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16th-Jan-2011 05:30 pm - MA Programs
akendrick coffee
I'm interested in biological anthropology/medical anthropology, however almost every anthropology student (I'm an Anthropology major/Human Geography minor) I've met is interested in archaeology.  They've advised me that regardless of the type of sub-specialization I am aiming for, I need a field school on my transcript/resume to be considered competitive. This being the last summer before I'm in fourth year, and therefore graduating and applying for grad school, I'm wondering if I should scrap summer employment and vacation plans in favour of going to a field school?

A little background, I volunteer at my schools archaeology lab doing collections and cataloguing, I also volunteer in the schools paleontology lab working with preparation of dinosaur fossils/remains, volunteer on the Anthro. department's journal, and volunteer at the regional art gallery, and spent the past two summers working at an agency getting cultural anthro. experience by working with refugees.  I have approximately a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale. 

So is field school necessary? Is there anything that could be recommended to me that would make me a more competitive applicant? (I've also been told that interning with a registered archaeologist would be beneficial). 
10th-Dec-2010 06:36 am - Not an Anthropologist any more
zoo, summer fun, birds

27th-Nov-2010 09:23 pm - career in HR
Would anyone here happen to have any links to articles showing why studying Anthropology is relevant to a career in Human Resources?

I did find one: http://renegadehr.net/hr-managers-anthropologists-of-the-business-world/
But I wasn't very impressed...

Thanks for the help
24th-Nov-2010 12:02 pm - research paper
Chuck O3
Hi. I'm writing a research paper on Tibet and destruction of religion as a means of social control. Does anyone know any good articles that might help? Specifically, on religious sites and figures being, literally or figuratively, raped? Thank you so much in advance.
27th-Oct-2010 10:03 pm - Disgust Sensitivity Survey
 Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin are conducting an online survey to understand why people differ in their levels of disgust sensitivity. This survey takes about 15 minutes in total, and the study would benefit from your participation.

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If you choose to participate, all of your answers will remain anonymous and confidential, and you will not be asked to provide any identifying information.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the researchers at laith.alshawaf@mail.utexas.edu. Thank you for your consideration!


Laith Al-Shawaf and David M.G. Lewis
10th-Oct-2010 11:35 pm - Islam in the Balkans?
Hey everyone,
I'm a senior in a 400 level Anth course discussing Islam in the Balkans. Now, while my concentration is anthropology, I admittedly know basically nothing about Islam, OR the Balkans. We're due to have paper topics ready here in a few days and while I've been trying desperately to find paper topics, the area is so understudied that I'm having trouble coming up with things. I can find things relating to Islam, and the Balkans, but not particularly the two combined.

Any suggestions from people more knowledgeable?
10th-Oct-2010 02:18 am - Book Request

A friend of mine is writing a book set in the 1900 - 1914 time period and is looking for any books or resources that talk about the day to day social etiquette of the emerging working middle-class. She's looking for information on the language and slang they would use as well. Any book recommendations would be greatly recieved.

Edit: Oops, forgot to say where - London, England.

(cross posted)

23rd-Sep-2010 12:08 pm - Anthropology of Religion
dog, phone
 Hey folks, I am a 3rd year undergraduate in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, and this is my first post on the anthropologist journal. I lurk, though.

Our lecturer on Ritual and Religion told us that we would be studying religion as if it was something that happened to other people. In other words, we would be asking the question: What is it that makes these particular people believe this particular false thing? As a non-religious person, I find this very easy, though I think it must be hard to do so if you hold certain religious beliefs about the nature and teleology of the universe and of man.

Do you guys think it is necessary to study the anthropology of religion "from the outside"? Do you think it is possible be religious and still to study what religion does to people? Are any of you anthropologists with religious beliefs?

Just really interested to know. Most anthropologists I have come across, certainly recently, have been secular and not at all religious, or if they are they separate it from their anthropology. I just think it raises some interesting questions about anthropological detachment vs. personal involvement a la Clifford Geertz and those like him.

