Tag: Practices of Anthropology

What is Anthropology? A Summary Review of the Second Edition by Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Jodie-Lee Trembath , March 1st, 2020


I found it helpful when Eriksen drew the line in the sand about the fundamental questions that anthropology concerns itself with. Here’s his Big Three: 1) What is…


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“We will give to you so that you can give to us”: A Tale of Two Manuscripts

The Familiar Strange , August 25th, 2019


I debated for quite a long while as to what kind of second project I thought would be the most useful, given the circumstances. … My main concern,…


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Paying back or paying forward: What does it mean to give?

Kylie Wong Dolan , June 30th, 2019


I was lucky to have Mexican friends to put me up, ferry me around, shower me with food and attention, without asking for a thing in return. It…


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Ep #20 Wearing the black armband: Mick Dodson talks ongoing colonisation in Australia

Julia Brown , August 19th, 2018


“We don’t look back enough to go forward, I don’t think. We need to look in the rear view mirror everyday”. Professor Mick Dodson AM, a Yawuru Aboriginal…


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How academic culture gives us permission not to know

Ian Pollock , July 25th, 2018


Every way of knowing is also a way of not knowing. Privileging one point of view, or one form of evidence, requires the erasure of other ways of…


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Land, Labour & Society in Aceh: Chandra Jayawardena’s unpublished fieldnotes

The Familiar Strange , July 11th, 2018


This post is a little outside our usual mandate, but we are intrigued by the idea that Professor Robinson proposes: an interactive online project  she is working on…


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Another Life

Julia Brown , June 20th, 2018


As anthropologist Kirin Narayan put to readers of her book Alive in the Writing, the creative process of ethnographic writing can grow from ‘the impulse to find company…


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Saying No to the CIA… and Other Anth Fantasies

Ian Pollock , May 16th, 2018


It doesn’t go without saying, so I’ll say it: I’ve never worked for the CIA, or done any intelligence or security work of any kind, nor would I….


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Talking in Silences

Simon Theobald , May 2nd, 2018


Elizabeth has an agency all of her own, albeit one that we might not be familiar with, and so to reduce her experience only to the ties of…


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Intimacy and Violence

Julia Brown , April 25th, 2018


A shaft of afternoon light began to stream through the window of the clinic room. Observing the light reflected in my eyes, she now saw in them the…


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What Do We Owe the Informants Whose Data we Don’t Use?

Ian Pollock , April 18th, 2018


Ana provided me with generous amounts of knowledge, time, and care. She knew I was doing a doctorate, and the understanding between us was clear: her knowledge, and…


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Anthropology Is Boring: Bring Other Books

Simon Theobald , April 4th, 2018


I was determined to make sure that I was never bored during my fieldwork. Vibrant informants and constant social interaction were to be the key to my successful…


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The Facebook Data Scandal and Why Anthropology Should get More Comfortable with Journalism

Julia Brown , March 21st, 2018


There’s anthropological spirit in investigative journalism that anthropologists could better acknowledge. Regardless of whether it has a anthropology qualification attached or it is embedded in comple…


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Anthrocasts: When communities speak, listen and learn

Ian Pollock , March 14th, 2018


Online ethnography, where researchers may never share a physical space with the participants in their research, is finding its methodological feet. Combine that with an analysis of these…


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Why #MeToo Is Complicated for Female Anthropologists

The Familiar Strange , February 28th, 2018


How do we ensure that the #metoo movements reach beyond both Hollywood’s red carpets and academia’s Ivory Towers, to areas where a shake-up is arguably most needed? How…


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Invisible Lines, Sacrificial Children and Touchy Subjects: Ethics in Psychiatric Anthropology

Julia Brown , February 7th, 2018


As I now write up my data, I’m representing people that I can no longer consult. I can only draw on the words they gave me and the…


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Searching For Home (Plate) in Indonesia

Ian Pollock , January 24th, 2018


There aren’t that many passions that have stuck with me since I left New York City some ten years ago. But one thing feels like home wherever I…


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Inedia with a Grain of Salt

The Familiar Strange , December 27th, 2017


Author: Michael Rose, recently awarded his PhD from ANU. He would be thrilled to hear about any postdoc, writing or teaching opportunities that you might have going. You can contact…


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