That Sinking Feeling: Polar Bear Environmental Art

By: Michael Engelhard If art’s mission is to change public perceptions or to transcend established practices, it can no longer be apolitical, unaware of social or economic currents. The creators of an exhibit that examines the “cultural afterlife” of taxidermised polar bears (nanoq: flat out and bluesome, by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson) sum up a … Continue reading That Sinking Feeling: Polar Bear Environmental Art

Battle Ritual Among the Nacirema

By Guest Writer Finn Johansson Battle ritual among the Nacirema In anthropological and ethnological research, scientists face new cultural specialties every day. Yet there are some rites, so deeply inherited by the practicing community, that ritual behavior might astonish even the most experienced researchers. Accessing those abnormalities from an empirical point of view in order … Continue reading Battle Ritual Among the Nacirema

Artichokes

By Guest Writer: N. Jeanne Burns A friend said recently that one definitive marker of social class is whether you know how to eat an artichoke. This probably isn't true for migrant farmworkers who toil in or around Castroville, California, the self-proclaimed "Artichoke Capital of the World." Or even for people who grew up on … Continue reading Artichokes

The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 4

The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 4   A Ghostly Play in Five Acts Featuring Karl Marx, of London, England Max Weber, of Heidelberg, Germany Emile Durkheim of Paris, France W.E.B. DuBois of Atlanta, USA   Special Guest Appearance Charles Dickens of London   As Narrated to Jerri Bedwell of California, USA Part … Continue reading The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 4

The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 3

The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 3   A Ghostly Play in Five Acts   Featuring Karl Marx, of London, England Max Weber, of Heidelberg, Germany Emile Durkheim of Paris, France W.E.B. DuBois of Atlanta, USA   Special Guest Appearance Charles Dickens of London   As Narrated to Jerri Bedwell of California, USA … Continue reading The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 3

The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 2

The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 2  A Ghostly Play in Five Acts   Featuring Karl Marx, of London, England Max Weber, of Heidelberg, Germany Emile Durkheim of Paris, France W.E.B. DuBois of Atlanta, USA   Special Guest Appearance Charles Dickens of London    As Narrated to Jerri Bedwell of California, USA Part … Continue reading The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 2

The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part I

The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience Part 2 is here A Ghostly Play in Five Acts Featuring Karl Marx, of London, England Max Weber, of Heidelberg, Germany Emile Durkheim of Paris, France W.E.B. DuBois of Atlanta, USA   Special Guest Appearance Charles Dickens of London    As Narrated to Jerri Bedwell of California, USA … Continue reading The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part I

A Tale Within a Tale: The Dual Nature of Ebenezer Scrooge

By Guest Writer: David Van Huff In passing, I met a hypothetical man some years back who laid claim to a tale within a tale, which has forever changed the way I think about a classic story from the past. For those of you who have heard the story the A Christmas Carol (Dickens, 1843) … Continue reading A Tale Within a Tale: The Dual Nature of Ebenezer Scrooge

Searching for Answers: Retracing a Hmong Heritage

Today's post comes from Guest Ethnographer Dee Thao. This is a beautiful and honest film Dee directed and edited about her search for information and connection to her Hmong heritage and identity. Her "advisor extraordinaire" (and co-star) on this project was ethnography.com's Tony Waters. Dee Thao is a documentarian based out of northern California. Click … Continue reading Searching for Answers: Retracing a Hmong Heritage

Is Your Class in the Way?

By: N. Jeanne Burns   A few weeks ago at the YWCA Midtown I sat outside the gate to cool down from my run. I scrolled through Twitter posts about the Dunn trial and read about whites fearing blacks. Then I heard the desk clerk say, "You can only use your driver's license three times. … Continue reading Is Your Class in the Way?

Boldly go Towards Collaboration

Nicholas A Christakis' story in the NY Times is serious food for thought. Christakis starts "Let’s Shake Up the Social Sciences" with the following: TWENTY-FIVE years ago, when I was a graduate student, there were departments of natural science that no longer exist today. Departments of anatomy, histology, biochemistry and physiology have disappeared, replaced by … Continue reading Boldly go Towards Collaboration