Anthropology Update 22 July 2012 & New Anthropology Blogs
A quick update of some interesting items that have popped up on the anthropology blogs. At the end some of the anthropology blogs I’ve discovered in the last month and added to my big list of anthropology blogs.
Congrats to long-time anthropology blogger Greg Downey hitting some Olympic blogging stride! Would also like to highlight the brand new PopAnth website (thanks to Daniel Lende for the tip).
Faster Athletes, Slower Spectators and the Olympic Marathon, Greg Downey
The Olympic Games may be stronger than ever, and world records are liable to tumble in London, but the people watching from home are growing slower, weaker and more sedentary. If the Olympic movement is intended “to encourage and support the development of sport for all,” as the Olympic Charter reads, then the movement is in danger of failing, even though the broadcasts are popular. The distance between athletes and spectators is growing greater, and not just because our best athletes are running faster, jumping higher, and getting stronger.
See also Greg Downey’s discussion at his regular Neuroanthropology blog outpost, The marathon & Olympic movement on Huffington Post.
My Journey Through Race and Racism, Greg Laden
What strikes me is this: I don’t see any black people signing on, reading through this conversation, and going, “Hey, WTF?” Perhaps this does not happen because this is a conversation among whites who pretty much have been having this conversation among whites their whole lives. True humanity can only form on a foundation of real experience, and reality is diverse. I feel very badly for those who have not experienced that diversity.
Working in anthropology
It takes luck and hard work to make anthropological training into a career. More work than luck. “Watching how people interact” sounds easy enough, but doing it systematically, being able to abstract information from the observations, finding ways to add value by writing about that information for a specific audience — these are hard things, even for academic work. And there’s a lot of unreadable academic work out there, which may once have made a line on someone’s CV, but added no value for anyone else. Hard work helps more than a degree, even if you’re limiting yourself to an academic career.
Gun Culture, Anthropology on Culture, Reinstating Assault Weapons Ban, Jason Antrosio
Charles M. Blow’s column, Mourning and Mulling, calls attention to how “there are parts of America where guns are simply part of the culture.” One of my blog themes is to pay attention to the way culture is used in anthropology and beyond. With that in mind, does Blow’s use of gun culture make sense?
Living Anthropologically, 21 July 2012
Genes, Identity, Authenticity, Rigged Systems and Justin Bieber, Dalton Luther
The most common way questions of identity and ancestry come up is when I’m discussing some aspect of ethnography based on Native Americans. At this point, a student offers that they, like Mr. Bieber, are “part Indian.” This “part Indian”-ness is based on family recollection and hearsay and not any kind of lived experience. While I have no doubt there is often truth to the claims–precontact Native American DNA makes up part of their individual genomes–it seems to end there. None of the students who’ve volunteered this information come from a family or community background that at all could be characterized as Native American. Instead, my questions to them indicate that almost all who have made such claims come from the general White American context.
Featuring a mixed-bag of articles on anthropology, culture, consumption, and applied research methods by practicing anthropologist and customer experience researcher Amy L. Santee.
Ana received her BA with honors in Architecture and a M. Sc in Anthropology. In 2002, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Ph D Program in Anthropology at Syracuse University. In Venezuela, she worked as a professor in the University of Zulia, School of Architecture at the History of Architecture Department. Her research interests are related to Cultural Identities, History and Space/Place representations applied to architecture and urban design.
Archaeology and Material Culture
Paul Mullins is a historical archaeologist who studies consumer culture in the last half-millennium. This includes research on the intersection of material consumption and the color line; race and urban renewal; the emergence of consumer society in northern Europe; Victorian decorative material culture; and the relationship between popular culture and materiality in the contemporary world.
Welcome to the site for Katharina Freund. Stay tuned for ramblings on fan studies, television, vidding, academia, virtual worlds, and digital communication!
PopAnth, or Popular Anthropology. What is it? How do we do it? What do we mean by it? In the most basic terms, PopAnth translates anthropological discoveries for popular consumption.
valquirias em milucos
Viva a primavera. Natureza é tudo, tudo mesmo. Fábio Lúcio Antunes Guedes. Apreciador das artes e da natureza. Formado em Ciências Biológicas, buscando mestrado em Antropologia na UFPB.