CNN on Intel’s cultural anthropologist

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Intel’s cultural anthropologist

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By Michael V. Copeland

FORTUNE — About 40 Ph.D. studentsin computer science, potential recruits for chip-giant Intel, have just finished listening to a lecture on the intricacies of circuit design and processor architecture at one of the company’s R&D centers just outside Portland, Ore. The conversation is complex, detailed, and very technical.

And then Genevieve Bell saunters in.

Noted anthropologist dies at age 80: Alan Jacobs is remembered through his …at WMU and with Maasai
Kalamazoo Gazette – MLive.com

Jacobs, who came to WMU in the early 1970s as chairman of the anthropology department after spending six years as research director of the Institute of

Anthropology, Philanthropy, and Empire

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte
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Published yesterday in Dissident Voice, Michael Barker?s article ?Foundations and Anthropology in the United States,? could be very useful reading for students, those who may not be too familiar with the role of elites in shaping and founding key pillars of American anthropology, and members of the broader public. Speaking of the latter, this article was recommended to me by a friend in Twitter. Barker?s article relies almost exclusively on Thomas C. Patterson?s A Social History of Anthropology in the United States (Berg, 2001), well worth reading in turn.

The Human Factor

from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by michaelpowell

This is my third guest blog post in a series on consumerism today. You can read the first post here, and the second post here.

I have already started to outline a shift in consumerism today, looking at the emergence of a new corporate discipline called ?shopper marketing,? as well as a potential emerging corporate consciousness of the role of retail environments in shaping consumer behavior. What I find most interesting about these changes in consumerism is not just what people are buying or how retail environments do or do not shape the way shoppers think, but the changing, shifting and evolving strategies retailers employ to inform store design. This is significant because I would assert that store design plays a critical role in producing and changing culture?for example, through its influence on the food we eat or the food we even have available to us. This post addresses another major trend employed in retail strategy?innovation and design?as well as the way that the figure (or ?face?) of ?the anthropologist? supposedly plays a key role in innovation today.

Colonial and Anti-Imperial Anthropology

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

The following quotes come from John Gledhill?s Power and its Disguises: Anthropological Perspectives on Politics, 2nd ed. (London: Pluto, 2000).

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