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

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

This Week in Ethnography: Does Jared Diamond do Ethnography?

This week in Ethnography, I realized that "DIY anthropologist" Jared Diamond is now moving into the area of anthropology I hold most dear - ethnography.  In earlier publications and movies, Diamond has dabbled in other areas of anthropology (e.g., archeology and physical) but his latest work cuts too close for my comfort.  Barbara J. King posted a review of Diamond's … Continue reading This Week in Ethnography: Does Jared Diamond do Ethnography?

This Week in Ethnography: Blog, “LivingEthnography”

This Week in Ethnography I found an interesting blog entitled, LIVING ETHNOGRAPHY: Research and Conversations on Ethnography, Writing and Folklore As personal blogs go, it's more productive than most and the content is appealing.  The About page is interesting in that it provides a few hints at the authors identity but no name: I am a … Continue reading This Week in Ethnography: Blog, “LivingEthnography”

THIS WEEK IN ETHNOGRAPHY: Teaching Anthropology ‘Way Off Campus

This week in Ethnography, Heather E. Young-Leslie, Ph.D. describes how best to teach ethnography in the post entitled Sand in My Syllabus; Teaching Anthropology ‘Way Off Campus. The anthropologist professor is not replaceable, not redundant. But the style of teaching anthropology that we have had since WWII… well, that is replaceable. I start with the above quotation from the conclusion to … Continue reading THIS WEEK IN ETHNOGRAPHY: Teaching Anthropology ‘Way Off Campus

TWIE: Liverpool-Keele Ethnography Symposium

This week in Ethnography, the 7th Annual Symposium on Current Developments in Ethnographic Research in the Social and Management Sciences will be held in University of Liverpool Management School, Liverpool, United Kingdom.  This conference is sponsored by the University of Liverpool Management School and Keele University, Institute for Public Policy and Management in association with the Journal of Organizational Ethnography. … Continue reading TWIE: Liverpool-Keele Ethnography Symposium

This Week in Ethnography: All Tomorrow’s Cultures: Tagging Anthropology

This Week in Ethnography, I have thought about Public Anthropology. Samuel Gerald Collins of All Tomorrow's Cultures posted a great piece on the subject this week entitled Tagging Anthropology.  Public Anthropology is not a new subject by any means.  A Google search on the subject will show over 600,000 results and limiting your search to Savage Minds will still give … Continue reading This Week in Ethnography: All Tomorrow’s Cultures: Tagging Anthropology

Methods to Mind: Long or Short Term Approaches to Ethnographic Research

The following post from culturnicity got me thinking about the ongoing grudge match between those who demand a year in the field [imagine someone with a long beard in an arm-chair saying "to record a full record of experiences during the ecological annum"] compared to those who are more focused on the content and outcomes of the … Continue reading Methods to Mind: Long or Short Term Approaches to Ethnographic Research

This Week in Ethnography: Second Digital Ethnography Week _ Trento 17-21 sept. 2012

There is not much to report in "This Week in Ethnography", a segment I am inventing as a means of reporting on the global pulse of this most important subject.  The one item that jumped out of my feeds at me was that I missed the application deadline (of July 22, 2012) for the: Second Digital … Continue reading This Week in Ethnography: Second Digital Ethnography Week _ Trento 17-21 sept. 2012

“Culture” in the Science Fictional Universe of “Big Data”

As the Obama Administration’s new “Big Data Research and Development Initiative” has made clear, the “big data” era is officially upon us. The term – “big data” has been used in multiple ways, but most generally refers to the avalanche of “raw data” generated by the internet and other new kinds of data-capturing sensor and … Continue reading “Culture” in the Science Fictional Universe of “Big Data”