May 2013 Blog Posts (9)

The Academy as Guild

Reading the following on Dead Voles, I couldn't help recalling Keith Hart's frequent references to the guild structure of academia.

More on conditions of work: guilds and industrial revolutions


As the last major profession organized on the medieval guild model (masters, journeymen, apprentices), academia is now going through an Industrial Revolution of its own. In the 17th-18th century, the…


Added by John McCreery on May 31, 2013 at 6:02am — 2 Comments

Heart at East: The Coalition for Equal Distribution of Cultural Funds in Israel

On May 21, 2013, in Tel Aviv, I'm going to be awarded the Heart at East lifetime achievement plaque for my feminist-of-color activism, community leadership and academic scholarship. Heart at East is a coalition of 20 or so NGOs that aims to remedy the near complete lack of cultural rights and representation for Israel's majority citizenry, the Mizrahim.

The Heart at East lifetime achievement plaque was created as an…


Added by Smadar Lavie on May 20, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

After the disaster (but before Krugman endorsed Klein's shock doctrine)

Nate Roberts posted a link on Facebook to a recent piece by Paul Krugman essentially saying that he once thought Naomi Klein's views on neoliberalism were extreme, but now he thinks she could be right. This led me to look up an Anthropology Today editorial I published in…


Added by Keith Hart on May 19, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Natural Language and the Social Sciences

For my current project, which automates an approach to understanding decision making processes of elites, first developed by Robert Axelrod in the 1970s, I make use of two newly developed computational linguistic tools (see my github profile).

Rather than discussing the specifics of my current project, which you can read about here, I…


Added by Johannes Castner on May 17, 2013 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Marx's "XI"th Thesis on Feuerbach is Not Explicit Enough.

Marx's "XI"th Thesis on Feuerbach is Not Explicit Enough.…


Added by Mr. Jan Hearthstone on May 15, 2013 at 7:18pm — No Comments

An anthropologist in all but name?

Reading this review of a new book about the "anti-utopian reformer with keen eye for detail" Albert Hirschman, I found myself thinking of OAC founder Keith Hart. I wonder what Hart will think of being seen as resembling Hirschman, in a complimentary way.

Added by John McCreery on May 8, 2013 at 4:16am — 1 Comment

The idea of the informal economy: a further work in progress report

More on the idea of the informal economy: My earlier post (14 April) was a work-in-progress report on a study of 'the idea of the informal economy', with particular reference to Melanesia (and specifically to pre-modern Papua New Guinea). In time it will be extended to the modern (colonial and post-colonial) period.

That earlier post provided links to three papers which had appeared to that point. A fourth paper, titled "Preconditions for an informal economy: ‘trucking and bartering’…


Added by John Conroy on May 4, 2013 at 8:17am — 1 Comment

Social Tourism and Gentrification in Seville (spanish)

Los procesos de gentrificación están siendo estudiados desde hace ya más de setenta años. Desde las primeras aproximaciones relevantes al tema en el Lóndres de los años sesenta, pasando por la eterna discusión en torno a los factores que los inducen, esto es producto vs. consumo, pasando por la introducción de diferentes elementos para explicar y aplicar conceptos culturales y sociales a los procesos de gentrificación, o su interacción con fenómenos actuales como el Programa Erasmus (Malet,…


Added by Jose Mansilla on May 3, 2013 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Billetes municipales y regionales. "Regiogeld", civl war notes, cupons and social aid.

Can local banknotes help? ¿Billetes municipales y regionales? "Regiogeld", civl war notes, cupons and social aid.

Added by Billetes Locales on May 2, 2013 at 5:36pm — 1 Comment

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