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Where were the Black Anthropologists?
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During my formative years as a student of anthropology, I studied just about all the important pioneers of the history of American and European anthropology. Pardon the name-dropping, but for…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John McCreery Jun 26, 2014.

Disputed Questions: The Debates...Part 3
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Thanks to all the members for their participation and comments during the first series of debates.  I would like to open the second in this series of debates by inviting the next motion from the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Neil Turner Aug 30, 2010.

Disputed Questions: The Debates...Part 2
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The first series of debates fell short of the objective due to the fact that I didn’t clearly define procedures on how we should go about conducting it.  I would like, therefore, to make another…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by M Izabel Jun 19, 2010.

Disputed Questions: The Debates
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There is always a risk when setting up debates such as this one. The danger lies in attempting to produce compelling arguments without yielding to the tendency to create contrived oppositions. As…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel M. Wright May 28, 2010.

 

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Interpretive Anthropology

A forum for conversations about the concepts and contributions of Clifford Geertz to anthropology.
Jun 20
Michael Alexeevich Popov commented on Neil Turner's blog post Tristes Tropiques: Revisited
"Levi-Strauss and Surrealism There is some deep interconnection between LS style of thinking and Andre Breton, founder of modern surrealism. They lived in New York between 1941 and 1945.Surrealism or "art of pure psychic automatism " with…"
Aug 16, 2015
Neil Turner commented on Neil Turner's blog post Tristes Tropiques: Revisited
"Thanks John, I always look forward to your comments...best regards...tchau."
Jul 22, 2015
John McCreery commented on Neil Turner's blog post Tristes Tropiques: Revisited
"Neil, I have just got around to reading this post, and a great reading of Tristes Tropiques it is. It strikes me as too perfect to stimulate conversation in an online medium where "dialogue" is usually Punch 'n Judy…"
Jul 22, 2015
Neil Turner posted a blog post

Tristes Tropiques: Revisited

When I first encountered Lévi-Strauss in graduate school, I thought the title of his monumental work sounded strange. At that time, I spoke absolutely no Portuguese but knew enough Spanish to understand that tristes meant sad. However, I could not for the life of me penetrate the “meaning” associated with the title of this passionate, perilous quest into (what at that time was considered) the dark world of myth, ritual and magic in the country of Brazil. Even today, Brazil is considered by most…See More
Jun 1, 2015
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The Universality of Truth

Now this is an article that is going to upset a lot of people but at the same time it will cause a lot of people to reflect on something that we so easily take for granted. As anthropologists, we are charged with trying to understand and explain what humans do and essentially why. We investigate similarities and variances, things that we share, and things that are private and sacred. We try to find underlining qualities that unite us as a species and set us apart as individuals. One very…See More
May 15, 2015
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Interpretive Anthropology

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Interpretive Anthropology

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Candomblé in Brazil

"For more information about Candomblé see: Candomblé, Macumba Ritual and Jaré in Brazil at; www.perspectivesinanthropology.wordpress.com Comments welcome."
Jul 9, 2014
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Candomblé in Brazil

During the 16th century, Candomblé was practiced by the slaves of Bahia and spread to many other states in Brazil such as Rio de Janeiro and Pernambuco event...
Jul 9, 2014
Neil Turner commented on Francine Barone's group Urban Anthropology
"A growing pandemic that does not receive the attention it deserves: Children of the Streets: Into An Angel's Hands Comments are welcome. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfugsrw_sQI ; www.perspectivesinanthropology.wordpress.com"
Jul 6, 2014
Neil Turner commented on Dan O'Maley's group Digital Anthropology
"An important yet overlooked event in Brazilian History: It is generally well-known that the first martyrs to lay down their lives for the abolition of slavery were the brave freedom fighters of the Haitian Revolution led by Toussaint…"
Jul 6, 2014
Neil Turner commented on Heike Schaumberg's group Latin American Anthropology; Antropología Latinoamericana
"Um evento ainda negligenciado importante na História do Brasil: Geralmente é bem conhecido que os primeiros mártires para dar suas vidas para a abolição da escravatura foram os bravos combatentes da liberdade da…"
Jul 6, 2014
Neil Turner commented on Rafael Lasevitz's group Antropologia Brasileira / Brazilian Anthropology
"An important yet overlooked event in Brazilian History: It is generally well-known that the first martyrs to lay down their lives for the abolition of slavery were the brave freedom fighters of the Haitian Revolution led by Toussaint…"
Jul 6, 2014
Neil Turner commented on Louise de la Gorgendiere's group African Diaspora
"An important yet overlooked event in the African Diaspora: It is generally well-known that the first martyrs to lay down their lives for the abolition of slavery were the brave freedom fighters of the Haitian Revolution led by Toussaint…"
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Neil Turner
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Background

