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Updating the Anthropological Act for the 21st Century
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I originally posted these comments in a thread in the Anthropology of Globalism group. However, it was suggested that it should be placed in a forum, where more people could comment on it. I'm just…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Findlay Sep 7, 2010.


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Legos Atlanis, Praxis for Children, and the Ideology of Manifest Destiny

Recently, my niece turned the magical age of 5. As one of her birthday presents, she received a Typhoon Turbo Sub, a Lego set from the Atlantis line, and a rather cool looking piece of submarine machinery, at that; shiny, red, and sporting large propellers.

It also came with a anthropomorphic shark figure with…


Posted on July 26, 2010 at 10:19pm

Bureacracy and Complicity

Some years ago, I read Franz Kafka's The Trial, or at least the English translation of it. The story stuck in my mind and made quite an impression on me.

Particularly, I was struck by the chapter in which Herr K visits Herr Huld, encounters the similarly duped Block and is confronted with Leni, Huld's promiscuous nurse. From the point of that chapter on, I started to form a synthesis on what Kafka was getting at, which I can only describe as the interactional…


Posted on July 21, 2010 at 11:12pm — 13 Comments

Class and Status

In a thread entitled "Updating the Anthropological Act for the 21st Century," I made the claim that there is a disjuncture between institutional frameworks and critical frameworks.

Currently, I'm working on a write-up for a survey that I've developed for a service offered at my small institution. Item 1 on the…


Posted on June 23, 2010 at 10:04pm — 2 Comments

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At 12:43pm on December 10, 2014, Jah Paz said…

Took me a little while, i know :)

Hey Joel, what's up? 

At 1:54pm on August 6, 2010, MAI Saptenno said…
Hello Joel, thank you for adding me. Looking forward to participate in the nteresting discussions in your blog.
At 8:30am on June 10, 2010, Cheshire Cat said…
Hi Joel, thanks for the add:)
At 6:10am on June 8, 2010, Philip Swift said…
Dear Joel,

Many thanks!
Gosh - how annoying. Just as I'm about to post my latest contribution to the debate, I see John's well-directed comments and realize that mine are now more or less obsolete! Oh well...

All the best,

At 8:07pm on June 7, 2010, Philip Swift said…
Dear Joel,

Excellent comments you make in the Disputed Questions debate. Hope I can find time this evening to contribute too. To be honest, I agree with you on a lot of what you've written!

All the best,

At 5:27am on May 14, 2010, John McCreery said…
As far as I can make out, the friends thing provides a back channel in which we can communicate privately. A useful thing sometimes.
At 2:16am on April 28, 2010, Paul Wren said…

Welcome to the OAC, and thank you for making such positive contributions so quickly. I would like to point you to our guidelines under the "About" menu, as we strongly urge members to provide their full name in the interest of openness.

Again, welcome!

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