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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.

Is Anthropology A Science?
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One of my hobbies is reading scientific journals.  I like reading The Lancet, for example, to keep myself abreast with latest medical breakthroughs.  I sense five methods scientists/researchers use…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cecilia Montero Mórtola Feb 9.

 

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Cecilia Montero Mórtola replied to M Izabel's discussion Is Anthropology A Science?
"Please see this article about A-level Anthropology and try to sprade the discussion, sign, ...etc. It is a concret step baout Anthropology and the public…"
Feb 9
Keith Hart replied to M Izabel's discussion Is Tolerating a Culture to Oppress and Persecute Part of Multiculturalism and Cultural Relativism?
"Hi M, Was your wording for SM the same as here? For there does seem to be a fallacy of aggregation here which lumps all muslims together and claims that they are equally prone to beheading people they don't like. In countries with strong…"
Dec 13, 2014
Patience Chadambuka replied to M Izabel's discussion Is Tolerating a Culture to Oppress and Persecute Part of Multiculturalism and Cultural Relativism?
"M. Maybe the real question of the day is are anthropologists synonymus to activists. My own answer would be a NO. Why not letting anthropologists do their scholary inquiry and activists take that role you are proposing? Just my thoughts. "
Dec 12, 2014
Elaine Forde replied to M Izabel's discussion Is Tolerating a Culture to Oppress and Persecute Part of Multiculturalism and Cultural Relativism?
""I’ve never encountered a meaningful, significant, insightful academic writing or scholarly paper that explores or elucidates the source of all conflicts involving Islam and Muslims." M. Izabel, this sounds like a hell of a lot to…"
Dec 12, 2014
John McCreery replied to M Izabel's discussion Is Tolerating a Culture to Oppress and Persecute Part of Multiculturalism and Cultural Relativism?
"M. How are you doing? As I peek once again at OAC, after a long withdrawal, it is good to see you here, still asking important questions. An hypothesis worth considering is that anthropologists are by self-selection and training mostly monks instead…"
Dec 1, 2014
Lee Drummond replied to M Izabel's discussion Is Tolerating a Culture to Oppress and Persecute Part of Multiculturalism and Cultural Relativism?
"  M Izabel,     The issue you address – the hypocrisy supposed free thinkers bring to the phenomenon of Islamist violence – is not confined to the sheltered and generally irrelevant groves of Academe.  Thanks to…"
Nov 12, 2014
M Izabel commented on ryan anderson's blog post No funding? Don't Go!! (on getting a PhD in anthropology)
"Ryan, it is not the funding that is a problem.  The problem is the study to be  funded.  Try creating a program like Political Anthropology (Concentration: Graft and Corruption) or Medical Anthropology (Concentration: Social…"
Aug 11, 2014
M Izabel replied to M Izabel's discussion Is Tolerating a Culture to Oppress and Persecute Part of Multiculturalism?
"I forgot to include the fact that Savage Minds (run by a bunch of multiculturalists/cultural relativists), blocked this post.  Is anthropology now exclusive and selective when it comes to cultural issues?         "
Aug 8, 2014
M Izabel posted a discussion

Is Tolerating a Culture to Oppress and Persecute Part of Multiculturalism?

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 that explores or elucidates the source of all conflicts involving Islam and Muslims. Is it hard for academics to critique or criticize the literature of oppression, persecution, and suffering which is the Quran? Yes, multiculturalism is dead, and cultural relativism is long-buried, as far as their…See More
Aug 8, 2014
Alice C. Linsley replied to M Izabel's discussion Is Anthropology A Science?
"Anthropologists certainly should investigate in an empirical fashion, but this doesn't mean that all will pursue evidence and data in the same way. So much depends on what is being investigated."
Jun 26, 2014
Alice C. Linsley replied to M Izabel's discussion Is Anthropology A Science?
"Anthropologists certainly should investigate in an empirical fashion, but this doesn't mean that all will pursue evidence and data in the same way. So much depends on what is being investigated."
Jun 26, 2014
Huon Wardle commented on M Izabel's blog post Allende's Zorro
"M. Here is a very brief effort based on some books scattered around my office: We the Tikopia have asked if we can use Language the Cultural Tool to Escape from Freedom down The River that God Forgot We will employ our Collins Spanish Dictionary as…"
Jan 29, 2014
M Izabel commented on M Izabel's blog post Allende's Zorro
"I've been wondering: if  we gather all the titles of published ethnographies, can we see patterns that rule the minds of anthropologists?  Is it their romantic idea of anthropology/culture/ethnography, scholarly treatment of culture,…"
Jan 29, 2014
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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 of my baby, "Ines of my soul", Is "the porcelain fat lady"--estoy muy triste.  Where shall I look for my love, my life, my soul?  I have searched the "forest of the pygmies", I have…See More
Jan 29, 2014
John McCreery commented on M Izabel's blog post Allende's Zorro
"I am fascinated by "The Saxaphone." My best friend in high school was a saxophonist. I see, oddly enough, a church, a Christmas Eve service, Christmas carols with a blues twist."
Jan 28, 2014
M Izabel replied to Keith Hart's discussion From the Center for Peripheral Studies (OAC Branch). After Lance, the sky's the limit!
"This thread is endless.  Interesting! "A man, a dog, a glass, and a turd walk into the Ontologists's Bar.Eliza, the robot barmaid says, "Your intentions?""To be free.""To be fed.""To be…"
Jan 28, 2014

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Allende's "Zorro"



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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

Anthropology of Sadness

I have been writing sad poems lately, and the sadness is not mine, but from the people I see and know.  I wonder how would an anthropologist write about sadness.  It is easy for a poet to be emotional since logic is not the foundation of poetry.  Can an anthropologist rely on his emotion about someone's feelings or sadness?  Since anthropology is a science, should logic supersede emotion?  I just don't think anyone can write about someone's sadness without empathy or sympathetic feelings.  I…

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Posted on August 23, 2012 at 3:34am — 7 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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