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Allende's Zorro

Allende's "Zorro"

(a found poem)

Mi Dios, the creator of "the infinite plan",

What have I owed--para este mundo vacío?

What is left of my love, my "Eva Luna",

Is her "portrait in sepia"--es tan doloroso.

"Maya's notebook" is all I have of my child, 

My poor "daughter of fortune"--mi vida perdida.

What remains…


Added by M Izabel on January 28, 2014 at 1:38am — 8 Comments

How would you rate the Proctontologist?

Yesterday, in a comment on the Lee Drummond forever thread, I posted the following quote from

“Ontologicality is a proctology, but only if you allow for the proctological to speak its ontologicality. Ontology is just a set of assumptions postulated by the anthropologist for analytical purposes. Indeed, it is well worth pointing out that such an exercise in conceptual creativity needn’t be territorialized with reference to any…


Added by John McCreery on January 27, 2014 at 4:40am — 6 Comments

Ritual, Liminality, and Social Facts

I have recently been engaged on LinkedIn with Jonathan Cook, who is writing a book about ritual in the advertising business. It has been a delightful conversation, with a lot of productive to and fro, but yesterday Jonathan wrote something that I strongly disagreed with. In responding to him, several different arguments that I have been thinking about for years suddenly clicked into place. Here is what I wrote. I will be happy if it proves useful to someone who reads it, ecstatic if they reply… Continue

Added by John McCreery on January 26, 2014 at 2:58am — 2 Comments

This is a quick response to Troillot.

Two in one day. Sadly this has been sitting elsewhere and isn't long or necessarily ground shattering or that engaging.

Responses to Global Transformations by Troillot pg35

Troillot mentions democracy, development, progress, and the nation-state as terms that do not describe but are packages for idealism ("North Atlantic universals"). While I agree with the first three, I disagree with the last one. I would argue that nationalism and patriotism might be 'North Atlantic…


Added by Aareon M. Harreld on January 12, 2014 at 2:28am — No Comments

Books: Lanugage, Globalization, Gender, Oh My . . .

It has been about . . . a year since I have been on here (I think)? I meant to be posting my thoughts, especially regarding the Sociolinguistics of Globalization, but it didn't happen.* Currently wading into Global Transformations by Troillot, and while I appreciate it is a bit slow to get into the really gritty details. Feels sort of like a course on anthropological theory, though I am only on Chapter 2.

However, another great read, especially if you are looking at gender is "Men…


Added by Aareon M. Harreld on January 12, 2014 at 2:06am — No Comments

Meditation on culture


Here is a short essay written from me a couple months ago, originally in Albanian which is also my mother language, for a cultural magazine which kindly refused it’s publication due it’s ‘complicated nature’. I sometimes busy myself translating prose from English to Albanian but this is my first time doing the opposite. I would like to share it with you.


‘There is nothing permanent except change’



Added by Mentor Mahmuti on January 5, 2014 at 6:14pm — 2 Comments

Serendipitous fortune telling

I never thought that my childhood’s magic would be stolen by a coffee machine. Like many other modern people with little time to waste and much accumulated taste for conspicuous consumption of technology, I tend to start my day with latte or cappuccino produced out of cachet-measured portions of milk and coffee. Nostalgia or decades of cultivated taste do nevertheless dictate the occasional return to cups of Turkish coffee (corrected to ‘Greek’ or even ‘Cypriot coffee’ by the…

Added by Rodanthi Tzanelli on December 30, 2013 at 3:08pm — 4 Comments

The New Republic features anthropologist's research on methamphetamine manufacture in the rural US

New Republic

DECEMBER 23, 2013

I Embedded with a Community of Meth Users


Added by Jason Pine on December 26, 2013 at 10:51am — No Comments

The uniqueness of humanity: a philosophical discussion (video)

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…


Added by Keith Hart on December 1, 2013 at 11:50pm — 5 Comments

"A woman exists solely to give birth": an ethnographic study from Tanzania


Added by Kusum Gopal on November 28, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Heart, mind, ethnography

Read it and weep. 

Added by John McCreery on November 16, 2013 at 1:46am — No Comments


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…


Added by Alan Thorold on November 12, 2013 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

New ethnographic film channel and iBooks


 Barrie Machin, artist, anthropologist, author has just…


Added by Barrie Michael Machin on November 10, 2013 at 9:27pm — 2 Comments


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…


Added by Roseman Jacheal Hilik on November 8, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

The Monstering of Anthropology


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 Tebbit’s telling, a venerable, and vital, branch of anthropological inquiry – the study…


Added by Philip Swift on November 1, 2013 at 6:00am — 28 Comments

'Who are “we”? Reimagining alterity and affinity in anthropology' workshop

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 Cambridge University, 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 implications of…


Added by Liana Chua on October 30, 2013 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments

II. "ritual and resistance: Newroz"

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…


Added by mustafa arıkan on September 28, 2013 at 7:28pm — 1 Comment

Remark on the fieldwork in Anthropology of Science and Technology

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…


Added by Michael Alexeevich Popov on September 24, 2013 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Public and private ghosts

Public and private ghosts

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…


Added by Rodanthi Tzanelli on September 21, 2013 at 12:17pm — No Comments

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