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Education as Oppression: One Bedouin’s Perspective on Progress

October 31, 2012 by


To say that anthropologists have long been interested in pastoral nomads would be an understatement. As Rada and Neville Dyson-Hudson described the situation in their 1980 article in the Annual Review of Anthropology: “Pastoral nomads have had a persistent fascination for anthropologists,” a fascination that has to do with the “intriguing and difficult to unravel” […]

Anthropology in Canada: Number of Students, Female Percentage

October 5, 2010 by


According to the latest issue of the CAUT Almanac (2010-2011, see p. 31), published by the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the following are the available nationwide statistics on the number of anthropology students  (full time equivalents) in Canada, and the percentage that is female: Bachelor’s and Other Undergraduate Degree: 4,005.4 students, 73.9% of which […]

“Head-Decay-Shun”: Literacy, tool of the dependent and displaced?

July 9, 2008 by


Given the particularities of the way Jamaican creole English is pronounced, the word education often sounds like head-decay-shun. I once heard a Guyanese professor claim that this pronunciation, in this case, was more than just coincidental: it was a critical rejection of the formal school system by some Rastafarians in Jamaica, given what they saw […]

“I gots me a big new grant!”–Cha-Ching!

November 17, 2007 by

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I am thinking that the next time I get a research grant, I should get a baseball cap with a big gold dollar sign on it, and take the award letter, miniaturize it, gold plate it, and hang it from a big ass gold chain around my fat neck. Why not? I would only be […]


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