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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

Any great books on urban anthropology? In addition, what could I do with a Deviant Behavior degree?

Any great books on urban anthropology? In addition, what could I do with a Deviant Behavior degree? [more inside]
posted by delasoull on Aug 22, 2010 - 8 answers

Recommend some engaging ethnography

This recent link on the blue reminded me how fascinating ethnography can be. Now I have a hankering for some well-written works of anthropology or sociology that offer insight on different people and different ways of life. Please recommend some good books for me! This is for "pleasure reading," so really dense jargon is a turn-off, but they don't need to be written for a popular audience.
posted by bookish on Aug 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Are there jobs out there for cultural anthropologist programmers?

I'm about to graduate and need some help with the job search. I'm a budding anthropologist and/or a programmer. Two part question below the fold. [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs on Jun 25, 2010 - 6 answers

What works of sociology really changed the world?

What are the gripping must-reads in scientific sociology? What are sociological studies that really changed how we view certain cultures/groups etc? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Jun 6, 2010 - 13 answers

How do other places define their heritage?

In the Appalachians, it's hip to be old-timey. Not so much other places. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on May 13, 2010 - 16 answers

How to make up for dodgy first degree?

UK postgrad filter: How do I make up for a fairly mediocre first degree when applying for a postgraduate degree? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2010 - 6 answers

For what Rush serves

What role does Rush Limbaugh serve in society seen from an anthropological/ sociological point of view?
posted by manwoo on Mar 20, 2010 - 25 answers

What are the evil origins of 3:00 am?

Looking for real citations about the folklore behind "the hour of the wolf". [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves on Mar 6, 2010 - 11 answers

And today is -60...

What is today's date in the BP (carbon dating) calendar?
posted by eleanna on Feb 19, 2010 - 12 answers

You know what that movie reminded me of? Elfquest

Ever since I saw Avatar, I've been wondering: are there any verified hunting traditions in which a successful hunter thanks the spirit of the dying animal as he kills it? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Jan 31, 2010 - 18 answers

What are the top academic journals in various fields?

What are the best academic journals in each field? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Jan 30, 2010 - 49 answers

cultures in transition, over time

Looking for writing on how cultures/nations/tribes handled, fared, cope/d with alien influences. In the past or now, ongoing. [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Dec 5, 2009 - 9 answers

Picture Book of Humans?

I am looking for a large picture book on anatomical differences of humans around the world... [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Nov 17, 2009 - 7 answers

About Which Group Should I Write My Research Paper?

I have to write this big research paper for my cultural anthro class, and I'm looking for recommendations for cool/ interesting groups to study. I've got to write ten pages on them, so I don't want to get bored! It's got to be a fairly specific group, but one that is not too obscure - I need to be able to find material. Thanks!
posted by howgenerica on Oct 27, 2009 - 31 answers

CSI: Kmt?

Did my mother really see a demonstration of ancient Egyptian mummification on a modern human cadaver on PBS in the late 90s? [more inside]
posted by Meg_Murry on Oct 16, 2009 - 8 answers

help me find [his/her] life on the edge

I'm looking for a fascinating piece that I read a few years back that painted an extensive portrait of the lives and culture of runaways and other people living on the margins, written from personal experience. I think it was very long, divided into two pages, and possibly specifically directed at writers whom the author was criticizing for getting their culture wrong. I remember that s/he alked about getting started mugging or shoplifting, how to handle yourself in fights to minimize the amount of actual fighting you would be forced to do, and I forget what all else. One part that I particularly remember asserted that people in this sort of situation could be very conservative sexually but promiscuous emotionally, or something like that. [more inside]
posted by mayhap on Oct 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Smile!

Are there any cultures in which a smile is not an expression of happiness? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen on Oct 14, 2009 - 17 answers

Uh...hang on, just give me a minute.

What is the most important scientific question of our time? [more inside]
posted by Demogorgon on Oct 12, 2009 - 44 answers

What do we know about gregariousness in human behavior?

What do we know about gregariousness in human behavior? [more inside]
posted by bru on Jul 7, 2009 - 14 answers

Is this a type of archeologist or a type of pathologist?

What does a paleopathologist actually do? I'm not looking for technical terms, but rather "a day in the life of." Is there another term for this specialty that can lead to more information about the profession?
posted by biochemist on Jun 18, 2009 - 4 answers

I Need a New Big Think Book!

I need a new "big think" book! I just finished Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, and I loved his other books as well. I've read everything Jared Diamond has published (Collapse, Guns, Germs & Steel, The Third Chimpanzee etc.) I like books that stretch your brain and reveal the hidden factors in life, the world and society. [more inside]
posted by musofire on May 10, 2009 - 65 answers

Looking for childhood Encyclopedia set.

I’m trying to remember the name of a set of themed encyclopedias for children from my childhood. [more inside]
posted by studentbaker on Mar 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Bakhtin a Corner

What are the most insightful interpretative writings about carnival/carnaval and mardi gras? [more inside]
posted by umbú on Feb 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Trying to find a striking picture of anthropologist and neanderthal.

Looking for a striking photo of a modern human facing a reconstructed Neanderthal face. [more inside]
posted by kalimac on Jan 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Where to start learning about anthropology?

I would like to know more about anthropology, and have the ability to ask compelling questions about the subject. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by nathaole on Dec 4, 2008 - 19 answers

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