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The Monstering of Anthropology


In 1983, Norman Tebbit, a minister in Thatcher’s government, justified cuts to the social sciences by saying that those who study ‘the pre-nuptial habits of the Upper Volta valley’ were not deserving of money. In Tebbit’s telling, a venerable, and vital, branch of anthropological inquiry – the study…


Posted on November 1, 2013 at 6:00am — 28 Comments

The Relevance of Anthropology? A Marxist Response


The Relevance of Anthropology? A Marxist Response



Firefly: My friends, this man’s case moves me deeply. Look at Chicolini! He sits there alone, an abject figure.


Chicolini: I…


Posted on November 26, 2011 at 3:30am — 23 Comments

Writing the riots


Just after ten o’clock on Monday night, there was the first intimation that trouble was coming: sounds of a mass moving up the street outside – a sense of heavy presence. Turning off the lights, I looked out of the window. Down below, some sixty people were milling about. The constituency of the crowd was mixed: some white, some black, some Asian, though mostly young men. Many of them were hooded, their faces further hidden behind bicycle breath-masks, bandanas, or more…


Posted on August 11, 2011 at 12:12am — 4 Comments

Phone Hacking, Sorcery and Parapolitics


‘My own view is, and I still hold with this view, that in terms of the reaction of people, the reaction is going to be primarily Washington and not the country because I think the country doesn’t give much of a shit about it other than the ones we've already bugged…most people around the country think that this is routine, that everyone’s trying to bug everyone else, it’s politics. That’s my view.’

This was Nixon, speaking in the Oval Office on the morning of the 21st…


Posted on August 1, 2011 at 5:18am — 6 Comments

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At 11:14am on December 6, 2010, Stacy A A Hope said…
Hi Phillip!

I think that would be a great idea. You have creative freedom as to how your review may take shape. I will send you a private message with the rough guidelines.

Thank you for volunteering.

At 12:07am on October 13, 2010, Jacob Lee said…
I just read your working paper Cosmetic cosmologies in Japan: Notes towards a superficial investigation. I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to the seminar.
At 4:51am on June 8, 2010, Joel M. Wright said…
Thank you, Phillip.

I'm really enjoying your thread on hermeneutics.

Kudos to you, as it's not easy to argue in counterpoint to something that you agree with.
At 6:57pm on June 6, 2010, Neil Turner said…

Thank you for taking up the operative question in the debates. Now, we are debating.

At 10:10pm on May 2, 2010, Keith Hart said…
Here is the essay by Bruce I was refferring to. Bruce Enlightenment.pdf

Bruce has a pamhlet for Sahlins's Prickly Paradigm series that is still forthcoming five years later. I am waiting for a paper he agreed to write for a conference i organized two years ago. That's par for Bruce. But we all forgive him for the sheer vitality of his spntaneous riffs.


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