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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
I'm looking for any historical or anthropological studies of fiction. Any ideas? [more inside]
Is there academic research that claims that viewing of advertising material a ritual of genderization? [more inside]
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]
Were Native American men (before any intermingling with other peoples) really unable to grow facial hair? [more inside]
how does it feel to have your period? [more inside]
why do you wear makeup? [more inside]
What's the difference between "society" and "culture"? [more inside]
What were some of the most idyllic communities to have ever existed? I’m not looking for opinions, I’m looking for hard anthropological examples or studies that have been carried out on such cultures. [more inside]
What sort of career options would one have with a bachelor's degree in anthropology? [more inside]
Where can I find more writing about metaphor? I vaguely remember reading something about how, when machines became ubiquitous, people began understanding their lives in terms of machines. I'm looking for that sort of thing. [more inside]
what are some good theoretical works on the concepts of love, monogamy, and so forth? [more inside]
DreamWithMe filter: What if everyone read science fiction? How would the world be different? [more inside]
Gravity/Life/SocietyFilter: So the Earth is all lumpy, with more or less gravity in some places. Has anyone ever corroborated it with life/social/world things? Many questions inside... [more inside]
How can anthropologists contribute to the answering of questions about the brain and consciousness in the 21st century? [more inside]
In the U.S., we get all caught up in the decisions that adult women make and the consequences of those decisions. (To have children, not to have children, to work, to stay home with the children, not to work, to marry, to have children without marrying, etc.) Are there similar convulsions about these cultural issues in other countries, especially non-English speaking ones? How can I learn about them? I'm curious both about how women's roles in in their societies are changing and about how those societies are reacting to the changes.
I have about 200 of these notebooks. I've been thinking about starting a project, maybe something similar to the Wandering Moleskine Project, but I don't know what. What kind of fun/interesting things can I do with them? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some good books on Indian (particularly South Indian) culture/history/politics/etc? [more inside]
What does japan smell like? [more inside]