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Review of Philosophical Papers, Volume 1: The Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes

After the enlightenment, people started to seriously make a distinction that how they distinguished what they really knew from what was really going on around them. The actual knowledge, epistemes, were favored over "opinions" or doxa. The debate that surrounded that distinction amid the turmoil of increasing technology and religious unrest eventually flipped around: doxa became the norm with epistemes being questioned as being attainable. With this flip, after the revolution of…


Added by Alexander Lee on March 31, 2014 at 12:12am — 2 Comments

“Twitter, Schmitter!" & a Few Fun Tweets

Found Poetry


Twitter, schmitter!

We now have

a court order!

We will wipe out

all of these!

The international

community can say this,

can say that.

I don't care at all!

Everyone will see

how powerful

the Turkish State is!

Erdogan, Turkish PM

*Despite Erdogan’s ban on twittering, a report from Twitturk, which records the statistics of Turkish Twitter users, indicates… Continue

Added by Achirri Ishmael on March 23, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

No funding? Don't Go!! (on getting a PhD in anthropology)

Well, it’s that time of year when prospective grad students around the country are anxiously pacing around their mailboxes waiting for responses from all the PhD programs they applied to.  Many are wondering who accepted them, who rejected them, and, of course, if they got funding.  That’s the big question.  Getting a full-funding offer is the highest mark of acceptance and application success.  It’s like getting the golden seal of academic and departmental approval.  It means you’re…


Added by ryan anderson on March 22, 2014 at 9:18pm — 4 Comments

Academic References

a child
without an escort

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

lost -

any ‘thing’
might happen to it.


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

If you’re… Continue

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


Amazing! I am surprised and grateful that my American Ethnologist essay, “Writing Against Identity Politics,” has gotten over 1,000 views on 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.…


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 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…


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…


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…


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

“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…


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…


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…


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’



Added by Mentor Mahmuti on January 5, 2014 at 6:14pm — 2 Comments

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