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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.

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.
Oct 22
Neil Turner posted a video

Anthropology: Perspectives In

refreshing, new, bilingual perspectives in social, cultural and urban anthropology. Newest article "Revolt of the Búzios" translated from Portuguese. Thanks ...
Aug 7
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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
Neil Turner posted a video

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
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
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
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
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
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…"
Jul 6
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Digital Anthropology

A group for people interested in digital anthropology. What should people interested in digital anthropology be paying attention to right now.
Jul 6
John McCreery replied to Neil Turner's discussion Where were the Black Anthropologists?
"Prejudice makes powerful blinders."
Jun 26
Alice C. Linsley replied to Neil Turner's discussion Where were the Black Anthropologists?
"Excellent post. Thanks."
Jun 26
Neil Turner posted a blog post

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 but perhaps would not be as efficient…See More
May 1
Neil Turner added a discussion to the group Interpretive Anthropology
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Ethnography: The Stranger Effect and Gift Giving

Anyone who has conducted ethnographic research understands the importance of the participant-observer methodology. When gathering information, it is essential to have an informant that is able to assist in obtaining accurate, first-hand information in order to analyze cultural values, ideas, forms and processes. The relationship between the researcher and informant(s) critically influences the authenticity of the information and it takes time, patience, and navigational skill to build trusting…See More
Apr 24
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The Great Revival (A Grande Refazenda) - African Diaspora Anthropology

This blog will present a history of the diverse elements of scholarship by which the field of African Diaspora studies has been developed. It will present research findings of selected studies emerging from distinct interests and traditions of African Diasporic communities. The history examined will emphasize the scholarship of diasporic researchers that, until recently, had little opportunity to appear within the scope of the longer and broader development of diasporan studies. It is well…See More
Apr 22
Neil Turner replied to John McCreery's discussion Phantom Epistemologies
"After several years of ethnographic research here in Brazil, I have just recently be able to penetrate into the deeper levels of this society's cultural underbelly. It was here that I discovered much of what you are alluding to in…"
Apr 22

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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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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

Writing Well, Writing Academically…A Response

John,

You said:…

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Posted on April 23, 2010 at 2:12pm — 2 Comments

How would you define culture?

Culture is something that is all around us but hidden from sight.

Posted on December 25, 2009 at 5:00pm

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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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