June 2012 Blog Posts (22)

Hallelujah Village Church Trust,Melmonavur Village ,Vellore 632010 (TN) India


By: John Ravichandran

Loving Greetings to you all in…


Added by Pr,T.JOHN RAVI CHANDRAN on June 27, 2012 at 7:26am — 1 Comment

What makes a good seminar?

An intervention by John Hawks on Savage Minds suggests that, while seminars are a common format for advanced undergraduate and graduate education, 

Seminar courses are often very poorly taught and professors routinely overrate the value of their sessions for students. 

I found myself agreeing with him. But putting that aside, what, I wonder,…


Added by John McCreery on June 26, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Article -- “Idiosyncracies of Place”: A Conversation with La Vaughn Belle [arcthemagazine.com]

A post which might be of interest to Caribbeanists -- St Croix - “Idiosyncracies of Place”: A Conversation with La Vaughn Belle. An excerpt and relevant url follow:

DK: You’ve said that you ‘re interested in “the provincial and the domestic”. What does this mean?

LVB: The provincial often has a negative connotation. People think of small towns, small islands, small mindedness. But…

Added by Michael O'Neal on June 25, 2012 at 9:07pm — 5 Comments

Defamiliarizing the Familiar

If the title sounds postmodernist, then I think it is the best thing Postmodernism has contributed to the intellectual development of man. Let me start this post with the poem I recently wrote after reading a collection of American postmodern poems.

Possessed Eyes
Between glances and stares

When God's…

Added by M Izabel on June 21, 2012 at 6:34am — 1 Comment


My first publication about time, bicycles and economic anthropology on http://contemporaneamente.org/ :


Added by Alessandro De Cola on June 20, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The art of non-fiction

This interview with Carlo Rotella, Director of American Studies and Professor of English at Boston College, is a must-read for anthropologists who imagine themselves writing engaging ethnography. The following is a brief sample.

I’m allergic to abstraction. Especially in my first two books, I was telling the story of the transformation of urban America,…


Added by John McCreery on June 20, 2012 at 7:41am — 6 Comments

Anthropology and Big Data

The following is a slightly edited cross-posting from anthrodesign.

As I read this thread, I find myself wondering if some of the critical remarks about big data aren't a bit behind the curve. I am thinking in particular of Sam's remark that, 

Without some working theory of what social behaviour is, we have nothing but reams of meaningless data.
There is, of course, a sense in which this statement is…

Added by John McCreery on June 19, 2012 at 11:09am — 8 Comments

Article: "Sugar In The Blood: Andrea Stuart’s Barbadian Legacy" [TheWorld.org]

I just came across this piece, which might be of interest, excerpted below.


As Andrea Stuart writes in the current issue of Granta magazine, her Barbadian heritage is a complicated one. Stuart was born and raised on the Caribbean island, but in 1976, when she was a teenager, her family moved to England. She says her new home wasn’t especially welcoming to newcomers from the Caribbean —…


Added by Michael O'Neal on June 17, 2012 at 10:26pm — No Comments

On Mentors and Mentoring

The following comment is extracted from a conversation started by Mary Alice Scott's post "Paolo Freire, Critical Knowledge and Anthropological Mentoring" on Savage Minds. 

In Conditions Handsome and Unhandsome: The Constitution of Emersonian Perfectionism, the philosopher Stanley Cavell observes that conventional models of…


Added by John McCreery on June 15, 2012 at 10:27am — No Comments

Money in the making of world society: lessons of the euro crisis

Europe in the global economic crisis

I have been writing about the euro for a decade (Hart 2002, 2007a, 2012), always from a critical perspective, since I have long believed that a single currency cannot address the needs of a large and diverse region. Moreover, the European Union’s ambition to transcend national capitalism by becoming a federal power in the world economy was always compromised by yoking member states to a system whose logic harks back to the gold standard.…


Added by Keith Hart on June 9, 2012 at 11:06am — No Comments

Dreamtime: Clifford Geertz

He didn’t realize

After an isolated childhood,

When he started out

To see what might be going on

Elsewhere in the world,


That there would be

A final exam…


Clifford Geertz, 1999 Charles Haskins Lecture to the American Council of Learned Relations. 


Dreamtime II.


A moment of confusion

And uncertainty of direction,


And an unlooked-for…


Added by Achirri Ishmael on June 8, 2012 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Theory and Method in Anthropology: a scientific and business model

Cross posted from the Anthropology group on LinkedIn.


One way to look at anthropology starts with the question, What would a science of humanity look like? It would, I am pretty sure, look a lot more like field geology as described by John McPhee in Annals of the Former World than classical mechanics. 

Another way to look at anthropology starts with the question, What have anthropologists…


Added by John McCreery on June 8, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

Rawls on a Property-Owning Democracy

Daniel Little's Understanding Society blog is a must for those with a serious interest in political, economic and sociological theory. His piece Rawls on a property-owning democracy should be of particular interest to those involved with Keith Hart's Human Economy project. 

Added by John McCreery on June 7, 2012 at 4:19am — No Comments

New Open Access Journal NatureCulture

First issue The Human and the Social with downloadable essays by Viveiros de Castro, Kwon, Kasuga, Mol, Jensen and Morita. Excellent.

Added by Keith Hart on June 4, 2012 at 8:51pm — No Comments

What Money Can't Buy

This Guardian review of Michael Sandel's What Money Can't Buy:The Moral Limits of Markets should be of interest to economic anthropologists, especially those involved with Keith Hart's Human Economy project.

Added by John McCreery on June 4, 2012 at 6:46am — 1 Comment

Does Abu-Lughod entirely reject the notion of 'culture'?

This is more of something that I'd like to propose or ruminate on because it's an issue that I raised recently after reading some of her work. In Writing Against Culture, she does, albeit briefly, mention that she feels as if the 'culture' idea is useful for some things. She states, "The most important of culture's advantages, however, is that it removes difference from the realm of the natural and the innate. Whether conceived as a set of behaviors, customs, traditions, rules,…


Added by Chelsea Hayman on June 3, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

The Comfort of Things in Child Development

Things, according to Miller, are constitutive of identity. "Material culture matters," he insists, "because objects create subjects more than the other way round". Even more strongly: "the closer our relationships with objects, the closer our relationships with people". -Laurie Taylor, The Independent

Not to argue too much against Miller, because I feel as if his work is of great importance to studies of consumption, but I feel as if his analysis is, at times, banal…


Added by Chelsea Hayman on June 3, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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