Anthropologists have coaxed secrets from some of the most remote and vulnerable populations in existence. What do the scholars owe their subjects in return? more
This year was a breakout year for the use of Twitter at the AAA. The ease of Tweeting via SMS or over 3G networks meant that limited wifi access wasn?t a problem. According to Summarizr, there were over 1031 tweets using the #AAA2010 hashtag.
I got roped into a panel on ?Writing for a general audience,? which is, strangely, one that you need to sign up and pay $10 for, I think because it is designated as a ?workshop? ? i?m thinking that this might be a rip off, given what we already pay? and it?s not like I?m seeing that money. But I digress. In any case, here?s what I produced for the workshop, which I guess I should charge you $10 for just so that the people in the workshop don?t feel cheated and all. Maybe you could buy a shirt instead
In an era of declining institutional support for the discipline, a panel suggests how pedagogy can help anthropology save itself more
Review of Bird, S. Elizabeth (ed), The Anthropology of News & Journalism: global perspectives. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
NB ? this is a draft, for the final version see in due course the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, JRAI
This landmark volume opens with the valid premise that media anthropologists have so far neglected the study of the news media and journalism in favour of entertainment media such as radio, television and film. The book sets out to rectify this situation by bringing together leading scholars in the field with contributions published here for the first time. The aim is to reach out not only to other anthropologists but also to students and scholars in media, communication and journalism studies. Describing news as a form of ?cultural meaning making? or ?cultural storytelling? the editor, Elizabeth Bird, argues that anthropologists have an important contribution to make to the long overdue de-Westernisation of this interdisciplinary field. The book consists of an Introduction followed by three sections of varying length: Part 1 (eight chapters) on the ethnography of news production, Part 2 (five chapters) on everyday news practices and Part 3 (three chapters) on news in the new media era.
We welcome a guest blog from Ashely Duperron (U British Columbia-Okanagan).
Gillian Tett presenting at the 2010 AAA Annual Meeting
In yesterday?s inno-vent ?Silence and Silos: The Problems of Fractured Thought in Finance?, Gillian Tett (Financial Times) questioned why anthropology does not play a better role in the country?s political policy when in fact it could be used to help predict and make sense of finance and the credit crisis.
The December 2010 issue of Ethos examines motherhood through the ethnographers? eyes. As its editors, Kathleen Barlow and Bambi Chapin explain: