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Freelance Anthropology?
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I’m sure the subject has come up before, but here it goes again…..Does one need a PhD in Anthropology in order to be called an Anthropologist? Must you belong to an organization such as a university…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John McCreery Sep 27, 2010.

Focus, Direction, Guidance
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I first attended college in 1996, aboard the U.S.S .Enterprise. I was in the U.S. Marine Corps and part of one of the biggest NATO mission at the time, Operation Decisive Endeavor. I had no major,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Hart Nov 30, 2009.

 

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Steven R. Vasquez replied to Keith Hart's discussion Half-Yearly Open Forum 3-16 October
"Hello all, Sorry for joining in late……Unfortunately I cannot chime in all the technical issues that seem to be the main focus. After all I can’t even give good advise on how to prevent spam. (no pun intended) I can however…"
Oct 8, 2010
Steven R. Vasquez replied to Jacob Lee's discussion time to moderate new membership?
"Mr. Jacob, No one, including me, is saying to just throw your hands up in the air (like you just don’t care). My suggestion about carefully choosing an e-mail provider was so that in addition to receiving spam, a legitimate member does not…"
Sep 28, 2010
Steven R. Vasquez replied to Jacob Lee's discussion time to moderate new membership?
"I agree with Michael in the sense that having any membership “moderated” would only cause unnecessary work for the administrators. There have been previous discussions on the issue here at the OAC and the usual final consensus tends to…"
Sep 28, 2010
John McCreery replied to Steven R. Vasquez's discussion Freelance Anthropology?
"Hi, Steven. Hope all is well with you. My advice, such as it is, is never to claim a credential when the claim might come back and bite you some day. On the other hand, I see nothing whatsoever the matter with saying, for example, "I decided to…"
Sep 27, 2010
Keith Hart replied to Steven R. Vasquez's discussion Freelance Anthropology?
"I hope so too, Steven. I recall a very interesting exchange, to which John Mac contributed a lot, when you first joined the OAC. Some of what I would say now was said then. The question of how open or covert you can afford to be in research is not…"
Sep 26, 2010
Steven R. Vasquez replied to Steven R. Vasquez's discussion Freelance Anthropology?
"Keith, since joining the OAC, my interest in anthropology and my overall understanding of what anthropology is has only grown. The internet I believe, has evened out the playing field in that now the novice have the same capabilities to operate at…"
Sep 25, 2010
Steven R. Vasquez replied to Steven R. Vasquez's discussion Freelance Anthropology?
"Michael thanks for your response. I do apologize for the long response time but I have been very busy lately. Being an Anthropologist associated with an academic institution is my goal. However, given that I have school aged children and the current…"
Sep 25, 2010
Stefano Portelli replied to Steven R. Vasquez's discussion Freelance Anthropology?
"Hello Steven! I've been calling myself a "freelance anthropologist" since I decided not to attend any Phd or MA program, about 10 years ago... I surely have an academic preparation as an anthropologist from my university in Rome, but…"
Sep 22, 2010
Keith Hart replied to Steven R. Vasquez's discussion Freelance Anthropology?
"It is obvious that a whole lot of anthropology today is tied up with the universities and most of our members have had some association with an anthropology program in them. But this identification of the discipline with the academy is historically…"
Sep 21, 2010
Michael Findlay replied to Steven R. Vasquez's discussion Freelance Anthropology?
"To me the term Freelance Anthropologist conjures up images of the old style "anthropologists" (circa 17-19th centuries i.e. colonial era) who used other peoples first hand experiences and wrote articles about other cultures from the safety…"
Sep 21, 2010
Keith Hart commented on Steven R. Vasquez's blog post Applied Anthropology or a Sociological Experiment?
"Welcome back, Steven. It sounds as if you are making a lot of progress. Tomek is right. Although anthropology and sociology seem to overlap substantially, their intellectual cultures differ profoundly. Sociologists care most about being…"
Jan 5, 2010
Tomek Turek commented on Steven R. Vasquez's blog post Applied Anthropology or a Sociological Experiment?
"Very interesting idea, I’ve been studying criminal rehabilitation (I don't know if it is a proper translation, we call it Resocjalizacja, you can work as a corrections officer, parole officer, counselor, etc. ) for 5 years, two years ago…"
Jan 3, 2010
Steven R. Vasquez replied to Ranjan Lekhy's discussion We need to rethink about security issue at OAC
"I do not believe that there is anything that can be done to prevent spammers, phishers and whatever other cyber offenders (I may have just coined a new word) that may be out there 100% of the time. Whatever measures OAC admin may implement, paid or…"
Jan 2, 2010
Keith Hart replied to Steven R. Vasquez's discussion Focus, Direction, Guidance
"Steven, Chris kelty of Savage Minds has just posted on the anthropology of prisons."
Nov 30, 2009
Morghan Vélez Young replied to Steven R. Vasquez's discussion Focus, Direction, Guidance
"This is a great conversation to follow. My ethnography takes place inside a youth prison, but I would like to recommend two references regarding a general exploration of correctional personnel inside facilities (juvenile and adult facilities):…"
Nov 29, 2009
Steven R. Vasquez left a comment for John McCreery
"Thank you for helping me focus on ways I could apply anthropology to my current profession. I have broken down your advice into steps and created sort of a check list. I have just recently been assigned as a unit trainer, instructing officers on new…"
Oct 15, 2009

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Applied Anthropology or a Sociological Experiment?

Not long ago I joined the OAC and asked for some guidance about how I could apply anthropology to my current profession as a corrections officer. I was given some very sound advice (Thanks to Keith Hart and John McCreery). I had before attempted to aid in and develop a restorative justice program, that to cut to the point was not very well accepted. So with guidance from two professionals mentioned I decided to focus on why it was not well accepted. Particularly, is the stereotype of the… Continue

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At 9:30pm on October 15, 2009, Keith Hart said…
Thanks, Steven. I didn't reply to your last posts because I thought they wrapped the thread up well and gave you the last word. I have enjoyed the exchange and hope to learn more from you.
 
 
 

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