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Michael Scroggins replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Is Anthropology enough?
"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.…"
Feb 3
Michael Scroggins replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"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…"
Feb 2
Michael Scroggins replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Is Anthropology enough?
"I also had in mind "transformation." A boundary (threshold, limit) has clearly been crossed in American political life, and American politics has been transformed. Into what, exactly, remains murky."
Feb 1
Michael Scroggins replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Is Anthropology enough?
"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…"
Feb 1
Michael Scroggins replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"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…"
Feb 1
Michael Scroggins replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Is Anthropology enough?
"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…"
Feb 1
Michael Scroggins replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Is Anthropology enough?
"Replace "radical" with "sudden." I was a bit sloppy. I didn't mean to imply the change had a particular direction, just that an existing arrangement was suddenly overturned.  "
Jan 31
Michael Scroggins replied to Cecilia Montero Mórtola's discussion Is Anthropology enough?
"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…"
Jan 31
Michael Scroggins replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"Ryan, 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,…"
Jan 19
Michael Scroggins replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"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…"
Jan 17
Michael Scroggins replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"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…"
Jan 6
Michael Scroggins replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Invitation to a Discussion: Anthropologists on the Trump Election
"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…"
Dec 30, 2016
Michael Scroggins replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"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…"
Nov 22, 2016
Michael Scroggins replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"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…"
Nov 19, 2016
Michael Scroggins replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"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…"
Nov 18, 2016
Michael Scroggins replied to Huon Wardle's discussion The polls got it wrong, again... The end of 'social science'? Time to stop predicting and start listening...
"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…"
Nov 17, 2016

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