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13th-Mar-2011 12:47 pm - gendered naming patterns
boom de yada!
A friend of mine just asked an interesting question on his facebook:
Are there any languages/cultures that don't have ANY distinctly gendered naming patterns for people? (Like "female" names ending in vowels, etc)

I have no idea! But I figured somebody here might. Any thoughts?

Thank you!
11th-Mar-2011 09:56 am - SDSU

I just got accepted into SDSU and I was wondering if anyone here goes there or went there. Can you tell me anything about the program? Were classes crowded and hard to get into? 
22nd-Feb-2011 07:13 pm(no subject)
Hello all! I'm looking for some recommendations for ethnographies related to present-day city life, youth, or ICT in:

Any suggestions? I know this is quite broad, so absolutely anything you think might be remotely related would be really appreciated!
22nd-Feb-2011 02:42 pm - Looking for an ethnography
I am the best
 Hello there, I'm new here. I'm currently an anthropology minor at MSCD in Denver. I've come to ask  you all for some information you might have. It might be a stretch, but I'm pretty desperate.

I'm doing a research paper on the Yakuza in Japan, and need at least one legit written ethnography on the subject. It either must be about them specifically or at least deal with aspects of them (so an ethnography focusing on organized crime that may mention the Yakuza? Or another Japanese ethnography that mentions them?) Any other books/references/whatnot you may have would be awesome as well.

Thanks for your time :)
26th-Jan-2011 12:58 am(no subject)
Does anyone have any recommendations of books or articles on communes, kibbutz, or intentional communities?
I'm looking for books for the diploma "Sites of ethnic subjects as a communication channel".
I would be grateful if you could help me with the selection of a site, worthy of attention, and especially with the selection theory (books, articles, thematic blogs, etc)
19th-Jan-2011 01:02 pm - Feeling a bit lost...
I am currently majoring in cultural anthropology--I have also applied to my local university as an anthropology of religion major, but I am thinking about switching to psychological anthropology. So, I do have a couple of questions or concerns about my future...

1. I am not sure what I could do after college? Ideally, I would love to travel and visit different countries. Even in college I feel as though I need to leave the country at least twice a year, or else I go mad.
2. BA or MA?
3. College graduates, what are you doing with your lives now (career-wise)?

I have more questions but I cannot remember them right now. Also, I plan on teaching English in South Korea after college to help pay off my loans. I would love to move back to Europe, but I do not know how that is possible ATM.
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:
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.

You must be 18+ years old and fluent in English to take this survey. These are the only requirements for participation. If you are interested in taking this survey, or learning some more about it, please click on this link:

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 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!
вадим балута, Балута

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


Skype: baluta-vadim

ICQ: 467 286 595


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: 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!!!
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