April 2011 Blog Posts (9)

from Social to Universal, what comes after a Monetized Economy?

Cross posted: limits of a monetized economy

I've written about the failure of our economic models to account for our happiness and welfare in the work place. I want to go into a little more detail about what an alternative view for our society might look like… Continue

Added by Alexander Lee on April 29, 2011 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

The Signifier of Blood

The Following is one of my essays in adoptive kinship, hope you guys share some opinion:

Kinship in a Western middle-class family has traditionally been defined by their biogenetic relationships and the blood-tie between relatives (Schneider 1968: 23). As Schneider pointed out the traditional definition of kinship, even though among Western societies the existence of relatives by marriage is acknowledged, made biogenetic kinship real kinship (1968:24). During the Cold War, the… Continue

Added by Bowen Wei on April 25, 2011 at 4:18pm — 1 Comment

Hybrid Methodologies in Business Anthropology

I just joined the COOP and am pleased to see so much activity from such an array of anthropologists.  I am a Principal at Weinman Schnee Morais, a marketing research firm in NYC (www.wsm-inc.com).  We often blend anthropological and psychological methods in our reseach.  For more on how to do that, see the following of my publications:


Refocusing Focus Groups: A Practical Guide.  Ithaca: Paramount Market…


Added by Robert J. Morais on April 22, 2011 at 5:01pm — 3 Comments

Rage in the Age of Mechanical Twinkies

Cross posted on the the Lobster Brain: Mixing Food and Ideas


Are you a Fried Twinkie?

Corporate America fills us with FDA approved créme filling, but Hunter Thompson explores the chemical meltdown aftermath in Hell's Angels

The fried Twinkie, is both authentic and in-authentic, a paradox of our post-industrial…


Added by Alexander Lee on April 19, 2011 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Sorro, The Street Hero

John's proposal  that we reconsider the role of creative literature in anthropology/ethnography is timely as I have gone back to writing short stories about the people whose faces are stored in my memory.  Like in this "first draft" piece , I know the protagonist did exist, but my memory of him is very limited.  What I have in mind are the things that happened to me where he played a peripheral part.  The question is whether this story of estrangement and derangement-- mine and Sorro's-- is…


Added by M Izabel on April 19, 2011 at 12:32am — 1 Comment

Amazing, Inspiring, Challenging to Think About

I wonder how many of us have seen the YouTube video  The Rural Women Solar Engineers of Africa. I find it inspiring in all sorts of ways, as a demonstration of how ordinary people can make a huge difference in their local communities and of how smart thinking can explode conventional ideas about how to run projects aimed at alleviating poverty. As an anthropologist interested in…


Added by John McCreery on April 18, 2011 at 4:00am — 30 Comments

Human rights and gender

In some Asian countries a culture of gender discrimination that leads to the selection of a child’s sex is creating grave social problems. The number of males born for every 100 females illustrates its dimensions. In Vietnam the number is 107, in Taiwan 109, in India 112, and in China estimates range as high as 119. Given the size of the populations in India and China, these skewed sex ratios yield an enormous female deficit. However, these countries are the exception. Western countries and…


Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on April 17, 2011 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

Lewis R. Binford, 1930-2011

It appears that Lewis Binford passed away yesterday. While I have never been very intrigued by archaeological theory, it is undeniable that Binford's early work on "new archaeology" was, as my professor once proclaimed, "the shot heard 'round the world" (or at least in the field of archaeology). And although I am a cultural anthropologist, I do have a great appreciation for the way in which he revolutionized the field of archaeology.


Here is his obituary:…


Added by Carrie Benjamin on April 13, 2011 at 5:17am — No Comments

The Growth and Future of Business Anthropology

The Growth and Future of Business Anthropology


     Varieties of surveys have indicated that employers look for the skills that undergraduate training in anthropology provides. The subject matter of anthropology is intrinsically fascinating; as such, it offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations, or public administration, fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups. Today,…


Added by Robert Guang Tian on April 9, 2011 at 6:55am — 1 Comment

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