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Not Everything Happens (Transformative Anthropology cont.)
2009-08-25 02:28:00
Following from our discussing with a friend my conception of Transformative Anthropology, and its central conception, the decisive yet happenstance contingencies that irrevocably alter the course of one’s life and development, she tweeted a question: How has randomness played a key role in your life? To which a tweet fluttered back: How can randomness exist in a universe ...
Not Everything Happens (Transformative Anthropology cont.)
2009-08-25 02:28:00
Following from our discussing with a friend my conception of Transformative Anthropology, and its central conception, the decisive yet happenstance contingencies that irrevocably alter the course of one’s life and development, she tweeted a question: How has randomness played a key role in your life? To which a tweet fluttered back: How can randomness exist in a universe where everything is connected? Okay. As I unfold the provisional conceptions given by the phenomenology of necessary contingencies, I wrestle with both randomness and connection. Randomness, event, and connects are joined at the foundation. Yet, this is not a tight join by any means. To peal away what are presumptive aspects of both randomness (or happenstance,) and connection, is to jiggle and then separate the join. The tweet’s import obviously accomplishes this without any qualification. It provides a proposition: Where everything is connected, randomness cannot also exist. Everybody is familiar with ...
Transformative Anthropology III - Gas Stop
2009-08-16 16:29:00
I had the good fortune to reacquaint myself this week with a friend from 40 years ago. After explaining my research into the fragile contingencies underlying life changing events, she offered a terrific example, and, additionally brought a new term into my thinking on these matters. She told me about meeting a future employer at a ...
Transformative Anthropology III - Gas Stop
2009-08-16 16:29:00
I had the good fortune to reacquaint myself this week with a friend from 40 years ago. After explaining my research into the fragile contingencies underlying life changing events, she offered a terrific example, and, additionally brought a new term into my thinking on these matters. She told me about meeting a future employer at a gas station, on the occasion when both had stopped at the same station, you know, for gas! The thing is: a stranger approaches her, recognizes her because she had taken note of her reputation in some public notice or the like, and strikes up a conversation. What followed, eventually, was a job offer. And, what followed from taking the job were all sorts of other events that, in concrete respects, stand on the foundation of her changing jobs. What would have happened had the soon-to-be new employer and employee not stopped in the gas station at the same moment? No one can say, but it’s as if such a speculation is about an alternative universe, rather...
Transformative Anthropology II.
2009-08-09 01:39:00
A handful of questions one can direct to a subject or to their self are easily enabled to drill into the fragile web of contingencies that are structurally necessary to human development. 1. What brought you to live where you currently live? 2. What brought you to work in the field you currently work in? 3. What was ...
Transformative Anthropology II.
2009-08-09 01:39:00
A handful of questions one can direct to a subject or to their self are easily enabled to drill into the fragile web of contingencies that are structurally necessary to human development. 1. What brought you to live where you currently live? 2. What brought you to work in the field you currently work in? 3. What was the circumstance via which you met your current partner? 4. What brought you to your current central interest, (or avocation, or hobby, or passion?) There are, of course, many such questions like these four. In conducting an inquiry along these lines, what I have found is that the narrative offered in response contains propositions about features of a necessary founding circumstance Those propositions tell of required features. For example, I met my future wife at a party in September of 1993. For this to happen, I had to be in Cleveland and be invited to the party. I had to know the party-givers, and, they had to be in Cleveland too. So did my future wife. There are en...
Transformative Anthropology I.
2009-08-08 01:00:00
I’m going to try here to rope in a few colleagues to respond in public–here–to something I’ve been playing around with off and on for four years. To set this up, here is an edited version of an email I sent to a friend in February. I have a very important intellectual inquiry to address to ...
I'm not sure what I've got here is math. It may be anthropology. (Take A
2009-05-12 13:52:00
I've been trying for two weeks now to get in touch with Gary Lockwood -- who you'll know as "the other guy in 2001: A Space Odyssey." I had figured to contact all three of the stars, but Gary Lockwood has stumped me, mostly because of MySpace.See, the only (easy) way to get in touch with Gary Lockwood is through his Myspace page, which required me to try to remember my old Myspace password. When I couldn't do that, I had to re-log in and then look up Gary again and try to send him a message... but I couldn't because he's "set to away." Whatever that means.So his Myspace page said I could leave him a comment, only to do that you have to be "friends" with someone. I sent a request to friend Gary Lockwood, but he hasn't answered yet.So for now, I'm stymied by Gary Lockwood, and I moved on to the next group on the list: Murder Mystery, the band. They also have a Myspace page, which you can find here. More importantly, they have a song, "Love Astronaut," which I think is am...
