(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

Liquor Store Mind Bender Puzzle

This challenging mind bender puzzle is great fun to do over coffee, with friends, or on the toilet…alone. Imagine you are working as a cashier at a liquor store, late in the evening, the night after St. Patrick’s Day. Note: all California Super Lotto transactions are not entered in the cash register, but they must … Continue reading Liquor Store Mind Bender Puzzle

The Rochambo of Paradox, Conundrums, Dilemmas, and School Bureaucracies

The below is pp. 185-186 (Chapter 9) of my book Schooling, Childhood, and Bureaucracy: Bureaucratizing the Child. Other extracts can be read here at Ethnography.com here, (Leaky First Graders, etc.) here, (How the Rich Educate their Children: A Swiss Hogwarts) and here. (Children as Raw Material on the Bureaucratic Assembly Line) Or better yet, you … Continue reading The Rochambo of Paradox, Conundrums, Dilemmas, and School Bureaucracies