Discuss. :)
23rd-Sep-2010 12:52 am - Research advice
Hello! In a couple of days/a week, I will be starting research in a professor's bone lab. I've never done physical anthropology research, so do any of you experienced anthropologists have any advice for me? I think we will eventually be extracting an antibiotic from ancient bone, if that helps (ha).

Thank you!

Шановні колеги!


З нагоди відкриття "Центру культурних досліджень" (Cultural Studies Center) при Бердянському університеті менеджменту і бізнесу (м. Бердянськ, Україна) пропонуємо співпрацю та шукаємо потенційних замовників і спонсорів досліджень.

Метою створення ЦКД є: регіональні дослідження соціокультурних змін (філософських, культурних, соціальних, релігійних, історичних, економічних, політичних), їх впливу й ролі в розбудові новітнього українського суспільства та формуванні громадської думки.

Завданнями діяльності Центру є:

§         проведення самостійних соціологічних, культурологічних, філософських, релігієзнавчих, історичних та інших досліджень, в тому числі спільно з іншими організаціями та громадянами;

§         ініціювання та організація наукових конференцій, семінарів, лекцій, круглих столів тощо;

§         організація польових досліджень із вивчення життя Південного регіону України, культурного феномену провінції, відмінностей сільського та міського способів існування на місцевому, районному, обласному та регіональному рівнях;

Закликаємо до співпраці філософів, культурологів, соціологів, релігієзнавців, політологів, істориків, етнографів, етнологів, антропологів, археологів, юристів, українознавців, народознавців, економістів, менеджерів та всіх зацікавлених у вивченні регіональної соціокультурної динаміки.

Пропонуємо виконання проектів на замовлення спонсорів та грантодавців, фізичних та юридичних осіб, державних і громадських організацій та установ, видавництв та ЗМІ.


Контактна інформація про Центр:


Директор ЦДК   Балута Вадим Володимирович

моб. тел.: 099 920 69 75

E-mail: baluta.vadim@gmail.com

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Адреса ЦДК:

Бердянський університет менеджменту і бізнесу

м. Бердянськ, Запорізька обл., вул. Свободи, 117а

(з приміткою: кафедра "Філософії")


Каф. "Філософії" БУМіБ.: (06153) 6-43-62 (Сердюк Олена Олександрівна)



З повагою,

Директор "Центру культурних досліджень" Балута Вадим Володимирович

I'm writing a novel with a backdrop of anthropology/academia. In the scene I'm currently writing, a group of PhD's (all specialists in Physical Anthropology/Forensics) are into their cups - hilarity ensues. I'm looking for macabre, topical, snooty academic humor - one-liners, anecdotes, etc. I thought maybe you folks would have some fodder I could work from?
25th-Aug-2010 01:23 pm - Accepted Kinds of Racism
I am a regular reader of 'British Archaeology' (Which I am happy to have access to, because it is free online).
Now there is a paper on evolutionary psychology .
They say: 100 thousand years ago people began to use red ochre for the sake of bla-bla-bla. The reason is: because Bushmen still do use it for the sake of bla-bla-bla.
I am not unfamiliar with that kind of reasoning (using Bushmen or Native Australians as illustation for the supposed 'archaic' state of humanity). For me, it is highly embarrassing. Well, in Russia, many scholars practise such logic and find it totally acceptable. Yet I did not know it was acceptable in the West.
Of course, there was criticism of this paper . But the very fact that it appeared in 'Britarch' as recently as 15 years ago, shows that some patterns of thinking, inherited from the 18th century, are still acceptable in the academic community.
Stating that Bushmen do this because Paleolithic peoples did it implies that Bushmen are left unchanged throughout 100 thousand years. What evidence do we have? We have only observed Bushmen for 200 years at best.
Why do we believe that some cultures are more 'archaic' than others? (In the context of suchlike papers, 'archaic' creeps dangerously close to 'ape-like'). Why are Bushmen to stand for the 'more archaic' stage? Just because they are brown and naked, I am afraid. We presume that history is what Europeans (or, at best, Japanese) only have, and all the other peoples are live fossils of primitive savages.
Today, we would frown at Joseph de Maistre's idea that Bushmen and suchlike are just the degraded descendants of peoples who were once civilized. But the idea that they represent archaic stages of our history is still fully acceptable. Is it better supported by evidence than that of de Maistre's? No, it is not. It is just seen as more PC - while, in fact, it is not. It is just more hypocritically racial (de Maistre, at least, did not deny these peoples history).
23rd-Aug-2010 03:58 am - Free Amazon Prime for students
Amazon is currently giving free 1 year memberships to Amazon Prime (free 2 day shipping, $3.99 overnight shipping) to current students with a .edu email address: http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info I'm not sure how long they're offering this (it doesn't say on the site).