Anthropology of Edward T. Hall
2009-01-28 09:00:00
An extensive attention to the identification of the basic dimensions for cultural comparison is found in the works of anthropologist Edward T. Hall, who during the 1960s conducted detailed, structured interviews with the representatives of different professional groups among various cultures. In his works, Hall has always stressed the close relationship between culture and communication. ...
Fake Anthropology isn?t teaching
2009-01-13 02:43:00
A news article in the Christian Science Monitor describes an Anthropology class that teaches students to understand cultural change by making up fake cultures, and then going into the “big bad globalist conqueror versus poor natives who lose their wonderful culture” mode to teach them about globalization. The people of Mekka? kneel in the dirt, sorting ...
Black Genes in Southern Europeans
2008-11-20 00:25:00
My post here, A Little Black In All Of Us, has aroused a tremendous amount of controversy. Not to beat this dead horse with a stick, but there are Southern Europeans and their supporters who strongly object to the notion that they have more than a smidgen of Black blood in them. In fact, there are websites that are set up in part to specifically negate that premise. Some of their supporters are simply racists.This is definitely a sore point with Southern Europeans. As an Italian friend of mine said, "The Southern Italians really hate to be called negri. If you call them negri, they pull out the knife." A little sensitive?In my post, I suggested that some Southern Europeans, notably Sicilians, Greeks, Spaniards and Portuguese, had more than a negligible amount of Black in them, around 5%. This produced a hailstorm of protest from the aforementioned folks, and resulted in some bannings from the comments.I admit I'm not an expert on the subject. The Black genes in these Southern Europ...
The Origin of the Amerindians
2008-10-18 14:10:00
The latest death toll figures from Hurricane Katrina can be seen on this website here. The famous Russian neo-Nazi video is on this blog here.Updated October 18. I am republishing this post because I added a lot of new photos and text. Enjoy.As we noted in an earlier post, the view is converging that Amerindians can be traced back to the Altai Mountains in Southwest Siberia where China, Mongolia and Russia all come together.Yet another study found that of all Asians, the Turkic-speaking tribes of the Sayan Mountains (west of the Altai Mountains and north of northwestern Mongolia) are the closest to the Amerindians. This group includes the Shor, the Tofalar, the Altai, the Khakass, the Soyots and the Tuva. The Mongolic-speaking Buryats are also included.The Altai live in the Sayan Uplands. The Soyots and the Buryats are from the Eastern Sayan Mountains. The Shor and the Khakass are from the northwest slopes of the Sayans. The Tofalar are from the northern slopes of the Eastern Sayans...
The Development of Agriculture in Africa
2008-10-09 07:46:00
Updated October 8:Hang out long enough on White nationalist fora, and after a while you will be amazed at how many White racists actually believe that Black Africans were stone age people who had no metalworking, no agriculture and no civilization of any sort by the time the Europeans contacted them. It's true that Africa is not known for its incredible cultural achievements. But it wasn't exactly a complete backwater either. The White nationalist line that Africans were a Paleolithic people with only stone implements and no agriculture is surprisingly widespread. Too bad that it is horribly wrong.First of all, agriculture comes to the Sahel as early as 9000 BC. It comes to West Africa around the same time. Later it goes to Southern and Eastern Africa. The "niggers* are too stupid to grow food" line, appalling in its stupidity, continues to retain a lot of currency. Screw that. Africans have been growing food for 1000's of years, Jesus Christ.The latest permutation has to do with...
Black Males and Testosterone: Evolution and Perspectives
2008-10-09 07:40:00
Development of agriculture in modern Blacks also seems to have led to high testosterone levels. Groups with the highest testosterone in the world today are primitive agriculturalists.Hunter-gathere-rs tend to have lower testosterone. This is because in hunter-gatherer society, women need men to survive. So they just grab one pretty quickly and get married.In primitive agricultural societies, women do not need men since they can farm on their own. So they can afford to be quite choosy. These societies have tended to develop in a polygynous way where a few high-ranking males monopolize most of the females and the rest of the guys get none. It's kind of like high school except it keeps going for your whole life.Sub-Saharan Blacks are highly polygynous ,and this resulted in intense competition for fewer women and selection for very robust male body types. SS Blacks are more robust than Whites on all variables. In Namibia, the polygynous Kavango have much higher testosterone than the muc...
A North-South Chinese Mix Cline in SE Asia?
2008-07-11 16:24:00
The latest death toll figures from Hurricane Katrina can be seen on this website here. The famous Russian neo-Nazi video is on this blog here. Updated July 12. I am republishing this post published earlier this month because I added some photos.A question from the comments about the Are SE Asians Australoids? article:Aren't Khmer a little more Australoid than people in Vietnam (at least Northern Vietnamese), most Thai, and Laotians? There seems to be a clear cline in Southeast Asia, the areas bordering China seem to have more NE Mongoloid Admixture than those of the Malay archipelago and the Khmer. I'm basing this on appearance and not genes, which you pointed out, rightly so, as being misleading.This question keeps popping up because so many folks are convinced, based primarily on appearance, that many SE Asians are part-Australoid.First of all, the Vietnamese, Filipinos, Thai and Khmer are all quite close to the Southern Chinese genetically. Of these, believe it or not, the Fili...
Are SE Asians Australoids?
2008-07-11 10:12:00
The latest death toll figures from Hurricane Katrina can be seen on this website here. The famous Russian neo-Nazi video is on this blog here.Updated July 12. I am republishing this post, published earlier, because I added some new photos and text to it.We have already dealt with this issue previously on this blog, but there is need to continuously revisit old issues that do not seem to be sinking in very well after we do our revisionist and rectification work here.For instance, I do not really care about whether or not SE Asians are part-Australoid, but among amateur anthropologists, the notion is much in vogue. Furthermore, it is regarded as given by Chinese, which unfortunately includes Southern Chinese, who by this definition, would also be part-Australoid.This issue needs to be dealt with because it is such a widespread myth, particularly among some of our best young minds out there in popular culture. Among anthropologists, the only folks saying that SE Asians are part-Austral...
corporate anthropology
2008-06-08 18:11:00
This most recent edition of Metropolis has an interesting piece on the intersection of the practices of anthropologist and researcher Karen Stephenson and Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects. Stephenson was hired by Chronicle Books as a "organizational consultant" to assist in the spatial design of their new office. The size of the publisher's staff had doubled over the past decade, and the company had simply made do with the limitations and layout of their previous location. In planning the conversion of their new space (a four-story former ironworks), Chronicle creative director Michael Carabetta brought Stephenson on board to help schematize an idealized office workflow as the basis for a programme for Mark Cavagnero Associates to work with. Stephenson is a Harvard-educated anthropologist turned management guru who has enjoyed widespread recognition ever since being profiled in Designs for Working, a 2000 New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell. The diagram above illustrates the...
The Evolution of Forgiveness
2008-04-28 15:45:00
The “Nature” versus “Nurture” debate is a perennial topic. In Beyond Revenge, McCullough suggests that both revenge and forgiveness are hard-wired into us as social primates. In doing so, he manages to distinguish his claims that such human behaviors are natural from fatalistic conclusions, because “natural” does not connotate a justification for vengeful actions, nor ...
African anthropology: Niger calls for regional joking kinship week in Afric
2008-04-26 16:12:00
Source: APA Niger calls for regional joking kinship week in Africa APA-Niamey (Niger) Niger intends to launch a regional joking kinship week involving all African countries which have this social phenomenon, Niger culture minister, Oumarou Hadary, announced Thursday evening. Speaking at the integration night of Niger communities which closed the first national joking kinship week (18-24 April), Hadary ...
Blacks Beat Whites - Film at 11
2008-04-12 10:35:00
I see idiots.I see White Supremacists.I see White Supremacist idiots (there is no other kind).It's fun to stroll over to American Renaissance once in a while. While there is a good understanding of race there and folks are not afraid to broach the subject, there is also a staggering amount of stupidity, mostly in the comments. What is hilarious about all this Dumbness is that this Dumbness is being scribbled by folks who are dedicated to the premise that they are members of the most intelligent race on the planet.Ho ho ho!I see this problem with nationalists, especially ethnic nationalists, and ethnic supremacists (of all varieties) all the time, although I confess that Chinese Supremacists are the least stupid of all, and sometimes I think there is no one dumber than an Afrocentrist. Gosh, is there something to the IQ thing after all?The problem is that once you become an ethnic supremacist, you have to construct a particularly insane and insipid worldview whereby your group did a...
