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Dimensions of Social Exclusion:Ethnographic Explorations-New Book from CSP, UK

Dimensions of Social Exclusion: Ethnographic Explorations

Editor: K.M. Ziyauddin and Eswarappa Kasi

Dimensions of Social Exclusion focuses largely on social exclusion in the context of communities and social groups who have or have not been considered in discussing the benefits of mainstream inclusive society or development. Contemporary understanding of social exclusion has revived great interest among academics, researchers and policy makers in understanding problems from the… Continue

Added by ESWARAPPA KASI on September 19, 2009 at 5:19am — 5 Comments

My First Blog

Well I've done social networking, even academic networking but this is my first (so far as I remember) attempt at blogging. What's it all about? Well as I understand it this a place where I can keep a sort of on-line public journal making my thoughts and news available to all other site users. Well that sounds potentially useful but please don't assume I'm going to write everything on here. I doubt I could.

Suffice it to say in this first blog, I am a thirty something divorced… Continue

Added by William Rathouse on September 18, 2009 at 4:45pm — No Comments


In the photo-section we have this plate which shows the structure of the " Anthropology of Habitat and Architecture" approach respectively the composition of five lines (subhuman, semantic, domestic, sedentary, urban/imperial architecture) which could illustrate an evolutionary process in regard to human culture. Most important is the line of "semantic architecture" which in Neolithic times gains great importance

1) by traditionally… Continue

Added by Nold Egenter on September 16, 2009 at 1:15am — No Comments

The Zanzibar Leopard

Here's a link to my existing -- and very occasional -- blog with Helle Goldman about the Zanzibar Leopard and related (wildlife and conservation) matters in the Zanzibar archipelago. I really should write more regularly...

Added by Martin Walsh on September 13, 2009 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Sexual mutilation and ethnocentrism

I have a question which concerns a quite recent controversy about ethnocentrism, that has been raised by the the French ethno-psychiatrist Tobie Nathan. In fact, I am looking for the writings in which he says that we cannot condemn (morally and politically) practices of sexual mutilation in certain countries of the South, because this kind of assessment would be a new and hidden form of ethnocentrism. I know that his position has been criticized by other French anthropologists, but I don't know… Continue

Added by Nicolas on September 12, 2009 at 5:26pm — 7 Comments

Australian Aboriginal song poetry from the north west

Dear all,

Here is a selection from a recent post at my (other) blog, The Northern Myth on some Aboriginal song poetry from the norther-west of the country in a region known as the Pilbara.


Tabi in Karierra, by Tjarndai

njalataianna pannina kudii nagunjuru

pilanmannaba takanna.

palakuru pala kardi?iriba pannigu

tinatingala… Continue

Added by Bob Gosford on September 9, 2009 at 1:05am — 2 Comments

identify this language?

Hello! I need help from linguistic anthropologists...

This song floated into my laptop while I was in a hotel in Vienna, Austria. I can't tell what language it is, but it's a catchy tune. If anyone can identify it and post their answer here it would be great. I am not a linguistic anthropologist, just a curious traveler. I uploaded the file to your video section because I change its strange format into something more common. Don't worry about a virus. I've had this file on my… Continue

Added by Gail Di Marzo on September 8, 2009 at 9:22pm — 1 Comment

Anthropology and Development- New Book

Anthropology and Development in a Globalized India: An Ethnography of Sericulture from the South

Author: Eswarappa Kasi

Date Of Publication: Nov 2009

Isbn13: 978-1-4438-1345-7

Isbn: 1-4438-1345-1

The book tries to portray sericulture, as a crop enterprise, and which is emerged as one of the foremost view in the theoretical… Continue

Added by ESWARAPPA KASI on September 7, 2009 at 6:39am — No Comments

African anthropology - epistemology

Dear Colleagues,

I am teaching an ethnographic survey course on Sub-Saharan Africa and realise I need an idiot's guide to epistemology of anthropology (and of course Everything Else!).

Any quick concise references? I am a lapsed fan of Popper and (probably) a non-phenomenologist, but my philosophy is a bit rusty so any help you can offer will be most welcome,

The Reader I am using - Perspectives on Africa eds Grinker & Steiner - makes my blood boil at certain points but it… Continue

Added by Robin Thelwall on September 6, 2009 at 2:21pm — 2 Comments

Fall '09: BritLit!

