Anthropology boasts rich and varied blogs. Veteran anthropology blogs feature deep content and now have a history of stimulating commentary. Sophisticated newcomers have joined the field, demonstrating the importance of the online form. There are blogs from each of anthropology’s four fields and at the intersections of biology, culture, archaeology, and language, as well as blogs concentrating on applied anthropology. Reading what anthropologists do is one answer to What is Anthropology?
from anthropologyworks by admin
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Ethnographica Journal on Culture and Disability (EJCD) is a new peer-reviewed journal that is grounded in ethnographic research and writing as the principal means of understanding the significations of Dis/Ability. The journal invites scholarly contributions that engage in conceptual dialogues across disciplines in the social sciences and humanities in general, but also in bioethics, and science and technology studies in relation to social and cultural anthropology.
from Ethnography.com by Tony
This essay begins in February 2009, and picks up again in November 2011. In both months I had a chance to meet and talk with prisoners in California who had been sent to prison on a sentence of “Life without parole,” or LWOPed in the acronym-plagued prison system. LWOP is the most severe penalty for murderers in California, exceeded only by the rarely used death penalty. It is a form of degradation California reserves for people who are convicted of particularly venial types of murder.
Ethics, anthropologists and anthropolitics in the wild, wild west
Over at AASNet (the Australian Anthropological Society web discussion group) a recent thread that dragged a hangnail across the raw ethical and professional nerves of manyanthropologists caught my attention. This thread raised issues of particular
from FoodAnthropology by foodanthro
by David Beriss
from American Anthropological Association by Amy
from Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog by Dienekes
One of the most interesting observations about the genetic structure of the Old World, is the fact that distantly located populations are often more similar to each other than to their more immediate geographic neighbors.
In the best tradition of anthropology, Graeber treats debt ceilings, subprime mortgages and credit default swaps as if they were the exotic practices of some self-destructive tribe. Written in a brash, engaging style, the book is also a philosophical
Noted Political Anthropologist Marc J. Swartz Dies at 80
Marc J. Swartz, an American anthropologist and founding faculty member of the anthropology department at UC San Diego, died Dec. 14. He was 80 years old. Marc J. Swartz died Dec. 14, 2011 at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.
from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog by darryl
Seediq Bale is the biggest Taiwan film ever and the story of an indigenous resistance (against the Japanese in central Taiwan in 1930). As such, it reminds one of Avatar. Having spent many childhood nights reading Call of the Wild to the light of the moon, and many days in early adulthood reading Joseph Campbell – the great Primitivist and Orientalist – I’m embarrassed to admit that I came out of Avatar starry-eyed; Avatar is calculated to appeal to people like me with a “primitivist” tendency. It speaks, in a highly commercialized, packaged, unthreatening and, on second and third viewings, irritating way to longings in the wayward heart of modern man.Seediq Bale, for everything else that one might say about it, speaks to those same longings.
from Somatosphere by Eugene Raikhel
2011 was an exciting year at Somatosphere. We completed a redesign of the site and introduced a number of new editorial features, including post series. I’d like to thank all of the editors and contributors for their hard work on the site this year. And thanks to our readers for your input and support. We’ll have a number of new developments in the pipeline, so keep visiting in 2012.
from Anthropology Report by Jason Antrosio
A collection of year-end reflections from anthropologists. Please use the links above or comments below to let me know what I’m missing. For a longer selection from science bloggers–including several anthropologists–seeScience Bloggers’ Year of Favorites.
from media/anthropology by John Postill
As readers of this blog will know, I use this site as a notebook where I occasionally gather thoughts, drafts and other work in progress. I suspect I am the main beneficiary of this archival work. Nevertheless, as today is the last day of 2011, below are some of the posts that may be of wider interest:
from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog by Matt Thompson
It was a good year for the vibrancy of the Savage Minds community. There were plenty of interesting posts to comment on and issues to debate. Here in our annual year-in-review I’ll point you towards some of our greatest hits, maybe there’s one you missed! The top ten posts of the year are highlighted in boldface.