Why isn’t ethnography.com more focused on ethnography? Um, ‘cause I don’t feel like it.

I like to use the categories on our homepage to surf through old posts, looking for oldies but goodies to re-post on slow days. I also like to read and think about anthropology and sociology and I can count on finding something here to get my mental juices flowing. And like Mark describes below, I … Continue reading Why isn’t ethnography.com more focused on ethnography? Um, ‘cause I don’t feel like it.

When do IEDs quit being IEDs? Why are we still treating insurgent munitions as folk arts?

I started as a university student, I was studying folklore and material culture, and IED’s certainly qualify as material culture that has the potential to tell you something beyond basic forensics. In this entry I am looking at IEDs using the language of business, innovation and ___________ ? The idea is to see what insights … Continue reading When do IEDs quit being IEDs? Why are we still treating insurgent munitions as folk arts?

American Anthropological Association dissolves, decides to start over tomorrow.

APG Newswire WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Anthropological Association (AAA) made the announcement today that its Joint Committee for Publishing and Employment Services unanimously recommended the immediate dissolution of the AAA, stating there was nothing left to study. James Curry, the newly-past President of the now defunct AAA, stated the organization had no choice. "Look, … Continue reading American Anthropological Association dissolves, decides to start over tomorrow.

Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui

This announcement showed up in my e-mail, nicely formatted too: Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui 17 - 19 November 2010 University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand Kia ora koutou (Greetings to everyone)! New Zealand's first international ethnography hui will give participants the opportunity to meet with like-minded researchers and experience the rich cultural tradition … Continue reading Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui

Now Available for your Xmas giving, Chief Culture Officer by Grant McCracken!

I am pleased to let people know about a new book by fellow social science innovator, Grant McCracken.  Hi book " Culture and Consumption: New Approaches to the Symbolic Character of Consumer Goods and Activities" was a major inspiration for me when I started my career in design anthropology and have have been reading his blog ever … Continue reading Now Available for your Xmas giving, Chief Culture Officer by Grant McCracken!