"Exactly, that's exactly right. So, we're agreeing that it's pointless to use non-discreet objects to plug into a network, right? And, you've stated why. In fact your statement to me was identical to what John was telling you. I…"
"M Izabel, I think your making the mistake of going to the other extreme. It's true that social reality, like all reality, is multivariate, not really binominal like in a lab. However, I think to really get that difference one has to understand…"
"You're right on a very real and technical level, and I was thinking about that when I was writing my comment. But, I think that the methodology of learning SNA can be held in relation with what is learned from it. In most ways it's…"
"BTW, Allen Johnson out of UCLA wrote a book that's now out of print on the subject in 1978 titled, "Quantification in Cultural Anthropology," which I feel is a book that should be a standard text in one's education. What I find…"
""Unlike a theory, social network analysis provides a way of looking at a problem, but it does not predict what we will see."
That's not really the case in many ways. The literature of SNA gives us a very solid grounding of what to…"
"Very cool. Thanks for the link. Here's another one of articles that are a bit more theoretical in nature. SNA
Borgotti, and the folks at the U of Kentucky LINKS Center tend to be more into the theoretical aspects of SNA and training, so I…"
"Yeah, sorry about that. I actually went back to reference the power point without thinking halfway through my comment.
Anyway, I'm framing comments knowing that I don't know what you'll add to the slides, so if you've already got…"
""The communication (and reflexive translation) of denotations between semantic domains can generate “horizons of meaning” as reflexive orders that remain structurally coupled to individual minds. Luhmann noted that this elusive…"
OAC already has a group named Theory in Anthropology, a good place to discuss theories already embraced by anthropologists. This group is, instead, intended for discussion of theory found outside anthropology that anthropologists might find useful.
"I'm doing a preliminary ieldwork in Jakarta, Indonesia in rural-urban migrants and localities. In such mega city of the third world, I turn to localities in terms of the politics of everyday life as the closely knit social networks go beyond…"
"I think you're right Martha. The reason I stated that dangerous neighborhoods are more prevalent towards this tendency is simply how I've been able to make my data fit in with relevant social network theory and previous urban studies. The…"
"we do need to go 'beyond the ethnic lens' - and that kind of deeper exploration of the issues is exactly what anthropology is good at doing.
Anthropologists may be good at this, but we are not alone and may want to consider what other…"
"In other words, the 'insider-outsider' boundary is much more important than any ethnic or racial boundary. I would suggest that such a distinction is important in any close-knit kind of neighbourhood, whether it is marked as dangerous or…"
"Hahaha! That was great John, hilarious!
That actually, expands the discussion from ethinicities based on racial types, or national identities, to urban geographies.
This is something I've also noticed in my work. In places marked as being…"
there really isn't a market for an anthropological social science for either business or government. That is an overstatement. There is a market, one piece of evidence being that this year's EPIC (Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference) will be held in Tokyo. The problem is that I know nothing about how one becomes one of the people who find jobs in that market. I have signed up to attend EPIC, partly to see what I can find out.
Rick, your question is a difficult one for me to answer. I have never made a living as an anthropologist in Japan. When my wife, who was then a Ph.D. candidate in Japanese literature at Yale, got the grant that brought us to Japan in 1980, I was an unemployed anthropologist who had spent the year before we arrived as a research assistant in the Yale Computer Science Department AI Project. That, and a list of names to call from one of my wife's colleagues, who had worked in advertising in Japan, got me a job as an editor for a small translation/corporate communications company doing daily translations for IBM Japan. That led three years later to my being hired as an English-language copywriter by Hakuhodo, Japan's second largest advertising agency. When I left the agency in 1996, I was able to move to The Word Works, Ltd., the translation company my wife had founded 12 years earlier. As it turned out, the timing of our move to Japan couldn't have been better. I was employed at the agency and The Word Works was founded just before the bubble went up. We rode the wave and were well established when the bubble collapsed.
You face a very different situation. The Japanese economy has spent nearly two decades stagnant or in recession. The low birthrate has created a crisis for higher education in Japan, as universities scramble for students and face increasing pressure to become more businesslike in their operations. Looking for an academic job? I haven't done that in years. I suspect that it will be a hard row to hoe.