Incidental Anthropology: American Parenting, Mendeley, and “Japan’s Modern Divide”

In this installment of the seriocomic series Incidental Anthropology, I bring you three more media stories which incidentally illustrate anthropological points. Given the recent back and forth on this blog over genetics, I highly recommend the first link.

1) Why are Americans so focused on how “cognitively advanced” their children are?

2) Some thoughts on Elsevier’s purchase of Mendeley and what this might mean for Open Access and academic publishing.

3) The complex career and photography of Hiroshi Hamaya with a view towards the relation of snow and spirit.

4 thoughts on “Incidental Anthropology: American Parenting, Mendeley, and “Japan’s Modern Divide”

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-12551">

    “Sara Harkness, a professor of human development at the University of Connecticut”

    In my undergrad anthro degree an anthropologist taught human development, so not sure this is really ‘accidental’.

    li class="comment byuser comment-author-jason bypostauthor odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-12554">
    Michael Scroggins

    It is still labelled “human development” and not anthropology. Even though (wink) (wink) we all know it is anthropology.

    li class="comment byuser comment-author-tony even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-12557">

    The Psychologists might disagree with you! At my university, “Child Development” is most closely associated with the Psychology program, and studies done in the Department’s Child Development center. Harkness’ approach though does indeed focus on variation across cultures, and could be classified as anthropology.

    li class="comment odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-12847">

    If the toxic emotional trauma or traumas are (1) identified, (2) purified, and (3) embodied, physiological change can theoretically occur instantaneously.

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