PhD Scholarships in Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
2008-03-18 12:28:00
UK. University of Glasgow. These doctoral scholarships are provided by the Adam Smith Research Foundation for candidates within the Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences Department, Faculty of Law, Business and Social Sciences. Up to 4 PhD Scholarships within five research themes: 1. Public Policy, Governance and Social Justice, 2. Work, Ethics and Technology, 3.People Places and Change, 4. Macroeconomics, Business and Finance, 5. Legal and Political Thought The Scholarships are offered from September 2008 and are tenable for up to three years (two years if doctoral research has already commenced). A Scholarship award offers the student a maintenance stipend equivalent to the Economic and Social Research Council award for a single person and payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate of £3,168 or the overseas rate of £8,800. (2006/07 rates shown). (more…) Share This Tags: anthropology, applied social scienc-es, asrf, doctoral scholarships, phd&...
The Human Animal
2008-03-07 16:41:00
While blogging has been light lately, here’s a YouTube clip for a bit of a reality check. What we are - really just a bunch of monkeys. Crazy, mixed-up, hairless monkeys. For a slightly more serious take on this, read The Third Chimpanzee, by Jared Diamond.
LL, actually, it was like anthropology. Everyone ...
2008-02-28 05:14:00
LL, actually, it was like anthropology. Everyone was doing "the preppie handbook" in the 80s--trying to look very rich and Hamptons. I was trying to understand the appeal, so I regarded it sorta like political field studies: Buckley was the real thing, not the version in the catalog.
Anthropology -christiansquoting.org.uk
2008-01-20 15:58:00
Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.St. Augustine (354-430), ConfessionsBelieve, if thou wilt, that mountains change their place, but believe not that man changes his nature.Mohammed (570-632 A.D.)
Cultural Anthropology and Physics Envy
2008-01-01 10:38:00
The latest death toll figures from Hurricane Katrina can be seen on this website here. The hard to find Russian neo-Nazi beheading video taking the net by storm is on this blog here.Updated January 2:A Christmas Day New York Times article by George Johnson, A Question of Blame When Societies Fall, has elicited quite a bit of comment in the blogosphere. The article concerns Jared Diamond, anthropologist and popular author of two recent books on cultures, Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. The first deals with why societies succeed and the second deals with why societies fail.First of all, I have read neither book, but I did read parts of Collapse, specifically the chapter on the Rwanda genocide. Diamond placed the blame for the genocide on a logical Malthusian theory that population had outstripped food supply which resulted in massacre to reduce the human population so there would once again be enough food and land to go around. It seemed re...
Pork
2007-12-29 07:57:00
I was reading the short story “The Adulterous Woman” by Albert Camus, when these lines caught my attention. Shows a French couple in a North African country: “Besides, there was pork on the menu. “They don’t eat it because of the Koran. But Koran didn’t know that well-done pork doesn’t cause illness. We French know how ...
Anthropology: Why Pygmies Evolved to Be Shorter
2007-12-15 13:16:00
Source: Scientific American News posted 12/12/07 Not So Tall Tale: Why Pygmies Evolved to Be Shorter Pygmies, the most well-known group of diminutive humans, whose men on average grow to a maximum of five feet tall and their women about a half foot shorter, were thought to be endowed with their characteristic small body sizes due to poor ...
Journal Anthropology of food
2007-12-05 23:56:00
El journal "Anthropology of food", publicado en francés e inglés, es un excelente recurso para quienes están interesados en la relación entre sociedad, alimentación y cultura. 2006 no 5 Alimentación y religión 2005 no 4 Productos aliementicios locales 2004 no 3 Vino y globalización 2003 no 2 La leche no 1 Crocante, Crunchy : un sueño de consistencia 2001 no S1 Miradas cruzadas sobre algunas prácticas alimentarias en Europa no 0 Tradición e identidad alimentarias locales En la sección de ENLACES encontrarás otros recursos útiles. La imagen es del pintor Arcimboldo.
Anthropology Blog Submissions
2007-10-18 12:46:00
We're waiting . . .Image: UnattributedFour Stone Hearth will be held right here on Oct. 24th. Send in your anthropology related blog posts (cultural, linguistic, archaeological or biological) to primatediaries@gmail.com now.
