March 2012 Blog Posts (17)

bektashis, shared shrines and limited discourses

I am currently working on a project about the role of Sari Saltik (Bektashi) shrines in Turkey and the Balkans in the overlapping of shared pilgrimage practices, shrine appropriation and relationships between narrative and spatial practice/ritual. If anyone has any thoughts on these sujects, please let me know.

I am still refining many of my thoughts, to be honest. But my intention is bring all of this to a focus on how we perceive the binary oppositions of pluralism and…


Added by Logan Sparks on March 27, 2012 at 12:12pm — 7 Comments

How Should We Argue? Consider Deliberative Discourse

Found in Fast Company, this article has a lot to say to us who like to argue fruitfully and especially perhaps to those among us looking for careers in applied anthropology.

Added by John McCreery on March 22, 2012 at 3:39pm — No Comments

About the observation of Fuegian Indians in the 19th century in Argentina

I want to shared with all the members my last published article. This its the abstract.

Among the first projects of German anthropologist Robert Lehmann-Nitsche as head of the Museum de La Plata’s Department of Anthropology in Argentina was his research on the inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego, deemed evolutionary ‘relics’ of humanity. The article explores the role of shows and exhibits as spaces where science was popularized and where late nineteenth- and early…


Added by Diego Ballestero on March 20, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Reading about the history of objectivity

Im in the last pages of Objectivity from Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison.

In this book the autors chart the emergence of objectivity in the mid-nineteenth-century sciences—and show how the concept differs from its alternatives, truth-to-nature and trained judgment. This is a story of lofty epistemic ideals fused with workaday practices in the making of scientific images.

Im glad to discover the threatened reading of this analysis…


Added by Diego Ballestero on March 20, 2012 at 12:56pm — 4 Comments

A few conceptual musings in cognitive science and anthropology

I’m reading Gregory L. Murphy and Douglas L. Medin’s 1985 article,The Role of Theories in Conceptual Coherence, from Psychological Review Vol. 92 No. 3. In this paper, they aim to outline the link that exists between theoretical and conceptual knowledge, which, so far, has been rather nicely accomplished through a bevy of valid examples. However, about midway through the paper, around page 296, they use an analogy of the silver dollar…


Added by Chelsea Hayman on March 18, 2012 at 8:33pm — 3 Comments

Medical Anthropology: Where my interests originate

Medical Anthropology is particularly relevant because medicine is something that runs through all people's lives. Universally, all people experience states of illness that deviate from what they define as healthy. I have always found that so fascinating, particularly because it imbues people with a certain sense of difference that can be both stigmatizing as well as powerful, in some senses.

I am interested in the intersections between transcultural psychiatry, altered emotive…


Added by Chelsea Hayman on March 17, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Drug Consumption, Psychiatry, and Social Memory

The experience of psycho-pharmaceutical drugs as a circulating commodity at the global scale has been documented by journalists, but it is an area not widely explored by anthropologists. Most anthropology (see Sue Estroff) has ethnographically assessed psychiatric wards and other sites of medical care in the United States and Western world, but aside from the work of Arthur Kleinman in China, it seems that most psychological anthropology addresses cross-cultural emotion states (Unni Wikan,…


Added by Chelsea Hayman on March 17, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Goldman Sachs, Culture Change, and the Resignation of Greg Smith

I'm off-work on Wednesdays.  I spent the entire morning with my folks today enjoying my mother's Filipino brunch.  A brunch at my parents' household always ends with coffee and my father's argumentative discussion of what he reads from the day's news.  He passed The New  York Times to me after my second gulp.  He wanted me to read what he highlighted with a pencil, "Why I'm Leaving Goldman…


Added by M Izabel on March 15, 2012 at 8:55am — 3 Comments

Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism -- New book on BVI social history

My book on BVI social history, entitled "Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism: Social Transformations in the British Virgin Islands", released two weeks ago in eBook format for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and Apple iBook/iTunes readers, is now also available online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both paperback and hardcover print editions.

Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism is a study in the political economy of development of the British…


Added by Michael O'Neal on March 14, 2012 at 5:13am — 2 Comments

Nuevo Foto-Ensayo "EL ESPEJO ANIMAL: la metáfora animal como instrumento político y propagandístico / THE ANIMAL MIRROR: the animal metaphor as a political and propaganda instrument"


Es un dispositivo ideológico sempiterno la deshumanización del enemigo. La justificación de los actos tomando como base una condición de inferioridad, que avale un tratamiento diferente, se basa en ese presupuesto sub-equipamiento, en esa irrevocable carencia.

El ideologema…


Added by Ander Gondra on March 12, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Nuevo Foto-ensayo "Una experiencia balcánica / Balkan experience" con la obra de Furio Ottomani


Como el título indica,…


Added by Ander Gondra on March 12, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

identity construction (yes it sounds cliche but...)

As I begin this week, I remember a conversation I had with a doctoral student friend last night who is struggling to finish his PhD. While I managed to meet my deadlines fairly well during my PhD, that was defiinitely an exception. In general, I have also struggled with procrastination, as I believe we all do at some point and I gave some thought to whether there is a vlaue to taking a psychological approach to research. In other words, its helpful to look at what in your life is taking your…


Added by Logan Sparks on March 12, 2012 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Modeling Illustrated. Do You Know Netlogo?

In the Theory for Anthropology Group, we have started a discussion of model thinking, i.e., using models, which, as statistician George E.P. Box put it "are always wrong but sometimes useful" to think about social and cultural processes. The discussion was stimulated by my discovery of Scott Page's free…


Added by John McCreery on March 9, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Islam, the Media and the Globalization of Nose Jobs

Cairo, March 2012


The man was in his mid-forties maybe. He was a Member of Parliament and part of the Islamist party that forms the second most important bloc in the House of Representatives. A few days ago he appeared in the media claiming he had been attacked, beaten in the face, and robbed of a large amount of money he had locked up in his car. Not long afterwards, a call came into the radio from a surgeon who works for a fancy local hospital that is…


Added by Mohammed Tabishat on March 8, 2012 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments


For over a year now, I believe, I have had a page here at OAC and, for most of that time I have also been thinking about making my research more accesible online via blogging. For the time being, I think that I will be using OAC's blog to see if it works well towards this goal.

My plan at the moment is to spend some time here mainly discussing my work in the sociology department of the newly founded Suleyman Sah University in Istanbul where I currently work as an assistant professor.…


Added by Logan Sparks on March 7, 2012 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments



Editors: Z. Nilüfer Nahya, Rabia Harmanşah

 This book aims to provide an inside view of the problems, ambiguities, dilemmas and loneliness that foreign anthropologists face before and during conducting field studies in Turkey. It will open up discussion on the individual dimensions, such as ethnic-religious identity, gender, political views, physical-emotional challenges, moral dilemmas of the anthropologist, as…


Added by Z. Nilüfer Nahya on March 6, 2012 at 11:52pm — No Comments

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