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Welcome to Perspectives in Anthropology’s Online Documentary Series. This portion of the website is dedicated to featuring Podcasts, Videocasts and contains a list of links to websites for other films on anthropology. Many of the scholars, intellectuals and featured guests here have made tremendous contributions in their respective fields. Some of the topics covered include politics, history, gender relations, kinship, social conflict, philosophy and linguistics. Of course, this is a work in progress and this list will expand in time.


Aihwah Ong at the UBC Center for Cross Faculty Inquiry – 2008

Slovoj Zizek – The Ideology of Violence – 2008

Claude Lévi-Strauss-The Birth of Historical Societies
Link to Book-Tristes Tropiques

What can we do with Anthropology?


¿Cuáles son las motivaciones de los hombres para consumir prostitución?


Las investigadoras Águeda Gómez, Silvia Pérez y Rosa Verdugo escribieron“El Putero español”, un libro que analiza el fenómeno de la prostitución desde el punto de vista del cliente. Su trabajo fue financiado por el Instituto de la Mujer y ya está a la venta en librerías. Tratan de abrir un debate sobre el sexo de pago del que no se suele hablar y quieren desmontar dos mitos: que los hombres por naturaleza necesitan desahogarse sexualmente y que legalizar la prostitución acabaría con las situaciones de abuso. Ellas creen que es falso. Águeda Gómez es profesora del departamento de Sociología de la Universidad de Vigo.

el putero español (gehiago…)

Racial Bias and Media Coverage of Violent Crime

Studies of Americans’ unconscious beliefs shows that most people — white and black — think black people are dangerous and both average folks and police are quicker to shoot black than white people.

Where does the cognitive belief that black people are dangerous come from?

Partly, it comes from the media. A new study by Color of Change found that, while 51% of the people arrested for violent crime in New York City are black, 75% of the news reports about such arrests highlighted black alleged perpetrators.

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Counter Punch

Rob Urie says race and class are the real targets of police repression.

Louis Proyect on the black struggle against slavery.

Paul Street on American exceptionalism in the New Gilded Age.

Andrew Levine takes us on the boycott trail from the deepest of America to the Holy Land.

Michael Horton says war is peace in Yemen.

Andre Vltchek takes on those who collaborate with the West.

Binoy Kampmark on policing and the machine imperative.

Robert Hunziker writes that the drought isn’t just happening in California, it’s drying up all over the world.

Eva Golinger says it is time for a bilateral dialogue.

Daniel N. White on the criminal foolishness of advocating war on Iran.



Diru-laguntza deialdia proiektu artistikoak (plastikoak, ikus-entzunezkoak, diziplinartekoak…) garatzeko.
Beren lan banakako edo taldekoa aurkezteko aukera eman nahi zaie Gasteizen bizi diren artistei lan horiek ezagutarazi eta jendearengana hurbiltzeko.
Aurkeztu nahi diren lanak sortu berriak izan beharko dute, eta 2015 urte barruan amaituak.

Montehermoso Kulturuneak deialdi honetara 12.000 euroko aurrekontua bideratu du, bai eta Montehermoso kulturuneko instalazio eta baliabideak ere (bertan emango dira ezagutzera proiektu onuradunak).

Eskaerak emateko epea 2015eko apirilaren 17an amaituko da (17a barne).

PROYECTOS ARTÍSTICOS, 2015. Convocatoria

Convocatoria específica de subvenciones a proyectos artísticos (plásticos, audiovisuales o multidisciplinares).

El objetivo es ofrecer al colectivo de artistas residentes en Vitoria-Gasteiz la posibilidad de presentar su trabajo, individual o colectivamente, a través de actividades que potencien su difusión y el acercamiento a la ciudadanía.

Los trabajos seleccionados para su presentación deberán ser inéditos y finalizar su producción dentro del año 2015.

El Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea destina a esta convocatoria una cuantía económica de 12.000 euros y los espacios y dotaciones técnicas del Centro, donde se presentarán los proyectos.

El plazo de presentación de solicitudes finaliza el 17 de abril de 2015 (incluido).

Imagine a World with No Sociology Department—It’s Easy if You Try


Last week as an April Fool’s Day post, the American Sociological Association announced the end of Sociology as a discipline here at Ethnography.com. For those of you not in on the joke, it didn’t happen. No one announced the end of Sociology as a discipline.

Having said that, I will admit to a brief bit of reverie imagining a world without Sociology Departments. And I think that the answer that followed was actually a bit accurate: Take out the Sociology Departments, and just maybe the Sociological approach/imagination would be strengthened across the academy as people with training in sociological theory, methods, and imagination would start teaching the “sociology” classes.

