Within the question of the professionalisation of the discipline lies a still largely unexplored area of how Anthropology serves as a western, largely white, middle-class mode of ‘consumption’, specifically the consumption of knowledge about the world that has been ‘appropriately’ filtered, organized, and translated. Of course getting a degree in Anthropology is not just like any other form of consumption, just as it is not merely an expression of curiosity: the process results in formal certification.… Read More Anthropology: The Empire on which the Sun Never Sets (Part 3)
Imperial Brains Blown Out When you’re wounded an’ left on Afghanistan’s plains An’ the women come out to cut up your remains Jus’ roll to your rifle an’ blow out your brains An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.–Rudyard Kipling Last night Senator John McCain tweeted, “I believe the President’s artificial date for withdrawal… Read More Withdrawing from Afghanistan: Three Movies on the Soviet Occupation
This is my last post for a couple of weeks at least, but I had to put this up before going. The recent U.S. elections were a unique experience for me, from the media vantage point. I neither relied on cable television (to which I no longer subscribe), nor the usual PBS-ABC-NBC-CBS news talk shows,… Read More Dance Fever: Obama, McCain, and Palin work it right out
What a night. I am happy to have been alive to see this. Right now a million people packed into a park in Chicago await the arrival of Barack Obama, the next president of the United States. John McCain finished speaking a few minutes ago. In part because the competing sides that dominated the election… Read More Yes You Can. Yes You Did.