In a welcome development, the American Anthropological Association’s Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review is posting drafts online of proposed revisions to the AAA’s code of ethics. And they want your feedback!
Two friends, same culture: Berlusconi and Gaddafi. Photo: Derek Visser, flickr
(draft) Have you tried googling “Japan” “earthquake” and “no looting”? Or “Libya” and “tribes”? It’s no big surprise to see stereotypical representations of other people in the news, but the ongoing historical developments in Libya and Japan might provide especially interesting examples.
The comments on my last couple of posts, along with this and this have had me mulling over the complexities of studying “elites” (whatever that fuzzy if useful term means), particularly those with whom we share (in part) a cultural, social, political, and economic context, and wondering what those of us who study elites might learn from each other.
I am not a huge fan of Twitter but I do have a presence (I’m r3x0r (with a three and a zero, not an O) if you want to follow me) and I try to be interested in the technology even if I am a late adopter. However about two seconds ago I realized how I could use Twitter to become powerful and influential in anthropology, then decided that that wasn’t something that I really wanted to do, and then decided I hadn’t blogged anything lately so I might as well blog this even — especially! — because I wasn’t going to do it. Maybe someone has already written a paper about this (or a similar strategy in a different content space) would work. In which case this is an obvious idea and you can feel free to harangue me in the comments.
Anthropologists link human uniqueness to hunter-gatherer group structure
EurekAlert (press release)
Research findings published in the March 11 edition of the journal Science by an international team of noted anthropologists, including several from Arizona State University, who study hunter-gatherer societies, are informing the issue by suggesting
Anthropology of Star Trek Fandom Survey — The Results Are In!
The purpose behind creating this fairly comprehensive survey was to gather data for the forthcoming book, Anthropology of Star Trek. The book is a text that mirrors my original course of the same name, an introduction to cultural anthropology with a
Here’s a selection of recent neuroanthropology articles available online in pdf format. They are a strong set of papers that explore a variety of topics, including the direction of anthropological research on cognitive functions, cultural neuroscience, encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration, neuroarchaeology, sport and neuroanthropology, and more.
Patrick Clarkin, an anthropologist at UMass Boston, has a powerful new post, Reconciliation, Biology, and the Second Indochina War.
It is as much a meditation on war and forgiveness, as it is a biocultural exploration of the how’s and why’s of reconciliation.
Ryan Anderson, who runs the blog Ethnografix and is doing his doctoral studies in anthropology at Kentucky, has put together a new endeavor – Anthropologies. It’s an online magazine, and brings together a diverse group of voices to push the field forward.
In the inaugural issue, Ryan has gathered together a good group of anthropologists, from senior scholar to graduate students, to explore what is anthropology.
Editor’s Introduction: Anthropology and Youth
This virtual issue of Cultural Anthropology engages longstanding anthropological themes such as politics, religion, and consumption through the prism of youth.