Army Enlists Anthropology in War Zones
2007-10-11 01:18:00
From NYTimes.com, by David Rohde SHABAK VALLEY, Afghanistan ? In this isolated Taliban stronghold in eastern Afghanistan, American paratroopers are fielding what they consider a crucial new weapon in counterinsurgency operations here: a soft-spoken civilian anthropologist named Tracy. Tracy, who asked that her surname not be used for security reasons, is a member of the first Human ...
Anthropology Goes to War, Part 3
2007-10-10 12:19:00
Anthropology and counterinsurgency in ThailandWater torture (or water boarding) as directed by US military personnel in Vietnam, Laos and ThailandThis is the third part in a three part series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3Petition for anthropologist's non-participation in counterinsurgencyThe secondary thrust of the United States? containment policy in South East Asia (the primary being direct invasion) was to undermine communist influence through ?development.? Walt Whitman Rostow, esteemed Kennedy/Johnson liberal and influential policy advisor, wrote in his Stages of Economic Growth, ?We must demonstrate that the underdeveloped nations---now the main focus of Communist hopes---can move successfully through the preconditions into a well established take-off within the orbit of the democratic world, resisting the blandishments and temptations of Communism. This is, I believe, the most important single item on the Western agenda.? 29The importance of anthropology?s role in this regard w...
Anthropology Goes to War, Part 2
2007-10-08 12:14:00
Anthropology, colonialism and covert operationsRecent march to remember the "disappeared," tortured and murdered after theUS-supported coup in Guatemala in 1954This is the second part in a three part series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3If Thomas Jefferson was indeed "a friend to the Indian" then the indigenous peoples certainly didn't need any more enemies.However, later liberals were somewhat more conciliatory. According to Francis Edgar Williams, Oxford-trained Rhodes scholar and 17-year government anthropologist for Papua New Guinea, the role of applied anthropology in 1933 was one of ?tidying-up, purging, reconciling, blending, and developing? those primitive cultures that were ?more backward [and] more restricted than others.? 11 While, he says, anthropologists might be tempted to allow indigenous societies the freedom to manage their own affairs, this was simply not possible.?His [the indigenous person?s] way of life must somehow enter into relation with the affairs of the world. ...
Anthropology Goes to War, Part 1
2007-10-06 16:45:00
Anthropologists in the war effort from "savages" to "terrorists"The New York Times reported yesterday on the military's use of cultural anthropologists in the war effort in Afghanistan and Iraq in what they refer to as a "crucial new weapon in counterinsurgency operations."As the Times reports:In September, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates authorized a $40 million expansion of the program, which will assign teams of anthropologists and social scientists to each of the 26 American combat brigades in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since early September, five new teams have been deployed in the Baghdad area, bringing the total to six.Before turning to evolutionary research I was a burgeoning cultural anthropologist myself (and even did preliminary work with the Zapatistas of Chiapas, Mexico) so I'm familiar with both the history of anthropology and the ethical problems involved when anthropologists use their training to aid military maneuvers. It's a complex issue that, on one hand, helps ...
On Undertaking a Cultural Anthropology of Flickr
2007-09-12 06:54:00
I have been toying around with the idea of examining the cultural anthropology of Flickr, and I am not the first to consider the importance of Flickr as a mosaic of cultural information. While teaching a course on anthropology and photography at Hereford College, Kerim Friedman asked his students to use Flickr tags to come ...
Psychology, Anthropology, & Sociology :: RE: Book: "Issues Tearing Our Nati
2007-08-15 07:15:00
Author: Eric Subject: Issues Tearing Our Nation's FabricPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:15 am (GMT -4) Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric Chapter 25: Women in the Military Some analysts have said that World War II was the real turning point for the womens movement in America. During four long years of war, while millions of U.S. servicemen were fighting and dying on foreign soil, American women secured the front lines of industry, supporting the war effort in hundreds of jobs previously handled by men. The scene of Rosie the Riveter, in her steel helmet tossing red-hot rivets in the nations aircraft factories and shipyards, is a lingering image of the rugged and resourceful female doing a mans job when times were tough. Other such images entered the public consciousness in the years following the war, including Margaret Bourke-Whites photos for Life magazine of sturdy old babushkas in Soviet Russia manning jackhammers and driving gravel trucks in the streets of Moscow. The ...
