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Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on August 17, 2010 at 12:02pm —
Added by John McCreery on August 15, 2010 at 1:02am —
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.… Continue
Added by John McCreery on August 13, 2010 at 3:48pm —
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 —
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 —
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 —
Added by Pilar Bermudez on August 1, 2010 at 3:36am —
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… Continue
Added by Jason Baird Jackson on July 30, 2010 at 8:52pm —
Call for a new boundary-crossing networkAnthropology and MobilityConvenor: 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 —
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… Continue
Added by Joel M. Wright on July 26, 2010 at 10:19pm —
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… Continue
Added by Joel M. Wright on July 21, 2010 at 11:12pm —
Ouch! Will you laugh? Or will you cry?
A friend encountered elsewhere on the Net has pointed me to… Continue
Added by John McCreery on July 19, 2010 at 4:27pm —
Psychologists' generalizations are WEIRD.
Writing on his neuroanthropology blog,… Continue
Added by John McCreery on July 18, 2010 at 4:30am —
Added by John McCreery on July 12, 2010 at 3:00am —
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,… Continue
Added by John McCreery on July 9, 2010 at 3:30pm —
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by John McCreery on July 5, 2010 at 6:23pm —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Joel M. Wright on June 23, 2010 at 10:04pm —