From Economics to Culture, and Finally Metaphysics

Last week I gave my students a classic think and reflect question: what is the relationship between culture and economics. Three particularly good responses stick in my mind, and I want to share them with ethnography.com. The first student thinks like Mark, likened culture, economics, and politics to a car. The engine is economics, politics … Continue reading From Economics to Culture, and Finally Metaphysics

The Pontiac Solstice is one of the most intriguing designs I know of

About a year and a half ago I purchased a Pontiac Solstice convertible, silver. Now some would point out this the classic midlife crisis car. However, if this truly was a midlife crisis purchase, I would've gotten the one painted in bright red. Now in and of itself the design is very well done, and … Continue reading The Pontiac Solstice is one of the most intriguing designs I know of

Jeffrey Sachs, William Easterly and…Bronislaw Malinowski???

It is popular today to frame the development debate in the context of two books by economists, the glass half-full story of Jeffrey Sachs The End of Poverty, and the glass half-empty story of William Easterly The White Man’s Burden. Both writers observed the world of foreign development aid for years. Sachs’ conclusion is that … Continue reading Jeffrey Sachs, William Easterly and…Bronislaw Malinowski???

Good Company

Well the historic First Dinner of (some of the) ethnography.com bloggers has come and gone, and a good time was indeed had.  Much of the conversation was about (surprise!) anthropology and anthropologists, and during that evening I was reminded of a theory of subfields and personality that I formed early in my graduate career. It … Continue reading Good Company

Jonathan Marks response to the Leakey Foundation regarding controversial writer Nicholas Wade

Jonathan Marks, Professor of Anthropology at UNC-Charlotte recently found our blog and has left a thoughtful comment on a post by Donna related to the controversy about Nicholas Wade being invited to speak at the Leakey Foundation. He has also let us post his letter to the Leakey Foundation that he wrote in response to … Continue reading Jonathan Marks response to the Leakey Foundation regarding controversial writer Nicholas Wade

Anthropologists don’t do anyone a favor by taking their ball and going home.

I keep turning over in my head some of the issues that are troubling the AAA these days, in particular the Human Terrain Systems project, and the question of AAA's (and the anthropologists within the organization's) stance on it. (and there is more in the current Anthropology News) I get, I really do, the suspicion … Continue reading Anthropologists don’t do anyone a favor by taking their ball and going home.

Can Bad Grades and Graduate School Go Together?

Someone asked Mark whether getting “bad grades” means for becoming an anthropologist. Every graduate anthropology program is different, of course, and there are no blanket statements possible. But, good grades are always a fantastic idea if you are trying to get into graduate school, in anthropology or any other subject. After all, the professors evaluating … Continue reading Can Bad Grades and Graduate School Go Together?

News Flash: The Army’s Human Terrain Team in the New York Times, Anthropologists still Pissed.

Anyone that has spent time reading my entries in this blog already knows that I am an advocate of anthropologists working in all levels of government, military and intelligence communities. The latest entry into the conversation is from this New York Times piece entitled "Army Enlists Anthropology in War Zones". By all accounts in the … Continue reading News Flash: The Army’s Human Terrain Team in the New York Times, Anthropologists still Pissed.