May 2012 Blog Posts (24)

A Proposal...

...for a project between my university and the University of Rome (Tor Vergata) on Post-Secularism.

Hajji Bektash Veli Museum and the Implicit Post-Secularism of Museumisation Processes in Republican Turkey

Using the binary of religion and secularism ‘as a lighter’ in the sense emplyed by Knott in her work ‘Locating Religion’ (2005) I similarly propose to look at public  ritual and religiosity (ın a Turkish context) to shed some light on the issue of the…

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Added by Logan Sparks on May 30, 2012 at 10:25am — 2 Comments

First contact

Hello!

So it's been a while but the exams do tend to take over if you let them so apologies for the radio silence.

My first visit to 'galgael' http://www.galgael.org/, an independent trust set up in Govan will be on June 7th! I'm really excited but won't post anything here until they give me the go ahead to keep coming along, hanging about and asking difficult questions like any anthropologist worth their salt. 

I don't know…

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Added by carlamiksayer on May 29, 2012 at 6:45pm — No Comments

anthropology of aggression

This article is an adapted excerpt from the book, "Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You", available June 12 from University of California Press.

In his story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson famously shows the dark side of humanity. The respectable and kind Dr. Jekyll devises a potion that enables him to bring to…

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Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on May 29, 2012 at 5:22am — No Comments

Apes and climatic change

"Some mammals may be more vulnerable to climate change than previously anticipated," Carrie Schloss of the University of Washington, US, told environmentalresearchweb. "For example, many primates and shrews and moles will likely be unable to keep pace with climate change across much of their ranges. On the other hand, carnivores such as coyotes or wolves and ungulates such as moose will likely be able to keep pace with changes in climate."

Schloss and colleagues looked at…

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Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on May 27, 2012 at 2:39am — No Comments

APES AROUND US

London, May 24 (ANI): Chimpanzees and orangutans have personalities "like people", a new study has claimed.

The new findings address a long-standing debate about whether great apes possess human-like personalities or if such perceived behaviour is an anthropomorphic projection of human observers, the researchers said.

The research team used a statistical technique to "remove" any biases apparent in human observers of the apes' behaviour, and they say their findings suggest man…

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Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on May 26, 2012 at 4:08am — No Comments

APES AROUND US

London, May 24 (ANI): Chimpanzees and orangutans have personalities "like people", a new study has claimed.

The new findings address a long-standing debate about whether great apes possess human-like personalities or if such perceived behaviour is an anthropomorphic projection of human observers, the researchers said.

The research team used a statistical technique to "remove" any biases apparent in human observers of the apes' behaviour, and they say their findings suggest man…

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Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on May 26, 2012 at 4:08am — No Comments

The First International Conference on Business Anthropology (China) — May 18-19, 2012

Marietta Baba

Allen Batteau
Ann Jordan
Tomoko Hamada
Mary McCabe
Alfons van Marrewijk
Brian Moeran
Patricia Sunderland
 
I wonder how many members of the Open Anthropological Cooperative know these names. All were featured speakers at the First International Conference on Business Anthropology (China) organized by Professors Robert Guang Tian and Daming Zhou and held May 18-19, 2012 at Sun…
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Added by John McCreery on May 24, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

how pity condition of an Indian

कल देश की जनता क जैसे पता चला कि पेट्रोल के दामो में वृद्धि हो रही है , मनो वो पागल हो उठा , सारे पेट्रोल पम्प गाडियो से भर गए , अब जरा आप सोचिये कि एक मोटर साइकिल में कितना पेट्रोल आता है ????????? ५ लीटर

यानि कल अगर उसने जल्दी से पूरी टंकी भी फुल करा ली तो कितना पैसा बचा करीब ४० रूपया या फिर सही सही ३९.७० रुपये | एक दिन अगर एक…
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Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on May 24, 2012 at 5:29am — No Comments

On imagining

With the popular idea that the world we are living in is more open and presents less boundaries. How do we discuss cultural, social or national  identities?

Is the need of a national definition not necessary anymore or does imagining substitutes the need for a social group to determine themselves from a nation or a society in particular?