Just thought i'd give fellow anthropology students the heads up on this in case you haven't heard about it yet. This is going to save me a ton on shipping textbooks this year!
16th-Aug-2010 10:37 pm - Physical Anthropology
Good day every one! :)

I'm writing to inquire about journal subscriptions. I'm about to embark into my 3/4 year of my undergrad in Cultural Anthropology. My situation is a little odd. The two universities in my city only offer Cultural Anthropology at the undergrad level. However, I am interested in Physical Anthropology. I decided to stay in my home city for my undergrad to save up money for my masters abroad. I foresee continuing my education and applying to grad school within Physical/Forensic Anthropology.

I want to start brushing up on Physical Anthropology. I've gotten a few text books here and there and have read them in my spare time but I'd like to look into some scientific journals and I'm not too sure where to start.

On a side note, I'll only be graduating in spring of 2012. I had transfer credits from college and that's why my year standing is a little screwed up. I've been looking into universities that offer Physical Anthro at the Masters level and I have a few on my list but are there students who've studied Phys. Anthro or have any experience who could give me some suggestions? It would be greatly appreciated it.

Have a great week!
11th-Aug-2010 04:28 pm(no subject)
Good Afternoon all. I come here this evening as I am looking for articles on two separate things:

1. Articles on sex vs. gender
2. Articles on attractiveness traits.

I've scoured here a few times trying to find what I am looking for, but I have came up empty. I figured the next best thing to do was ask. I know in college we read a book on attractiveness traits and there were 7 main traits people look for in someone that they would choose to mate with according to this book. I however have forgotten the name of the book and in various moves have lost my notes. Any help in either of these categories would be appreciated.

Hello! I am a management student in India and I have taken Cross-Cultural Management as one of my courses because of my love for all things relating to culture and societies (I have been a member of this community for over two years). I write here to ask your advice in selecting a topic for a case presentation on the subject of cross cultural issues. Some of the topics suggested are culture and ethics, implications of culture for marketing practices, globalisation and cultural conflicts, cross-cultural differences in accounting practices, family and kinship patterns across cultures, adoption of technology etc. (it doesn't necessarily have to do with business).

I do not wish to write a run of the mill boring report, so I request you to suggest recommend some topic (including possibly from the ones above) on which interesting new exploration has been done. Some of you guys keep reading and researching interesting new stuff, so plese recommend something on which I can prepare a fresh and useful report.

(The report is expected to be between 4000-5000 words)

Thanks a bunch!!!
Personality Set for Life By 1st Grade, Study Suggests


Our personalities stay pretty much the same throughout our lives, from our early childhood years to after we're over the hill, according to a new study.

The results show personality traits observed in children as young as first graders are a strong predictor of adult behavior.

"We remain recognizably the same person," said study author Christopher Nave, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Riverside. "This speaks to the importance of understanding personality because it does follow us wherever we go across time and contexts."

The study will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Tracking personalities

Using data from a 1960s study of approximately 2,400 ethnically diverse schoolchildren (grades 1 - 6) in Hawaii, researchers compared teacher personality ratings of the students with videotaped interviews of 144 of those individuals 40 years later.

They examined four personality attributes - talkativeness (called verbal fluency), adaptability (cope well with new situations), impulsiveness and self-minimizing behavior (essentially being humble to the point of minimizing one's importance).

Among the findings:

Talkative youngsters tended to show interest in intellectual matters, speak fluently, try to control situations, and exhibit a high degree of intelligence as adults. Children who rated low in verbal fluency were observed as adults to seek advice, give up when faced with obstacles, and exhibit an awkward interpersonal style.

