July 2013 Blog Posts (12)

The idea of a rural informal economy

In two previous posts I have reported on my evolving study of the idea of an informal economy. This third post ruminates about the extension of the idea to rural life. Keith Hart's original work in Ghana (in the years up to 1973) had an almost exclusively urban focus, though he did not explicitly exclude the possibility of informality in the rural 'sector'. Indeed a UNDP Mission to Papua New Guinea in 1972-73 (of which Keith was a member) produced a report (the 'Faber Report') which appeared…


Added by John Conroy on July 30, 2013 at 6:29am — 6 Comments

Multidisciplinary Research with Real-World Applications

I have just downloaded a free ebook published by Australian National University that addresses the topic identified in the subject of this post: Multidisciplinary research with real-world applications. I have not yet read it and do not promote it, my intention here is simply to note its existence, since some who read what appears on OAC may find it interesting. 

Added by John McCreery on July 28, 2013 at 4:32pm — 1 Comment

Could it be time to rethink the social sciences altogether?

Nicholas Christakis, Professor of Network Science at Yale, asks why the social sciences remain divided by the same disciplinary boundaries while the natural sciences have abandoned some departments and replaced them with others, typically representing research made possible by new technologies. He suggests that it may be time to rethink the structure and applications of the social sciences overall.…


Added by John McCreery on July 24, 2013 at 6:29am — 4 Comments

Love, Life and Lust - Relationships among beggars in East London

Dear all,

following up from my earlier blog post, I am getting deeper into both, theory and fieldwork, and am coming up with some observations I would like to share with you. Potentially some of you have some ideas about how to embed the findings into anthropological literature (on friendship, love and sex in other contexts) for which I would be eternally grateful.

The more I speak to the group of beggars on the street the more I cultivate the following feeling:…


Added by Johannes Lenhard on July 21, 2013 at 4:55pm — 6 Comments

Mapping Stereotypes

Bulgarian designer Yanko Tsvetkov has been traveling around Europe and creating maps in which the names of countries are replaced with stereotypes other Europeans have about them. I want to ask my European friends here, how accurate do you think these depictions of stereotypes are, as descriptions of the stereotypers, as descriptions of the stereotyped? 

Added by John McCreery on July 21, 2013 at 6:44am — No Comments

The Fuselage

It went like a firecracker, 

a real sharp blast,

and before I knew, 

I was up from sleep …


Added by Achirri Ishmael on July 20, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Strange Bedfellows

The Frankfort School at War is a thought provoking piece for anyone interested in the relation of social and cultural research to war and national security issues. Who among us would have imagined that such icons of the New Left as Herbert Marcuse and other…


Added by John McCreery on July 20, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

The human economy: a strategy in the struggle for happiness

An earlier essay, ‘Manifesto for a human economy‘, deals explicitly with the object, theory and methods of a human economy approach. Here I examine some of the precedents for such an approach in the history of modern revolutions, drawing on Kant, Jefferson, Tocqueville, James and Gandhi.

‘Human economy’ is one way of taking forward the great conversation about making a better world.…


Added by Keith Hart on July 14, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Mobility, trans-localism, and Taco Bell

I've been reading 'The Sociolinguistics of Globalization' by Jan Blommaert lately, and while I don't always see eye to eye with Blommaert that book is amazing. Anywho, in that book, Blommaert goes into this whole web of 'trans-local, local' blah, blah and while I was on my way to ye local taco bell I couldn't help but stop and think, "Hey, Taco Bell is sort of trans-local." Which led me to some interesting thoughts regarding mobility and Taco Bells trans-localism. It is the very fact that I…


Added by Aareon M. Harreld on July 12, 2013 at 6:53pm — 1 Comment

Urban gardens and the fights for the city (Spanish)

Las luchas por la ciudad pueden adoptar muchas y diversas formas. Desde la okupación de viviendas deshabitadas a la apropiación de los mal llamados “espacios públicos” por parte de ciertos grupos y colectivos de población local. Uno de sus exponentes son los “huertos urbanos” que proliferan, con distintos orígenes e intenciones, en nuestros entornos más cercanos.

La base fundamental de la apropiación y okupación de este tipo de espacios por parte de las vecinos/as es la…


Added by Jose Mansilla on July 5, 2013 at 10:23am — 2 Comments

Lance Armstrong: The Reality Show (A Cultural Analysis)


                                        Lance Armstrong:  The Reality Show  (A Cultural Analysis)


Lee Drummond

Center for Peripheral Studies



April - May 2013



            Seven successive Tour de France victories,…


Added by Lee Drummond on July 4, 2013 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

An African liberal revolution in the 21st century?

I have just posted an essay exploring the prospects for African emancipation (as part of a world revolution) in the decades ahead. It's full title is Waiting for emancipation: towards an African liberal revolution. You can find it here. The essay summarises Africans' history of relations with the rest of the world and their current situation as the…

Added by Keith Hart on July 4, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

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