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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


Theories and Tools

The following is something I wrote for a thread on Savage Minds. The topic is the relation of theory to ethnography. In it I recommend that we take seriously the metaphor that likens anthropological theories to tools and see training in anthropology as preparing people with a toolkit filled with a rich diversity of tools, some of which may prove useful…

Added by John McCreery on June 22, 2010 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

CFP ICAS AAS, Honolulu 2011 – Asian border-crossing mobilities: On the road to (self)development

Special Joint Conference of the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) and Association for Asian Studies (AAS) – 70 years of Asian Studies

Honolulu, Hawaii, 31 March–3 April 2011

PANEL – Asian border-crossing mobilities: On the road to (self)development


Pál Nyíri (Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands):

Noel B. Salazar (University of Leuven, Belgium):


Biao Xiang… Continue

Added by Noel B. Salazar on June 20, 2010 at 8:03pm — No Comments

The Brazilian Educational Project

A short video (5min) has been published describing the mission and objectives of the Brazilian Educational Project. For those interested, it can be found at:

Added by Neil Turner on June 18, 2010 at 1:29am — No Comments


http://culture sectionDr.H.M.Maralusiddaiah

Anthropological Survey of India

Ministry of Culture

Government of India

Manav Bhavan


Mysore 570…

Added by Dr.H.M.Maralusiddaiah on June 17, 2010 at 11:46am — No Comments


The mysterious disappearance of blog posts

It is now ten days since someone made a blog post here and our most prolific blogger departed with all her posted material. It is hard to imagine that the two things were not somehow related to a decision by the Admins (including me) to take current blog posts off the home page and replace the box there with one featuring posts selected by us.

We took this step because… Continue

Added by Keith Hart on June 17, 2010 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

International Journal of Business Anthropology

Dear colleague,

We would like to inform you about the International Journal of Business Anthropology, a newly created peer-reviewed referral journal in the field of business anthropology to be published by the North American Business Press biannually. We planned to have our first issue printed earlier next year and would like to invite you to submit papers for publication.

Greetings, Alfons

Prof.Dr Alfons van Marrewijk

Professor of Business Anthropology |…


Added by alfons van marrewijk on June 7, 2010 at 11:10pm — 3 Comments

Theorising conceptions of 'the ancestors'

One of the most significant reasons contemporary Pagans I have interviewed are concerned about prehistoric human remains relates to the spiritual significance of 'the ancestors'.

From my own engagements with contemporary Paganism I have conceptualised three categories of ancestors:

Ancestors of blood - our direct genetic ancestors

Ancestors of tradition - those people who have shared our beliefs and influenced our ideas

Ancestors of place - those people…


Added by William Rathouse on June 4, 2010 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment


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Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on June 1, 2010 at 3:42am — 2 Comments

High time for Hermes to take back hermeneutics


In the year 415 BC, there took place one of the most infamous episodes in the history of ancient Athenian religious politics. Residents of… Continue

Added by Philip Swift on May 31, 2010 at 3:33am — 46 Comments

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