Tag: exchange

The Use of Money to Maintain Connection (and Toilet Paper)

When I received an email containing one of the first Covid-19 payment memes—“How do you wish to pay?”, with an image of Visa, MasterCard, and a roll of…

Collecting Relationships: the Phenomenon of Ooshies

Anthropologists have long acknowledged that ownership is a far more complex phenomenon than it seems at first. What on the surface appears to be a relationship between you…

Chris Ball on his book, Exchanging Words

https://unmpress.com/books/exchanging-words/9780826358530 Meghanne Barker: This book moves, part by part, from within the park to outside of it, until we end up in France. How did you decide to…

Ethnography as Gift Exchange

A critical workshop recapitulation Zainabu Jallo Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper’s view on gift exchange. Episode “The Big Bang Theory, Episode “The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis” (2008) …

Try a Little Legal Tenderness

This financial speculation essay acknowledges the inspiration of the Dick Jensen version of the song, “Try a Little Tenderness,” in its principal guiding pun; it is a suggested…

Opium not as interesting as money for the parliament, even as…

Reading various Blue Books and the like, parliamentary reports. This one on the East India Company struck me as typical, though the clipped coins distraction is of course…

Data overload

How do we proceed to live in a world in which data overwhelms us? At every point we seem to be participating in capture schemes that reduce us…

Reading Marx with David Harvey

If you’ve ever wanted to do a close, guided reading of Marx’ work, you probably couldn’t ask for a better teacher than Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Geography…

Fractocurrentism and the anthropologist of the future (TAOTF) …

Will be a world view  Will reconceptualise disciplinary thinking and skill sets  TAOTF will be better known  TAOTF will probably do fiewldwork at home, locally or … –…

Conference Report: 6th annual Asian Food Study Conference, Kusatsu, Japan

While there are many conferences of potential interest to food anthropologists, last weekend (December 3-4, 2016), I attended a conference that I found particularly useful and inspiring: the…

Climate Change Resource for the Classroom

Leonardo Di Caprio has given open access to his environmental documentary on climate change. Entitled Before the Flood, Di Caprio wants to engender a sense of urgency regarding climate chang…

Climate Change Resource for the Classroom

Leonardo Di Caprio has given open access to his environmental documentary on climate change. Entitled Before the Flood, Di Caprio wants to engender a sense of urgency regarding climate chang…

Ghettos

Ghettos. We commonly associate the term today with places like “effective social or ethnic ghettos, from the favelas of Brazil to the mostly black urban neighbourhoods of the…

Why aren’t millennials buying diamonds?

link to original tweet @TheEconomist Earlier this week, The Economist magazine asked the Twittersphere a question: Why aren’t millennials buying diamonds? Unsurprisingly, this question generat…

MythGeographies – walking stuff

this came through today, and is interesting enough to recycle. I hope they will not mind, given a certain promotional tone, I suspect not. Dunno exactly how or…

Taking up Space

 Nine years ago when I started my doctoral studies not only was I in a fertile intellectual endeavour undertaking fieldwork, reading theory, stretching my brain and writing,…

Yale radio project latest

Just in: “This week Ellen Carey talks about her beautiful and ground breaking work, and Rob Green articulates the downfall of the art economy and closing of his…

For anthropologists, is interdisciplinarity ever truly a meeting of equals?

I recently read a Twitter post which asserted that interdisciplinarity was never a meeting of equals. As an anthropologist working outside of an academic department I met this…

The jacket

I’m trying a new strategy at work to raise my oomph and improve my legit appeal. I’m no slouch when it comes to sparring about ideas, concepts and…

How does an Anthropologist add value in the workplace?

                At work I’m not employed as an anthropologist. Not directly anyway; my skills in research and higher education certainly helped…

An open letter to Prime Minister Turnbull: What would research and work look like if I was in charge?

Dear Mr Turnbull,  If I was in charge of research I would always include children on the research team. Instead of talking about fresh perspectives, I would build…

September 19th: International “Talk like a Pirate Day” – Who Knew?

Our calendars are full of special weeks and days to memorialise, commemorate and bring attention to the plight of people with special needs, those underserved, forgotten, marginalised and…

Reading fiction as therapy

Recently I found a website that offers fiction as therapy. You have a consultation of sorts and they send you away with a list of novels to read…

#Podcast Interview Round Up: New Books in Anthropology – REDUX

After getting all worked up about new publications via last week’s #Reviews, we thought to indulge a bit more – by revisiting podcasts on new anthropology books all…