Added by Nicole S. Soto Rodríguez on May 22, 2012 at 1:53am — 4 Comments

Treadwell's and Abraxas

Hi there everyone! This is a post to tell you about two awesome things that happened to me recently. No worries, they are anthropology related if not strictly so ;)

Last March I started volunteering for Treadwell's bookshop as well as for Abraxas journal. The two are strictly interlocked in as much as in 2009 Treadwell's owner Christina Harrington joined armies with Robert Ansell, director at Fulgur, one of the biggest esoteric publishers around, to create the marvel which is Abraxas…

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Added by LIviaFilotico on May 21, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Demise of Leela Dube - A renowned anthropologist of India published in Hindu news paper

Leela Dube, who passed away in New Delhi on Sunday aged 89, was one of the early pioneers of feminist scholarship in India along with Irawati Karve, Vina Majumdar, and Lotika Sarkar. Scan through the acknowledgements and citations of any sociological or anthropological book on kinship or gender in India, from the 1960s till the present, and her name comes up with unfailing regularity.



In a delightful autobiographical essay published in the Economic…

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Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on May 21, 2012 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Hart on Cambridge and Inequality

I just watched Keith Hart at Cambridge talking about the diffuse nature of Cambridge networks and the implications of that for the possibility of radical change and a real and sustained attack on global inequality (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsGfDU1gATU&feature=relmfu).  It is nice to listen to my esteemed colleague who sees the world as I do, but who seems more optimistic.  His glass seems three-quarters…

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Added by Eugene L. Mendonsa on May 18, 2012 at 4:15pm — 4 Comments

On Steven Weinberg's "Without God"

In 2008, the renowned physicist, Steven Weinberg, delivered the Phi Beta Kappa lecture at Harvard. His oration, entitled "Without God" was edited and printed in The New York Review of Books in the September 25, 2008 issue.

Although I may tend to agree with some of Weinberg's points, and I certainly sympathize with the apparent motivation for his lecture--the politicization of science by the religious right during the Bush years--I nevertheless felt that Weinberg's approach to…

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Added by Kalman Applbaum on May 13, 2012 at 4:51pm — 3 Comments

Textual Archaeology: Analyzing Form and Content in Poetry

This past week, literary trolls got the best out of me and somehow forced me to write daily lectures from Death of the Author to theories of form to interpreting the interpreter.  The topic was Formalism in literary criticism.  At first, instead of responding in an essay form, I wrote a parody in a Sapphic stanza complete with syllabic count, spacing, metering, and adonean line, which I turned into a literary negation.

The Imagist

I do not ask what brush or…

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Added by M Izabel on May 12, 2012 at 11:21am — 2 Comments

North of the Border: narcocorridos

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b01dvw70

This BBC radio documentary explores the narcocorrido (drug smuggling ballad) as a popular genre among Mexicans in the U.S. Denselow, the journalist points to the ambivalence of the the border in the Mexican imagination. He traces the background to 1848 when the U.S. effectively annexed half of the landmass of Mexico including California. Ballads of…

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Added by Huon Wardle on May 10, 2012 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Hofstede on Cultural Difference - To Sneer? Or Reflect?

Having been invited to a conference on business anthropology to be held in Guangzhou (a city I used to call Canton) in China, I have been thinking about the relationship of anthropology to business—actually, given my interest in material and other forms of knowledge, the relationship of anthropological knowledge to the knowledge taught in business schools and created and written about by their faculties. The conference has provided the occasion, but my thinking about this topic is also…

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Added by John McCreery on May 8, 2012 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

Disembeddedness as Invalidated by Gender

After thoughtfully considering some of the comments made on my last post regarding Sahlins and Polanyi's infamous 'disembedded economy' thesis, I have been considering this line of argument even more carefully. Although there are inherently many issues with Sahlins's initial premise of 'affluence' among hunter-gatherers, I think it's crucial to point out that what his argument states, in a latent fashion, is that our society is not altogether different from those of the so-called…

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Added by Chelsea Hayman on May 8, 2012 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

Could Sahlins's Affluent Society thesis be used to disprove Polanyi's disembedded economy thesis?

Polanyi characterizes the shift to market capitalism by arguing that individuals act upon more maximizing strategies in which they are driven by profit-based gains rather than the subsistence strategies of feudal England. Based upon this, he highlights how the market creates a sense of scarcity as a way of sanctioning workers to meet particular arbitrary demands predicated upon consumptive needs, which are determined by an unstable market.

Reflecting upon this, Sahlins argues that…

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Added by Chelsea Hayman on May 6, 2012 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

The Nilotic and Japanese Ainu Linked

I've been having an interesting conversation with an American woman who is married to an Ainu man from Japan. She is an anthropologist who has an acute eye for details. That conversation is available to read here:

http://jandyongenesis.blogspot.com/2012/05/nile-japan-ainu-connection.html

 

 

In our conversation we discovered that the Ainu and Hebrew alphabets are…

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Added by Alice C. Linsley on May 6, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

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