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25th-Sep-2008 12:20 am - Ethnographies: China
To follow up the previous post with my own specific interest-area, what are people's favorite ethnographies of Chinese cultures?

(I'm currently reading Susan Brownell's Beijing's Games: What the Olympics Mean to China for a class. It's very readable, and interesting even to someone who is more than tired of hearing, reading, and talking about the event itself.)
7th-Jul-2008 02:03 pm - The Roma and itinerant communities
Visible Bulge or Protrusion
I've been reading about the Roma lately, and I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for good ethnographies about the Roma and other modern nomadic cultures like the Irish Travellers. I'm particularly interested in the relationship between itinerant communities and the state societies they come in contact with. Thanks in advance for your recommendations!
23rd-Apr-2008 04:48 pm - 20 Oddest Jobs -article
running catbus!!
 20 Oddest Jobs

By Candace Corner, writer

If you've ever daydreamed about finding a job that lets you play with legos, crack safes or ride around in the Weinermobile, you don't need to wake up, you just need to look in the right places.

In the United States, where a varied group of 9-to-5 professionals appear to dominate the working world, there is still room for unique employment. Nancy Rica Schiff's books, "Odd Jobs," and its sequel "Odder Jobs," showcase portraits of individuals across America with some of the most out-of-the-ordinary occupations. From dog food testers to odor judges, Schiff introduces readers to people and jobs existing beyond the usual classifieds.

Some of these jobs require additional educational training, natural talent or relocating to find the work, but if you're willing to do whatever it takes to avoid a more ordinary occupation, and don't mind steep competition, working in any one of these professions will provide a more interesting response the next time someone asks, "What do you do?"

I had found this article a year or more ago but never shared it.  Thoughts?
17th-Mar-2008 03:35 pm - Ethnographic research
Lotus blossom
Hey guys, I need your help with something.
I need to write a paper for my Mating and Marriage course on a very specific topic. I have to find three groups of H&G egalitarian peoples, preferibly from the same language group. Here's where it gets tricky: when there's a married couple, the man's younger brother(s) has sexual access to the wife. One, are you familiar with any groups that fit this descrition? Two, if not are there any "indigenous peoples" or ethnographic databases you know of that could help me narrow my search? Three, what the hell am I supposed to say about them when I find them? Hooray for vague topics that have to be 12 pages long. :-\
Thanks for any help!
6th-Dec-2007 09:41 pm(no subject)
[matt & beemo]
because i'm making my christmas wishlist:

what's your favorite ethnography?
or just anthropologically related book?
and if you want to, why?

mine's Sound and Sentiment: Birds, Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression by Steven Feld.
9th-Nov-2007 11:27 pm - Opinions on spring courses
Sweet Tart Hearts by shapeshifter12
Hello everyone. I'm a junior Anth student at Penn State University. I'm setting up my courses for the spring and I'm kind of stuck bewteen two courses. I have to take three credits each in Archaeology, Cultural Anth, and Biological Anth. For the Cultural part, I settled on one of two, but I don't know which would be better for me. My area of interest is in religions (I'm taking a religious studies minor). I've already sort of done an ethnography for an english class (Writing in the Humanities) but the Ehtnographic Field Methods course would go much further in depth. The Mating and Marriage course looks really interesting, but do the benefits of learning how to properly write and ethnography outweigh the interest I have in the Marriage course?

I copied the (very long) descriptions from the university's class bulletin so if you'd like to get a better feel for each and give your much valued opinion, I'd appreciate it. :D

ANTH 458 Ethnographic Field Methods (3) - Analysis of ethnographic methods used in studying different cultures.Collapse )

ANTH 446 Mating and Marriage (3) - An examination of human mating mainly from the viewpoint of behavioral ecology, centering on the species-typical institution of marriage.Collapse )

Thanks for any input.
6th-Aug-2007 12:17 pm - Ethnography
This is the last piece of writing for a portfoilo I did for my Ethnography class. I am very proud of it, though as usual for my writing style, it is better spoken aloud than read. I know most people won't care to read it, but I am proud with my expression of my insecurities and how I look at ethnographies. It isn't long at all, so I hope it's an interesting read.

