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Creative Ethnography
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There is a literary movement known as creative nonfiction.  Can creative nonfiction be applied to anthropology?  Creative nonfiction creates factual narratives.  The poet Robert Graves loved Frazer's…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Seba RP Aug 24, 2011.

The roots of violence.
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I was wondering what everyone's thoughts on violence were.  My Marxist leanings tell me that violence is related to poverty; that the state becomes necessary in human society only at that juncture in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lee Drummond Jan 7, 2016.

Is the "nobel savage" really so bad?
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I realize it's a racist stereotype, but with movies like Avatar being crammed down our throats it seems to be especially prevalent.  I'm thinking maybe it's not such a bad thing to romanticize…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bo Olsson May 15, 2010.

 

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SUNY Brockport

Creative Ethnology

"Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists; though their field-work among primitive peoples has often made them forget the language of science." -Robert Graves

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Is Anthropology "removed from reality"?

In a recent article in the Monthly Review Paul A. Baran writes that social theorists and social empiricists criticize each other constantly. The theorists say that the empiricists don't do enough interpretation while the empiricists say that the theorists don't do enough real research. Baran says that the difference between the two is entirely fictitious and that in fact both are far removed from reality. The apparent contradictions between the two kinds of social scientists only cloud the… Continue

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:25pm — 2 Comments

Cigarettes and Mutual Aid

The culture of smoking is something that interests me greatly. It is probably one of the best modern examples of reciprocity spoken of in Mauss' the Gift. A cigarette smoker will inevitably become addicted, creating a need for nicotine. It is often not considered "pan-handling" to ask a stranger for a cigarette when the addict doesn't have one. When someone has cigarettes it is considered good faith to give one to someone who needs one. Thus, a kind of… Continue

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 2:09pm — 5 Comments

Ardipithecus ramidus and its Impact on Human Nature

Suwa, Gen et al

2009 Paleobiological Implications of the Ardipithecus Ramidus Dentition. Science 326: 94-99.



Fossilized teeth of the…

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Posted on April 23, 2010 at 6:30pm

Thoughts on Graeber's Direct Action: An Ethnography (part I)

I find Graeber's thoughts on ideology and government regulations interesting. Although he doesn't mention Libertarians (aka: anarcho-capitalists) he does touch on a fundamental contradiction in so-called Libertarian thought. The Libertarians and the Tea Party movement insist that the government is an institution that undermines the rights of individuals. Anarchists would agree. However, Libertarians and "Teabaggers" don't recognize the fact that in order for private property to exist there must… Continue

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 4:00pm

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