February 2013 Blog Posts (8)

Get used to it. Anthropology will never be politically effective.

Let's face it. For all of the intense moralizing and half-baked political commentary that now passes for anthropological "theory," when it comes to political action anthropologists suck.

Why aren't we outraged? Why aren't we....? We see these questions online every bloody day. Have they made any difference? The evidence is thin, likely non-existent, and that's not surprising.

Outrage is an industry. There is so much of it online that another ranting voice is unlikely to be…


Added by John McCreery on February 22, 2013 at 4:00am — 9 Comments

A New Project

I have just begun a new translation/writing project that may be of particular interest to people with an interest in Japan or Japanese advertising. It involves translating a little red book by one of Japan's most distinguished copywriters. Should you be interested, you can find the project here. 

Added by John McCreery on February 16, 2013 at 8:43am — 4 Comments

Speaking of Language

An important thought, attributed to one of my favorite philosophers, Stanley Cavell.

Language, to Cavell, is ambiguous not because it is imperfect, awaiting precise definition, but because we do not all see in the same way; it is a reflection of our basic predicament as distinct human beings. Thus, we must dare to mean what we say, take responsibility for all the meanings our words might be taken to have—even if those meanings go beyond what we understand as our…


Added by John McCreery on February 14, 2013 at 9:13am — 3 Comments

The Voice of the Silence

Just at 4.00 pm on February 12, 2013, people from every walk of life—working in offices, moving on the streets, riding on vehicles, shopping at market places, sitting inside houses, studying in schools, colleges and universities, doing share-transaction at broker houses, reporting at media houses, talking part in parliamentary activities, playing in stadium and all play grounds, even watching TV at drawing rooms & cooking at kitchens— suddenly stood still in silence. Besides,…


Added by Dr Nasir Uddin on February 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

BOOK: Heritage in the Digital Era: Cinematic Tourism and the Activist Cause


Heritage in the Digital Era

Cinematic Tourism and the Activist Cause

By Rodanthi Tzanelli


To Be Published 28th February 2013 by Routledge – 248 pages


Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology



Added by Rodanthi Tzanelli on February 12, 2013 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Politics of Peace: A Case of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh

The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), bordering Bangladesh, India and Myanmar, has always been represented as the region of ethnic conflict and insurgency in Bangladesh. It is the home to eleven indigenous groups of people collectively known as Pahari. Since the migration from neighbouring states of Arakan of Myanmar and Tripura of India, they were politically independent,…


Added by Dr Nasir Uddin on February 12, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Bill Maurer on cashlessness and the importance of information in money (Seminar in Cambridge, 01/02/2013)

Dear all,

I was fascinated by a talk that Bill Maurer gave about his latest research with regulators and practitioners in the payment industry. First of all, his 'opening up' of the black box of (electronic) payment is worth mentioning. Payment is not merely the 'reading of the debit/credit card', but several 'stops' (such as the payment device, the 'switch' deciding whether it is debit or credit etc) accompany the transfer along the 'rail'. All of those stakeholders have…


Added by Johannes Lenhard on February 4, 2013 at 1:52pm — 7 Comments

Between Delhi and Rangamati: Contrasting display of protests

Recently, two gang rapes took place – one in Delhi and the other in Rangamati. In the first case, a 23-year-old Delhi medical student was raped on a running bus on December 16 by six men and then was thrown off on the street. The victim later succumbed to her injuries and died in Singapore. In the second case, a Marma school-girl of class-eight was gang raped on December 21 in Rangamati. Three “Bengali settlers” raped the 14-year-old girl and then killed her. Both the incidents were quite…


Added by Dr Nasir Uddin on February 1, 2013 at 5:01pm — No Comments

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