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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

Treaty of testicular disarmament? When? Was it universal?

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]
posted by Free word order! on Nov 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Marcel Mauss Quote

I'm looking for the origin of a quote attributed to Marcel Mauss for a friend. [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 on Sep 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Should Immigrants Be Required to Learn a National Language?

What are the reasons for and against constitutionally requiring a specific national language? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Aug 28, 2008 - 74 answers

Til Death Do Us Part?

Are we a monogamous species? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jul 14, 2008 - 30 answers

Most important social psychology books of past 50 years?

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?
posted by Malad on Jun 3, 2008 - 19 answers

Help me find a book on organizational psychology from an anthropological perspective

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]
posted by semblance on Mar 22, 2008 - 7 answers

obscure-sub-field-of-anthropology corner

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!
posted by clockzero on Mar 17, 2008 - 4 answers

Did you hear the one about the loud-mouthed Texan?

Is there a version of this representing attitudes from people within the US about their neighboring states? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Feb 20, 2008 - 28 answers

Mystery crown-head must have an interesting story

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]
posted by dreamyshade on Jan 27, 2008 - 10 answers

Sundry Notes for an Abortive Ethnography of the Asadi of BoskVeld

Where can I find good science fiction about alien ethnographers (or 'xenologists')? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jan 19, 2008 - 31 answers

Picking teams for the upcoming interspecies tournament of death...

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]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jan 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Fluorescent flat caffeine lights / It's furious balancing

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]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jan 13, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me find interesting anthropology/sociology books.

Books about anthropology, psychology, sociology, modern rituals...I think. Can you point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by lhall on Dec 20, 2007 - 11 answers

What are some good dental anthroplogy texts?

What are some good books focusing on dental anthropology and evolution? [more inside]
posted by Loto on Dec 13, 2007 - 3 answers

Examples of 'The Infinite' in Myth and Their Effect on Conditions of Truth

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]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 28, 2007 - 22 answers

you got map'd

What are the best essays, books, or scholarly articles regarding the social role of maps? Both pre- and post- web 2.0, google earth mash ups, and the like. I'm familiar with the Situationalist critique, but wonder where else to begin reading. [more inside]
posted by pinto on Nov 25, 2007 - 5 answers

The Religiosity of Conspiracy and Ideology

Does anyone know of any books or articles that look at conspiracy theories from an anthropology of religion or psychology point of view? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine on Nov 22, 2007 - 6 answers

Your ideas for nontraditional, off the beaten path, interesting, insightful things to do or see in or close to Venice, Florence, and Rome, Italy?

What are your favorite nontraditional, nontouristy, alternative, culturally-insightful things to do in or near Venice, Florence, and Rome? I mean the deeper anthropological kind of culture, not museums, opera, etc. I'm not looking for the usual must-see tourist destinations or the things that epitomize a city. I want the fascinating little finds you accidentally stumbled on and loved, but which few or no tours would have found because they aren't "sights". If it can give me a glimpse of how contemporary Italians see the world, to appreciate a bit more what it's like to be them, that's a turbo bonus. No points off for plain old fun activities either. [more inside]
posted by Askr on Nov 6, 2007 - 12 answers

Took courses, got A's, still not sure what it is.

When I was younger, I read a sociology textbook trying to find out why sociology was treated as a separate discipline and how it differs fundamentally from the other social sciences. I learned a lot about Weber and Durkheim, but I still don't get it. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Sep 11, 2007 - 12 answers

How did they know what the camera would do? Polaroids?

Where does the story that some indigenous/aboriginal tribespeople refuse to have their photographs taken because they're afraid it will steal/eat/capture their souls come from? Is it totally apocryphal or is there something approaching a canonical primary source?
posted by juv3nal on Jul 10, 2007 - 15 answers

History, Anthropology, and Fiction

I'm looking for any historical or anthropological studies of fiction. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint on Jun 21, 2007 - 14 answers

How do women know how to be women in America?

Is there academic research that claims that viewing of advertising material a ritual of genderization? [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Apr 28, 2007 - 25 answers

Teach a Martian how to be a boyfriend.

Throughout my life, I've had to learn social interaction as if I were a Martian anthropologist... consciously studying, taking notes, and practicing. A few years ago, I finally cracked "how to make friends" and seemingly overnight, I started making real connections. It was amazing. But now, from experience and from talking to my all-too-quickly growing posse of close female friends (most of whom I wished could have been more than that), I'm learning that the way you interact with someone you're interested in isn't as simple as having a great friend that you make out with like there's no tomorrow. There are subtle, maybe very simple, but essential things that separate lovers from pals. I need you to tell me-- in the most literal terms possible-- what those things are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2007 - 39 answers

Just curious

Were Native American men (before any intermingling with other peoples) really unable to grow facial hair? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Feb 11, 2007 - 15 answers

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