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Longest single sentence in social science!
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181 words!! One sentence by Pierre Bourdieu (1977):"The conjuncture capable of transforming practices objectively co-ordinated because subordinated to partially or wholly identical objective…Continue

Tags: waffle, language, bourdieu

Started this discussion. Last reply by John McCreery Jul 10, 2013.

online collaboration tool? (ideally open source, i.e. free!)
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Hi OAs, can anyone recommend a half decent online collaboration space? It would be for just three of us, just to store and edit documents to avoid repetition or losing changes, and to account for…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Francine Barone Jul 9, 2013.

human geography
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Well, you know the old chestnut- what's the difference between sociology and anthropology? Here's another one, what IS the difference between anthropology and human geography?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John McCreery Jul 28, 2013.

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Hello fellow Open Anthropologists,This a trial launch of a project to reclaim terminology from the depths of jargon.Why? I often use this site:  …Continue

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I'm a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths. My thesis examines the discrepancy between policy and practice for low-impact dwelling in rural Wales. The study uses anthropological theories of dwelling to inform an analysis of rural development in Wales. This research was funded by a full “1+3” ESRC doctoral studentship.  The thesis is based on ethnographic fieldwork, consisting primarily of participant observation at an off-grid eco-village in west Wales for a period of fifteen months between 2010-2011.

My doctoral research has contributed to a body of Welsh ethnography by providing a rigorous examination of the notion of community in the context of local planning and development. The research breaks from theoretical and methodological constraints which have constructed communities as conceptual mediums for the interrogation of the interaction between modernity and social solidarity. Focusing on off-grid eco-villages, my research contributes a timely alternative to the logic of community with a focus on grids, networks, and assemblages to ask wider questions about how global processes are brought to bear at the domestic scale. I reject the notion of the Celtic Fringe and the centre-periphery dyad to show instead that rural Wales has been a forward-thinking locus of cultural change. Research has shown that planners and activists in west Wales do not share universal notions about the meaning or purpose of low-impact, despite models which would contain them both. Notions were so differentiated in fact that I have identified low-impact dwelling as categorically different from low-impact development, a distinction which enhances the existing body of literature about UK low-impact development by revealing how the inequalities implicit in the notion of development shape the possibilities for alternative models of rural land-use. Research on the interplay of these two models has highlighted areas of potential compromise and areas where compromise is unlikely, and as such has examined how and when policy has an effect on everyday practice. The notion of a global environment has been at the core of the Welsh Assembly's planning strategies and has shaped activists' approach to the goal of sustainable living. What is at stake in a wider sense is the morality of rural land use, which raises questions about who may decide what is proper and improper use of land and resources, in general, and at what scale(s) such conversations should take place.

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So after a long hiatus- nothing personal, just no internet connection!- I have come back to OAC and wanted to share this with you:


I'm collaborating with this organisation on a research project to do with Welsh cider, but I have got fascinated by this collection concept. It's apparently the only virtual archive of its sort. I can't decide whether it's a great idea, or a…


Posted on April 26, 2015 at 5:24pm

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At 5:05pm on February 14, 2014, Larry Stout said…

Hi, Elaine

You perhaps are familiar with Harry Enfield's Brit spoofs.  Always good for a laugh. This one addresses housing, in fact:


At 3:05am on December 9, 2011, Gaby Bamana said…

Hi Elaine,

Thank you for the invitation. I will do my best to participate as much as i can.



At 12:59am on December 1, 2011, Geoffrey Samuel said…

SHould have read the text on your page before asking what you do - it sounds very interesting. The sustainability issues are quite important to me too in fact, I'm hoping to develop a project in Bhutan and Bangladesh in this area. G

At 12:57am on December 1, 2011, Geoffrey Samuel said…

Hi Elaine, Thanks for the invite. I've now joined. I'm leaving for a 5-week trip to Bhutan and Nepal in a few days so will be largely out of contact till mid-Jan.


Where are you and what are you working on? I'm mainly an Asian specialist myself but have some local interests too.


Best wishes



At 4:35pm on November 24, 2011, paulrchalmers said…

Hey Elaine, I am also based in Wales, at Cardiff, where are you?



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