April 2013 Blog Posts (8)

On Chagnon and My Field Experience

First off, power scares and sickens me.  I don't associate myself with people who relish and strive for it. Power-trippers make my blood boil and turn me into a confrontational savage.

I was a victim of departmental politics years ago, and it was an experience I would not wish on the worst of my enemies.  It was the first time I got disillusioned with anthropology as my chosen career.  Anthropology, from studying to publishing, is a matter of numbers like politics, where the…

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Added by M Izabel on April 26, 2013 at 8:44am — 5 Comments

The idea of the informal economy: a work in progress report

I'm working on a series of studies concerned with the intellectual history of the 'informal economy', and its relevance to current concerns in Papua New Guinea (PNG; the eastern half of the island of New Guinea). I hope, eventually, to 'join up' these studies in an extended monograph.…

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Added by John Conroy on April 14, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

You are what you throw away

Whether we like it or not, our trash defines us.

So stop filling in complicated personality tests and take a quick look inside your own bin : the rest will follow.

Ever since last year, I’ve become fascinated by every aspect of getting rid of what you no longer need: how often people dispose of their stuff, how long they have used it, which emotions (if any) accompany the throwing-away ritual, etc.
Bins offer us a valuable insight into the futility and transience…
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Added by Eugenia Melissen on April 13, 2013 at 11:31pm — No Comments

The 'I like that you liked this' button

I've been walking around with this feeling for several days now; this need for something we haven't yet been provided with by facebook.

From the depths of my emotional self there springs a neccesity to make use of a nonexistant facebook- button. After all, we can like and unlike things, but where can we fulfill our impusle to like that somebody else liked what we posted? A like that is a direct reaction to another like? A double-like, if you…

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Added by Eugenia Melissen on April 13, 2013 at 11:27pm — No Comments

You've heard about modeling, sounds interesting, but you aren't a programming Ninja

Help is at hand. Check out Gene Bellinger's Insight Maker. It's Web-based, it's free, you can play with it by yourself or with friends or colleagues.Think of it as a mind map where the pieces interact.If you are a programming Ninja, you may find the models too simple. But it's plenty sophisticated enough to provide instructive entertainment for the rest of us. 

Added by John McCreery on April 10, 2013 at 8:44am — No Comments

Life in Locker: The State of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh

Life in Locker: The State of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh



Description of the book:

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This is a book about the "Rohingya", a group of religious, ethnic and linguistic minority people of Myanmar but now large number of whom live in Bangladesh as refugees and illegal migrants. They became stateless people when the Government of Myanmar enacted "Myanmar Citizenship Law" in 1982 which constitutionally excluded them as the citizens…

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Added by Dr Nasir Uddin on April 9, 2013 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Life after the Ph.D.

With a tip of the hat to Ryan Anderson, who posted the following on Savage Minds.

Check out this interview with Sarah Kendzior about life after the PhD. A lot to think about. And a lot that many people do not want to talk about. Here’s my favorite quote: What I realized during my year on the job market is that having a traditional academic career is not as important to…

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Added by John McCreery on April 9, 2013 at 7:42am — No Comments

Can we think productively about memes?

A tweet from Biella Coleman, led me to Limor Shifman, Memes in a Digital World: Reconciling with a Conceptual Troublemaker.  I must say that I like the way Shifman thinks, asking how we could sort this [memes] out in a useful way. Instead, that is, haggling over definitions and why memes aren't genes (no, duh).

Added by John McCreery on April 7, 2013 at 9:58am — 3 Comments

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