(in progress) After two weeks war in Gaza, it’s time to round up: How have anthropologists contributed to a better understanding of the conflict? According to my overview, they have been quite silent. And they have been more active on blogs than in traditional media. Neither Google or Yahoo news search give any relevant results.
Gabriele Marranci has written one of the first blog posts: Gaza: bad politics needs blood. He criticizes both Hamas and the Israeli government:…….
In Mirror for man: The relationship of anthropology to modern life (New York: Macmillan, 1949), Harvard anthropologist Clyde Kluckhohn articulated what was a virtual “mission statement” for anthropology in the modern world:
“Anthropology provides a scientific basis for dealing with the crucial dilemma of the world today: how can peoples of different appearance, mutually unintelligible languages, and dissimilar ways of life get along peaceably together?” (p. 1)
The Best of Anthropology Blogging 2008 shows what we bloggers have done – anthropology has both a public voice and a powerful presence on the Internet. In this post I want to speak to that presence, building on The “Best of Anthro 2008” Prizes and the descriptions of the posts that anthro bloggers selected as their most popular and their best.
Most anthropologists work outside the university where they don’t enjoy academic freedom. These anthropologists must be better prepared for the perils of non-academic applied work, Brian McKenna writes in Counterpunch. For good applied anthropology is being troublesome:
He quotes Robert Lynd who in 1939 wrote:
What impact has war on children? What has anthropology to say on this? This autumn I watched the movie “Buddha collapsed out of shame” by the Iranian film maker Hana Makhmalbaf. It tells the story of children who reproduce the violence of the adults. For me, it was the most impressive movie of the film festival Films from the South (Film fra Sør) in Oslo. Makhmalbaf won the Silver Mirror, Films from the South’s main award.
What is authentic? What is original? What is fake? What is a replica? Can you answer those questions? Ever since an exhibition in a Hamburg museum, which featured eight real terracotta warrior statues from the world famous tomb of China’s emperor Qin, was closed down in December 2007, these questions are not purely academic any more.
“Journals? Who cares?” anthropologist George Marcus said recently. Journals as we know them are a thing of the past, and the last to understand this fact are universities and academics, philosopher Mark C. Taylor says in an interview with E. Efe Çakmak in the new Eurozine issue:
I have never been happy with the standard Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) software options that have been available (or the prices!), so for the next 2 weeks I will be on a quest for the perfect fieldnotes management system that will be used by my incoming class of 15 students for our ethnographic project exploring anonymity on the web.
So far I have been testing Diigo, Evernote, and Tiddlywiki.
I’m looking for something that has the following characteristics: