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…Continue
(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.
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…
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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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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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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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…Continue
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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…Continue
A NEW ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM CHANNEL AND BOOKS FOR TABLETS AND COMPUTERS
Barrie Machin, artist, anthropologist, author has just…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
Hi all, I'd like to ask a question.
I began to learn French and started to read books in French some time back. I'm doing it by cross-referencing three available versions to me - in French (original works) and in English and Korean translations.
The thing is French books are quite hard to get here and even when they are available they're just so expensive. I'm reading them mostly in libraries but there are some books I need to get a copy for myself, such as…Continue
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…Continue