January 2011 Blog Posts (9)

Powerful things


While very much enjoying the seminar on Martin Holbraad's paper "Can the thing speak?" I have been wishing that we had a bit more ethnographic data to discuss. This link will take you to a set of photographs taken in 1970, during my first fieldwork in Taiwan. In them you will see critical moments in the ritual by which…


Added by John McCreery on January 25, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Artifacts of violence #1

So then, what DO our artifacts say about us? We can read all sorts of things into, well, things. This was something that I found washed up on a beach in California a few years back. I used to have all sorts of these plastic army men when I was a kid, and I turned out relatively well. I think.  Still, these types of objects do speak to…

Added by ryan anderson on January 24, 2011 at 1:10am — 25 Comments

What Is "It"?

In what I've read about material culture,  the essence of "it" has not been studied thoroughly and properly.  In all cultures that have distinct pronouns for both humans and non-humans, breathing or otherwise, "it' is the marker for objects, materials, things, or stuff.  Not long ago, I carried on a  project in this area of material culture.  I wanted to find out how a material in my culture became one, and how it entered in our lexicon and how my people thought, valued, and assumed it.  I…


Added by M Izabel on January 23, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Material Culture Theories Are Post-postmodern

I'm ambivalent to post this under the current seminar.  I guess I don't want to be off-topic or to sound obnoxious.  After the Facebook seminar, I've tried reading what I've gotten hold of that will re-educate me on material culture.  Whoever started material culture studies was a visionary indeed.  The vast published manifestos, books, and papers on material culture are obvious to me that material culture theories will soon dislodge postmodern theories in terms of…


Added by M Izabel on January 22, 2011 at 8:35am — No Comments

Currently Researching: Mindfulness and Trauma in Western Mental Health Care

Although Buddhism has long been a source of inspiration in psychotherapy, the recent shift of attention in Western clinical psychology from pathology, diagnosis, and treatment towards cultivating positive mental health appears to be accompanied by a growing interest in the connection between Buddhist spirituality, suffering, and well-being in mainstream mental healthcare. This trend is perhaps most apparent in Norway in the explosive growth of training programs and…


Added by Robert Jan Fencl on January 16, 2011 at 11:13am — 4 Comments



Feature Documentary

Feature Documentaries with a total running time from 61 - 180 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Documentary Short

Short Documentaries…


Added by DocMiami International Film on January 11, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Why isn't anthropology more popular?

Why is it that pop science, pop sociology, and pop economics exist (and are so well- received), but not pop anthropology? Why is anthropology so foreign to people when it seeks to understand the latter? Why do people still think it’s something to do with ants or birds or, at best, dinosaurs?


Off the top of my head, there are a few answers (which, frankly speaking, are pretty related to each other).


Baggage | Anthropology’s troubled past and its…


Added by Cui Yin Mok on January 11, 2011 at 1:00am — 22 Comments

happy new year 2011

We all are human being and alike other creatures we undergo mitosis division, so change is not a new phenomenon. it is genetic and phenotypic both, so take 1 january as a cultural change on time scale and say Happy New year

Added by Dr. Alok Chantia on January 6, 2011 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

Winners' Circles

It has been three years since I began work on my current research project, Winners' Circles. The PDF attached to this blog post (ZhengZhiUPresentation%20%28OAC%29.pdf) shows where I was a bit over a year ago when I gave a talk about the project at Zhengzhi University in Taipei. Since then I have had a few more ideas about the social network analysis that is driving my…


Added by John McCreery on January 4, 2011 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

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