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The Third International Conference on Applications of Anthropology in Business

     It was my third time to participate in the annual International Conference on Applications of Anthropology in Business, organized by Robert Tian Guang and held at a venue in China, and my second time to visit Jishou University, which is located in the Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Hunan Province in the west of China. The first two…


Added by John McCreery on May 23, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Anthropology of Young People

Being a socio-cultural anthropologist, I conducted my post-graduate research and field work in a rural area where young people and their leisure activities was my core interest. The study revealed numerous aspect which possibly are ignored in the usual way but it was surprising to learn how minor happenings even influenced the life of youth,

I would be more than glad to share my experience ...  

Added by Manal on May 13, 2014 at 8:25pm — No Comments

On incidental Truth, consistency and belonging

The reversal of Doxa ("opinions/metaphysics") and Episteme ("truth/knowledge") happened around the time of the early 20th century. The theory of relativity seems to be the discovery that sparked it, but really this theoretical discover is merely the "best example" of the reversal in knowledge types that I am pointing out.

Once Newtonian physics lost its bearing as being Truth -- which coincided with the scientific method being formulated as a method for truth -- incidentally, we also…


Added by Alexander Lee on May 2, 2014 at 3:34am — No Comments

Tools of the Ethnographer

I admit that there is no perfect process for doing ethnographic fieldwork. And, trying to find a computer program or application that is robust enough to handle all the varied tasks necessary in fieldwork, I don’t really think exists (although there are many out there that claim to be the definitive research tool for qualitative or quantitative research). In the years that I have been doing fieldwork, I have figured out a method that sort of works for me…


Added by Neil Turner on May 1, 2014 at 4:08pm — No Comments

The death of community and the rise of individualised tourist mobilities

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I am intrigued by the well-developed Wikipedia entry (25 April 2014) on ‘individualism’. Its exploration of the concept’s journey in philosophical, psychosocial and political terms…


Added by Rodanthi Tzanelli on April 26, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments

being and identity and reality

I think much of politics stems from identity construction. Most discussions about identity are approached from the question of the Other -- include them or teach them or change them. But really, any position of otherness must be mediated by what the Self is. The self mediating the self is the "invisible" point of reference that creates this initial distortion.

Post race isn't exactly the same as post identity. Even if it's a class distinction or, say, identifying as a "punk" which…


Added by Alexander Lee on April 11, 2014 at 11:26pm — 1 Comment

Review of Philosophical Papers, Volume 1: The Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes

After the enlightenment, people started to seriously make a distinction that how they distinguished what they really knew from what was really going on around them. The actual knowledge, epistemes, were favored over "opinions" or doxa. The debate that surrounded that distinction amid the turmoil of increasing technology and religious unrest eventually flipped around: doxa became the norm with epistemes being questioned as being attainable. With this flip, after the revolution of…


Added by Alexander Lee on March 31, 2014 at 12:12am — 2 Comments

“Twitter, Schmitter!" & a Few Fun Tweets

Found Poetry


Twitter, schmitter!

We now have

a court order!

We will wipe out

all of these!

The international

community can say this,

can say that.

I don't care at all!

Everyone will see

how powerful

the Turkish State is!

Erdogan, Turkish PM

*Despite Erdogan’s ban on twittering, a report from Twitturk, which records the statistics of Turkish Twitter users, indicates… Continue

Added by Achirri Ishmael on March 23, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

No funding? Don't Go!! (on getting a PhD in anthropology)

Well, it’s that time of year when prospective grad students around the country are anxiously pacing around their mailboxes waiting for responses from all the PhD programs they applied to.  Many are wondering who accepted them, who rejected them, and, of course, if they got funding.  That’s the big question.  Getting a full-funding offer is the highest mark of acceptance and application success.  It’s like getting the golden seal of academic and departmental approval.  It means you’re…


Added by ryan anderson on March 22, 2014 at 9:18pm — 4 Comments

Academic References

a child
without an escort

walks the night
in a big city it does not know:

lost -

any ‘thing’
might happen to it.


From Bruno Latour (1987:33)

Added by Achirri Ishmael on March 10, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

An Invitation to a Circumcision: the World According to V. Putin (Found Poems).

Reading Putin*.

I looked the man in the eye.

I found him to be

very straightforward

and trustworthy.

We had a very good dialogue.

I was able to get a sense

of his soul,

a man deeply committed to his country

and the best interests of his country.

I wouldn't have invited him

to my ranch

if I didn't trust him.

*George Bush, June 2001.

2. Putin, On Chechen Muslims

If you’re… Continue

Added by Achirri Ishmael on March 8, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments


Amazing! I am surprised and grateful that my American Ethnologist essay, “Writing Against Identity Politics,” has gotten over 1,000 views on in a little over a year. This is on top of over 2,000 viewers and subscribers on Facebook and other educational, non-profit sites. I am glad that the word is getting out about the bureaucratic machine as a system of divine torture.…


Added by Smadar Lavie on March 5, 2014 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Who says anthropology can't rock?

Serendipitously, the entertainment section in this morning's Japan Times carries an article about an Indie band, three young Japanese women, called Crunch. One of them, Noriyo Hotta says,

"For example, take 'Mori no Naka,' the first track on the album. This song was influenced by Radiohead, especially the songs 'Jigsaw Falling' and 'There There,' and a funk tune by Japanese rock band Jagatara called 'Tango.' But I was also inspired by a book about the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon.… Continue

Added by John McCreery on March 5, 2014 at 3:06am — No Comments

Collective? Individual? Both? How should we think about thinking?

Just found an interesting piece titled "Good Group Think" on eighteen Resurrects some shrewd observations by Karl Mannheim, from Ideology and Utopia. Most of what we think we learn from others. We add a bit and pass it on. Tracing the routes is a project called the sociology of knowledge. Enjoy. Reflect. Respond. Pass it on.

Added by John McCreery on February 3, 2014 at 8:29am — 7 Comments

How would you cope with calamity?

Last night I was at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo attending a "Book Break." The book in question was Japan Copes with Calamity: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011, ed. by Tom Gill, David Slater, and Brigitte Steger. I don't know Brigitte, but Tom and David are old friends. Both are anthropologists, one from the…


Added by John McCreery on February 1, 2014 at 2:53am — No Comments

Ethnic identity as natural phenomenon

Anthropologist and statistician S.M. Shirokogoroff in 1930s made an attempt to understand ethnic identity as an object of natural sciences ( incl funct anthropology ). He uses elementary equations of statistical thermodynamic in order to describe ethnogenesis as processes of statistical self-organization. In contrast, today social anthropologists and governments behave like they already had found complete proof of theorem on social nature of ethnic identity and all counterexamples are…


Added by Michael Alexeevich Popov on January 28, 2014 at 1:52pm — 11 Comments

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