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HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory As every experienced fieldworker knows, the most difficult task in social anthropological fieldwork is to determine the meaning of a few key words, upon an understanding of which the success of the whole investigation depends. – E. E. Evans-Pritchard HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, is an international peer-reviewed, open-access journal which aims to situate ethnography as the prime heuristic of anthropology, and return it to the forefront of conceptual developments in the discipline. The journal is motivated by the need to reinstate ethnographic theorization in contemporary anthropology as a potent alternative to its 'explanation' or 'contextualization' by philosophical arguments, moves which have resulted in a loss of the discipline’s distinctive theoretical nerve.
Una antropóloga en la luna: blog de antropología. Comics & Anthropology « Public Space, Information Accessibility, Technology, and Diversity at Oslo University College This comic book, in both its form and content, breaks with the traditional way of presenting ethnography. Traditionally, anthropology has been a written enterprise. Writing is perceived as the most scientific form of representation of social life. However, other forms of representation exist—not only in other disciplines (like art) but also within anthropology and social sciences. Visual anthropology is mostly concerned with the examination and production of ethnographic film and photography in which the product shows signs of a documentary perspective and real individuals participate in those productions. This comic book is a collection of ethnographic situations. While working on this collection, various storylines, narrative arcs, drawings, and so forth, we were faced with a series of esthetic, philosophical, and ethical choices. The goals of this comic book are not only to inform and educate but also to entertain and, perhaps, provoke discussion among readers. Like this:
Open Access Anthropology — Promoting Open Access in Anthropology - blog.openaccessanthropology.org (HTTP) Researchers uncover 8,000 years of human history hidden in the Middle East Which would be interesting, seeing as, when interpreted literally, the Bible also claims that the universe was created between 6000-8000 years ago. Which is problematic, to say the least. EDIT: Not to mention the mental gymnastics required to reconcile the (presumably) carbon dating of the earliest Mesopotamian settlements to 8000 years ago and the fact that that same dating methods go on to describe artifacts and fossils that are up to 40 000 years old. As I recall, Asimov hypothesized that the age of creation used in the Bible is actually linked to the point at which we (or rather Near Eastern peoples) began recording history in the form of writing. That's always been the same assumption that I have made. Population growth: Ban homosexuality. Sanitary living conditions: Explain sources of clean water, and to cook meat, but not eat some meat. Etc.
anthropology in the news blog - www.antropologi.info (HTTP) Anthropologist Tereza Kuldova, author of many book reviews here on antropologi.info has recently defended her PhD-thesis Designing Elites: Fashion and Prestige in Urban North India". Now she has turned her thesis into a museum exhibition and an edited volume called Fashion India. Spectacular Capitalism. Researching fashion means researching society and economic systems at large, she explains in this antropologi.info interview. In her case studying fashion means especially studying inequalities. antropologi.info: So you turned your PhD thesis both into an exhibition and then into an edited volume? Tereza Kuldova: Yes, that is correct. – So I went on a curatorial hunt for the exhibition objects to India and spent one month shopping in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Lucknow and shipping huge boxes of ethnographic artefacts and props for the exhibition to Oslo. Tereza Kuldova: "We all need to understand how this multi-billion fashion industry operates and rethink our wardrobes accordingly."
Human Intelligence: The Flynn Effect This page is now located at an updated address. Please update your bookmarks! The new address is posted below. You will be redirected to the new page in 15 seconds or you can click the link below. The Flynn Effect Originally prepared by: Charles Graham (fall 2001)Revised: Jonathan Plucker (fall 2002) The Flynn Effect deals with the issue of how the general IQ scores of a population change over time. Outline (back to top) Introduction How large are the IQ gains? Where is the IQ test data from? What are possible causes for the Flynn Effect? Why must IQ tests be constantly restandardized? Who has written about the Flynn Effect? Introduction (back to outline) In his study of IQ tests scores for different populations over the past sixty years, James R. How large are the IQ gains? Research shows that IQ gains have been mixed for different countries. Fluid Intelligence Crystallized Intelligence Where is the IQ test data from? What are possible causes for the Flynn Effect? Deary, I.
Savage Minds | Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog - savageminds.org (HTTP) The Tarahumaras: An Endangered Species : Mexico Culture & Arts Shep Lenchek Never conquered by the Aztecs and despite being defeated by Mexican armies, the Tarahumaras still consider themselves an independant nation. So strong is this conviction that in the Fifties they more than once took complaints directly to the United Nations. Most of the world knows them only as long distance runners. However, this running ability is only one facet of their life style. Psychologists suggest that over the centuries this value system has actually caused physiological changes in their brain that preclude speaking anything but the truth. Luis G. God is both Father and Mother. Today the "People" (the translation of the name Raramuri) have been driven into the highest reaches of the Sierra Tarahumara, in the State of Chihuahua. Despite this, most Raramuri still ignore the blandishments of Mexican city living. In their culture, long established rituals and symbols replace things of a contemplative nature.
Practicing Ethics and Ethical Practice: Anthropology, Science, and the Social | Items and Issues One of the first signs under which the Obama administration was placed was that of a “new era of responsibility.” We assume that he meant “social responsibility.” And this has been accompanied by regular calls for increased transparency in government and for the revitalization of ethics as much more a part of our public life, in government, business, religion, and science. But there has also at times been a culture war–type fervor accompanying recent discussions of ethics, perhaps more than anywhere else regarding the ethics of science and the ethical conduct of scientists, where the role of science is drawing closer public scrutiny from government and watchdog groups, but also from the participants in scientific research. Ethical debate among social scientists is part of a bigger picture, punctuated by spectacular ethics crises, such as Abu Ghraib, the financial meltdown, the BP oil spill, and Wikileaks. To embrace anthropology’s plural identity is not to reject ethics.