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Fooling Ourselves: The Everyday role of Ritual | Anthropology in Practice

Fooling Ourselves: The Everyday role of Ritual | Anthropology in Practice | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
April Fools' Day is not unique to Western cultures. People all over the world and all throughout history have celebrated the coming of Spring with festivals ...
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Anthropologists do well in movies, indigenous peoples not so much

In a recent study, of the 53 films watched that had at least one anthropologist as a character, just under half belonged to the horror genre. Why should that be the case? And how were indigenous peoples in those films portrayed?
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Essay of the Day: Ethnography of a Humanitarian Hacking Community | P2P Foundation

Essay of the Day: Ethnography of a Humanitarian Hacking Community | P2P Foundation | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
* Article: The Ethic of the Code: An Ethnography of a ‘Humanitarian Hacking’ Community. By Douglas Haywood. Journal of Peer Production, Issue 3, July 2013 From the Abstract: “Hackers and computer hacking have become important narratives in academia and popular media. These discussions have frequently portrayed hackers as deviant, framing them ethnocentrically within North Atlantic …
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Algorithms and Accountability

Algorithms and Accountability | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Algorithms and Accountability took place in the Department of Law at New York University in February. Here's the description of the symposium: Scholars, stakeholders, and policymakers question the ...
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This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship Between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture, by Whitney Phillips

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship Between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture, by Whitney Phillips | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Tara Brabazon on an ethnographical study of the internet users who ‘swarm’ in order to cause maximum pain
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Life after death: the science of human decomposition

Life after death: the science of human decomposition | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
A rotting human corpse is the cornerstone of a complex ecosystem, a better understanding of which could have direct applications in forensic science
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Fredrik Barth: Hero of cultural anthropology

Fredrik Barth: Hero of cultural anthropology | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo. He is the author of numerous books, including Ethnicity and NationalismA History of AnthropologySmall Places, Large IssuesTyranny of the MomentGlobalization and Common Denominators. His latest book Fredrik Barthis an intellectual biography of his fellow Norwegian social anthropologist. It was recently published in the U.K. and will be released in June in the U.S. Here, AW contributor Sean Carey interviews Eriksen about the book.

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Between the Anthropocene and Neostructuralism

Between the Anthropocene and Neostructuralism | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Over the weekend I read the book symposium in Hau on Philippe Descola’s Beyond Nature and Culture; then I perused the Open Anthropology current issue on the Anthropocene, recently highlighted by Rex.
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"A Situationist ethnography has its own distinct methods" - an extract from The Beach Beneath the Street

"A Situationist ethnography has its own distinct methods" - an extract from The Beach Beneath the Street | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
The below is an extract from The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International by McKenzie Wark - currently 50% off on our website as part of our Political Guide to Walking. Adventure is close at hand. It does not require Rimbaud’s “derangement of the senses,” but rather, an arrangement of the sensible. There is nothing exotic about it. It does not require a surrealist expedition to foreign lands. What James Clifford calls a “Surrealist ethn
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Tragedy Vultures: Opportunism in the Nepal Earthquake -

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Tragedy Vultures: Opportunism in the Nepal Earthquake
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Such “poverty porn” generates charity, not activists, and utterly simplifies and misrepresents the situation.
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The burden of continual assessment in a digital age

The burden of continual assessment in a digital age | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Due to my current reliance upon a laptop that's unsuitable for my work, I presently find myself running a disk cleaning utility on a near daily basis. It's a very useful bit of software that very q...
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Bruno Latour: The Whole is Always Smaller than the Parts

Bruno Latour: The Whole is Always Smaller than the Parts | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Bruno Latour - The Whole is Always Smaller than the Parts -What Digital Media do to Social Theory from MOMA on Vimeo. The digital availability of profiles deeply modifies the definition of what it ...
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Transitions within Public Sector Anthropology

Anthropologists have long studied the concept of transitions as it applies to people and their cultures. Transitions can come about through various means but are always accompanied by change.
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The Google Algorithm as a Robotic Nose

Algorithms, in the view of author Christopher Steiner, are poised to take over everything.
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Anonymous and I [guest contributor]

Anonymous and I [guest contributor] | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: Anonymous may still be a mysterious network, but there is one researcher who has helped the world better understand their activities, Gabriella Coleman. In this month's guest post, G...
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Online collaboration: Scientists and the social network

Online collaboration: Scientists and the social network | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Giant academic social networks have taken off to a degree that no one expected even a few years ago. A Nature survey explores why.
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Universities must reconnect with the outside world, says UCL professor

Universities must reconnect with the outside world, says UCL professor | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Michael Stewart uses inaugural lecture to criticise social sciences and arts in particular for being too insular
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An Introduction of Borders

An Introduction of Borders | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Immigration march in Chicago, Illinois (2013). Photo courtesy Sergio Lemus
When imagining borders, we immediately think or emphasize its crossings, but more than often, we see inspections form a central mechanism of control.
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Sexy Hot Damn Anthropology: A Feminist Manifesto for the Study of Capitalism

Sexy Hot Damn Anthropology: A Feminist Manifesto for the Study of Capitalism | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
    It's true that I often get excited by anthropological theory, but it's rare that I am this excited and impressed. If you haven't yet come across 'Gens: A Feminist Manifesto for the St...
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Association between an Internet-Based Measure of Area Racism and Black Mortality

Association between an Internet-Based Measure of Area Racism and Black Mortality | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Racial disparities in health are well-documented and represent a significant public health concern in the US. Racism-related factors contribute to poorer health and higher mortality rates among Blacks compared to other racial groups.
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Full interview with Michael Herzfeld

In World101x we look at the world using an anthropological lens in order to shed new perspectives on current world issues, from indigeneity to migration and ...
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Ethnography: A Scientist Discovers the Value of the Social Sciences

Ethnography: A Scientist Discovers the Value of the Social Sciences | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
What do we mean by ethnographic research? In essence we are talking about a rich, multi-factorial descriptive approach. While quantitative research uses pre-existing categories in its analysis, qua...
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An Indigenous Group Turned Their Stories Into an Amazing Video Game | Bitch Media

An Indigenous Group Turned Their Stories Into an Amazing Video Game | Bitch Media | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Native Alaskans developed "Never Alone," a game about a brave girl, her fox, and a lot of snow.
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The hidden past of Claude Lévi-Strauss

The hidden past of Claude Lévi-Strauss | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
The anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss died six years ago, leaving behind a treasure trove of correspondence and unpublished writings. We can now trace where his ideas came from and how they evolved.
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