Kerim Friedman is one of the most prolific and most consistently interesting bloggers in the anthropologosphere. In addition to his personal blog Keywords, Kerim is the founder and prime mover behind Savage Minds: the Internet’s best cultural anthropology blog. (He’s written a little over 40% of Savage Minds’ posts, to date, and despite the fact [...]
Archive for September 2005
Three women died and went to heaven. At the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter asked each what she had died from. “Cancer,” said the first woman. “Diabetes,” said the second. “Gonorrhea,” said the third, a foxy black chick. “Gonorrhea?” said Saint Peter. “Young people like you don’t die from gonorrhea.” “When you gives it to a [...]
I feel a little lame posting so many links and so little original content, these days, but here’s yet another Katrina story of anthropological interest: WWL TV, New Orleans, runs an AP story expressing concern that Katrina may further damage the waning Louisiana Creoloe (Kreyol Lwiziyen) community. The story ends on a positive note, and [...]
I read Karen Nakamura’s Photoethnography.com regularly, but I haven’t mentioned any of her posts here, before, as our interests don’t often line up. However, her most recent posting is phenomenal and worth the click: Rant: Photography in New Orleans/Houston. Nakamura compares photography and the government response to American poverty in the 1930s to the cover-up [...]
I’ve just figured out how to produce Atom feeds that give the entire blog posting, rather than just a snippet. If you’re using a news aggregator, you’ll (hopefully) notice that this and future posts will be entirely readable from within your aggregator. Sorry — I’m still learning this software. WordPress makes everything fairly easy, but [...]
Kinship charts! Kinship charting is one of those skills I probably should have picked up as an undergrad, but they always seemed so quaint and antiquarian — the sort of thing that progressive anthropology stored away in a box with social evolution and words like ‘phratry’ and ‘fetish’. On the rare occasion that I needed [...]
Why are resources that could be put toward saving lives instead being directed toward the protection of abandoned private property? Why do National Guardsmen have a mandate to shoot survivalist looters with the aim to kill? Why were 1,500 New Orleans police officers taken off of search-and-rescue duty to actively seek out looters?
Are we trying to connect, or are we trying to acquire?
It’s been a rotten couple of weeks. Rotten month, actually. Kind of a lousy year. Hasn’t been this bad, though, since the week in Adwafo in which I realised that I hated Asante culture and myself. (I did, for the record, learn to have a certain respect and affection for both.) I feel constrained against [...]