Keith, thanks for the invite. A great initiative! One of my students already knew about it, before I even got the invite. I also featured it up top in yesterday's post on social networking and anthropology:
Hi Keith! This is really amazing! Thanks for the invite. I just returned to the US from the CSA Conference in Kingston, Jamaica. Now, it's back to this visa business. However, things are starting to look up. It is now just a matter of patience--a virtue I may just possess. I really wish I could attend the Mauss Conference in Normandy, as I have been out of the academia loop, being isolated and preparing an article for publication, with very little motivation. I may just head down to Guyana and write-up there. I seem to be more inspired when rum shops are near by. OYE! x
I'm not buggering off completely, but like you, I'm pretty busy. I'm dead bored with the isolation of academia so I'm looking for a place to hang out and vent a bit (intelligently and politically), but I don't want to get bogged down in futile debates over weirdly backhanded statements such as "You like to make harsh judgments in vivid language." Well, yeah. What should I do, be meek and compliant in dull language? Why? And so on, it's just a time-eater. We all need to pick our battles, and battlefields, when we can. I'll stick around for a bit to see what shapes up, but I think my writing labour (judgmental, vivid, daft or otherwise) is probably better spent elsewhere.
I am not member of the Ethnography group. I do not want to make myself member each time I have a single sentence to say, I cannot keep the pace. I am only reading. I wanted to remind Tim Ingold's 2007 lecture "Anthropology is not ethnography". Here is at anyway on British Academy page full text.
It starts saying
THE OBJECTIVE of anthropology, I believe, is to seek a generous, comparative but nevertheless critical understanding of human being and knowing in the one world we all inhabit. The objective of ethnography is to describe the lives of people other than ourselves, with an accuracy and sensitivity honed by detailed observation and prolonged first-hand experience. My thesis is that anthropology and ethnography are endeavours of quite different kinds.
Dear Keith. I'm glad to meet you and all my little family from Paris thanks to the cooperative. About our gang in the MPI, I can only say: Keep the cooperative save from us ! Otherways, there is a danger of explosion. :)
Thanks for the note and for setting all of this up; you’ve built a great resource. I heard Marshall's paper at the Chicago conference last month, it was great--and the context of the presentation made it even more so: it was presented in a keynote setting with Marshall and Nobel laureate economist Roger Myerson countering views on the possibility of counterinsurgency possibly working, with Myerson embracing a simple model that ignored history/culture and bought loyalties with a “reliable paymaster.”
Hi Knut and Keith! Its great to see this 'aaa' replacement (or development) getting off to a lively start! I joined but then immediately absented myself for a few days, but it does not mean I will not contribute.
Can I just clarify what John Postill means by 'mobile banking'. I think he means telephone banking with a mobile phone, although in my rural mind it means the bus which was a bank, touring the msall communities of the north of scotland! As someone who once (a long time ago) daught development finance, I dont think it matters for the overall story. The key point about banking that I figured out as a student is that a bank takes our money, say $100, and this becomes a depost. The bank has a ratio between deposits and liquid assets and what they may lend, normally regulated by the central banks. This ratio used to be about 1:12 as I recall, which meant that they could pay us interest on the '1' and charge interest on the '12'. Not bad! Since that time, banks and insurance companies (AIG) figured out how to effectively reduce the 1:12 ratio to something like 1:60 by paying for insurance on less liquid or more risky assets, thereby making them (theoretically) into safe assets! For this service they paid a paltry 2%, while charging borrowers, say 8%. Of course this led to a huge expansion of lending, and we know the results. John
Thanks for tha reply re: money, Keith. Btw what do you make of recent developments in mobile banking, e.g. Kenya or South Africa. Does 'banking on the move' make any fundamental difference? I get the feeling that the expectations may be too high that there will be a mobile phone fix that will magically 'modernise' the economies of the global South. How much do we know empirically about mobile banking?