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Systems: an extended glance at the obvious. Part I

Which among these three human artifacts is best described as a system: a hunting net, a shoe, or a gasoline powered motor? I think many of us are inclined to answer the third as being the most system-like. Why?

When one is asked to give prototypical examples of some concept, it is natural enough that we choose those examples with which we are familiar. When we think about a concept we often do so with these prototypical examples in mind. This entails a kind of ethnocentric coloring… Continue

Added by Jacob Lee on November 19, 2009 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

International InterCultural Communications - What would be your Seminar Proposals?

Cultural Anthropolgy studies the central social character of culture and civilizations - both past and present. Yet in the area of human connectiveness which is essential to the development of human society the present contemporary aspect of International InterCultural Communication [ I.I.C. ] in the present advances in social sciences are now causing younger - who are aware of this I.I.C. Process - professional Anthropologist to redeveloped their historic thinking of cultural… Continue

Added by Roger M. Christian on November 14, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Engineered Objects, Systems, and State Spaces

Some anthropologists are uncomfortable with describing human-environment interactions in the language of systems. The concern seems to be that human-environment interactions don't work, in some fundamental way, like computers, engines, or other proto-typically designed things. These interactions are held to be too complex, too non-linear, too open for the systems metaphor to be appropriate, or at least useful. For my part, I think that the concept of a system is entailed by any… Continue

Added by Jacob Lee on November 13, 2009 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

In a way of Introduction

Just very briefly this time:

My main research and teaching interests lie in anthropology of health, illness and mental distress. Have done participant observation among service users in Latvia since 2002.

More on my webpage

Further inquiries are welcome!

Added by Agita Luse on November 11, 2009 at 9:39pm — 1 Comment

differences in sexual culture question...

sometime this week i started reading articles about differences in the way cultures approach the idea of sex. then i started to question the obvious differences. what do you think the major differences in sexual culture among larger global societies [for example, European values vs. US values], urban sexuality, globalization and sexuality?

Added by Robert Garcia on November 8, 2009 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Some thoughts on intelligence and culture as constraint and resource

Maybe a year or more ago, in another context, John McCreery wrote:

As an anthropologist I both feel attracted to describing culture as “the panoply of resources that show that a place is unique and distinctive” and also aware that attaching culture to place may be too limiting. Consider diasporas, for example, or pop culture worlds like those of gamers or musicians that spill across the boundaries and distances that separate geographical spaces.

What strikes me most,…

Added by Jacob Lee on November 5, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Call for Interest: antropologia médica/da saúde-Portugal

Diferentes investigadores (estudantes em M.A., doutorandos, post-doc, docentes, professores...) em/de Portugal que trabalham no campo da antropologia médica, antropologia da saúde ou da doença ou sobre outros tópicos e áreas relacionados à saúde (a religião, a morte, os espaços humanitários, as migrações...).

Para conhecer melhor o que se faz neste campo, e quem, convidamos a todos para uma reunião no dia 3 de Dezembro. A reunião será na sala 340, no ISCTE, Avenida das Forças Armadas,… Continue

Added by Virginie Tallio on November 3, 2009 at 1:37pm — No Comments

The Anthropology Song: a viral video for people like us?

Thanks to Kerim and Savage Minds for Dai Cooper's Anthropology Song.

Watch it, sing along and pass it on. Check out Daionisio's channel too.

And now the interview (courtesy

Maybe nobody has better explained what anthropology is all about. "I… Continue

Added by Keith Hart on October 19, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

New Issue of Museum Anthropology Review Published

The editors and staff of Museum Anthropology Review are pleased to announce the publication of the journal's latest issue, 3(2). Publication of the issue is timed to coincide with the celebration of Open Access Week. Thanks go to the authors,… Continue

Added by Jason Baird Jackson on October 19, 2009 at 3:14am — No Comments

Resisting Corporate Enclosure in Scholarly Communications

Members of the OAC concerned with questions and issues in scholarly communication may find an essay that I have recently written of interest. In it, I suggest 5 basic steps that scholars can choose to undertake to diminish the corrosive influence of for-profit scholarly publishing relative to not-for-profit publishing of several kinds. One need not be an advocate for open access publishing to see value in the proposition that we are harming ourselves by freely giving our time, labor, and… Continue

