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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 Ruiz Pereira 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 Seba Ruiz Pereira Aug 25, 2011.

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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Seba Ruiz Pereira replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion The roots of violence.
"I agree with Eugene regarding the parallel between the onset of organized violence and the coming of a storable surplus and its consequences. Environmental history of countries is many times, if not always, a quest for resources. The means to obtain…"
Aug 25, 2011
Eugene L. Mendonsa replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion The roots of violence.
"Aggressive tendencies which exist in humankind are not purely instinctual; but rather derive from drives established in our primate past.  Instinct is an invariable inherited impulse to do something and the activity to perform that act (Gilmore…"
Aug 25, 2011
Seba Ruiz Pereira replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion Creative Ethnography
"This creative non-fiction reminds me of chilean diplomat, explorer and writer Mr. Miguel Serrano (1917-2009). Among many of his books, he wrote a "Trilogy of the search in the external world", which…"
Aug 24, 2011
Klaus Rominger replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion Creative Ethnography
"Possibly a good idea for Anthropologists to write Historical fiction. This limits the tedium of meeting the criteria to fall under the category of non-fiction yet offers the ethnologist the opportunity to keep the research results accurate and…"
Aug 23, 2011
Milton Pinto replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion The roots of violence.
"Any form of power dispute is directly related to the environment and means of subsistence. So, it's anthropological. Happens to humans and animals"
Aug 22, 2011
Victor Grauer replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion The roots of violence.
"I find it interesting that literally all the explanations offered here are either psychological or sociological -- none are, strictly speaking, anthropological. And I wonder whether this reflects a drift in the field of anthropology itself in…"
Aug 22, 2011
Milton Pinto replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion Creative Ethnography
"Every written description may be distorted by the writer interest or opinion. Assuming that the writer is honest and try to show the reality, there is a creative way to do this. Let's compared writing with photography. A photography is supposed…"
Aug 21, 2011
Milton Pinto replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion The roots of violence.
"Even among animals, the most egalitarian example we can have, violence happens. I think that violence has many different causes, but it's always fueled by some sort of power dispute. For example, nowadays, in Brazil, where I live, I see so…"
Aug 21, 2011
Seba Ruiz Pereira replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion The roots of violence.
"Violence is a constant effort to sustain certain reality. It is a response, produced from the contact between the individual and the individual-world that he/she sustains. Like there's heat transference between two contacting surfaces,…"
Aug 5, 2011
Roman replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion The roots of violence.
"Hi A.Ashkuff! it is my personal view that term (and phenomena) "civilization" includes only material side of culture - instruments of labour, technics, work systems, economy etc. And I also understand…"
Apr 25, 2011
A. Ashkuff replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion The roots of violence.
"So, Roman? One of my archaeology professors defined civilization, simply, as "culture, as it occurs in the context of a city." So, seeing as how your interpretation relies on a distinction between "culture" and…"
Apr 25, 2011
A. Ashkuff replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion The roots of violence.
""So talking about violence, IN GENERAL, we are not talking of a bad or good thing, but a part of our being. We can now analyze it in our society." Couldn't agree more with you, Jim.   --- Ashkuff | http://www.ashkuff.com…"
Apr 25, 2011
A. Ashkuff replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion The roots of violence.
"Personally, I hypothesize that violence tends to erupt over competition for limited resources. HOWEVER, "resources" does not always equate to "money," or even "natural resources." Resources may refer to one…"
Apr 25, 2011
Milton Ponson replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion The roots of violence.
"If you want to answer this question completely you must ask yourself if violence is unique humans and if not then what type of violence can be distinguished? The answer is violence is not unique to humans, primates like chimpanzees and bottle-nose…"
Dec 2, 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
John McCreery replied to Mitchell Jones's discussion The roots of violence.
"Thanks, Michael, for this perspective. You remind me of two important moments in my education, my grandmother's teaching me the proverb, "Sticks and stones can break your bones. Words can never hurt you" and my first encounter with…"
Nov 16, 2010

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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

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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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