Neil Turner is an American anthropologist living in Salvador, Bahia Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Anthropology and a M.A. in Medical Anthropology. While in the USA, Dr. Turner worked as a research analyst for the American College of Physicians (1992 - 2002), and he has worked as a computer information technician for the oldest law practice in the United States, Rawle & Henderson (2005 - 2007). As a professor, he has taught at Tufts University, Boston, MA., California State University, Los Angeles, CA and as an adjunct professor at American Pathways University, Denver, CO. Dr. Turner has authored several papers and his work in medical anthropology has been published by Grin Publishers, Munich, Germany. Also, his work has appeared in the Italian online journal for anthropology, Antrocom. Currently, he is teaching ESL, TOEFL, and conducting ethnographic research for a book on Brasil.

Bilingual: English and Portuguese

Specialties - Visiting Lecturer: 7th Annual International Social Theory Consortium Conference, 2006 Sponsor: The Alliance of Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought Virginia Tech University, Roanoke, VA; 2nd Annual Graduate Student Conference in Cultural and Social Anthropology, 2006 Sponsor: The Anthropology of Global Productions, Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Asian-Pacific American Research Roundtable Conference, 2004 Sponsor: California State University, Los Angeles.

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Tristes Tropiques: Revisited

When I first encountered Lévi-Strauss in graduate school, I thought the title of his monumental work sounded strange. At that time, I spoke absolutely no Portuguese but knew enough Spanish to understand that tristes meant sad. However, I could not for the life of me penetrate the “meaning” associated with the title of this passionate, perilous quest into (what at that time was considered) the…

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Posted on June 1, 2015 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

The Universality of Truth

Now this is an article that is going to upset a lot of people but at the same time it will cause a lot of people to reflect on something that we so easily take for granted. As anthropologists, we are charged with trying to understand and explain what humans do and essentially why. We investigate similarities and variances, things that we share, and things that are private and sacred. We try to find…

Continue

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 7:27pm

Tools of the Ethnographer

I admit that there is no perfect process for doing ethnographic fieldwork. And, trying to find a computer program or application that is robust enough to handle all the varied tasks necessary in fieldwork, I don’t really think exists (although there are many out there that claim to be the definitive research tool for qualitative or quantitative research). In the years that I have been doing fieldwork, I have figured out a method that sort of works for me…

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Posted on May 1, 2014 at 4:08pm

The Brazilian Educational Project

A short video (5min) has been published describing the mission and objectives of the Brazilian Educational Project. For those interested, it can be found at: http://www.box.net/shared/jilip66h2t

Posted on June 18, 2010 at 1:29am

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At 5:25pm on June 20, 2011, Aline Sapiezinskas said…

Hello, Neil!

Welcome!

Aline.

At 7:05pm on June 6, 2010, Philip Swift said…
Dear Neil,

No worries. I had to think about it a bit before taking sides!

All the best,

Phil
At 7:42pm on June 1, 2010, Joel M. Wright said…
Neil,

Thank you for pointing me to the 2nd run of the Disputed Questions forum. I'll look at it shortly.

Regards!
At 5:43pm on May 20, 2010, Keith Hart said…
I was just the first contributor and I lost!
At 6:07pm on May 19, 2010, Keith Hart said…
At 4:08pm on February 27, 2010, Digare Ahmed H. said…
Culture is the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
At 6:25pm on November 30, 2009, Neil Turner said…
At 11:18pm on November 29, 2009, Neil Turner said…
Everything cannot be completely equitable in every situation but you can work to make it as close as possible…
 
 
 

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