Huon Wardle's Blog (12)

Sounding the Last Post-- Goodbye!

Talking Anthropology on the Open Anthropology Cooperative (ning--this website) has been a lot of fun, but all good things come to an end and this will be my last post. The reasons are entirely practical, though not impersonal. OAC here (there is another highly successful and vibrant OAC group on Facebook), has come to the end of what it can reasonably achieve. This website is full up with interesting, but chaotically ordered content and points of contact. It is really a massive hammer to…


Added by Huon Wardle on November 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Ras Dizzy (1932-2008)

This is a version of an entry I wrote for the W.E.B. Dubois institute's Dictionary of Afro-Latin American Biography.

Dizzy, Ras (1932-2008), painter, poet and itinerant Rastafarian activist, was probably born in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica on 19…


Added by Huon Wardle on September 4, 2015 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Review of Colin Grant's Negro With a Hat.

If you work as I do on the anthropology of the Caribbean, then Marcus Garvey and Garveyism cast a long shadow. By any standards Garvey's legacy is worthy of reflection. Reading Colin Grant's fine biography gave me pause for thought regarding Garvey and also the excuse to put those thoughts into a review for the OAC. Garvey was the leader of the largest black internationalist movement that has ever existed, but a movement of a unique kind. Most of the internationalisms of the Twentieth…


Added by Huon Wardle on January 21, 2013 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Soda Drinkers of the World Unite

I came across this demographic today. People in the Mid-West and the North West of the United States drink 'pop'. People who live in the South drink 'coke' and people on the West and East coasts drink 'soda'. Never having spent much time in the U.S. myself I wondered what this might mean. Of course, we have Tocqueville's…


Added by Huon Wardle on October 19, 2012 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

North of the Border: narcocorridos

This BBC radio documentary explores the narcocorrido (drug smuggling ballad) as a popular genre among Mexicans in the U.S. Denselow, the journalist points to the ambivalence of the the border in the Mexican imagination. He traces the background to 1848 when the U.S. effectively annexed half of the landmass of Mexico including California. Ballads of…


Added by Huon Wardle on May 10, 2012 at 3:52pm — No Comments

An Anthropologist at COP17

During November PhD student Laura Obermuller witnessed events unfold at the Durban climate change talks.

This is cross-posted…


Added by Huon Wardle on December 22, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

EF Schumacher's Small is Beautiful: another look.

A few days ago I read an article in the Observer saying that Britain's right wing prime minister, David Cameron, had based one of his core ideas - 'The Big Society' - on Ernst Shumacher's book Small is Beautiful (truthfully nobody knows if the BS is an 'idea' or even what it means). The newsmedia also informs us that the government is trying to change the academic research…


Added by Huon Wardle on March 30, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Letter from St Andrews

There is a lot of snow in St Andrews today as there has been for more than a week. There is also an unusual level of commotion. The University of St Andrews is a very conservative institution. It was (arguably) established by a papal bull of the last 'Babylonian' Pope, Benedict XIII, in 1413. There is no train line to St Andrews: the town with its ruined cathedral sits on the tip of a peninsula of the Eastern Scottish coast; perched on a cliff looking out over the North Sea. The heir to the… Continue

Added by Huon Wardle on December 8, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Letter from Jamaica


Here in Kingston everyone is waiting for tropical storm Tomas, the supposedly softer gentler brother of Nicole, to blow in today and tomorrow. As I write, in the University of the West Indies library, staff are beginning to secure the computers from water damage. As if it hadn't had enough it looks like Haiti will take the brunt of the weather: people in relocation camps - tents hardly equipped for the expected deluge.

My fieldwork site covers two sides of a valley… Continue

Added by Huon Wardle on November 4, 2010 at 5:00pm — 15 Comments

Extraterritoriality and anthropological knowledge: the case of 'President' Coke and Tivoli Gardens

'Extraterritoriality' has legal usage as the state of being exempt from local law. Some years ago I used 'extraterritoriality' to describe another, imaginative, state of exemption - how ordinary Jamaicans told adventure stories about personal transport out of social-political conditions on the island. Those stories were shaped by the actual movements of friends and relatives to, especially, New York, London and Toronto. However, Jamaican social scientist Obika Gray has used the word in a…


Added by Huon Wardle on May 26, 2010 at 12:00pm — 31 Comments

the universality of consummatum est, it is finished.

Consummatum est; it is done, finished, ended, consumed. The significance of endings and beginnings is old in anthropology. Van Gennep marshaled the logic adding to it an all important image – sure enough there can be no 'self' without beginnings and endings (or vice versa) - and the primary metaphor of end and initiation is a doorway or threshold (limen…


Added by Huon Wardle on May 18, 2010 at 3:30pm — 26 Comments

Fee Waiver PhD Scholarships - University of St Andrews.

We are offering fee waiver scholarships in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews.

These 3-year scholarships will be awarded in late April 2010 to PhD applicants

with outstanding research potential, to enable them to begin their research in

Social Anthropology at St Andrews from September 2010. We especially invite

applicants whose area of interest relates to… Continue

Added by Huon Wardle on January 19, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment


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