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Cui Yin Mok

Anthropology Research Interests

Buddhism, China, Chineseness, ethnicity and group boundaries, governmentality, identity, the Internet, migration and diaspora, nationalism, neoliberalism, transnationalism, participant observation, rationality, religion, Singapore, urbanism, land/space/place.

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Why isn't anthropology more popular?

Why is it that pop science, pop sociology, and pop economics exist (and are so well- received), but not pop anthropology? Why is anthropology so foreign to people when it seeks to understand the latter? Why do people still think it’s something to do with ants or birds or, at best, dinosaurs?


Off the top of my head, there are a few answers (which, frankly speaking, are pretty related to each other).


Baggage | Anthropology’s troubled past and its…


Posted on January 11, 2011 at 1:00am — 22 Comments

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Cui Yin Mok commented on M Izabel's blog post Japan and Its Collective Karma
"I agree with John's point regarding the unlikelihood of attribution of natural calamities to karma, least of all "collectively". I would not rule out the possibility that a Japanese individual who may suffered significant losses in a…"
Mar 28, 2011
Adrian Andreescu commented on Cui Yin Mok's blog post Why isn't anthropology more popular?
"I am deeply surprised that anthropology is so distant currently to issues like religion and health, placebo phenomena, etc., promising areas of interdisciplinary research that might offer a solution for funding and media coverage. In my opinion,…"
Feb 19, 2011
ryan anderson commented on Cui Yin Mok's blog post Why isn't anthropology more popular?
""The flaws are foregrounding academic names and debates that no one outside a particular geographical specialization knows or cares about and writing in a flat, academic monotone."   Definitely.  I agree 100%.  There is…"
Jan 15, 2011
John McCreery commented on Cui Yin Mok's blog post Why isn't anthropology more popular?
"It's the old saying about "showing" instead of merely "telling."  Good writers generally don't keep telling the reader about the style guide or the latest trends in literary criticism--they write about the subject…"
Jan 15, 2011

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