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Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on August 17, 2010 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Crisis of confidence?

Check out the results of the latest Gallup Confidence in Institutions survey.…


Added by John McCreery on August 15, 2010 at 1:02am — No Comments

Dan Foss on Tony Judt

Those of us who frequent Anthro-L are occasionally stimulated by an erudite effusion filled with thought-provoking ideas by sociologist Daniel Foss. The following is a particularly remarkable example.…

Added by John McCreery on August 13, 2010 at 3:48pm — No Comments

hello - an appeal for help

hi everyone

i have just joined the group, so apologies for my naivite - i am a sociologist at bangor university and i know some people in this group have an interest in public participation issues/neoliberalism as well as other things that i'm interested in. i have come across simone abrams work, but have been unable to reach her via academic e mails. if simone or anyone else out there has worked in this area, i'd be really interested to hear from them - anthropologists often have an… Continue

Added by sally baker on August 10, 2010 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Keeping track of everything on the OAC

The OAC Groups collection that I recently compiled has been well received. For those who missed the original announcement, this new Groups index makes it easier to see what has been happening across all 164 groups on this site by displaying the latest content on one page.

I have since created a second collection to easily display everything else, including the latest activity from blogs, forums, photos,… Continue

Added by Francine Barone on August 8, 2010 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

The Octopus: Eight Footnotes

Just back from Japan and the topic of octopuses has been on (and off) my mind for some time. Therefore, I offer an anthropological, cephalopod blog: eight footnotes, or eight ways of spilling ink (with apologies to J.L. Austin).… Continue

Added by Philip Swift on August 4, 2010 at 9:19pm — 12 Comments

Visual Anthropology in Latam

Added by Pilar Bermudez on August 1, 2010 at 3:36am — No Comments

Project Announcement: Open Folklore (A Library+Society Partnership)

The American Folklore Society and the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries have recently announced a new scholarly communications project called Open Folklore. As described in the announcement:

The vision for this open-access online portal for folklore studies is to make a greater number…

Added by Jason Baird Jackson on July 30, 2010 at 8:52pm — No Comments

CFN: Anthropology and Mobility

Call for a new boundary-crossing network

Anthropology and Mobility

Convenor: Noel B. Salazar

Mobility, as a concept-metaphor, captures the common impression that people’s life-worlds are in constant flux, with not only persons (including anthropologists), but also cultures, objects, capital, businesses, services, diseases, media, images, information, and ideas circulating across (and… Continue

Added by Noel B. Salazar on July 30, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Legos Atlanis, Praxis for Children, and the Ideology of Manifest Destiny

Recently, my niece turned the magical age of 5. As one of her birthday presents, she received a Typhoon Turbo Sub, a Lego set from the Atlantis line, and a rather cool looking piece of submarine machinery, at that; shiny, red, and sporting large propellers.

It also came with a anthropomorphic shark figure with…


Added by Joel M. Wright on July 26, 2010 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Bureacracy and Complicity

Some years ago, I read Franz Kafka's The Trial, or at least the English translation of it. The story stuck in my mind and made quite an impression on me.

Particularly, I was struck by the chapter in which Herr K visits Herr Huld, encounters the similarly duped Block and is confronted with Leni, Huld's promiscuous nurse. From the point of that chapter on, I started to form a synthesis on what Kafka was getting at, which I can only describe as the interactional…


Added by Joel M. Wright on July 21, 2010 at 11:12pm — 13 Comments


Ouch! Will you laugh? Or will you cry?

A friend encountered elsewhere on the Net has pointed me to…


Added by John McCreery on July 19, 2010 at 4:27pm — No Comments


Psychologists' generalizations are WEIRD.

Writing on his neuroanthropology blog,…

Added by John McCreery on July 18, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments


Creativity Declining?

U.S. news magazine Newsweek…

Added by John McCreery on July 12, 2010 at 3:00am — 2 Comments


Quant, Qual and Team Size

There is no question about it, quantitative analysis requires that we count. But counting requires a sharp focus, a clear definition of whatever it is that we count. Proponents of qualitative analysis are then able to point to this or that anomaly or neglected part of the background and smugly assert, "See! There's something you just don't get." The annoying thing is that they're right. To which proponents of quantitative analysis,…

Added by John McCreery on July 9, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments


Anthropologist Gene Anderson has a thoroughly fascinating blog post on water management, environmental justice, religion, technology, and the impending global water crisis. The post is based on a talk given at Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, AZ, in 2008. Definitely worth reading.

Added by Jacob Lee on July 8, 2010 at 12:23am — No Comments


Profound Contributions

In my previous post I wrote,

The major difference between Sunbelt and OAC is, of course, that most of the participants in the former are…

Added by John McCreery on July 7, 2010 at 4:07pm — 4 Comments


Reflections on Sunbelt XXX

I spent last week in Riva del Garda, a spectacularly beautiful Italian resort town that lies in what used to be part of the southern Tyrol, i.e., part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until it was ceded to Italy in 1918, at the end of WWI. I was there for the 30th annual Sunbelt conference, the annual meeting of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), to present the latest findings from my ongoing research on…

Added by John McCreery on July 5, 2010 at 6:23pm — No Comments

Dealing with THE GAP

Rex over at Savage Minds recently wrote a short post about the "relevance gap" in anthropology. Pretty important topic, if you ask me. Here is the money quote:

"The time it takes for academics to study, write, and publish something about a current event is about the same amount of time it takes to enroll a cohort of students too young…

Added by ryan anderson on June 28, 2010 at 7:48pm — 4 Comments

Class and Status

In a thread entitled "Updating the Anthropological Act for the 21st Century," I made the claim that there is a disjuncture between institutional frameworks and critical frameworks.

Currently, I'm working on a write-up for a survey that I've developed for a service offered at my small institution. Item 1 on the…


Added by Joel M. Wright on June 23, 2010 at 10:04pm — 2 Comments

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