HTS people are advised to read The Deceivers

I Hope That The Human Terrain Teams Read The Deceivers by John Masters: An Anthropological Novel

from by Tony

One of my favorite all-time historical novels is The Deceivers by John Masters. Published in 1952, the protagonist William Savage is an administrator in a remote district for the British East Indian Company. The book is set in 1825. Savage speaks four Indian languages, and has spent 19 years in the colonial service. As a colonial administrator, he is ?the law? in his district. But to do this, he lives in an Indian village, embedded in Indian cultures and languages. No garrisoned ?Forward Operating Base? with a VCR, pool table, video games, or other comforts of home for him!

Water, Culture, Power: An Online Feature from Anthropology News

from American Anthropological Association by Dinah

Today we present an online essay by Barbara Rose Johnston that supplements her January Anthropology News print commentary, ?Water, Culture and Power Negotiations at the UN.? The print essay is now available on the AAA website and AnthroSource. We welcome readers to respond to both the print essay and online supplement through comments.

SlowTV carries lecture by Ghassan Hage

from Culture Matters by gregdowney

The Monthly?s online TV channel, SlowTV, is carrying the first annual Distinguished Lecture in Anthropology. Ghassan Hage presenting his talk, ?Anthropology and the passion of the political.? As SlowTV describes:

Anthropologist Wade Davis speaks at Long Now Foundation, January 13

from Boing Boing by Mark Frauenfelder

Anthropologist Wade Davis is National Geographic‘s “Explorer-in-Residence,” and deservedly so. His books about indigenous cultures are more exciting and stranger than any Indiana Jones adventure. I became a fan after reading his book about voudon and zombie culture in Haiti, called The Serpent and the Rainbow (skip the awful movie with the same name — it bears almost no resemblance to Davis’ book).

AAA Panel on Ann Dunham Now Available Online

from American Anthropological Association by Oona & Sharon

As we reported earlier, last week C-SPAN?s Book TV aired a session from the AAA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia that focused on the research of Ann Dunham, anthropologist and mother of President Barack Obama.

Va. lab IDs Argentine ‘dirty war’ victims by DNA
An independent group called the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team has led efforts to exhume graves and urged relatives to provide blood samples.

Screw culture shock

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

I am just about ready to give up on the idea that culture shock is an important part of anthropology?s method. What is the point of this concept? For some anthropologists, experiencing ?a different culture? or, to put it another way, ?cultural difference? is key to being an anthropologist. Why I?m not sure. I think a lot of it has to do with anthropology?s surge of babyboom growth, which accentuated some aspects of the discipline over others. It also rests on the insight?important, I?ll argue?that anthropology is valuable because fieldwork transforms the person who undertakes it in a valuable way. But to argue that it is culture shock that triggers this transformation is to focus on the bathwater and not the baby.

Teaching at the margins

by tabsir

[Webshaykh?s note: Dr. Omar Dewachi, a recent graduate in anthropology from Harvard University writes about his experiences teaching medical anthropology in Beirut. Here is the first paragraph of his essay, which can be uploaded in full as a pdf at]

Teaching at the Margins: Experiences of Anthropology and Medicine in a Middle Eastern Setting

by Omar Dewachi, Altérités 6(2):129-135, 2009………..

A Step Beyond Anthropology
New York Times
Though students are required to attend Goucher for two one-week residencies, most of the curriculum, drawn from ethnography, anthropology and social

Innovation, Anthropology and Cultural Relativity
Where a sociologist might put together a questionnaire to understand what people think of an object, an anthropologist would immerse themselves in the

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