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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

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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…


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…


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…


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…


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

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