Book Review: The Tribal Imagination—Civilization and the Savage Mind, by Robin Fox

The Tribal Imagination: Civilization and the Savage Mind. Robin Fox. Harvard University Press. Hardcover. ISBN 9780674059016. Publication: March 2011. 432 pages, 28 line illustrations, 3 maps. Professor Robin Fox is one of those mildly conservative, somewhat eccentric, Englishmen that even we Irish Revolutionaries cannot help but find likeable. I had read his The Red Lamp of Incest some years ago, and… Read More Book Review: The Tribal Imagination—Civilization and the Savage Mind, by Robin Fox

Will the “Knowledge Economy” Save Us?

[We were promised a “knowledge economy.” The offshoring and automation of industrial jobs was supposed to open up a new realm of work – we would become managers of information, gliding through a new “information age” where one’s creativity and skill determined one’s employment prospects. Creativity and skill are important, but they do not characterize most “information… Read More Will the “Knowledge Economy” Save Us?

Useful Anthropology (and “Political Gonorrhoea”)

A variety of thoughts on the “uses” and “usefulness” of anthropology were provoked by Lorenz Khazaleh’s synopsis on African anthropology, which also contains links to online papers of the World Anthropologies Network, a source of especial importance to some of the issues I wish to cover in this blog. Within the North American context it… Read More Useful Anthropology (and “Political Gonorrhoea”)