Structures of Knowledge, the Social Sciences, Decolonization, and the World-System

Richard E. Lee “The Structures of Knowledge and the Future of the Social Sciences: Two Postulates, Two Propositions and a Closing Remark.” Journal of World-Systems Research, vi, 3, fall/winter 2000, 786-796 Special Issue: Festchrift for Immanuel Wallerstein – Part II http://jwsr.ucr.edu/archive/vol6/number3/pdf/jwsr-v6n3-rlee.pdf First Postulate: The production and reproduction of the structures of knowledge has been a […]

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RECLAIM THE ANTHROPOLOGIX

Another treasure accidentally found on YouTube — “Anthem of Freelance Anthropology” shown on MTV. Freedom sounds mix of Ehtnographic Public Domain Footage: [FOOTAGE] EDWARD S. CURTIS “IN THE LAND OF WAR CANOES: KWAKIUTL INDIAN LIFE ON THE NORTHWEST COAST”(1914) ZORA NEALE HURSTON “FIELDWORK”(1928 ) MAYA DEREN “DIVINE HORSEMEN THE LIVING GODS OF HAITI”(1947) [MUSIC] THE […]

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SSHRC: International Collaboration?

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada has just released a report warmly praising itself for its achievements in fostering “international collaboration.” SSHRC states at the outset: Now as globalization heightens its importance, collaboration is crucial to sustaining excellence in Canadian research and training. It secures access to the world pool of knowledge, […]

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Anti-Indigenous Film Broadcast in Sweden

Ideologies designed to undercut any indigenous claims to their identities and territories have long been a part of Eurocentric imperialist propaganda, with the hope that the home audience will be consume this ideological material. Indigenous peoples know where they stand and are not likely to be “persuaded” by assertions that they do not exist. In […]

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Indigenous Section of the AAA Approved

From Indian Country Today http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096416366 Indigenous section OK’d by anthropological group Posted: December 28, 2007 by: Jerry Reynolds / Indian Country Today WASHINGTON – The American Anthropological Association board of directors approved an indigenous section of its membership for the first time on Dec. 5. The vote was unanimous. Section status means the Association of […]

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Anti-anti-essentialism. 1

I tell people that I am an “anti-anti-essentialist.” I am still working on what that is supposed to mean, so let me do this in bits and pieces, and this is the first entry for this topic. I am not at all convinced that essentialism–the notion, in anthropology, that a culture or ethnicity consists of […]

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From Apter (1999): Fabian’s Dialogical, Performative Ethnographic Experiment

Quoted from Apter (1999: 584): In a bold experimental initiative, which followed Mudimbe (1988) and Wilmsen (1989) in winning the Herskovits Award, Fabian (1990) produced a critical ethnography of a theatrical performance in which the anthropologist played a “leading” role. Working with a popular acting troupe in Shaba, Zaire, Fabian documented the production, direction, rehearsal […]

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“Extinction” isn’t what it used to be

The Caribbean is often treated in commonly cited literature as a zone of aboriginal extinction, a place where indigenous peoples are absent except as a memory or in the form of a museum piece. Just as often, what is ignored is the history of unequal power relations that allow some, a ruling colonial minority, to […]

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Guanaguanare: Universal Aboriginality

As some readers already know, I am a fan of a Trinidadian blog that is titled, “Guanaguanare-The Laughing Gull.” I recently received an email from that blog, with the following post: ….I have chosen to focus on one aspect of Trinidadian society and culture – the aboriginal presence. I will take the opportunity to think […]

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Indigenous Activism at the United Nations

From Indian Country Today May 25, 2007 Feeding the spirits Activism at the United Nations The late Muskogee-Creek elder Phillip Deere declared at the historic 1977 address to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, that ”We, the Indigenous Peoples, are the evidence of the Western Hemisphere. No matter how small a tribal people may be, […]

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Introducing the beginnings of the Open Anthropology Project

OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY arises from a dissastisfaction with the state of knowledge in contemporary and classical anthropology, and is meant to significantly restructure and move anthropology beyond its current confines, beyond the constraints of professionalization and institutionalization, transcending the very “disciplinariness” of a discipline that has often foundered on its own shoals since its inception as […]

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Brazilian Indigenous Leaders Condemn Pope

Indian leaders in Brazil have reacted angrily to comments by Pope Benedict that they had been purified by the Roman Catholic church since Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492. In a speech to bishops at the end of a visit to Brazil on Sunday, Benedict said indigenous people of the Americas had welcomed European […]

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