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Theory about Internet and judging personal probabilities already exist?

I have an original pet theory I came up with a long time ago involving the Internet and how people judge probability. It probably would fall into the anthropological, sociological or psychological fields. I'm not intending to make this post to discuss the theory itself as a sort of "let's b.s. back and forth about my idea" kind of thing. Reason I'm posting is because I'd like to know if this theory already exists or is an application of something broader that already exists. Maybe it's a theory being applied onto the communications medium of the Internet of some older theory in one of the above field(s) of study, or maybe it's a piecemeal construction of a few theories spliced together. Anyway, enough babbling, actual theory after the cut. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 28, 2014 - 7 answers

 

Sociological or anthropological studies on insular or peninsular cities?

I'm looking for academic-level writing on the ways that cities that are built on islands or peninsulas, or in geographically isolated areas, develop and behave differently from cities that are more easily and fully connected to other cities. This would be about the mindset and attitudes and not about urban planning or infrastructure. I'm thinking these may be anthropological or sociological studies. They may even just be a thought pieces or essays. I could swear I saw one that talked about Manhattan and Charleston, but I can't find it.
posted by Mo Nickels on Mar 26, 2014 - 5 answers

Resume/Job Search Question #1001

In May, I will be graduating with a master's degree in applied anthropology. I'll be meeting a potential employer this week (possibly tomorrow) at a 3-day long design/innovation bootcamp. How and when do I broach the subject of employment and ask to send him my resume? Bonus job search questions abound! [more inside]
posted by a.steele on Mar 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Question for Forensic Anthropologists!

I'm curious to learn about human decomposition rates and wanted know: how long would it take for a human child's skeleton vs. a human adult's skeleton to dissolve in acid peaty soil? What about in soil us humans interact with everyday? (i.e. public park soil, garden soil) Thank you! Also, if anyone knows the answer, if you could please explain to me where/how you got the information :)
posted by jujube123 on Feb 5, 2014 - 11 answers

What are some good blogs for learning about other cultures?

I'm interested in resources (particularly blogs) that will help me learn about the interesting aspects of other cultures. I would like to be exposed to ideas that will challenge my assumptions about what is "normal" and about how society should work
posted by casebash on Jan 2, 2014 - 12 answers

Examples of transactional relationships in pre-industrial cultures

Anthropologists, please help-- I'm looking for unique examples of interpersonal relationships or family/friendship customs that are blatantly transactional, specifically in so-called "primitive" tribes or far-flung cultures that exist/have existed within the past century. The more surprising, extreme, or out-there the anecdote, the better. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Nov 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Are cliques the result of human nature, or a cultural/societal thing?

OK... I'm probably going to mangle this question, because I'm not a sociologist or anthropologist, or remotely knowledgeable in those fields. So, I'm probably using all my terms incorrectly. But, long story short - it's been my experience that most behaviors that laypeople, in casual conversation, call "human nature" are really just cultural phenomena. In other words - a behavior that someone from the United States thinks is "human nature" might be completely absent in another culture or society. It that's true - then it's not really "human behavior" at all. So - my question - is the tendency for kids in grade school to form cliques "human nature" - or a phenomena that's specific to certain (e.g., our) cultures? [more inside]
posted by stuehler on Nov 5, 2013 - 17 answers

[Book Recommendation Filter] A comprehensive history of Savile Row

I'm looking for book recommendations for thorough, engaging, and rigorous histories of Savile Row tailoring and/or books that talk about the history and philosophy of fine men's tailoring and dress. I'm not averse to books with technical information, as well as historical and cultural information. Thank you!
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Sep 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Medical anthropology and history: what to read next?

I'm about to finish The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Before that, I read Nancy Scheper-Hughes' Death Without Weeping. What's next? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Aug 22, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I make my work experience relevant for a job in academia?

I am in need of some help... I've just completed an M.A. in Anthropology, I'm trying to pull together a CV for a job teaching as an adjunct professor or community college professor. I don't have professional teaching experience, even though I've got loads of experience teaching to my peers in graduate seminars. (I'm also not sure how to convey that, other than in a cover letter.) I've got some of my written work (Academia.edu), and one of my presentations on YouTube. I'm in the process of revising some other papers to put on Academia.edu... Hoping, I suppose, that displaying my work will make me a better candidate. Now, here's the question: How can I make my existing (non-teaching!) work experience relevant to applying for academic jobs? [more inside]
posted by ScarletLark on Aug 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Seeking information on how weddings are similar to funerals.

I am interested in learning more about anthropological approaches to family structure, and especially marriages and funerals. I have heard that anthropologists think of marriages and funerals as fundamentally similar because they are about shifts in who is a member of a family. A marriage adds someone, and a funeral takes someone away. Both marriages and funerals often take place in religious settings. Extended families are invited to both. A ritualized meal follows both a wedding and a funeral. These events are announced in newspapers, etc.. Can you tell me what anthropologists have written about these structural similarities of weddings and funerals? Any leads would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Jul 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Edmonston B, Measles, Vaccination?

