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The other side of the OAC
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The OAC should not just be about academic debate, it should also be about finding friends and building a network. One of the ways to do this is to search for a "town/ country" or…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Findlay Sep 5, 2010.

 

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Francine Barone replied to Nathan Dobson's discussion Social anthropology hasn't got the stuff! in the group PopAnth
"This is relevant and actually repeats some of what we've said here: Anthropologists should do a better job of promoting their field"
Apr 24, 2013
Erin B. Taylor replied to Nathan Dobson's discussion Social anthropology hasn't got the stuff! in the group PopAnth
"Nathan, you're right, journalists have a lot of tricks up their sleeves that they use to generate stories. We could definitely lean from them! We need something like guide to doing popular anthropology with advice from experts and case studies…"
Apr 1, 2013
Nathan Dobson replied to Nathan Dobson's discussion Social anthropology hasn't got the stuff! in the group PopAnth
"Erin said:  I don't think archaeologists have a material advantage... visitors stressed repeatedly that they like "the human story". The implied message here is that people are only really interested in things if there are people…"
Apr 1, 2013
Nathan Dobson commented on Boris Popovic's blog post Meet the New Left: Small Business Owners
"Taken on a Nokia 6500s-1, ‎02 ‎January ‎2013, ‏‎15:13:58 I just wanted to include the original picture I took because I used the camera of a crappy phone to take a picture of a printed newspaper, but I don't want to…"
Apr 1, 2013
Nathan Dobson commented on Boris Popovic's blog post Meet the New Left: Small Business Owners
"That was really interesting Boris, thanks for pointing us to it. I picked up the thread of small business banking after meeting a local BOA rep and then reading about how Chuka Umunna was importing the idea for the UK when I was back there at…"
Apr 1, 2013
Nathan Dobson commented on Keith Hart's blog post The Human Economy approach endorsed by Nobel laureate economist aged 102
"I like the way this conversation has gone towards "getting along". I was just reading Robert Bellah's introduction to a collection of Durkheim's essays that puts forward a good case for why he might have been so interested in…"
Mar 16, 2013
Nathan Dobson commented on Keith Hart's blog post The Human Economy approach endorsed by Nobel laureate economist aged 102
"Thanks Keith and John. I wrongly assumed that I could slim down what I was saying to a couple of lines because we were already in a conversation and you would understand where I was coming from. It's clear to me now that the only real…"
Mar 15, 2013
Nathan Dobson commented on Keith Hart's blog post The Human Economy approach endorsed by Nobel laureate economist aged 102
"People I've spoken to recently are a bit shocked at how you endorse engagement with "bureaucracies they think are the enemy". I tend to think that we have to try and speak other languages but I suppose I get stuck on maths. How…"
Mar 14, 2013
Nathan Dobson replied to Ben Belek's discussion AnthroDef
"I was very excited to see this Ben and plan to try and chip in as much as possible. The OAC has a wikiworkspace that didn't get off the ground: http://anthcoop.wikidot.com/ Is the site you've created completely separate to wikipedia…"
Mar 13, 2013
Janelle Christensen replied to Nathan Dobson's discussion Social anthropology hasn't got the stuff! in the group PopAnth
" Should the AAA or individual anthropologists consider hiring professional publicists? "
Jan 28, 2013
Erin B. Taylor replied to Nathan Dobson's discussion Social anthropology hasn't got the stuff! in the group PopAnth
"Great, points, Janelle. I'd guess that anthropologists aren't invited to go on talk circuits because nobody knows who we are, because we don't promote ourselves. I increasingly feel that self-promotion isn't being a wanker,…"
Jan 28, 2013
Nathan Dobson commented on Nathan Dobson's blog post Grayson Perry wanders into anthropology.
"Thanks Chelsea. I better change my mask/hat next time."
Jan 28, 2013
Nathan Dobson commented on Nathan Dobson's blog post Big words
"Great wink and nose Larry. I'm not married but if you say so. I just wanted to note that it was funny/interesting/something that the first word I've learnt to spell, or am happy to change to in US English, is "labor". Who put the…"
Jan 27, 2013
Janelle Christensen replied to Nathan Dobson's discussion Social anthropology hasn't got the stuff! in the group PopAnth
"I think this is a great question. There are some great research, ideas that are explored in interesting books. I often wonder why Anthropologists are not asked to go on the "talk" circuit to discuss their work on the Daily Show…"
Jan 27, 2013
Erin B. Taylor replied to Nathan Dobson's discussion Social anthropology hasn't got the stuff! in the group PopAnth
"Oh, I just remembered - we do have the stuff! I currently have objects on display in the British Museum from my work with Heather Horst and Espelencia Baptiste on mobile money in Haiti. They are a range of money-related things, including underwear…"
Jan 21, 2013
Nathan Dobson replied to Nathan Dobson's discussion Social anthropology hasn't got the stuff! in the group PopAnth
"Such great replies but I need some time to digest them which might mean that this thread will be lost to obscurity. The fact that I picked up on a local news story allowed me to talk to the person that works in the Pretzel shop the other day, if…"
Jan 21, 2013

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Intro books

Having just set a paper in my intro to socio-cultural anthropology class I realised that when you ask undergrads to find a source they reach straight for the internet (not the hp... sorry) but have very little idea about what is legit and what isn't. With that in mind I thought I would use this as a space to make a list of good intro texts online:

First up - Small places large issuesThomas Hylland…

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Posted on November 21, 2012 at 12:30am

Big words

I find that when you move to a new country and start learning the language, certain words, idioms and expressions come to be extremely important as hooks which you use to understand a whole host of other things. I find that you flirt around certain words, they come and go and are used in different contexts until finally you get all their different meanings and then pow! they become essential structuring principles for the rest of your understanding. I go so far as to think of them as central…

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Posted on November 17, 2012 at 10:21pm — 6 Comments

Grayson Perry wanders into anthropology.

The allusions Grayson Perry makes to anthropology in his recent three part documentary series on class taste in Britain struck me as particularly bold. In a later interview conducted for the BBC he admits that promoting oneself “on the telly” and other media platforms is something that modern artists…

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Posted on July 2, 2012 at 9:44pm — 2 Comments

Things I didn't know about applying to (post) graduate courses.

The following is meant as a guide with a few extras on applying to Universities in the USA and France. I started from knowing nothing about the process and could have done with something like this about two years ago. Any comments or criticisms are welcome.

1. It takes time

a) My brother says that applying to jobs is a full time job, I would say that applying to Universities is just as consuming. Obviously the more Universities you apply to, the longer it all…

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Posted on April 19, 2012 at 8:59pm — 5 Comments

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