The fact of the matter is that, many other departments already “do” sociology. But they do it with teachers trained in their own disciplines, and not sociological theory or methods. The result is that people steeped in educational pedagogy and policy teach “Education and Society,” theologians teach “Religion and Society,” historians teach “Social History,” engineers teach “Technology and Society,” psychologists teach “Social Psychology,” business departments teach “Marketing,” English Departments teach “Critical Theory,” and so forth. All of it is just rewarmed sociology made by cooks from another kitchen.

Meanwhile, we try to mount the same courses in sociology, and no one takes them. Why? Because each department requires their own course for their majors—like sociology, they are control freaks when it comes to their own curriculum.   (And I haven’t even started to write about how sociological methods including survey research and qualitative methods permeate the academy far beyond the sociology department).

So imagine, poof, all those tenured deadwood sociologists like me would lose their department. The good news is that there are still plenty of classes to teach because sociology so successfully dominated the university curriculum during previous decades. Indeed, sociology departments are already excluded from teaching most of the sociology in the curriculum of most universities. Our curriculum is hijacked!

P.S. I have asked the same question of anthropology. Anthropology’s dominant paradigm for decades was culture—a concept that is so successful that most of the curriculum regarding culture is taught sans anthropological theory and method in every department except anthropology. There are classes on Education and Culture, Business Culture, Religion and Culture, and so forth. Such are the wages of success!

My desperate journey with a human smuggler

Photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor was living in Afghanistan — until his risky work forced him to leave the country. But for Batoor, a member of a displaced ethnic group called the Hazara, moving home to Pakistan proved dangerous too. And finding a safer place wasn’t as simple as buying a plane ticket. Instead, he was forced to pay a human smuggler, and join the deadly tidal wave of migrants seeking asylum by boat. He documents the harrowing ocean trip with powerful photographs.

Free University: the new wave of student occupations


London students have been occupying their universities since March. They explain why.

Occupy KCL. Credit: Ben Wilson.Occupy KCL. Credit: Ben Wilson.

King’s College London Occupation: March 25 – ongoing 

Ben Wilson

The occupation at King’s College London operates under the ‘Free University’ banner that has sprung up in Quebec, Amsterdam, across London, and is gaining traction elsewhere in the world.

The Free University movement aims to change the way universities function, with each occupation holding a set of demands specific to its own institution. Most of us want to open dialogue around free and alternative forms of education, while opposing the ongoing marketization of the university system.

It is easy to see how these general principles have shaped Occupy KCL’s demands. Since starting our occupation on March 25, we have called for King’s to address its current investment practice, which has allowed for indirect share holdings of university money in the fossil fuel, tobacco and arms manufacturing industries. We also want to ensure the fair treatment of academic and outsourced support staff at the university. We were briefly evacuated due to an electrical fire in Holborn, but returned the following week.


Periodistas reflexionan sobre el tratamiento de la muerte en los medios de comunicación


En la conferencia La percepción y el impacto de la muerte en los medios de comunicación participaron el reportero de La Vanguardia Bru Rovira, la redactora jefe de El País Milagros Pérez Oliva y el fotógrafo Richard M. Schweid.

El reportero de La VanguardiaBru Rovira en el Caoxafòrum
(c)Núria Reguero
Las experiencias ante la muerte en los múltiples países que ha conocido el periodista de La Vanguardia Bru Rovira lo llevan en considerar que es preciso humanizar la muerte de nuevo. Rovira ha vivido los contrastes de Europa con otras culturas como la latinoamericana o la oriental y percibe que en el viejo continente la muerte se concibe cono un fracaso, a diferencia de otros realidades donde se concibe como un cambio o regeneración: “En occidente se van desvaneciendo los discursos, las autointerrogaciones y la expresión de emociones ante la incertidumbre que supone la muerte, los rituales pierden importancia y se está entrando en una cultura aséptica que se ubica más en los espacios fríos de los hospitales y menos en los cementerios”.

Rovira es del parecer que el periodismo niega la muerte real y en cambio reaviva las emociones que provoca: “La muerte es una mercancía para los medios de comunicación, productora de réditos muy elevados”, sin embargo, se observa la tendencia a tapar las muertes próximas.

En su tarea como fotógrafo, Rovira trata de evitar las imágenes cruentas y morbosas para seleccionar aquéllas que permitan reflexionar sobre lo ocurrido en el escenario de los hechos y las implicaciones que supone para las personas que estaban allí. “En vez de informar desinformamos porque provocamos un choque muy fuerte en los lectores y espectadores. En cambio, una línea más discursiva y evocadora permite pensar la muerte como un tema y hecho sustancial de nuestra cultura”.

Aunque por otra parte, Bru Rovira afirma que el periodismo lee la sociedad alegando que la tendencia a hacer de la muerte espectáculo y comercio no viene determinada por los medios de comunicación sino también por los hábitos sociales. (gehiago…)