November 2012 Blog Posts (13)

Video, ethnography, commercial applications

While browsing the Web, I came across a paper titled Real Environments—Video Ethnography for True Understanding by Kunal Sinha and Prashant Ramachandran. The authors, both Indian, work for Ogilvy and Mather in China and Singapore. An interesting mixture of ethnographic detail, video analysis, and cultural stereotypes (India v China). If you are interested in the uses of video and…


Added by John McCreery on November 30, 2012 at 5:56am — 9 Comments

Are you a multifaceted millennial?

This question is directed at the younger members of OAC. It is stimulated by stumbling across a piece that Grant McCracken wrote for Harvard Business Review and announced back in October. The title is


The first three paragraphs…


Added by John McCreery on November 24, 2012 at 11:33am — 1 Comment

Intro books

Having just set a paper in my intro to socio-cultural anthropology class I realised that when you ask undergrads to find a source they reach straight for the internet (not the hp... sorry) but have very little idea about what is legit and what isn't. With that in mind I thought I would use this as a space to make a list of good intro texts online:

First up - Small places large issuesThomas Hylland…


Added by Nathan Dobson on November 21, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

The Kushite-Kushan Connection

I would be glad of information that any may have on this topic.  What I have so far is here:

Added by Alice C. Linsley on November 20, 2012 at 9:08pm — No Comments

Reflections on Hurricane Sandy, media and disconnection [cross-post]

Cross-posted from my blog, Analog/Digital. Originally published on November 04, 2012.


Hurricane Sandy: Parked Last week, Hurricane Sandy pummeled the east coast of the US. Power outages due to extreme coastal flooding, high winds and fallen trees have caused food and gas…


Added by Francine Barone on November 20, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments


About 6 weeks ago Netanyahu called for the dismissal of the Knesset and for early elections, closely following the U.S. elections. The reason for dismissal of the government was a gridlock in the Knesset over Netanyahu’s draconian national budget for 2013. The call for the elections defused the threat for more social protests, given the steep price increases for food, rent, gas etc. since spring 2012. A mini operation, or a dress rehearsal for this one, was carried out in June 2012. Another…


Added by Smadar Lavie on November 15, 2012 at 5:56pm — No Comments

[Paperback book] Envisioning Eden: Mobilizing Imaginaries in Tourism and Beyond

*** Sorry for cross-posting ***

Please circulate. For those interested in purchasing this paperback book, there is a great time-limited discount offer.



Envisioning Eden: Mobilizing Imaginaries in Tourism and Beyond

Noel B. Salazar

Berghahn Books, November 2012 [paperback version]…


Added by Noel B. Salazar on November 9, 2012 at 9:28pm — No Comments

High Noon

[Found Poetry]


 I gave 5 or 10 million

—I forget —…


Added by Achirri Ishmael on November 9, 2012 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

On... religion?

After almost two years of studying anthropology intensively, I've come to a realization: I'm really, really uncomfortable with religion and ritual, to the point of even avoiding lectures about them. I've spent very little time in churches, and of course there are few rituals in American society that happen outside of church. The time I have spent was largely forced, in a primitivist Pentacostal sect of the early 1980s - not really a comfortable environment to become comfortable with the…


Added by Kate Wood on November 8, 2012 at 11:28pm — 13 Comments

Iran-Israel: Social Protest and Military Action

“The Knafo Chronicles: Marching on Jerusalem With Israel’s Silent Majority,” published in AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work highlights the key links between social protest movements by Israel’s marginalized Mizrahim (“Easterners,” Hebrew) and heightened Israeli aggression against Palestinians and Muslim neighboring states--most recently, Iran. Since summer 2011, Israel has been beset by…


Added by Smadar Lavie on November 8, 2012 at 11:09pm — 2 Comments

Lessons for anthropology from the U.S. elections

The interpreters (the pundits) were all over the place. The nerds (statisticians like Nate Silver and Sam Wang) came through with amazingly accurate predictions. Nate Silver's new The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don't should be on everyone's reading list. 

Added by John McCreery on November 7, 2012 at 11:02am — 4 Comments

Antropología desde el exilio: El no-lugar saharaui (Anthropology from the exile: The Sahrawi's non-place)

En anteriores entradas del presente blog hemos hecho referencia al concepto de no-lugar siempre relacionado con tramas urbanas. El gran ejemplo de Marc Augé de no-lugar, el que ha servido y sirve de referencia al mismo, es el del aeropuerto, gran espacio de tránsito en el que es imposible reconocer ningún tipo de identidad, historia o relación con su contexto más cercano. Sin embargo, desconozco si Augé estaba únicamente pensando en este tipo de paisajes cuando desarrolló su teoría.…


Added by Jose Mansilla on November 5, 2012 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Money matters - even for the beggar

Dear all,

i haven't been around for quite a time. Settling in Cambridge was more work than expected - but I was actually writing in the last couple of weeks. Thanks to all of you - especially John and Keith - for the feedback on my begging-piece. A couple of ideas have now been distilled in this blog post on Sandy Ross's blog:…


Added by Johannes Lenhard on November 2, 2012 at 11:26am — 2 Comments

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