Added by Jason Baird Jackson on October 18, 2009 at 3:03am — 12 Comments

Oral History: Oia mentar la hacienda San Agustin

Este libro recoge los testimonios de los pobladores de la Ex hacienda San Agustín. Quienes provienen de diversos lugares del Perú "la historia de trabajo, solidaridad, conflictos, discriminación, explotación, sueños y logros, leyendas y mitos, de una localidad que va a desaparecer en aras de la modernidad que se impone de manera desigual en nuestras sociedades.

Visita:… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Lino C. on October 11, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

the drum circle diaries: defense mechanisms

a story from my fieldwork on the Venice Beach drum circle, cross-posted from my blog, Praxis Mundi

"They say that they're celebrating the sunset..." said the cop.

He surveyed his handiwork, struggling to keep the smugness from corrupting his professional demeanor. As we spoke, the broken multitudes milled aimlessly, faces wiped of expression. There was an occasional angry glance at the three… Continue

Added by Jonathan Tanis on October 7, 2009 at 9:17pm — 1 Comment

Evala Kaybe Togo Male Rites of Passage 2007

Added by Andy Graham on October 5, 2009 at 1:49am — No Comments

do creationists have well thought out arguments against evolution?

I'm troubled here, I've was raised Christian/ Catholic for half of my life. And when I started to think logically i couldn't find points that seemed well thought out nor seem legitimate in showing that creationists knew that evolution isn't true. i might be thinking this too hard, or I'm accidentally being closed minded. I really want to know what are the main Creationist positions. I want to know how they support them. I want to know this so i can know the other point of view--not to argue… Continue

Added by Robert Garcia on October 4, 2009 at 2:00am — 8 Comments

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Added by Andy Graham on October 1, 2009 at 7:03am — No Comments

Ethics and Blogging, some fun Monday morning reading

Here is an interesting article from Science Daily. It talks about the basic ethical codes that have come about in online blogging communities. Read on:

"Whatever their reason for posting their thoughts online, bloggers have a shared ethical code, according to a recent study published in the journal New Media Society. Key issues in the blogosphere are telling the truth, accountability,… Continue

Added by ryan anderson on September 28, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Oh Boy! What a haul.

One of my classmates in BritLit I posted a link in our discussion board to the brand new Staffordshire Anglo-Saxon treasure. I almost passed it by because the last link posted contained some lovely silver but nothing compared to this haul. In viewing the BBC report I came across an interview with the finder, a regular chap out pursuing his hobby, Terry Herbert. I was impressed with his perception and attitude regarding his find. He says it was more exciting to watch the reactions of the… Continue

Added by Victoria Reed on September 26, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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Added by Gustaaf Houtman on September 26, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

ethnographic yoga: inversions

crossposted from my main blog, Praxis Mundi

There is an imminent wisdom nestled in the practice of ethnography; every important lesson along the spiritual path finds its analogue in the research process. Take, for instance, the anekāntavāda concept in Jainism. Robert Anton Wilson called them Reality Tunnels. The basic idea is that every individual perceives reality through a personal set of filters, though they seldom realize it.… Continue

Added by Jonathan Tanis on September 25, 2009 at 10:02pm — No Comments

CFP, SfAA 2010 (Merida, Mexico). The Biodiversity Conservation Industry in Mexico: Perspectives, Trends, and Challenges

**Please circulate this CFP to anyone who may be interested. The session is open to any work on protected areas in Mexico.**

The Biodiversity Conservation Industry in Mexico: Perspectives, Trends, and Challenges

Ideological and material forms of globalization are germane to the biodiversity and conservation industry of Mexico. Biosphere Reserves in Mexico present a community-oriented development paradigm that is intended to achieve conservation of resources while… Continue

Added by Liz Olson on September 21, 2009 at 1:50am — No Comments

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