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]
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.
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]
Watching the [insert society here]. Recommend books about the hidden rules and cultural values of a society. [more inside]
Help me find this poster! [more inside]
Book recommendations for a retired anthropologist? [more inside]
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]
Looking for books on genetics, archaeology, and anthropology for a 14 year old interested in history and non-fiction. [more inside]
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?
Anthropology and/or evolutionary psychology/neurology of engineering. Does that exist? [more inside]
Any great books on urban anthropology? In addition, what could I do with a Deviant Behavior degree? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
In the Appalachians, it's hip to be old-timey. Not so much other places. What's the deal? [more inside]
UK postgrad filter: How do I make up for a fairly mediocre first degree when applying for a postgraduate degree? [more inside]
What role does Rush Limbaugh serve in society seen from an anthropological/ sociological point of view?
Looking for real citations about the folklore behind "the hour of the wolf". [more inside]
What is today's date in the BP (carbon dating) calendar?
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]
What are the best academic journals in each field? [more inside]
Looking for writing on how cultures/nations/tribes handled, fared, cope/d with alien influences. In the past or now, ongoing. [more inside]
I am looking for a large picture book on anatomical differences of humans around the world... [more inside]
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!
Did my mother really see a demonstration of ancient Egyptian mummification on a modern human cadaver on PBS in the late 90s? [more inside]
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]
Are there any cultures in which a smile is not an expression of happiness? [more inside]
What is the most important scientific question of our time? [more inside]
What do we know about gregariousness in human behavior? [more inside]
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?
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]
I’m trying to remember the name of a set of themed encyclopedias for children from my childhood. [more inside]
What are the most insightful interpretative writings about carnival/carnaval and mardi gras? [more inside]
Looking for a striking photo of a modern human facing a reconstructed Neanderthal face. [more inside]
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]
Does anyone know about a past or present culture or subculture where it is acceptable to start or end a fair fight with a cockpunch? [more inside]
I'm looking for the origin of a quote attributed to Marcel Mauss for a friend. [more inside]
What are the reasons for and against constitutionally requiring a specific national language? [more inside]
Are we a monogamous species? [more inside]
What have been the most important books in social science (including psychology, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, "applied" social sciences like marketing, and so on) of the past 50 years?
Years ago I read a book on organizational psychology written by an anthropologist. His thesis IIRC was that the ideal forms of human organization can be seen in the ways hunter-gatherer societies organized, and that nearly all modern organizations are diametrically opposed to that. Can anyone help me find this book? [more inside]
What can you (you wonderful, bright, worldly people, you) tell me about legal anthropology? I'd like to know about its ideological construction, presence in academia, personal experiences, applications in the non-academic world, and whatever you've got. Thanks!
Is there a version of this representing attitudes from people within the US about their neighboring states? [more inside]
My friend and I saw this lovely carved-wood head with a crown (picture) at the American Museum of Natural History in the hall of African artifacts. Now we're curious about it and its European-looking crown. Why did people make this? [more inside]
Where can I find good science fiction about alien ethnographers (or 'xenologists')? [more inside]
At a cocktail party last weekend, an Anthropologist was telling me about an experiment/study where people were shown videos of various animals preying on one another, and then measured their reactions. The findings, he contends, were that humans were largely more sympathetic to the deaths of animals more similar to themselves (i.e. sharing a more recent common ancestor). What is this study, what is this area of research called, and where can I read more about it? [more inside]
What online reads can you recommend on the subject of circadian rhythms and rituals, preferably from an anthropological and/or historical point of view? [more inside]
Books about anthropology, psychology, sociology, modern rituals...I think. Can you point me in the right direction? [more inside]
What are some good books focusing on dental anthropology and evolution? [more inside]
I am searching for examples of The Infinite, or the immeasurably large, in our mythologies and archetypes. I am also interested in the categories of Truth which came out of the emergence of Western, ontological thought. Does the trust in a rationally conceivable reality deny us the infinity of the mythological realm? By rooting ourselves in the present, and denying atemporal mythologies, do we also deny the infinite origins from where we came? [more inside]