February 2012 Blog Posts (11)

Anthropology of Boredom

I have noticed that the least studied in Anthropology are the abstract feelings of humans that can be observed through their culture-specific actions and behaviors.  Feelings such as hate, fear, regret, boredom are interesting and important to study as they are the basics or cores of bigger problems such as violence, rape, addiction, divorce, suicide, mental illness, etc.  It is boredom that has tickled my brain lately.  Three incidences have made me think that there is a need to study human…

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Added by M Izabel on February 29, 2012 at 4:35pm — 2 Comments

On Avatar: digital commerce as activist pedagogy?

Contemporary media allow digital milieus to function as transnational classrooms, a multidimensional public sphere accessible to people with Internet connection. This generates ethical dilemmas, including the right to represent groups with incomplete civic rights and restricted access to representational centres. James Cameron’s Avatar (2009)-Amazon Watch (2011) marriage responds to this phenomenon, through its uses of digital communication as both profitable enterprise and activist…

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Added by Rodanthi Tzanelli on February 26, 2012 at 2:16am — 1 Comment

Ethnographers brother.

Added by carlamiksayer on February 25, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

My new friend, Chris

[Cross-Posted from Dead Voles]

As we think about the human economy or whether there is life outside of academia, we might consider looking more closely at some of the people around us. The events described below took place during the last two days.

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Italian-American, male, age 53, married, five children. Lives in northern Virginia, USA, a few blocks from where he was born and grew up. Raised Catholic. Independent who leans Republican.

Stop for moment.…

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Added by John McCreery on February 24, 2012 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

SMA "Takes A Stand" on Health Insurance Reform

The Critical Anthropology for Global Health working group on Global Health Insurance Reform is happy to announce that a preliminary SMA "Takes a Stand" statement on health insurance reform is now publicly available for comment on the SMA website.



The statement's primary focus is analyzing health insurance reform in the US through the lessons learned from transformations of health care systems worldwide. We situate this analysis within the context of broader theoretical questions…

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Added by Jennifer Jo Thompson on February 21, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Ethnophilosophy: Speculative Logic/Logical Speculation

Let me skip the Hegelian Speculation and the Aristotelian Reasoning.  I am more interested in Speculative Logic or Logical Speculation as a tool for studying culture, considering culture as a reality where there are parts of it that are immaterial, abstract, and unobservable.  I think we can still study a whole house even if we only see its front porch.

The latest news back home has been the ongoing public impeachment trial of the Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court.…

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Added by M Izabel on February 17, 2012 at 1:40pm — 2 Comments

WHAT CAUSED THE GREAT RECESSION?

The question arises: Why did the Great Recession happen?  My answer is poleconomic i.e., that it was due to…

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Added by Eugene L. Mendonsa on February 13, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Culinary or Anthropology? Why not both?

Okay, I'm in a career crisis.  Lately, I have been wanting to really involve myself in professional anthropology.  By professional, I mean academics  and scholarship.  I feel it would be regretful in my part if I would not try.  I'm done with my being a copyleftist (not a slave  to copyrights) and literary anarchist (not believing in conventions in academic writing).  I've done it, and it has brought me nothing and to nowhere.  Maybe it's time to humble myself and…

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Added by M Izabel on February 9, 2012 at 3:28am — 5 Comments

How goes HAU

This blog is a pointer to a discussion on Savage Minds initiated by Alex Golub in response to the online publication of Vol. 1.1 of HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. The HAU project has enlisted some of the biggest names in contemporary anthropology, including, for example, OAC founder Keith Hart, and the…

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Added by John McCreery on February 5, 2012 at 4:56am — No Comments

Detienen a la Antrop. Irene Méndez Graf‏, México DF

México, Distrito

Federal a 09 de enero de 2012







A LOS MEDIOS DE COMUNICACIÓN



A LAS ORGANIZACIONES DE DERECHOS HUMANOS



A LA CIUDADANÍA EN GENERAL







Por este medio, queremos dar a conocer los siguientes acontecimientos:



El día 11 de diciembre de 2011, nuestra compañera y amiga, la antropóloga Irene Méndez Graf fue sometida a un proceso de investigación y arraigada en las instalaciones de la SADAI (Subprocuraduría de Atención de…

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Added by Carlos Gpe. Heiras Rodríguez on February 2, 2012 at 10:39pm — No Comments

The state as metonym of the self

n the most recent edition (38.3) of American Ethnologist, which I’m just getting around to reading, I see this very interesting notion of the state as a metonym for the self.

It is worth considering the subjectivity that informs an understanding of one’s actions as heroic. I believe it is best described by what Gayatri Spivak (2004) calls the ability to “metonymize” the self, to imagine the self in an active relationship with the state, the opposite of…

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Added by Kenneth McGill on February 1, 2012 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

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