Author: Musings of an Anthropology Student

“Performing one’s gender wrong initiates a set of punishments both obvious and indirect, and…”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , August 5th, 2015


“Performing one’s gender wrong initiates a set of punishments both obvious and indirect, and performing it well provides the reassurance that there is an essentialism of gender identity…


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Without Footnotes: Writing Creative Ethnography

Musings of an Anthropology Student , August 1st, 2015


Without Footnotes: Writing Creative Ethnography: literary-ethnography: This is a podcast from a panel session sponsored by the Society for Applied Anthropology at the 2009 American Anthropological Asso…


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Sorry to bother, but what is the difference between social and cultural anthropology? Is mythology/religion/folklore included in either of them? At what point is something established as a culture?

Musings of an Anthropology Student , July 17th, 2015


Hello there.  There may be other attitudes to this, but actually the main difference between the two is their origins. Cultural anthropology originated in North America, while Social…


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everydayhybridity: For those of you interested in digital…

Musings of an Anthropology Student , July 16th, 2015


everydayhybridity: For those of you interested in digital sociology/Anthropology Routledge is offering free online access to a host of journal articles relevant. These are organised into categories p…


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“…the cultural elements of folktales help both bridge common ground between cultures and bring…”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , July 14th, 2015


“…the cultural elements of folktales help both bridge common ground between cultures and bring out cultural differences – developing cultural awareness that is essential if we are to…


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“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are….”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , July 13th, 2015


“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer…


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If you could recommend 4 to 10 texts for people to read in regards to gender and social theory, which would you suggest?

Musings of an Anthropology Student , July 13th, 2015


Toward a Decolonial Feminism by Maria Lugones Undoing Gender by Judith Butler History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault Gender Trouble by Judith Butler


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“The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , July 6th, 2015


“The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.” – Ruth Benedict (1887-1948)


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“What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , June 27th, 2015


“What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.” – Margaret Mead (1901-1978)  This is the best explanation I know for…


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“All of us are watchers – of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway – but few are…”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , June 26th, 2015


“All of us are watchers – of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway – but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing.”…


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Proportional Map of the World’s Largest Languages

Musings of an Anthropology Student , June 14th, 2015


Proportional Map of the World’s Largest Languages: anthropologydaily: There are 7 billion people on earth and about 7000 languages, but more than half of the world’s population speaks…


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“The culture of a people is an ensemble of texts, themselves ensembles, which the anthropologist…”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , June 13th, 2015


“The culture of a people is an ensemble of texts, themselves ensembles, which the anthropologist strains to read over the shoulders of those to whom they properly belong.”…


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Quick message to questioners

Musings of an Anthropology Student , June 9th, 2015


Thank you so much for your questions, I really do appreciate them and have fun answering them. So much so that I like to spend time researching them…


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“[T]he central revelation of anthropology…is the idea that the world in which we live does not exist…”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , June 9th, 2015


“[T]he central revelation of anthropology…is the idea that the world in which we live does not exist in some absolute sense, but is just one model of reality,…


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themercuryjones: John Waters commencement address RISD 2015. A…

Musings of an Anthropology Student , June 8th, 2015


themercuryjones: John Waters commencement address RISD 2015. A message to all of us. This is our world now. Let’s take it by storm.


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“The way to do fieldwork is never to come up for air until it is all over.”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , June 8th, 2015


“The way to do fieldwork is never to come up for air until it is all over.” – Margaret Mead (via literary-ethnography)


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“The art of observation (during travel, etc.) consists in this: the seeing of great things in little…”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , June 4th, 2015


“The art of observation (during travel, etc.) consists in this: the seeing of great things in little things, the whole in the part — even the infinitesimal part.”…


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“Anthropology will continue to get a bad rap as long as we anthropologists think and write about the…”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , June 2nd, 2015


“Anthropology will continue to get a bad rap as long as we anthropologists think and write about the human condition in obtuse ways. When I talk about my…


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“Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment…”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , June 1st, 2015


“Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder at that which one would not have been able to guess.” –…


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theticklishpear: Remember how I said in this past series (Let’s…

Musings of an Anthropology Student , May 31st, 2015


theticklishpear: Remember how I said in this past series (Let’s Talk About: Culture) that everything you write is culture? I was serious.


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“It is [the anthropologist’s] task to inquire into the causes that have brought about the observed…”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , May 27th, 2015


“It is [the anthropologist’s] task to inquire into the causes that have brought about the observed differentiation, and to investigate the sequence of events that have led to…


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“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own….”

Musings of an Anthropology Student , May 25th, 2015


“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we…


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literary-ethnography: A good visual for talking about…

Musings of an Anthropology Student , May 23rd, 2015


literary-ethnography: A good visual for talking about ethnographic methods. This certainly would have been useful for my Thesis, although we did have very good guidance at the University…


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fortress-mind: I have a new favourite journal article. I have…

Musings of an Anthropology Student , May 22nd, 2015


fortress-mind: I have a new favourite journal article. I have his book “Why is Sex Fun?”. I shall certainly be reading it more carefully than I initially planned…


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