Virtual issue from Cultural Anthropology: Anthropology and Youth… And a big anthro roundup…


Virtual Youth Issue Discussion Page

Virtual Issue:
Cultural Anthropology‘s virtual issue on youth engages both longstanding anthropological themes, such as politics, religion, and consumption, as well as contemporary concerns including media, popular culture, and migration. With political and economic unrest washing through North Africa and the Middle East, youth are positioned, both figuratively and literally, at the forefront of these debates and protests. This moment demands renewed attention and conceptualization of youth. The Anthropology and Youth virtual issue assembles a thought-provoking collection of five articles that will shed light on these contemporary concerns. Visit Cultural Anthropology‘s website for Deborah Durham’s discussion of the issue, as well as essay supplemental pages with images, digital videos, author interviews, questions for class discussion, and additional references.

Editors’ Introduction

Conversation with Authors

Charting Material Memories: an ethnography of material and visual responses to woollen trade blankets in Canada, the USA, and Aotearoa/New Zealand

from Material World by Haidy L Geismar

Anthropologists Speak Out in Protection of Academic Freedom

from American Anthropological Association by Joslyn O.

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) and its more than 11,000 members worldwide join the American Historical Association (AHA) and the larger social science community in deploring efforts to ask William Cronon to release his scholarly correspondence concerning recent events and debate regarding collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin.

Anthropologists United ? Two Responses to Kuper & Marks

from Neuroanthropology by daniel.lende

Following the controversy late last year over the American Anthropological Association dropping ?science? from the association?s long-range plan (while keeping the word in its document, What is anthropology?), Adam Kuper and Jonathan Marks published an essay in Nature entitled, Anthropologists Unite! (pdf here).


Writing Matters

from ethnografix by Ryan Anderson
If there’s one thing that I think needs some more emphasis in anthropological training, it’s writing.  I’m not talking about just grant writing, or proposal writing, but the whole craft (ie method) of writing.  Writing is, in fact, one of the primary methods of anthropology (and numerous other social science disciplines), but how often is it seriously considered a core part of methodological training?  Not all that often – it’s almost as if everyone is magically expected to know how to write well, and that, so they say, is that.  Well, maybe there’s another route to take.  And that’s why I can appreciate Michael C. Munger’s article on The Chronicle of Higher Ed “10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly.”  It was posted in September of last year, and it brings up some good points and tips about writing…better.


Interviews with Marilyn Strathern on the AAA blog and elsewhere

from Somatosphere by Eugene Raikhel

On the AAA’s blog, Virginia Dominguez continues her series of “Inside the President’s Studio” interviews with a conversation with Marilyn Strathern.  As in previous interviews in this series (which have included Carolyn Sargent, Joao Biehl and Agustin Fuentes) the audio of the conversation is accompanied by the text of Strathern’s answers to a few specific questions, including this particularly interesting one:

Thesis defended! Issue #1 ? representing anthropology & being cynical.

from another anthro blog by o.w.

How was it?  Brutal [even if it was accepted with minor revisions!] !!! I?ll do my best to summarise the experience, and issues raised, over the next few posts.

Sustainability Featured in April AN

from American Anthropological Association

Scholar focuses anthropological insights on social networks
Salt Lake Tribune
A scholar who is helping reinvent the discipline of anthropology will be at the University of Utah next week, sharing her unique perspective to the importance of social networks, from the tribal to the corporate. Karen Stephenson, a former UCLA

THE CULTURAL ROLE OF STIGMATIZED YOUTH GROUPS: The Case of the Partille Johnnys of Sweden

from Material World by Haidy L Geismar

Emma Lindblad, PhD Student, Jacob Ostberg, Associate Professor
Centre for Fashion Studies, Stockholm University

Anthropologist Disputes Hype Over Theoretical ?Gay Caveman?
LGBT Weekly
The Wisconsin State Journal reported today that John Hawks, University of Wisconsin at Madison associate professor of anthropology, has expressed his criticism of theories suggesting the discovery of the ?first homosexual caveman

The Anthropology of Obesity

from Neuroanthropology by neuroanth

By Ethel Saryee & Daniel Lende

Last month the MedAnth Listserve crowd sourced a bibliography on obesity and anthropology, initiated by a request by Ashante Reese from American University. Reese, who works with obesity in African American populations, subsequently brought together everyone?s suggestions. We?ve compiled that list here, separating it out by topics and adding additional bibliographic selections.