I have the great pleasure of taking British Literature I, Medieval through Restoration with an excellent teacher. I had her for BritLit II last winter and have looked forward to this class since that time. I get to spend the first six weeks wallowing in the roots of British literature, and Arthurian Legend. Our first reading was The Dream of the Rood. A lovely poem teaching the crucifixion from the tree's point of view. Much can be derived from this short but deep work, author unknown.… Continue

Added by Victoria Reed on September 4, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Australian Aboriginal Homelands Campaign

I'm uncertain how this system works, but think that this campaign will be of interest and urge those who can to respond. For details:

Added by Martha Macintyre on September 3, 2009 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Diarrohea havoc in Nepal

Nepal,a least developed country is facing a severe crisis and tragedy because of heavy diarrhea outbreak in Jajarkot, a remote place and its neighbor districts Rukum and Dialekh. After few months of initial break, now the death tolls alone in Jajarkot is 300 and still hundreds are in repercussion effects. The death rate is around 7/8 per day which reflects the very vulnerability of locals there and the sheer negligence of governments, organizations and all stakeholders.

Enough supply… Continue

Added by Birkha B Pun on September 1, 2009 at 8:52am — No Comments


....i am the final part of the ERC Project jigsaw,

Like Sabina and Meltem, I'm based in Frankfurt and I am the researcher for London! We will be concentrating on post-migrant youth's leisure practices in London, Paris and Berlin. The project is affiliated with the department of Cultural anthropology and European ethnology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and the fieldwork phase is rapidly approaching!

I am also doing my PhD at Goethe and my research is… Continue

Added by Harpreet Cholia on August 27, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

a few ways into anthropology...

Just to introduce myself...

I work for an ERC project on post-migrant youth's leisure practices and I'm based in Frankfurt Am Main (Goethe University), department of Cultural anthropology and European ethnography. Our team is starting this comparative research in London, Berlin and Paris (I'll be fieldworking in the latter).

I'm also a PhD student in anthropology in the same university, and my research focuses on issues related to consumption and material… Continue

Added by Sabina Rossignoli on August 24, 2009 at 2:01pm — 7 Comments

A TAPESTRY OF VAGRANCY: on madness, creativity and freedom

I remember in senior year of college in Miami I had a friend who visited his then girlfriend in Trinidad. Upon his return he reported “full of stray dogs.” Mind you during this time I had not returned to Trinidad for years, and had quite forgotten about stray dogs and stray humans. So of course I went on the defensive – “there are SO many things to see and do in Trinidad,” I reprimanded, “how could you complain about stray dogs?!” We left it at that.

Fast forward six years after this… Continue

Added by Astrid Franchiska Kowlessar on August 19, 2009 at 7:45am — 13 Comments

Number Symbolism to Track Biblical Sources

Numbers are an interesting and useful device in tracking the tribal and ethnic origins of a document. For example, the Chinese avoid using the number four, which they regard as a bad omen, yet four is a sacred number to the Plains Indians of North America and is used in ceremonies and rites, such as the Vision Quest.

In the Bible we are able to track the origin of some narratives using number symbolism. The Hebrew Bible comes to us from the Afro-Asiatics whose number symbolism can be… Continue

Added by Alice C. Linsley on August 16, 2009 at 9:15pm — 8 Comments

Vacation Panic

My wife and I were giving thought to our upcoming vacation plans. Would it be Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, or Belize. Or perhaps we'd stay on U.S. soil and go for the Pacific Northwest, Cape Cod, or maybe Alaska? While considering this my thoughts went from the news of drug cartels and their abductions and killings of innocent people, to the Swine flu, cholera, or malarial sicknesses which seemed to dominate the news south of the U.S. border. For a moment, I felt a pang of panic. To stay in the… Continue

Added by Nathan Jarred Jones on August 16, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

South Dakota, USA - can tribes move forward by going back?

Here are a few snippets from the Lakota Country Times (paid subscription required).

They give several examples of Tribal leaders encouraging a return to disrupted cultural ways to deal with current social problems.

March 5, 2009

The Oglala Oyate [people/nation] gathered in Manderson for the latest in a series of Teton Oglala Ospaye Omniciye, being sponsored by the Oglala Delegation of the Black… Continue

Added by Timothy Fountain on August 15, 2009 at 2:51am — 1 Comment

Recognizing children's culture as integral part of the heritage of humanity

While sometimes suffering under poverty, sickness and oppression children are at the same time active participants in creating the society and culture in which they grow up. Therefore, children's culture should be rightly recognized as an integral part of the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity.

As far as I could find out, the UNESCO program for safeguarding the tangible and intangible Heritage of Humanity ( does not… Continue

Added by Jean-Pierre Rossie on August 7, 2009 at 6:44pm — 4 Comments

the original name of the Creator

All of us in our native roots can find that Name.


The Yoruba word, “bere” comes to mind as you see what the Hebrews call the first book of the Bible. They call it “bereshith”. They say that it means “beginning”. This is the same meaning that the Yoruba will give the word, “bere”.

The Yoruba people are part of what is now being called the original and authentic divine revelation in the Edenic African Asiatic family of languages. All the races of this world will find this… Continue

Added by Kayode Sojobi on August 5, 2009 at 3:08pm — 4 Comments

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