Anthropologist sees the world as a world of extreme complexity or as a series of Big Data ( NP hard ) problems , hence, some field complexities could be described as“ botanic rarities of the most exotic kind “ by literary forms , whereas another complexities are ready for scientific computational analysis.
As is known the first attempts to introduce systematic scientific analysis of culture as “ a set of mechanical devices “ ( Malinowski ) or as a sort of “computer…Continue
I just came across this piece, which might be of interest, excerpted below.
As Andrea Stuart writes in the current issue of Granta magazine, her Barbadian heritage is a complicated one. Stuart was born and raised on the Caribbean island, but in 1976, when she was a teenager, her family moved to England. She says her new home wasn’t especially welcoming to newcomers from the Caribbean —…
Added by Michael O'Neal on June 17, 2012 at 10:26pm — No Comments
An anthropologist studying political economy in ethnographic situations or by reading history can get a perspective on the locus of problems in contemporary society. The problem is that anthropologists are almost never consulted in these matters – economists are. As a rule, they lack the ethnographic and historical insights a seasoned anthropologist gets from doing fieldwork and reading history. History is important and it can teach us many things. This applies to what I see happening in…Continue
There is one overarching theme that crops up in these readings that I can’t stop thinking about: democracy. I have read several histories and ethnographies that talk about US interventions and policies in Latin America, and the stories are usually pretty similar. This book by Greg Grandin provides more of the same: the US took a position on Guatemala that was completely anti-democratic, all in the name of democracy.
Grandin writes about this…
Evaluation at the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University, via the wonders of the internet, I also encountered a digital archive of material that she has assembled on the history and culture of…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Lino C. on October 11, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments