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I am not really convinced that Filipinos and Americans wanted change when they voted for Duterte and Trump respectively. I also do not think that their electoral successes are about the voters'…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cecilia Montero Mórtola Feb 25, 2017.

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

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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

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An Attack On Cultural Anthropology
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The liberal scholars and professors who stifle conservative voices on university campuses and unwelcome conservative thinkers. The LGBT activists who focus more on the festive spectacle of their identity politics than on the economic side of it. The social policymakers who use…

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 2:36pm — 26 Comments

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



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…


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…


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