I just finished reading an article from the New York Times Magazine about controversial anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon. One thing in particular about the article struck me- there is a claim (at least that's how I read it) that measles vaccine caused a breakout of measles in a group of isolated indigenous people that did not have measles exposure or immunity. I'm confused because I'm pretty sure you can't get measles from vaccine. Is there something different about the Edmonston B vaccine? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Feb 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Have norms surrounding eating chicken changed over time?

Was there ever a period in time before widespread acceptance of germ theory, or, is there a current culture where raw or undercooked chicken is an accepted part of cuisine? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jan 10, 2013 - 19 answers

Cultural anthropology: "ur trait" a term for universl beliefs/practices?

Some decades ago I heard the term "Ur trait" (can't be sure of the spelling) in relation to a collection of cultural beliefs or possibly culturally driven practices that are universally distributed in humans around the globe, and which are believed to reach back to the early development of humans, so that they might represent bits of a core of human culture. I'm unsure enough of the concept that I don't want to make up examples which might lead respondents on a wrong path. Googling "ur trait" didn't yield any useful answers. The concept sounds similar, but is not identical to Jung's idea of a collective unconscious, which seems to be related a little more to psychology than cultural anthropology. I'm primarily interested in whether the phrase "ur trait" was ever in use, and secondarily in the concept it represents if not what I've described above.
posted by paphun123 on Jan 10, 2013 - 12 answers

I am trying so hard not to make a joke about prawns.

I get to go to South Africa to do field work next summer, hurray! I know very little about South African history and culture beyond what I get from the (US) media. I'd like to read a few books between now and then to try and get caught up. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Dec 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Race in Anthropology

Academics and anthropologists: What are the most interesting and important anthropological works on race published in (roughly) the past decade? [more inside]
posted by a.steele on Nov 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Writings on gentrification

What are the best articles and books on the complications of urban gentrification? What about the relationship of artists and bohemians to this process? [more inside]
posted by umbú on Oct 23, 2012 - 12 answers

From Lawyer to Grad Student?

Can you tell me about legal anthropology? Am I foolish to leave a secure career to pursue it? [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on Jul 31, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me find the common thread...

I want to read more nonfiction. About anything, really. I'm having trouble capturing the way to describe the kind of nonfiction I want to find. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on May 30, 2012 - 30 answers

Help an semi-autodidact learn to be a multidiscipline participant-observer

I’m currently working on my masters in an Industrial/Occupational Psychology program. My main topic of interest will be differences in national, social, and organizational cultures. What sort of anthropological or ethnological resources or books can you recommend regarding learning how to be good participant-observer and the techniques to do so? I’m already familiar with the works on culture from researchers such as Geert Hofestede, Edward Hall, and Fons Trompenaars. If there are any other recommendations regarding relevant resources or texts in related fields that my compliment my studies, please let me know. My interests lie in psychology, sociology, and politics which I believe are applicable. Thanks in advance!
posted by Che boludo! on May 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Books about the beginning needed.

I saw Cave Of Forgotten Dreams and loved it. Now I want to read more about early human history. Please recommend some good books on the beginnings of human art in particular and the emergence of human society and the beginnings of conciousness in general. I'm not a scientist and I'm not looking for a textbook, but I'm not afraid of a challenging read, either.
posted by vibrotronica on Mar 26, 2012 - 16 answers

Anarchism in North America

Book suggestions: Anarchism among Native Americans [more inside]
posted by gauche on Jan 23, 2012 - 6 answers

not quite undergrad, not quite grad, but feeling a research binge

How do I turn my current (quite positive) experience with community work into (a) anthropological research pre-grad or (b) non-fiction writing? Or, how do you conduct research outside of the academy? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Dec 21, 2011 - 5 answers

What are some good "official" programs, websites and journals on [any form of] anthropology?

What are some good "official" programs, websites and journals on [any form of] anthropology? [more inside]
posted by enroute888 on Dec 21, 2011 - 4 answers

The culture of big business, minus sensation

Are there any ethnographies of corporate culture that are primarily academic? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman on Oct 6, 2011 - 7 answers

I can haz owtsidez?

Please help me win my FaceBook debate (or, at least, learn something new): MUST dogs be walked? Is it truly better for cats to be only indoors? Are cats less domesticated than dogs? I'd like fact-based support, not ASPCA party line. Gimme Science! [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ on Sep 1, 2011 - 30 answers

Know any good spots for social network analysis methods advice?

Where can a fellow (who has access to online academic resources but is 1000mi+ from a quality academic library) get some hands-on advice for gathering data for social network analysis? Bonus substantive questions inside. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Aug 31, 2011 - 7 answers

Name-that-story-filter

Name-that-story-filter: Anthropologist mother with her daughter (and son?) on a planet separated from the rest of civilization by years of sub-light space travel. Mom maintains scientific detachment, but daughter is assimilated into peculiar local culture with taboos against social interaction, driving mother and daughter apart. Inspired by this AskMe. [more inside]
posted by tigrrrlily on Aug 9, 2011 - 7 answers

I want to make the most out of the choices given to me in my future career.

