November 2011 Blog Posts (17)

Robert Reich is Both Right and Wrong about the Bargain between the 1% and the 99%.

“For most of the last century, the basic bargain at the heart of the American economy was that employers paid their workers enough to buy what American employers were selling” (Reich 2011).  Robert Reich indicates that this basic bargain created a virtuous cycle of higher living standards, more jobs and better wages.  I am going to say that from a purely economic standpoint the cycle was virtuous, but when one takes a longer view, through environmental glasses, that capitalist bargain…

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Added by Eugene L. Mendonsa on November 29, 2011 at 4:02pm — 2 Comments

tactical cosmopolitanism

Two members of  the University of Witwatersrand African Centre for Migration and Society asked how foreign migrants to South Africa cope with hostility sometimes amounting to xenophobia. In this short version of a longer journal article, they come up with the answer -- tactical cosmopolitanism -- and offer a list of its characteristics. As I read this and…

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Added by Keith Hart on November 28, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

The Relevance of Anthropology? A Marxist Response

 

The Relevance of Anthropology? A Marxist Response

 

 

Firefly: My friends, this man’s case moves me deeply. Look at Chicolini! He sits there alone, an abject…

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Added by Philip Swift on November 26, 2011 at 3:30am — 23 Comments

Anthropology, Politics, and #OWS (in light of recent events at UC Davis)

When I see videos like this:

...it makes me think about the borders between academia and politics. Specifically, I'm thinking about anthropology. I don't think that anthropology can be defined in any one way, and I certainly don't think that the discipline (in its many manifestations) is some sort of political party. I don't think that's what…

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Added by ryan anderson on November 20, 2011 at 9:30am — 13 Comments

Part 1: The Hawaiian Class System

Part 1: The Hawaiian Class System
The Origins of the Ali'i and Kahuna

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Added by Arnold Hokulani Kinau on November 17, 2011 at 10:38pm — No Comments

The Importance of Language and Culture in the Austronesian Context

THE IMPORTANCE OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN THE AUSTRONESIAN CONTEXT:

 

Communication


There are two forms of communications--verbal and non-verbal. Non-verbal can include art, sign language, facial expressions, street signs and instrumental…
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Added by Arnold Hokulani Kinau on November 17, 2011 at 10:29pm — No Comments

INVITATION FOR PAPER PRESENTATION IN IUAES 2013 IN ENGLAND

Panel ID 1384

SE 04 The Role of Law, Culture & Humanity in the Framework of Human Rights

Law itself is a clear indication that the content of self, ethnocentrism are increasing day by day and that is why law is making an effort to restore the essence of human right which was evolved by man at the time of inception of culture. Culture is sandwitched between nation and international agencies. Hence, an equilibrium never comes among…

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Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on November 16, 2011 at 4:53pm — No Comments

INVITATION FOR PAPER IN IUAES PANEL 2013 I ENGLAND

Panel ID 1443

SE 06 Repulsive Violence - A Mandatory Tool For Maintaining Peace, Humanity, Social Solidarity And Affinity

Term Violence is discussed in different ways. It is generally perceived in negative sense, which needs reconsideration in modern world. Violence has travelled a long path since the advent of man on this blue planet and has assumed aggravated proportions with civilization. Violence can be of two types one which we…

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Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on November 16, 2011 at 4:52pm — No Comments

approved panel for IUAES 2013 IN ENGLAND..INVITATION FOR PAPER

Panel ID 1385

SE 05  Etiology of Violence and Compassion in Social Life

Ethnocentrism and emotion create an environment of violence for human being of this earth, who have evolved from single family and species but different geographia has made them different in nature and behaviour as described by numerous anthropologists and social scientists.

Violence is as common as other elements of this earth which give compassion.…

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Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on November 16, 2011 at 4:51pm — No Comments

‘Take Five’: Understanding Greek Manifestations of ‘Disrespect’

Parading on Greek National Days used to be the quintessential celebration of Greek identity. In the age of austerity it has evolved into an arena of contestation of rituals Greeks used to take for granted.

FOR PHOTOGRAPH: http://www.fimes.gr/2011/10/mathitis-mountza-parelasi-larisa/

 

Political and economic analysts speak of an economic ‘…

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Added by Rodanthi Tzanelli on November 15, 2011 at 10:43pm — 2 Comments

For the design and business anthropologists among us

Grant McCracken has an interesting take on design thinking and why it needs better ethnography to realize its promise up on Fast Company. The comments include my question for Grant. How can ethnography, with its focus on what is and has been stimulate the designer's imagination instead of becoming an obstacle to it.

 

I think of a remark I heard at EPIC in Tokyo in 2010, when one…

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Added by John McCreery on November 14, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments

Thoughts on Group Activity

Today, I was startled to see on the OAC home page the following statement. 

Winner of the “most active group award”: Dynamical Processes on Complex Networks.

As one of the three active members of this group, I would like to compliment our founder Johannes Castner…

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Added by John McCreery on November 14, 2011 at 4:29am — 1 Comment

“Kirtana: Speaking in Musicking”

“Kirtana: Speaking in Musicking”

2007. “Kirtana: Speaking in Musicking”. Journal of Indian Music, Movement for understanding Sangeet- The Indian Concept.  Kolkata. ( pp. 32-54)

May be downloaded from: …

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Added by Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay on November 7, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Fundraiser

Today, when I checked into OAC, I noticed that someone kicked in $25 to the fundraiser. Thank you, whoever you are.

As I watch us struggle to raise what is, after all, a pitifully small sum of money, I recall a time, a few years ago, when I was, for my sins, International Vice-Chair of Democrats Abroad, the branch of the U.S. Democratic Party that gets out the vote among U.S. citizens living overseas. One of the prerogatives of the office was serving, ex officio, on the Democratic…

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Added by John McCreery on November 1, 2011 at 2:41pm — 4 Comments

Is Science simply "Mission of western white men " ?

New Scientist (29 October 2011 Issue number 2836) contains comments on Anthropology 1 ( Postmodernism based cultural anthropology ). In particular author suggests that such sort of imaginary anthropology rejects an existence of objective truth as well as assumes that  "science was simply mission of western white men "? As a consequence - " A generation of journalists with a postmodern education decided that " objective" reporting was simply getting varying views of the story, but not required… Continue

Added by Michael Alexeevich Popov on November 1, 2011 at 1:58pm — 6 Comments

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