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Big Data: Can It Revive the OAC and Resuscitate Anthropology?
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When I first became a member of the OAC, the posts and discussions here were lively.  What brought me here was Keith's economic anthropology.  His thoughts  on  human economy  were intellectually…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kristian Garthus-Niegel Apr 4.

Is Tolerating a Culture to Oppress and Persecute Part of Multiculturalism and Cultural Relativism?
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I’ve been reading posts and articles about Gaza, Arabs, Islam, and Muslims written by academics, and I’ve never encountered a meaningful, significant, insightful academic writing or scholarly paper…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Hart Dec 13, 2014.

An Attack On Cultural Anthropology
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A guy (maybe a geneticist/biologist) from this site,  …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John McCreery May 2, 2013.

Geekiness or Nerdiness: Is It A Culture?
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First off, I don't mean to ruffle feathers.  I know SV is currently talking about it.  Unfortunately, I have to open a Facebook or Twitter account before I can post a comment on their temporary site.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Geek Anthropologist Apr 11, 2013.

 

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Kristian Garthus-Niegel replied to M Izabel's discussion Big Data: Can It Revive the OAC and Resuscitate Anthropology?
"M, to the extent that what you're calling for is larger, more systematically coordinated anthropological research projects set to generate joint databases, there is some stuff happening. As to my knowledge, where such thinking is most in vogue…"
Apr 4
John McCreery replied to M Izabel's discussion Big Data: Can It Revive the OAC and Resuscitate Anthropology?
"Those interested in Big Data might want to check out DataCamp. I am currently working my way through the first of the free courses on programming in R. It is very well done, indeed. All you need to understand it is two things. Arithmetic Awareness…"
Apr 3
M Izabel replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
"Here’s my closing contribution:   I still like Ingold’s idealism.  It seems to me we share the same language.  His paper is familiar to me.  My first blog posts here at the OAC had the same idealistic…"
Apr 1
Huon Wardle commented on M Izabel's blog post Can Sex and Violence Revive the Public Interest in Anthropology?
"Intriguing topic. Try this paper by Moises Lino: a smart reflection on the issues you are raising here M-- 'Sex Vignettes from a Brazilian…"
Mar 30
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Can Sex and Violence Revive the Public Interest in Anthropology?

Whether they were full of lies and exaggerations or not, Mead's adolescent sex in Samoa and Chagnon's fierce people of the Amazon definitely made anthropology popular.  I wonder if these thematic schemes--sex and violence--so overused in Hollywood will work in marketing anthropology.I'm now trying these thematic schemes in my writing, so I won't lose my interest in poetry.How I Got SyphilisI blamed hashish at first when he suddenly paused while I was struggling to reach my orgasm. Then I…See More
Mar 28
M Izabel replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
"This will be my last post.  It feels like I have overstayed my welcome in this seminar. To get rid or minimize the inequalities that separate between the observer and the observed in the field, some social scientists in the Philippines, some…"
Mar 27
M Izabel replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
"Keith said:              "I think Tim Ingold does aspire to a coherent object, theory and method for our discipline."   That's the sense I get from the paper too.  One of his clear concerns…"
Mar 27
M Izabel replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
"Abraham, as I said, Ingold's paper is almost a puzzle to me, so I do close-reading.  If he is here, my first question will be: is your paper restrained because you have non-anthropologist friends who are ethnographers whom you don't…"
Mar 27
M Izabel replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
""In this I agree with Ingold that if we want to differentiate ourselves from others then we are better off emphasizing the anthropology". I agree, but we have to face the truth that funds are in ethnography.  We should not give it up…"
Mar 26
M Izabel replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
"Thank, Erin.  My reading of all paragraphs under "Explaining what we mean" is about redefining/revisiting ethnography and making it exclusive to anthropology.  In relation to the function of anthropology and the relevance of…"
Mar 26
M Izabel replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
"Can we go back to Ingold's main goal in his paper? He complains about the misuse and overuse of ethnography in other fields/disciplines.  Can his ontological classification/definition of ethnography and treatment of anthropology as…"
Mar 26
M Izabel replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
"On anthropology as education: I find this very interesting: "Surely when we seek an education from great scholars, it is not in order that we can spend the rest of our lives describing or representing their ideas, worldviews, or philosophies.…"
Mar 25
M Izabel replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
""This led me to conceive of PO as the negotiation of inequality." I find that to be true too.  It is in the participation where the relationship between the anthropologist and his would-be informants are built and the inequality…"
Mar 24
M Izabel replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
""In the mundane humdrum of moment-to-moment Participant Observation, there's usually little mind to spare for deliberated 'feeling' and 'being in the world'. At the positive side though, all this humdrum also leaves…"
Mar 24
M Izabel replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
""We should drop both the ethnographic and the field from ethnographic fieldwork, and refer instead to our tried and tested way of working, namely participant observation." Again, I agree, but Ingold does not  complete his…"
Mar 24
M Izabel replied to John McCreery's discussion Tim Ingold's "That's Enough About Ethnography"--The Seminar is Underway
"Jon, this is very revealing: "Questions remain, however, around the notion of method. Granted that participant observation and ethnography are entirely different, that one is a practice of correspondence and the other a practice of…"
Mar 24

