Education as Oppression: One Bedouin’s Perspective on Progress

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”… Read More Education as Oppression: One Bedouin’s Perspective on Progress

Anthropology in Canada: Number of Students, Female Percentage

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… Read More Anthropology in Canada: Number of Students, Female Percentage

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

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