Understanding the Shaman’s Tribulations

Understanding the Shaman’s Tribulations – By Taba Menia – The scholarship of shamanism is closely related to ideas about traditional healing and their knowledge. Found across the world in concern with the relationship between health and the super-natural, Shamans are observed as custodians of the human realm. Becoming a shaman involves expertise in traditional knowledge … Continue reading Understanding the Shaman’s Tribulations

(Almost) Native Ethnography Meets the Heat of the Tunisian Desert

– by Imen El Amouri – Before embarking on my ethnographic graduate research, I dove into literature on native anthropological research in North Africa and the Arab world. My personal anguish over social and political conditions in my parents' (and sometimes my own) home country motivated me to study Tunisian society. With confidence, I started … Continue reading (Almost) Native Ethnography Meets the Heat of the Tunisian Desert

One (dis)placed ethnographer’s movements during the pandemic: Is the on-line world a lesser ethnographic world?

– guest blog By Sarah Huxley – The joys and pains of ethnography, as many an ethnographer might tell you, focus on the immersive, and experiential conundrums that ‘real life’ invariably spits up. That’s not to say that there is no/ little preparation, but rather to say that the very nature of the ethnographic methodology, … Continue reading One (dis)placed ethnographer’s movements during the pandemic: Is the on-line world a lesser ethnographic world?

Returning

– guest blog by Valerie Miller – Returning is a problematic word for anthropologists. To turn is to go around, go another direction, move to a different position. But REturning would then mean to stay right where you are (by turning again), realizing the full circle. It is movement from A to B to A, … Continue reading Returning

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