The “Applied” Regrets of Conrad Arensberg

At the end of his 1980 AAA presidential address,  Arensberg paused to lament bequeathing the term “applied anthropology” to the Society for Applied Anthropology, which he and Eliot Chapple helped found in 1941: "In Ireland, for peasants in their demography and their farm inheritances on the one hand, and in America for people in industries … Continue reading The “Applied” Regrets of Conrad Arensberg

Chico Rocks, and Berkeley…

I was back on the Chico State campus last week, and the new first year students are here, parents hovering nearby as they prepare to cast them out to wilds of Chico State.  The newly minted frosh are of course relishing this—they realize that Chico Rocks, and that they have finally managed to land where … Continue reading Chico Rocks, and Berkeley…

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

Immigration Trials and Tribulations

I came across a review “Green Card Stories: A Visual Catalog of Immigrants Trials and Tribulations” of a new book photo book.  The review is by a writer for The Atlantic, Maria Popova, and focused on the role that determination, sacrifice, and stamina play in navigating the complicated immigration in the United States.  As the … Continue reading Immigration Trials and Tribulations

Tools and Toolchains

In software development the phrase toolchain refers to a set of discrete tools linked in such a way that the output of one tool becomes the input for another tool. As wikipedia notes "A simple software development toolchain consists of a text editor for editing source code, a compiler and linker to transform the source … Continue reading Tools and Toolchains

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

The PhD as an Existential Question???

To PhD or not to PhD, that is that a question for you?  Well, at we have years of unsolicited advice to those of wondering if all the uncertainties of grad school are for you or not. For example those of you have lousy grades for any number of reasons, and question not your … Continue reading The PhD as an Existential Question???

Culture Rears its Head in the US Presidential Campaign

There is a good editorial about that classic anthropological question “What is Culture?” in the New York Times today by Ta-Nehisi Coates.   This is salient because presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently made assertions about the nature of culture and its relationships to economic activity while he was in Israel recently.  His statements, made in the … Continue reading Culture Rears its Head in the US Presidential Campaign

The Internet Archive

As of this morning, The Internet Archive is now offering content via the BitTorrent P2P networking protocol: Internet Archive Torrents There is a nice (if unorganized) collection of early anthropology among the 1.2 million books in the archive. As you might expect, there is a large assortment of early journals and classic works. But, there … Continue reading The Internet Archive

This Week in Ethnography: Writing Live Fieldnotes With Social Media: Towards a More Open Ethnography | Ethnography Matters

This Week in Ethnography, the big news was Mitt Romney "using" the word culture but that news is already very well described by Jason Antrosio. So I found another hidden gem that came out this week: a great post on "Writing Live Fieldnotes".  It describes a technique that could solve a challenge I am facing in a … Continue reading This Week in Ethnography: Writing Live Fieldnotes With Social Media: Towards a More Open Ethnography | Ethnography Matters

Anthropological Field Research in the Internet Age

Another classic question in the age of the internet: How do indigenous peoples feel about anthropology graduate students doing fieldwork?  Mark Dawson first reported his research about this subject in a classic post here at on April 1, 2007.

The Ecological Annum

I have to admit I laughed at the phrase "ecological annum" when James used it as a foil for his post on the duration of fieldwork. The phrase (real or invented) dates from a period when anthropologists primarily studied agriculturists and hunter-gatherers with long trips to the field and little concern for budgets. At first … Continue reading The Ecological Annum