Why 555 is Funny in Thailand

For anyone experienced with the Thai language--you just made a headline in The Atlantic magazine!  It is nice to see The Atlantic encouraging humor in Thai and other languages. The article is here.

Incidental Anthropology: Sworn Virgins, Genes and Ethnic Identity (or Race Redux), and “Americanizing” a Novel

Three things on this holiday week: 1) In Slate there was a wonderful photo essay on sworn virgins in the Balkans. Also, here is a BBC interview with Antonia Young, the author of Women Who Become Men. 2) What would a holiday week be without a minor donnybrook over race and genes? This week brings … Continue reading Incidental Anthropology: Sworn Virgins, Genes and Ethnic Identity (or Race Redux), and “Americanizing” a Novel

World’s Storehouse of Anthropological Knowledge Safe from Mayan Apocalypse!

As frequent readers of Ethnography.com (if there is such a thing) know, our esteemed founder Mark Dawson has disappeared from these pages after last posting on April 1, 2012.  Amazingly, he has even disappeared from the internet. But as exclusively reported , AAA has hired him, and he is on a top-secret mission to save … Continue reading World’s Storehouse of Anthropological Knowledge Safe from Mayan Apocalypse!

Mental Illness and Graduate School Programs Across the Nation

Can getting a master's degree help your career outlook? Or is it more of a drain on your mental outlook? These are the questions education analyst Bree Hernandez explores in the next article.    Today’s university students have more to balance than ever before, and Bree’s blog profiles many of the competing pulls. Still, the … Continue reading Mental Illness and Graduate School Programs Across the Nation

Thoughts about Farmer Power and Development Bureaucrats

What is the relationships between the subsistence farmers and the bureaucrats of the World Bank, USAID, DFID, JICA, and the host of government-sponsored development aid projects?  Such projects are sponsored by clever, well-educated, powerful, and wealthy people.  And yet they often fail—and the clever powerful people turn around and blame the subsistence farmer. But I … Continue reading Thoughts about Farmer Power and Development Bureaucrats

What is it a police problem, and what is it a military problem? Musings as the war in Afghanistan (finally) winds down

I think that there is a difference between the nature of policing and the military rooted in the nature of legitimacy and emotions, specifically the emotion of fear. But does the US government in fighting in Afghanistan really understand this too?  See the discussion at CurrentIntelligence.net, where I posted “Differentiating Between Police and Military Action.”  … Continue reading What is it a police problem, and what is it a military problem? Musings as the war in Afghanistan (finally) winds down

Those Pesky “Bad Grades” and “Can I Ever Get into Grad School?”

Ever worry about how those Cs you had as a sophomore would look on  a grad school application?  Or maybe a D?   Worried because every grad school says “we only take the best,” or some such nonsense (look, no one can take the “best,” even if there is such a thing).   Ever wonder … Continue reading Those Pesky “Bad Grades” and “Can I Ever Get into Grad School?”