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a child
without an escort

walks the night
in a big city it does not know:

isolated,
lost -

any ‘thing’
might happen to it.

Achirri

From Bruno Latour (1987:33)

Added by Achirri Ishmael on March 10, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

An Invitation to a Circumcision: the World According to V. Putin (Found Poems).

Reading Putin*.



I looked the man in the eye.

I found him to be

very straightforward

and trustworthy.



We had a very good dialogue.

I was able to get a sense

of his soul,

a man deeply committed to his country

and the best interests of his country.



I wouldn't have invited him

to my ranch

if I didn't trust him.



*George Bush, June 2001.





2. Putin, On Chechen Muslims



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Added by Achirri Ishmael on March 8, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

OVER 3,000 VIEWS FOR “WRITING AGAINST IDENTITY POLITICS”

Amazing! I am surprised and grateful that my American Ethnologist essay, “Writing Against Identity Politics,” has gotten over 1,000 views on academia.edu in a little over a year. This is on top of over 2,000 viewers and subscribers on Facebook and other educational, non-profit sites. I am glad that the word is getting out about the bureaucratic machine as a system of divine torture.…

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Added by Smadar Lavie on March 5, 2014 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Who says anthropology can't rock?

Serendipitously, the entertainment section in this morning's Japan Times carries an article about an Indie band, three young Japanese women, called Crunch. One of them, Noriyo Hotta says,



"For example, take 'Mori no Naka,' the first track on the album. This song was influenced by Radiohead, especially the songs 'Jigsaw Falling' and 'There There,' and a funk tune by Japanese rock band Jagatara called 'Tango.' But I was also inspired by a book about the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon.… Continue

Added by John McCreery on March 5, 2014 at 3:06am — No Comments

Collective? Individual? Both? How should we think about thinking?

Just found an interesting piece titled "Good Group Think" on eighteen chains.com. Resurrects some shrewd observations by Karl Mannheim, from Ideology and Utopia. Most of what we think we learn from others. We add a bit and pass it on. Tracing the routes is a project called the sociology of knowledge. Enjoy. Reflect. Respond. Pass it on.

Added by John McCreery on February 3, 2014 at 8:29am — 7 Comments

How would you cope with calamity?

Last night I was at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo attending a "Book Break." The book in question was Japan Copes with Calamity: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011, ed. by Tom Gill, David Slater, and Brigitte Steger. I don't know Brigitte, but Tom and David are old friends. Both are anthropologists, one from the…

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Added by John McCreery on February 1, 2014 at 2:53am — No Comments

Ethnic identity as natural phenomenon

Anthropologist and statistician S.M. Shirokogoroff in 1930s made an attempt to understand ethnic identity as an object of natural sciences ( incl funct anthropology ). He uses elementary equations of statistical thermodynamic in order to describe ethnogenesis as processes of statistical self-organization. In contrast, today social anthropologists and governments behave like they already had found complete proof of theorem on social nature of ethnic identity and all counterexamples are…

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Added by Michael Alexeevich Popov on January 28, 2014 at 1:52pm — 11 Comments

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…

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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 proctontologist.weebly.com:

“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…

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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…

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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…

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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’

                                   …

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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…
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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

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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…

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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

“A WOMAN EXISTS SOLELY TO GIVE BIRTH"
AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY…
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Added by Kusum Gopal on November 28, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

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