Since I became a sous chef in a 5-star hotel in Southern California, I told myself to forget anthropology indefinitely if I wanted to become a chef in a year or two. It is hard to ignore anthropology in my current job. Besides cooking and eating being social and cultural, cooks having different cultures, and guests exhibiting different tastes, the food I cook always remind me what is wrong in current anthropology and, in general, social theory. I just cannot escape from the things that…Continue
One of OAC's most active recent threads has built on the notion of a web of explanations. Introducing this notion, M. Izabel observes that no single theory ever seems adequate as an explanation of the phenomenon to which the theory is being applied. Thus, "A web of theories is what is needed to get to…Continue
What could undermine the stranglehold of global capitalists? As millions slip into poverty while the super-rich make fantastic profits, what could loosen their grip?
Gramsci (1971, 1991) gave us the concept of hegemony, which he saw as the result of the activities of politicians establishing rules of predominant influence over a public. Over and against these efforts by leaders, however, power…Continue
The sun had begun to set over the Tswane Hills outside Pretoria, when the Rainbow Shelter boys wound up their regular soccer match and retreated to the main block. They left behind a ball in the net of the goal posts close to the wire fence that ran between the shelter and the back street. The black and white striped ball was visible from the graffiti-sprayed warehouse across the street, where ‘drop-in’ boys…
A moment of serendipity. Over on Savage Minds, a debate about academic publishing is the topic de jour. That debate is an offshoot of a wider debate spurred by an article by George Monbiot in the Guardian. The Zite Reader on my iPad shows me a fabulous article "…Continue