Plagiarism on the “Open Anthropology Cooperative”

Previously I have stated that plagiarism was not one of the issues that I was raising concerning the so-called “Open Anthropology Cooperative” and its disrespect for boundaries and separate identities and political affiliations, let alone the officially authorized butchering of the concept of “open anthropology” on that network, now evacuated of all meaning. However, I […]

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The Particulars of a Name

“To understand a name you must be acquainted with the particular of which it is a name.” –Bertrand Russell (p. 182) “The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.” –Aldous Huxley (source) As Huxley also said, “facts do not cease to exist because they are […]

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There Can Be Only One!

Terrible burden this is, to have to play the hero defending his good name on the battlefield. Ah but such is the life of the immortal one…and there can be only one. What’s in a name, an expropriated, coopted, appropriated name? For anthropologists, quite a lot. Names do matter. They know that. And if it […]

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Open Anthropology Cooperative

A new development in anthropology online has taken form today, and that is the creation of the Open Anthropology Cooperative. Since roughly 22 May a discussion emerged on Twitter concerning the possibility of taking anthropological collaboration online to a new level. I first learned of this discussion from Lorenz Khazaleh at antropologi.info, even though I […]

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What do anthropologists care about cosmopolitanism?

On the last day of the [ASA 2006] conference [on cosmopolitanism and anthropology], Keith Hart declared (perhaps a touch harshly), Anthropologists don’t care for cosmopolitanism. It’s just an excuse to come together. We’re not engaging in the world. We don’t talk about Iraq and Iran. Our detached discourse lacks wider relevance. As I have since […]

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