Psychology, Anthropology, & Sociology :: RE: Book: "Issues Tearing Our Nati
2007-08-14 06:36:00
Author: Eric Subject: Issues Tearing Our Nation's FabricPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:36 am (GMT -4) Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric Chapter 24: Welfare Reform There is little disagreement among either conservatives or liberals that the current welfare system is brokena total failureand something has to change. Total social spending on federal welfare programs has increased more than 500 percent in just thirty years, from $144 billion in 1960 to $787 billion in 1990. To date we have dumped more than $5 trillion into the welfare system, and there are more "poor" Americans today than when welfare was first started. At the outset of the anti-poverty campaign, only 3.5 percent of Americas children were on government subsidies; today, one in every eight children, or 12.9 percent, are being raised on Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). As programs for poor families have mushroomed since the 1960s, the number of families on food stamps has exploded. Tod...
Psychology, Anthropology, & Sociology :: RE: Book: "Issues Tearing Our Nati
2007-08-13 12:49:00
Author: Eric Subject: Issues Tearing Our Nation's FabricPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 6:49 am (GMT -4) Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric Chapter 23: Victims Rights Victims of crime, including surviving relatives of homicide victims, have the right to be treated with fairness and dignity throughout the criminal justice process. Subject to the same rules of evidence and procedure which apply to the person accused of or convicted of committing the crime, a victim of a crime, including surviving relatives of a homicide victim, or the victims representative, has the right to be informed of, to be present at, and to be heard at all criminal proceedings at which the accused or convicted person has the right to be informed, to be present, and to be heard. This language, drafted by state legislators and a group of concerned citizen activists, has been put forth as a "Victim Rights Amendment" to the Constitution of the State of Iowa. The purpose: To establish a reasonable an...
Weekly MP3 (8/7/07): Live at The Garage, NYC - "Anthropology"
2007-08-13 00:00:00
Fresh off the press: Charlie Parker's "Anthropology," as played at The Garage, around 2:30am, on August 8th. This is what happens during the "Vampire" hours... A round-robbin of solos, featuring, Anton Denner on alto, Chris Bacas on tenor, Josh Ginsburg...
Psychology, Anthropology, & Sociology :: RE: Book: "Issues Tearing Our Nati
2007-08-12 11:49:00
Author: Eric Subject: Issues Tearing Our Nation's FabricPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:49 am (GMT -4) Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric Chapter 22: Tax Relief for Families "An oral agreement isnt worth the paper its printed on." That old bromide of the business world seems to be the official policy of politicians, as well. In 1991 the National Commission on Children, a bipartisan panel which included Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, examined the problems of the American family and proposed a number of policies to ease the financial burden on parents and children. The centerpiece of the Commissions plan was a $1,000 per child tax credit. In 1992, during his run for the presidency, candidate Bill Clinton promised that if elected he would make sweeping tax reforms and would push for an $800 per child tax credit. But three years later, when presented a bill for his signature that had passed both houses of Congress with a proposed $500 per child tax credit for familie...
Psychology, Anthropology, & Sociology :: RE: Book: Issues Tearing Our Natio
2007-08-11 19:24:00
Author: Eric Subject: Issues Tearing Our Nation's FabricPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:24 pm (GMT -4) Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric Chapter 21: Sex Education A recent letter to the editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram expressed the anger and disappointment of a mother whose trust had been violated. Her son, who believes in abstinence and is not sexually active, was asked by his high school sex education teacher to write an essay about what he would do if he were caught having sex with his girlfriend by the girls parents. The very nature of the question, the mother complained, not only implies, but condones this type of behavior. Later, in an assignment dealing with "family life," the boy was told to imagine he was having an affair, then asked to explain how he would deal with it at home. The mother explained that she was not a prudeshe works in the arts community. But she was understandably upset that her teenage sons "sex education" class was not...
