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Jun 13, 2012
Rick Holden commented on John McCreery's blog post Theory and method in anthropology: an historical speculation
"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…"
Jun 13, 2012
Rick Holden commented on John McCreery's blog post Theory and method in anthropology: an historical speculation
"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…"
Jun 13, 2012
Rick Holden commented on John McCreery's blog post Theory and method in anthropology: an historical speculation
"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…"
Jun 13, 2012
Rick Holden commented on John McCreery's blog post Theory and method in anthropology: an historical speculation
"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…"
Jun 13, 2012
Rick Holden commented on John McCreery's blog post Theory and method in anthropology: an historical speculation
""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…"
Jun 12, 2012
Rick Holden replied to John McCreery's discussion Brian Uzzi, Social Network Analysis of Organizational and Team Behavior in the group Theory for Anthropology
"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…"
Mar 26, 2012
Rick Holden replied to John McCreery's discussion SNA (Social Network Analysis) and HER (Historical and Ethnographic Research) in the group Theory for Anthropology
"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…"
Mar 17, 2012
Rick Holden replied to John McCreery's discussion SNA (Social Network Analysis) and HER (Historical and Ethnographic Research) in the group Theory for Anthropology
"I've got stuff to say on this, but my post got deleted because I left the page and went back after writing it. I'll redo it later. "
Mar 14, 2012
Rick Holden replied to John McCreery's discussion Radical Constructivism and Computational Modeling in the group Theory for Anthropology
""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…"
Feb 15, 2012
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Theory for Anthropology

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.
Oct 16, 2010
MAI Saptenno replied to Rick Holden's discussion Ethnicity in urban places in the group Urban Anthropology
"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…"
Jul 31, 2010
Rick Holden replied to Rick Holden's discussion Ethnicity in urban places in the group Urban Anthropology
"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…"
Jul 27, 2010
John McCreery replied to Rick Holden's discussion Ethnicity in urban places in the group Urban Anthropology
"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…"
Jul 27, 2010
Martha Radice replied to Rick Holden's discussion Ethnicity in urban places in the group Urban Anthropology
"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…"
Jul 27, 2010
Rick Holden replied to Rick Holden's discussion Ethnicity in urban places in the group Urban Anthropology
"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…"
Jul 27, 2010

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U of North Texas. Currently working for City of Dallas Office of Environmental quality involving sustainable development.

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At 6:25pm on May 28, 2010, Rick Holden said…
That's good to hear. Please let us know how things went and what you learned.
At 4:04am on May 28, 2010, John McCreery said…
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.
At 3:12am on May 28, 2010, John McCreery said…
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.
 
 
 

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