Anthropologist: World of Warcraft can be good for your mental health

from – anthropology in the news blog by Lorenz

The anthropologist and his virtual research team in World of Warcraft. Photo: Colorado State University

It?s always refreshing when anthropologists challenge wideheld assumptions, for example about video- and onlinegames. Many video game studies focus on the negative and addictive aspects of game play.

In two recent studies, Jeffrey Snodgrass and his team show, that video game playing can be healthy.

In a press release, the anthropologist says:


Participation, Collaboration, and Mergers

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

I work at UCLA?s Part.Public.Part.Lab where we investigate new modes of co-production and participation facilitated by networked technologies. Internet-enabled citizen journalism such as Current TV, public science like PatientsLikeMe, and free and open software development like Wikipedia are key foci. In the lab I investigate the vitality or closure of a moment of freedom and openness within cable television, news production, and internet video when the amateur and the alternative disrupted the professional and the mainstream. What are the promises and perils of social justice video in the age of internet/television convergence? Will internet video become as inaccessible, vapid, and homogenous as cable television? In our recent paper, Birds of the Internet: Towards a field guide to the organization and governance of participation, we draft a guide to identify two species flourishing in the internet ecology: what we call ?formal social enterprises,? which include firms and non-profits, as well as the ?organized publics? the enterprises foster or from which they emerge. These two types share a vertical or inverted relationship, power comes down from visionary CEOs and charismatic NGO directors to provoke rabid social media production, or a viable movement foments amongst grassroots makers that percolates upwards towards the formation of semi-elitist institutions. In light of this research and with a discreet fieldwork experience to think through I would like to clarify and address three types of social interaction: participation, collaboration, and mergers.

Anthropology and the challenges of sharing knowledge online: Interview with Owen Wiltshire

from – anthropology in the news blog by Lorenz

What?s the point of science when the public lacks access to it and researchers hide in their ivory towers? The internet provides new ways for researchers and the public to exchange knowledge. How do antropologists make use of blogging, Facebook, YouTube and new modes of publishing, for example Open Access journals?
Legendary archaeologist Lewis Binford passes away
The Hindu
His ‘archaeology as anthropology‘ proposition emerged as a dominant paradigm in contemporary archaeology. This trend, popularly known as New Archaeology, laid emphasis on a regional approach to archaeological sites, method of hypothesis testing;

Origin of Language in Southwest Africa (?)

from Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog by Dienekes

Ethnography as Community Service

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

The city manager?s FY11 budget for Newport News has eliminated funding for our bookmobile. This was a great concern for all of us on the board of trustees for the city library system. We knew budget cuts were coming and worked hard to come up with a scheme that distributed cuts across departments so that we wouldn?t have to reduce hours or services. What a disappointment for us to see those cuts made and then the bookmobile taken out as a line item too. The board wrote a letter to the mayor and council. From there it was up to us to act as individual citizens and write, call, or show up at a city council meeting designated for budget concerns.

Latest Draft Principle from Ethics Task Force Posted

from American Anthropological Association by Joslyn O.

The Ethics Task Force has posted the latest draft principle for member review and comment. Here is a special message from the Task Force:

As a reminder, the task force has been asked to undertake a thorough review of our current code of ethics, and to suggest revisions. We have begun a process of drafting revisions, and are asking for your involvement in that process.


Anthropologies #2: The Tourism Issue

from ethnografix by Ryan Anderson
Anthropologies of Tourism
April 2011

Complex Carbohydrates: On the relevance of ethnography in nutrition education

from Somatosphere by Guest Contributor

This post was contributed by Emily Yates-Doerr (University of Amsterdam)

I thank Somatosphere for inviting me to submit to their blog. I am in the process of completing my book manuscript: The Weight of the Body: Changing Ideals of Fatness, Nourishment and Health in Guatemala. My entry for this blog does not come directly from material included in the book, but it does address central problems that I encountered in my research on nutrition education and in the translation between fieldwork and analysis.

Anthropological Keywords, 2011 edition

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

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