September 2012 Blog Posts (7)

techniques and technologies are harder than we think!

One of the things I like about anthropology is that it's so gosh darn interactive. Coming from an economics and social theory background, I'm accustomed to talking about things - talking a lot about things! However, as Marx put it, "The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." (I am uncertain what of Feuerbach's writings provoked that particular thesis, but IMO it's a good one.) Getting to the point, this summer at Trelleborg I…

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Added by Kate Wood on September 15, 2012 at 11:00pm — 6 Comments

Business Anthropology, the Future, and Pursuit of Theoretical Directions, Postscript by Maryann McCabe

Postscript

 

Business Anthropology, the Future, and

Pursuit of Theoretical Directions

 

Maryann McCabe

 

 

This volume provides an excellent set of papers inspiring one to think about the past, present and future of business anthropology. What is exciting about the scholarly articles is they point a direction in which business…

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Added by Robert Guang Tian on September 15, 2012 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Business Anthropology Is a Growing Field of Study foreword by Harry Wels

Business Anthropology Is a Growing Field of Study

 

 Harry Wels

 

Business anthropology is a growing field of study and an emerging professional market as this interesting book ‘Readings in Business Anthropology” will explain in much detail in the various parts and chapters. In a sense, it could be argued that ‘anthropology’ itself has become business. This is not unique to anthropology, as nowadays almost all…

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Added by Robert Guang Tian on September 15, 2012 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Social Networks Decay Quickly - OAC?

On OAC Facebook, Keith Hart points us to Diego Basch's blog "Social Networks Implode Quickly" and asks if its conclusions apply to OAC? Here I will briefly summarize the argument and offer a few thoughts along the way.

Basch begins with the following points:
1) Metcalfe’s law. A social network…
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Added by John McCreery on September 15, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

"Don't be a dick." How can that work?

Among my sources of information about the modern world is a free online newsletter called MediaDailyNews. This morning's edition featured a column by Bob Garfield, who for decades was the chief advertising critic for Advertising Age.  Garfield begins this piece, titled "Too Late to Relate?" with the following paragraphs.

There's this line I sometimes use in speeches, usually during the question-and-answer period. My presentations are about the ascendency of trust…

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Added by John McCreery on September 5, 2012 at 1:30am — 8 Comments

Dogû, A Cosmos

“Dogû” is a Japanese term literally translatable as “clay figurines.” The following text is from the flyer advertising Dogû, a Cosmos, an exhibition at the Miho Museum in Shigaraki, Japan. The image that follows the text is from the exhibition flyer. It contains the original Japanese text as well as examples of the figurines in question. It may be worth noting that these figurines were first discovered in northeast Japan and attributed by their finder to…

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Added by John McCreery on September 3, 2012 at 8:27am — No Comments

Home Again

Just at the moment, I am in deep information overload. 



Thursday, train to Kyoto, check in at station hotel, walk along a gorgeous back street along a stream to Gion, dinner with the Keieijinruigaku (Anthropology of Administration) bunch at Professor Hioki's favorite Kyoto home-cooking restaurant, great food and lots and lots and lots of sake.



Friday, we get up early enough to hike over to Toji (a Buddhist temple complex) and get…

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Added by John McCreery on September 3, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

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