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Can Sex and Violence Revive the Public Interest in Anthropology?

Whether they were full of lies and exaggerations or not, Mead's adolescent sex in Samoa and Chagnon's fierce people of the Amazon definitely made anthropology popular.  I wonder if these thematic schemes--sex and violence--so overused in Hollywood will work in marketing anthropology.

I'm now trying these thematic schemes in my writing, so I won't lose my interest in poetry.

How I Got Syphilis

I blamed hashish at first

when…

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Posted on March 29, 2015 at 11:31pm — 1 Comment

Allende's Zorro

Allende's "Zorro"



(a found poem)









Mi Dios, the creator of "the infinite plan",

What have I owed--para este mundo vacío?



What is left of my love, my "Eva Luna",

Is her "portrait in sepia"--es tan doloroso.

"Maya's notebook" is all I have of my child, 

My poor "daughter of fortune"--mi vida perdida.

What remains…

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Posted on January 28, 2014 at 1:38am — 8 Comments

On Chagnon and My Field Experience

First off, power scares and sickens me.  I don't associate myself with people who relish and strive for it. Power-trippers make my blood boil and turn me into a confrontational savage.

I was a victim of departmental politics years ago, and it was an experience I would not wish on the worst of my enemies.  It was the first time I got disillusioned with anthropology as my chosen career.  Anthropology, from studying to publishing, is a matter of numbers like politics, where the…

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Posted on April 26, 2013 at 8:44am — 5 Comments

Theoretical Anthropology: Is It Possible?

The best thing here at OAC is that anyone can write a blog post or a comment or a discussion topic about anything as long as there's a discernible anthropology in it.  Other anthropology sites are too academic and formal; thus the posts and the comments seemed restrained, awfully familiar, and vanilla--that's not out of the box.  It makes me wonder if anthropologists in those sites are really sharing their best or if they are being careful not to sound unprofessional or come out unacademic.…

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Posted on March 31, 2013 at 7:31am — 12 Comments

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At 10:43pm on November 14, 2010, Michael Francis said…
I think online discussions can be problematic as tone intention etc can be misread easily. Hope I have not been rude back either. I do enjoy our discussions.
At 5:07pm on November 14, 2010, Michael Francis said…
No worries, I enjoyed are debate and will read up Lemkin as suggested.

I think my disagreement with the watering down comes from working with different groups of Bushmen some who have experienced a genocide and others language loss and cultural change some of it nasty, but it really strikes me a different.

And I really dislike Survival International's campaign against Botswana as it is really inaccurate and there are a series of blatant mis-truths (lies) in their claims. And they make use of words such as genocide and create hysteria to make their campaign work but really inaccurate and quite a racist representation of the Bushmen living isolation from the rest of the world.

Go well and I look forward to seeing/reading you online.
 
 
 

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