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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…Continue
Posted on June 1, 2015 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments
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
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…Continue
Posted on May 1, 2014 at 4:08pm