Children rated as highly adaptable tended, as middle-age adults, to behave cheerfully, speak fluently and show interest in intellectual matters. Those who rated low in adaptability as children were observed as adults to say negative things about themselves, seek advice and exhibit an awkward interpersonal style.

Students rated as impulsive were inclined to speak loudly, display a wide range of interests and be talkative as adults. Less impulsive kids tended to be fearful or timid, kept others at a distance and expressed insecurity as adults.

Children characterized as self-minimizing were likely to express guilt, seek reassurance, say negative things about themselves and express insecurity as adults. Those who were ranked low on a self-minimizing scale tended to speak loudly, show interest in intellectual matters and exhibit condescending behavior as adults.

Changing personality

Previous research has suggested that while our personalities can change, it's not an easy undertaking.

Personality is "a part of us, a part of our biology," Nave said. "Life events still influence our behaviors, yet we must acknowledge the power of personality in understanding future behavior as well."

Future research will "help us understand how personality is related to behavior as well as examine the extent to which we may be able to change our personality," Nave said.
31st-Jul-2010 09:54 am - A long long time ago...
...I accidently joined this community. It was quite a lot of years ago, and I didn't even really know what anthropology was. I can't recall what I thought the community was all about, but it clearly wasn't this!

Fast forward half a decade, and I've been admitted to the social anthropology degree at NTNU - a university in Norway. Clearly things had changed!

What sort of sites should I now bookmark? Surely there is a ton of excellent anthropology resources around the web!
30th-Jul-2010 10:40 pm - Anthro Clubs
saila moo
Hey guys I just have a quick question! If you guys had an anthropology club at your schools, what would you want it to do for you? What would be some fun activities, topics, etc. you would do with a ton of college kids who love anthropology? If there was an anthro club at your school, what was it like?

I plan on starting an honors anthro club at my university but I want it to be fun! Any ideas would be awesome!
12th-Jul-2010 11:18 pm(no subject)
I've often heard it said, usually by other archaeologists, that archaeological theory follows about ten years behind anthropological theory. Has anyone ever seen this claim in print? I'd like to cite it jokingly in my dissertation.
12th-Jul-2010 10:54 am - An odd request..
I want to seriously buff up my world geography and history skills because currently I am woefully equipped to read the news and understand the wider implications. So I was wondering if anyone knows of online games that might have something that quizzes on geography and history? I love to read, but I just finished undergrad and might have a hard time reading anything textbook-like, he he. But if you have a history piece--book, documentary, etc.--that you just love (of any region; I'm totally open), then I will definitely look into it.
6th-Jun-2010 03:14 pm - Can anyone suggest source material?
Creative Joyous Cat
My daughter is working on a research paper on the influence of religion in the Irish Civil War, and is having trouble finding stuff that's specific enough to exactly that time period that talks about religion

Does anyone know of any books or other source material to recommend?

Thank you!
Serenity Sanity Is Relative --> pic by m
Hi guys!

This is kind of a career/job question, which I know we've had loads of posts for but I've been through the tags and can't find one which quite fits my query, so please bear with me...

I'm graduating this September with a MSc in Forensic and Biological Anthropology (don't know what mark I'll get yet but I'm en route for a 2:1 I think, and I've already got a 2:1 BA in Sociology) - and I'm in the process of researching moving to Canada (currently UK born and raised).

I'm having real difficulty finding any websites that can help me look into Canadian jobs though. I've done the usual google searches and I do get some job sites, but they're too broad. I'd really like to find a job near my field; working in research, for a University, a Museum, a National Park, a Forensics lab, an Archaeology unit, even something more sociological...I really don't mind.

I know I've got to think a bit outside the box given the lack of pure biological anthropology jobs, and I'm planning on doing as much archaeology volunteer work as possible to get experience, but in order to get a permanent visa I need a full-time job for at least a year.

I was hoping you guys might be able to point me in the right direction - either useful forums for people trying to move to Canada, or sites that might have the kind of job searches I'm looking for.

'Cause right now it's looking like I'll have to try every museum and university etc one by one, which might be a bit tricky given I don't even know all their names! lol

Sorry for being so broad, but any advice is really much appreciated! :)
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