DIY History

In yet another case of the university library exploring the digital landscape, The University of Iowa Library has launched what is, to my limited knowledge, the first attempt to use crowdsourcing in their cataloging efforts. As explained on their website:   About the project DIY History lets you do it yourself to help make historic … Continue reading DIY History

The Lithuanians at the End of the Road

I haven’t been writing much because I moved back to Germany 6 weeks ago. I will be here for two semesters while I am teaching at Leuphana University near Hamburg. The first six weeks have been the usual rush of purchases (phones, bicycles, groceries, etc. etc.), trying to do things, and then somehow make it … Continue reading The Lithuanians at the End of the Road

My New Book: Schooling, Bureaucracy, and Childhood: Bureaucratizing the Child

Please ask your library to order my new book, Schooling, Bureaucracy, and Childhood: Bureaucratizing the Child.  It us about the bureaucratization of our schools, and the commodification of our children--and about the paradox of our humanistic dreams for schools clash with the cold rationalism of the bureaucratic order.   A sample chapter is available from … Continue reading My New Book: Schooling, Bureaucracy, and Childhood: Bureaucratizing the Child

Incidental Anthropology: The “Coffice Romance”, Korean Café Interiors, and the Startup Companies of Egypt

Yet another installment of news stories and blog posts which accidentally have an anthropological angle. The loose theme for today is the café; in both literal and metaphoric form. Three things. First, the trend of freelance work has led to an elaboration of the office romance: the coffice romance Second, a wonderful photo tour of … Continue reading Incidental Anthropology: The “Coffice Romance”, Korean Café Interiors, and the Startup Companies of Egypt

An Education into Anthropology via the Interwebs

It is a commonplace to direct someone interested in computer programming to one of the wondrous websites devoted to learning to code or, even better, directly to the source code for a favorite program.  In that spirit, I will take you on a brief tour of my favorite anthropological resources on the interwebs. I make … Continue reading An Education into Anthropology via the Interwebs

In Defense of Academic Theory

Mark Dawson disappeared into his undisclosed location about six months ago, presumably to deal with AAAs secret plan to save the discipline from the Mayan Apocalypse.  Presumably this is how he is going to demonstrate how “practioners” are so much more valuable than academic theorists—and still rake in the AAAs big buck!   Since he … Continue reading In Defense of Academic Theory