Looking for a basic intro anthropology text that discusses the breadth of social and political structures in 'traditional' societies across the continents - or just across say Africa, or ... Some comments about the mistaken belief of widespread "communal" cultures across Africa has prompted an interest in the breadth of such variances in cultural organisations in 'earlier' or 'traditional' societies. Thus, an introductory text for the layperson would be good, nothing too massive or encyclopaedic.
I'm tired of reading about how congressional gridlock is the result of increasing political and media polarization. That much is obvious. What I'm interested in knowing is, what proposals are there to end or ameliorate this trend in American culture and politics? Who's thinking about this and writing articles or white papers? What ideas have been floated? [more inside]
For the first time in a long time, I have a full-time, long(ish)-term contract position in a "typical" office (one with more than like, 10 employees). I am very excited about it, but need pointers on how to play the game. [more inside]
My immediate co-worker's list of qualms about me is beginning to rise. Not only do I not understand where it is coming from, I want to come to a solution and communicate effectively on a professional level so that we can at least remain friendly with each other since we need to work closely at times to get things done. More details behind cut. [more inside]
Where can I find summaries of historical developments, technological breakthroughs, political and social changes etc. in a similar style as the Afterword in Charles Stross's anthology Toast (free download here)? I am interested in stuff that has happened in the last 30 or 40 years.
I'm interested in resources relating studies on discrimination in the United States today. I'm thinking of something along the lines of this Tim Wise post linking to a bunch of studies, but something a little more comprehensive, recent, without links through Facebook, if possible. Am particularly interested in data along the lines Wise mentions, about contemporary discrimination against African Americans in housing, employment, etc. Does this exist? Thanks!
Is there a cultural dynamic to groupthink? [more inside]
What are your favourite interesting, informative or unusual FB Groups or Pages? [more inside]
To what extent do cultural values affect foreign policy making between U.S. and China? [more inside]
Americans: if you had to represent the USA with only three things, what would they be? [more inside]
Books about Peru & Bolivia? [more inside]
Who are the best magazine and newspaper feature writers, past and present? [more inside]
I've been considering a position in Jackson, Mississippi. The job would be fantastic and a real step-up. The folks there seem eager to have me. The problem is Mississippi. My parents and sister now live there, but pretty far south (Picayune). I live in PA and before this mostly in the Midwest. Will I fit in? [more inside]
Can anyone reccomend good books, or documentaries, about Australia (history, culture, politics) written by people from outside Australia? [more inside]
A student of mine (college junior) asked me to give him a list of progressively-oriented blogs, films, and websites. I have a few ideas for him, but would like to solicit the hive mind for more.
Books about Burma? [more inside]
In light of the horrendously awful "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," are there any GOOD (i.e. both funny and non-homophobic) comedies about straight people either having to pretend they're gay or, more generally, about straight people slowly but surely letting go of their prejudices towards LGBT people? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any good documentaries? Bonus points if its history or culture related. [more inside]
Is there a good online resource for lectures on .mp3? Particularly in fields (soooo mefi) of liberal arts, psychoanalysis, culture, internet and politics. Oh and my girlfriend (yeah right) wonders if theres any fashion/Jane Austen stuff out there? Please help me find something interesting for a long car journey!
Are Americans really all that ignorant? [more inside]
Good books to read before wandering about Central and South America for a few months? [more inside]
In the past few years, I have read--over and over--that many American Christians feel that "Christianity is under attack," and that there is an "assault on people of faith." [more inside]
Why is the marijuana usage rate in Japan (0.05%) so much lower than anywhere else?
What is the connection, if any, between britpop and New Labour?