Anthropology Part-II
2007-08-11 16:57:00
Hi All,One of the user of this blog has asked me to post some more books on sociology as well as anthropology.Here are those books.Simulating Human Origins and EvolutionBy K. P. Wessenhttp://rapidshare.com/fil-es/44718002/wesse0521843995.rar-Globalisation Studies in AnthropologyBy Thomas Hylland Eriksenhttp://rapidshare.com/fi-les/44926224/erik_globsia.rarEa-rly Anthropology in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth CenturiesBy Margaret Trabuehttp://rapidshare.com/fil-es/2737123/081221014X.zipCorrup-tion Anthropological PerspectivesBy Dieter Hallerhttp://rapidshare.com/fil-es/44929672/hall_cap.rarLocatin-g Cultural CreativityBy John Liephttp://rapidshare.com/files-/44931913/liep_lcc.rarIdentity- And Affect Experiences of Identity in a Globalising WorldBy John R. Campbellhttp://rapidshare.com/f-iles/44923194/camp_iaaeoiiagw.r-arPrimate DentitionBy Daris R. Swindlerhttp://rapidshare.com/f-iles/43553848/Primate.Dentition-.0521652898.rarPower And Its Disguises Anthropological Perspectives on PoliticsBy John G...
Anthropology
2007-08-11 12:19:00
What Is AnthropologyBy Thomas Hyllandhttp://rapidshare.com/fi-les/44679305/What_is_Anthropolo-gy-0745323197.pdfTranslating Cultures Perspectives on Translation and AnthropologyBy Paula G. Rubelhttp://rapidshare.com/file-s/44678611/Translating_Cultures--Perspectives_on_Translation_an-d_Athropology-1859737455.pdfA History Of AnthropologyBy Thomas Hyllandhttp://rapidshare.com/fi-les/44679524/A_History_of_Anthr-opology-074531385X.pdfA Companion to Linguistic AnthropologyBy Alessandro Durantihttp://rapidshare.com/fi-les/45493020/Duran0631223525.ra-rAnthropology and TheologyBy Douglas Davieshttp://rapidshare.com/fil-es/44680020/Anthropology_and_Th-eology-1859735371.pdfRace, Nature And Culture An Anthropological PerspectiveBy Peter Wadehttp://rapidshare.com/files-/44955107/0745314546.rarA Handbook Of Economic AnthropologyBy James G. Carrierhttp://mihd.net/wsgupeSm-all Places, Large IssuesBy Thomas Hyllandhttp://rapidshare.com/fi-les/44926894/erik_smalpliaitsac-a2e.rar
Psychology, Anthropology, & Sociology :: RE: Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fa
2007-08-10 12:51:00
Author: Eric Subject: Issues Tearing Our Nation's FabricPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:51 am (GMT -4) Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric Chapter 20: School Choice Public education in this country began in the late 18th century as the result of local initiatives designed to help families ensure that their children would have competent math, history, and language skills. Land for public schools was generally donated by farmers or businesses, and citizens helped clear the land, erect schoolhouses, and raise funds to pay teachers. From the beginning, parents and other members of the community worked together to design and plan the nature of their childrens education, and members of the community shared a sense of personal responsibility for the success of the local schools. During the late 19th century, however, under the influence of theorists such as Horace Mann, William James, and John Dewey, the emphasis of public education shifted from a standardized curriculum for all stud...
Psychology, Anthropology, & Sociology :: RE: Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fa
2007-08-09 21:58:00
Author: Eric Subject: Issues Tearing Our Nation's FabricPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:58 pm (GMT -4) Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric Chapter 19: Religious Liberty The principle of religious liberty is older than the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or any of this nations founding documents. Before the Charter of New England or the Mayflower Compact, American patriots were motivated by the certainty that only a moral and religious people could govern themselves in freedom. George Washington was chosen to lead the nation as its first president precisely because his peers understood the importance of spiritual wisdom to our experiment in democracy. John Adams, who served as the first vice president and the second president of the United States, said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other." His words were not challenged; they were commonly held by a...
Psychology, Anthropology, & Sociology :: RE: Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fa
2007-08-08 09:18:00
Author: Eric Subject: Issues Tearing Our Nation's FabricPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:18 am (GMT -4) Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric Chapter 18: Racial Reconciliation Tuesday, October 3, 1995, will long be remembered as a watershed moment in American history. Traffic was stalled, airline flights were delayed, and by 10:00 a.m. Pacific time, businesses all across the country had come to a virtual standstill. Hundreds of newspapers were holding the presses for special editions, television stations had preempted daytime programming, and trading on Wall Street was officially closed until Judge Lance Ito could announce the official verdict in the O. J. Simpson murder trial. The impact of the moment was not that a famous football hero had been charged with a brutal double murder, or even that he was found "not guilty" by a jury, after one of the longest and most sensational trials in history. It was that, in that one split second, as the verdict was being read aloud an...
