The Uniqueness of Humanity examines the human condition through the lens of evolutionary theory. Darwin's work appears to ally evolution with advance, and we are often compelled to place humanity at the top of a hierarchy. Is…Continue
Revealing Wisdom of supreme significance related to science…Continue
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George Bertrand Silberbauer was born on the 19th of March 1931 in Pretoria, South Africa. His father was a farmer who had studied agriculture at Cambridge. He was an only child and did his schooling in Pretoria. He studied at the University of Stellenbosh, doing forestry followed by majors in Zulu, Sotho and African Law and minors in anthropology and Roman Dutch Law. He began military service with the South African Air Force in 1950, first as a navigator and then a pilot flying fighters…Continue
A NEW ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM CHANNEL AND BOOKS FOR TABLETS AND COMPUTERS
Barrie Machin, artist, anthropologist, author has just…Continue
Excellency in work – "Nafel"
The phrase " Nafel " I use, taking from the world of Muslim mystics fellowship groups ("tariqa" ) that exaggerating in " God's work . This exaggeration may sweep them to the colorful social outcomes that enrich the cultural life and economy and serve as the "glue" of social cohesion.
The "Nafel" means "something else added." If you have to make one prayer, then perform three times. Two…
In 1983, Norman Tebbit, a minister in Thatcher’s government, justified cuts to the social sciences by saying that those who study ‘the pre-nuptial habits of the Upper Volta valley’ were not deserving of money. In…Continue
Nayanika Mathur and I have recently obtained Wenner-Gren funding for a workshop on collective anthropological identities (in short, who we anthropologists think “we” are), to be held at Brunel University, London, from 3rd to 5th September 2014. Here’s the blurb:
This workshop revolves around the myriad ways in which anthropologists construe and conduct themselves as part of larger communities, movements, and disciplines, and the…Continue
Hi all, I'd like to ask a question.
I began to learn French and started to read books in French some time back. I'm doing it by cross-referencing three available versions to me - in French (original works) and in English and Korean translations.
The thing is French books are quite hard to get here and even when they are available they're just so expensive. I'm reading them mostly in libraries but there are some books I need to get a copy for myself, such as…Continue
It is my pleasure to tell you in a bit more about changes in material components of Newroz Celebrations. Forgive me please because I could answer your question lately. First of all, I think, in ritual studies material components of a ritual is generally treated as a secondary element of trying to understand a ritual in it's cultural context. Because explaining the symbolic structure of a ritual has vital importance for understanding ritual in it's habitat. Indeed it is highly necessary to…Continue
This remark is inspired by Marianne de Laet ‘s anthropological comments ( Nature vol 501: 164-165,12 Sept 2013 ) on Harry Collins (2013) new book ‘Gravity’s Ghost and Big Dog : Scientific Discovery and Social Analysis in the 21st Century ‘ (University Chicago Press ).
Harry Collins produced brilliant systematic sociological account of his almost 40 years (!) fieldwork among scientists in the field of gravitational ( relativistic ) astronomy.
It is important…Continue
A while ago I was intimated by someone that you should not play with ghosts in some countries. Pop fiction teaches that there are ghosts creeping out of houses, possessing people with no warning and articulating collective fears with no remorse. A friend of mine who is a seasoned South Asian traveller pointed that Thai ghost stories have now made it to the cyberspace, acquiring…Continue
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Newroz: A resistance ritual
Ritual is the one of the basic practices of humankind. That’s why it is possible to witness rituals in every society both in our era and ancient times. While rituals can be seen in many periods and places, ritual as field of study is recent phenomenon. Analysis of a ritual with its symbolic pattern is central for most of ritual studies. For this reason, in many ritual…Continue
With a tip of the hat to Kevin Lyda, I direct your attention to an analysis of why whistle blowing has become an easier option for contract employees without job security, Bruce Schneier's Government Secrecy and the Generation Gap.
The central question: If organizations outsource operations and treat their employees as expendable tools, how can they possibly expect them to keep their secrets?
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What is not to like about a new approach to organizational strategy developed at MIT, that cites ancient myth and Mary Douglas, emphasises the primacy of human sense-making in organizational behavior, and is named Cynefin,
a Welsh word whose literal translation into English as habitat or place fails to do it justice. It is more properly understood as the place of our multiple affiliations, the sense that we all, individually and collectively, have many…
Just some thoughts...
I love philosophy books. I haven't read them for a year or so and this summer, got back to philosophy books again and read really a lot. What may be today's whim - after reading Foucault's book (not sure if it was translated into English) on Kant's anthropology after reading the Kant's book itself, I thought I could never be a philosopher, with all sincere respects to him. As a matter of fact I've read many works of his for almost 10 years - Order of things,…Continue
Come read and discuss an essay by Horacio Ortiz and myself posted online in separate parts, either here or on my website.
We review developments in the anthropology of money and finance over the last century, listing its achievements, shortcomings and prospects. Since the 1960s, anthropologists have tended to restrict themselves to niche fields and marginal debates.…Continue
Some friends and I are working on a series of books titled Anthropology for Kids. Each book will contain different ways of relating to a major human question – what Dostoevsky called “cursed questions” – such as death, family, love, state, money, war and so on.
The books will contain and expatiate on, in very short texts, topics on each of the issues. Each topic will also be illustrated with…Continue
Alice C. Linsley
Biblical Anthropology delves into the oldest layers of the biblical material looking for information that is anthropologically significant in reconstructing cultural antecedents. This approach has proved extremely useful in gaining a clearer picture of Abraham's Nilo-Saharan ancestors. A fascinating aspect of their worldview is its binary feature, which I discuss …