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14th-Dec-2006 04:17 pm - A quick read
I just finished Population:485 by Michael Perry, and although it is not entirely anthropological in nature it does have elements of a smart and well written ethnography (albeit a little subjective). If anyone is doing research on rural cultures and is in need of a little qualitative/anecdotal/supplemental material, this would do nicely. It hooked me because of the similarities of my own life; choosing to remain in a small town (pop. 622) and being on a volunteer fire/rescue department. It has been 3 years since I received my undergrad in anthropology, and sometimes I feel like certain elements of it are losing ground to the cobwebs (theory...), but I still recognize relevant and worthwhile material when I read it. If anything, let it be a Christmas break respite from Feuerbach and Malinowski.
Next year I plan to write something on the organisation of a local environmental festival using data gained from participant observation, focus group/interviews maybe and if I’m strapped a bit of content analysis from the relative website and forum. I was hoping some of you could recommend me some books or journal articles on the organisation of festivals/ community groups. I would be particularly thrilled if someone could recommend me a relevant ethnography. Sorry if this is too vague, I’m feeling a little lost.
3rd-May-2006 09:56 am - Requesting Infos.
Hello there,

I'm a student in anthropology and I want to develop my knowledge in some subjects. I have a few questions here and I'm looking forward to get a reply from someone who can give me some tips / answers. I hope someone can help me here on the community : )
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15th-Feb-2006 05:20 pm(no subject)

I was wondering if anyone could recommend to me some good ethnographical reading.  I'm reading Parallel Worlds by Gottlieb and Graham right now and I'm quite enjoying that. 

6th-Nov-2005 07:48 pm(no subject)
mata hari
x posted to public_health and anthropology

I'm doing some research and I'm wondering if anyone knows of any ethnographies (or books, articles, etc.) that deal with the relationship between health, modernity, poverty and development. I've read Paul Farmer's and Cindy Patton's stuff, and would be interested in finding more material on HIV/AIDS and development interventions specifically, especially how poverty influences health/serostatus...can anyone recommend anything?

27th-Oct-2005 06:41 pm - Looking for an ethnography

I'm an anthro major taking an ethnography class this semester, and the main assignment for the class is to select an ethnography and critique it. And.. I guess I'm still a little unclear on what "counts" as an ethnography and what doesn't. I'm thinking about doing mine on The Serpent and the Rainbow, but as I read it, I'm starting to have doubts about it. I can ask the prof next week, but I'm curious about whether or not anyone thinks this book is a good (or bad) choice, and I guess I'm also looking for recommendations if it's not... thanks!
16th-Oct-2005 11:30 am - Ethnographically Meaningful Photos
no trespassing
Hi, I've googled for explanations or examples of this to no avail. I hope someone out there has the answers to my questions. What I'm curious is what makes a photo ethnograpically meaningful? And if I see a picture, how can I tell if it is or not?

Thanks :)
29th-Sep-2005 07:09 pm(no subject)
bjork b/w
So I just found out that Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Edward Sapir had a LOVE TRIANGLE
this is not so anthro related, but does anybody know where I can find Sapir's poetry to Benedict? My professor says it's AWFUL so I absolutely have to read it now.
Thanks y'all
19th-Sep-2005 09:27 am - how many times have you wondered why
breaking up. leaving. love disasters. walking out the door. etc.

im a girl based in d.c. used to be boston, i make zines and art a lot. anyway, right now i am writing a big thick zine thing, its about the things in life we cant seem to understand or deal with as human beings. we all hurt/ we all love.
lots of things.
anyhow ladies and gents.
i want you to post stories. you can do it anon. or you can add your name and address or email at the bottom and ill put it in the zine so peopple can contact you.
basically, im looking for all differenet kinds of stories and experiences. letters to yourself, or to an ex, or someone you wanted to kiss and never did. a boy/girl who left you on your knees. or maybe you left someone. im not just looking for stories about why you broke up or how you feel. although, i do want some of those. Think about where you were, what happened, was it shocking? what reminds you of your ex now. what reminds you of that day. or that week or that year. or are you even healed yet???

. in essay form, art form, letter form. whatever. everyone who posts something will obviously get a free copy of the zine. maybe a few if you want them.

if you want to contribute i will owe you forever. im based in the d.c. area. if you want anything that i have here, that you dont have where you are let me know. i love sending people things and making people feel more comfortable in thier lifes. haha. whatever. have a good day and dont cry while you write. ( but if you do tell me about it.)

also. if you feel like you want to write this in your own handwriting or in a special artsy way, just let me know you are sending something, and i will give you the address to send to.
i will copy what you send exactly as it is into the zine.

thanks forever.
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