Anthropology: The Empire on which the Sun Never Sets (Part 3)

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)

The Ethnographic Adventure of a “Rogue Sociologist”: Gang Leader for a Day goes Hollywood

Thanks to “Anthroman” (also known as Dr. John L. Jackson, Jr., an anthropology professor and filmmaker, not to mention blogger) for his article in The Root, “Hustle and Show.” The article is about a book by Sudhir Venkatesh, co-author of Freakonomics, titled Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets, which… Read More The Ethnographic Adventure of a “Rogue Sociologist”: Gang Leader for a Day goes Hollywood