"I was thinking of the phenomena you label 2. But with one wrinkle. Only inert (dead) systems can be reversed. Organic systems are not reversible. This is a basic problem for all attempts at instituting the comparative method in the social sciences.…"
"Isn't this how Trump fired the acting attorney general the other day? Politics is like wrestling; the action is worked but the injuries are real.
I also want to keep open the possibility that Trump can't tell the real from the…"
"Small n comparison is really Ragin's wheelhouse. Ragin is firmly in the tradition of comparison has it has been practiced in the social sciences. As I read Becker, his theory of the case (couldn't help myself) is more in keeping with…"
"I am thinking out loud here as I try to wrap my head around the events of the last 10 days.
American Carnage: Works and Shoots.
We have spent some on which anthropologists and journalists saw Trump coming, which were caught by surprise, and why that…"
"I have the other book, What is a Case?
Becker is great. The other day I met a French sociologist, recently transplanted to the Bay Area, at a networking event, who was greatly disappointed to learn that American sociologists do not read Becker. He…"
"Has anyone read Becker's What About Mozart? What About Murder? On pages 1-3, he addresses the inability of paradigms built on correlations between variables to anticipate radical change. Becker uses a series or reorganizations by the American…"
What is the center of gravity for this conversation? I go back to the how Lee opened the thread. In framing the discussion, Lee wrote, "...Here we must confront a serious problem in the doing of Americananthropology. Any American,…"
"I want to pick up on Ryan's initial reference to Trouillot's Global Transformations. As a bit of context by way of inadequate summation, Trouillot is trying to keep hold of the Boasian kernel that was so effective in opposing the…"
"Prior to the election, the common sense was that the electoral math gave a heavy advantage to democratic candidates because of the blue wall in the Midwest. The constant talk on election night was about the narrowness of Trump's path…"
"I am getting over a cold (and the cold medicine) and my thoughts are still a bit scattershot and rambling. But I will give it a go. One way of understanding the election is to view it as an aberration.. The (hopefully) last gasp of a backwards…"
"For the last two years, the meetings have been held in convention centers. Are convention centers safe? It is impossible to get close enough to anyone to disagree with them in a convention center. The feeling is very different from being squeezed…"
"I am in Minneapolis at the moment for the annual meetings, so I am pressed for time, but I want to add Zero Anthropology to the list of those who correctly predicted the Trump win. He hits many of the same notes as the contributors to this…"
"Salvation? Hardly. Just a bit of skepticism at the rush of cliched responses. But I am not so cynical to believe that ideas do not have consequences. They do. Huon started this thread with the observation that social science is failing. This is both…"
"I'll take up John's question about what to do. It is probably worth reflecting on what kind of moves American scholars tend to make when they become "players." As I eluded to earlier, there is a cultural pattern in American…"
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