and will certainly try to access the articles that you've very kindly noted. I've found that there are a few articles on the general subject in the journal…"
Nov 26, 2010

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Michael O'Neal, Ph.D.
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Island Resources Foundation
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http://www.irf.org

BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Michael E. O’Neal is Senior Research Fellow at Island Resources Foundation, an organization with offices in Washington, D.C. and the Caribbean, whose central mission is to assist small islands to meet the challenges of social, economic and institutional growth while protecting and enhancing their environments.

Former President of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Dr. O’Neal had previously served as the first Resident Tutor/Head of the University of the West Indies, BVI Centre. In addition, from 1997-2004, he held appointment as Core Professor at the Graduate College of the Union Institute in Ohio, where he supervised Ph.D. students in interdisciplinary studies.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. O’Neal was a managing director of the business enterprises of J.R. O’Neal Ltd (BVI). He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Public Service Commission, the Development Bank of the Virgin Islands, and as Chairman of the BVI National Parks Trust, 2003-2009. He is currently a director of JOMA Ltd, a closely-held, family-owned real estate management and development company.

Dr. O’Neal is a member of several professional associations and learned societies, and is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute (U.K.) and of the American Anthropological Association.

Michael O'Neal's Blog

Article -- “Idiosyncracies of Place”: A Conversation with La Vaughn Belle [arcthemagazine.com]

A post which might be of interest to Caribbeanists -- St Croix - “Idiosyncracies of Place”: A Conversation with La Vaughn Belle. An excerpt and relevant url follow:



DK: You’ve said that you ‘re interested in “the provincial and the domestic”. What does this mean?



LVB: The provincial often has a negative connotation. People think of small towns, small islands, small mindedness. But…
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Posted on June 25, 2012 at 9:07pm — 5 Comments

Article: "Sugar In The Blood: Andrea Stuart’s Barbadian Legacy" [TheWorld.org]

I just came across this piece, which might be of interest, excerpted below.

EXCERPT:

As Andrea Stuart writes in the current issue of Granta magazine, her Barbadian heritage is a complicated one. Stuart was born and raised on the Caribbean island, but in 1976, when she was a teenager, her family moved to England. She says her new home wasn’t especially welcoming to newcomers from the Caribbean —…

Continue

Posted on June 17, 2012 at 10:26pm

Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism -- New book on BVI social history

My book on BVI social history, entitled "Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism: Social Transformations in the British Virgin Islands", released two weeks ago in eBook format for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and Apple iBook/iTunes readers, is now also available online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both paperback and hardcover print editions.



Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism is a study in the political economy of development of the British…

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Posted on March 14, 2012 at 5:13am — 2 Comments

History of Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies: Digital Archive

I recently sought to re-connect with a fellow-anthropologist with whom I’d been out of touch for many years, indeed, since our days as graduate students.In the course of finding Dr Susan Lowes, currently Director of Research and

Evaluation at the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University, via the wonders of the internet, I also encountered a digital archive of material that she has assembled on the history and culture of…

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Posted on April 9, 2010 at 3:31am — 3 Comments

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At 6:40pm on October 5, 2011, Nina Briggs said…

Thank you Michael, Just up my alley. If you come across any architectural anthropology, drop me a line. Cheers!

Nina

At 2:01am on June 13, 2010, Nandasena Maddugoda said…
Dear Dr.Michael O'Neal

I am from Sri Lanka and doing a PhD on Ideologies and practices on Mega development projects in Developing Countries.
I study Expressway Project in Sri lanka.

If you have similer research or any information / experience pl.let me know

Maddugoda
At 1:30pm on April 15, 2010, Sheyma Buali said…
Thank you for your comments! It seems that your work would be of interest to me as Bahrain is also a small island that must think of sustainable development.
At 11:38am on March 25, 2010, Huon Wardle said…
Welcome Michael, I hope you find the site useful in inspiriting!
At 11:07am on March 22, 2010, Keith Hart said…
Good to make your acquaintance, Michael. I have a soft spot for the Caribbean ever since spending two years there in the 1980s and subsequently spending three years with CLR James in Brixton.
 
 
 

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