I have a dream of becoming an anthropologist someday. The problem is I don't know what I should focus on. [more inside]
posted by mind2body on Jul 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Undergraduate research grants for Japanese travel and research?

My sister is looking for undergraduate research funding to support some field work in Japan for her BA thesis project. She's especially interested in questions about gender and sexuality. Any advice on grant-giving organizations she might look into? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jul 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Need to find cases of state-sanctioned development projects against local consent, especially if by private for-profit companies

I am looking for good examples to cite for a brief section of paper that looks at contemporary debates over development -- specifically examples of economic development projects which have gone ahead against the consent of local people on the grounds that the benefit to the larger society outweighed any detriment to the local people - especially if the development itself was/is carried out by a for-profit company. [more inside]
posted by jb on May 13, 2011 - 9 answers

So I want to be a social studies textbook editor...

A few years ago I landed on this idea of what I think may really be the perfect fun-and-interesting job for me: a textbook editor. But even more so with social studies content. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on May 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Inappropriate Anthropologist Love Story...DVD or Book?

An anthropologist studying some primitive society fell in love with one of the women he was studying, and, against all professional decorum, married her and brought her home. The ensuing events were apparently pretty interesting. The person who told me about it can't remember if it was a book, a film, or what. Or which country...or which anthropologist. Can anyone help?
posted by Quisp Lover on Apr 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Does a living body reveal the story of its life?

Are there ever any reliable inferences to be drawn about a person's work or lifestyle from physical characteristics? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Apr 3, 2011 - 63 answers

A picture "of" something?

In Oliver Sacks' The Minds Eye he references "primitive cultures" in which people do not recognize photographs as representational. Where can I read more about that?
posted by phrontist on Mar 27, 2011 - 7 answers

The Anthropology Of Love

Dating around the world. How does it work? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Mar 25, 2011 - 10 answers

What is this webcomic?

Help me find this webcomic about an anthropology student and some mysterious ancient buildings and the culture that created them. [more inside]
posted by overglow on Mar 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking for books similar to the "Up" series by Michael Apted

Looking for books that revisit a person or groups of people at different points in their lives, a la the "Up" series by Michael Apted. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Should I get an MA in Anthropology?

Considering a Masters in Anthropology... curious about which programs are worth applying to and job/graduate options afterwards [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Feb 19, 2011 - 17 answers

Rank ignorance.

Do human beings as a species, homo sapiens sapiens, have a strong body odor in their natural state? Anthropologists, biologists, informed laypeople, any way to get at the truth? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Feb 4, 2011 - 25 answers

Making childbirth easier

What is the term for the ritual in which men simultaneously enact childbirth in order to take away some of the pain their wives are undergoing? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Jan 19, 2011 - 3 answers

iPhones and security blankets

Anthropology filter: looking for books, essays, and articles on the anthropology of things. Basically, why do we assign emotional value to physical objects, like security blankets and iPhones. I'm not really interested in religious relics and fetishes, but rather a more cultural anthropology explanation. I'd prefer scholarly articles/books, but will take a good popular book.
posted by bryghtrose on Jan 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Psychological Anthropology

I've been assigned a research project for my anthropology class and would like to analyze a topic specifically in the sub-discipline of psychological anthropology. Can anyone who's familiar with this area throw some relevant ideas my way? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Nov 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Recommend your favourite cultural anthropology books!

Watching the [insert society here]. Recommend books about the hidden rules and cultural values of a society. [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Nov 4, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me find this poster!

Help me find this poster! [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Oct 19, 2010 - 1 answer

What book should I give to my father-in-law?

Book recommendations for a retired anthropologist? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Oct 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Even educated fleas do it

How many human societies in recent history, if any, have been reliably reported to have no belief in the link between sex and conception, or the link between fathers and children? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Oct 2, 2010 - 13 answers

Book Recommendations

Looking for books on genetics, archaeology, and anthropology for a 14 year old interested in history and non-fiction. [more inside]
posted by saffronwoman on Sep 16, 2010 - 15 answers

High temperature adhesive for ceramics?

My brother sculpted me a beautiful ceramic incense burner for my birthday a few years ago after I finished taking Anthropology at school. The top part resembles the face of some distant human relative, and smoke flows out through the eyes, nose and mouth. Unfortunately, right after he gave it to me, a small piece got chipped off while it was in my backpack! Where can I find a small quantity of good high temperature ( ~ 500F - 2000F) adhesive suitable for ceramics?
posted by rhythmicahly on Aug 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Anthropology of Engineering

Anthropology and/or evolutionary psychology/neurology of engineering. Does that exist? [more inside]
posted by DU on Aug 25, 2010 - 18 answers

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