Mla Bri Genetics and Anthropology in Northern Thailand

Many anthropologists are concerned with the tendency of biologists to reduce social life in general, and culture in particular to the genes people carry.  As a sociologist, I share that concern.  I think that such reductionist approaches give a false sense of precision to the concept of culture which while very real, is often messy … Continue reading Mla Bri Genetics and Anthropology in Northern Thailand

Hey Look, Social Scientists Can Sell Stuff Too

Now in 2013, The Atlantic, no less, has discovered that marketing firms can take advantage of social science skills, including participant observation, too, and published a nice story about it here.   But perhaps they are a little late to the revelation.  I suspect that they could have walked across the hall to where advertising … Continue reading Hey Look, Social Scientists Can Sell Stuff Too

More on Tooling

A few months back I wrote a post about tooling up for research That post lives here. A few months on I have discovered a few more tools to share. I should note here, that Kerim at Savage Minds has recently written about his use of Markdown. Further, Savage Minds has a wonderful collection of … Continue reading More on Tooling

Conferences as Thanksgiving Dinner

Adam Fish at SavageMinds.org has written about the problem conferences and conference fees.  He asks whether they are really worth it for graduate students in particular—many grad students are told by their major professors that conferences are necessary for networking.  I share Adam’s doubts, though.  Hiring for tenure track academic jobs is done by hiring … Continue reading Conferences as Thanksgiving Dinner

Ethnography and Russian Israelis in Tel Aviv: Getting Reluctant People to Speak

  by Daiva Repeckaite Guest blogger Daiva Repeckaite is a PhD candidate at the Department of Social and  Cultural Anthropology, VU University Amsterdam. Her thesis research is  on networking practices and ideas about citizenship of Russian-speaking  Israelis, particularly those living in poorer areas in Tel Aviv. Daiva  has carried out her first fieldwork in Israel … Continue reading Ethnography and Russian Israelis in Tel Aviv: Getting Reluctant People to Speak

Here’s Why Jared Diamond is Irrelevant to Anthropology

As I discussed in a previous post, the blogosphere is atwitter (pun intended) about Jared Diamond’s new book The World before Yesterday.  It seems his press agent got him some good publicity on NPR and National Geographic, both outlets which Anthropology PhDs apparently pay attention to.  And guess what: Anthropologists don’t like The World Before … Continue reading Here’s Why Jared Diamond is Irrelevant to Anthropology

Did Chickering and Gamson’s (1987) Seven Practices of Good Undergraduate Education Dumb Down American Education? A View from Germany

I just finished my semester teaching as a Guest Professor at Leuphana University in Germany, and am beginning to figure out an answer to a question I get asked frequently: “What is the difference between American and German universities?”  Actually, the German students who have been exchange students in the United States have helped me … Continue reading Did Chickering and Gamson’s (1987) Seven Practices of Good Undergraduate Education Dumb Down American Education? A View from Germany