Psychology, Anthropology, & Sociology :: RE: Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fa
2007-08-07 23:07:00
Author: Eric Subject: Issues Tearing Our Nation's FabricPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 5:07 pm (GMT -4) Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric Chapter 17: Pornography We have been invaded by an enemy more insidious than any we have fought in Vietnam, Korea, World Wars I and II, the Civil War, the American Revolution, or any other battle in the history of the nation. The enemy? Pornography. It is a cancer eating away at the souls of millions of men, women, and children at this very hour. Unless this virulent disease can be stopped and defeated once and for all, it will lead this nation into a moral disaster from which we may never recover. The words on the cover of the February 10, 1997, edition of U.S. News & World Report provide a glimpse of the problem: "America is by far the worlds leading producer of porn, churning out hard-core videos at the astonishing rate of about 150 new titles per week." The accompanying cover story, compiled by reporter Eric Schlosser, reve...
Psychology, Anthropology, & Sociology :: RE: Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fa
2007-08-07 02:22:00
Author: Eric Subject: Issues Tearing Our Nation's FabricPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:22 pm (GMT -4) Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric Chapter 16: Parental Rights When President Bill Clinton issued an executive order on April 21, 1997, instructing the directors of several federal agencies to give special attention to the health and safety needs of Americas children in the development of new policies and regulations, conservative and Christian organizations around the country immediately went on alert. The presidents order requires federal agencies to analyze and explain the effects of any new rules relating to children, explain how such changes will impact young people, and explain why such proposed actions are preferable to alternatives currently in practice. The risk is not that the Clinton Administration isnt concerned with child welfare, but that the White House has demonstrated from the beginning a very different view from most Americans of "the rights of the c...
Psychology, Anthropology, & Sociology :: RE: Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fa
2007-08-05 06:09:00
Author: Eric Subject: Issues Tearing Our Nation's FabricPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 12:09 am (GMT -4) Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric Chapter 15: National Endowment for the Arts Most Americans hold a high view of art. We are amazed at the splendid lifelike sculptures of the Greeks and Romans; we delight in the magnificent music, paintings, and sculptures of the Renaissance; we are stirred by the probing insight and splendid detail of the Dutch Masters; and inspired by the imagination and joie de vivre of the Impressionists. We can appreciate the playful insolence of Pablo Picasso, Salvadore Dali, and Piet Mondrian, and also the edgy taunts of Claes Oldenburg, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein. But there is a point at which taste, like common sense, has its limits. Art that inspires, challenges, and uplifts the soul has a rich history and deep significance in the American experience; but inspiring and uplifting art has been in very short supply the last fif...
Psychology, Anthropology, & Sociology :: RE: Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fa
2007-08-04 07:05:00
Author: Eric Subject: Issues Tearing Our Nation's FabricPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 1:05 am (GMT -4) Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric Chapter 14: Judicial Activism For more than fifty years the United States federal courts, courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court have radically changed the role of the judiciary in this country through the systematic reinterpretation of the Constitution and by disregarding the will of the people in dozens of politically charged cases. Liberal imbalances in the courts have placed the principle of "checks and balances" at risk and, in effect, have handed over the government of the nation to what many now refer to as the "imperial judiciary." Examples of heavy-handed judicial activism are easy to find: In a 1995 state-wide referendum in Colorado, voters passed Amendment 2, which held that while homosexuals are entitled to full and equal protection under the law, they are not entitled to "special status" under the ...
Psychology, Anthropology, & Sociology :: RE: Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fa
2007-08-03 06:05:00
Author: Eric Subject: Issues Tearing Our Nation's FabricPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:05 am (GMT -4) Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric Chapter 13: Inner-City Renewal The plight of the urban centers and inner-city residential complexes of Americas largest cities has become one of the most hotly debated topics of the past three decades. No one disagrees on the problem: high concentrations of poor and poorly educated minority families in sub-standard housingmany on welfare or out of workin an environment rife with crime, dysfunctional families, and domestic violence. The main source of conflict for those who propose to make changes is how best to improve the physical conditions in those areas and how to motivate the residents themselves to action. Blight, high crime, business deterioration, and white flight have combined to create urban landscapes that look more like war zones than busy metropolitan centers. Office towers that throb with life from 9 to 5 are depopulated and...
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