Monthly Archives: September 2018

Where Do We Come From?

The idea that a single population was the ancestor of all living humans is neat and convenient, but it is not consistent with the data. The origin of modern humans is one of the most popular and hotly debated topics … Continue reading

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Deleuze and Anthropology

This entry takes on two subjects. First, it addresses the influence that anthropology had on the work of the mid-twentieth century French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, and second, the influence that Gilles Deleuze’s work has subsequently exerted on anthropology. In Deleuze’s … Continue reading

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Digital Anthropology

The digital’ is defined here as new technologies that are ultimately reducible to binary code. These have made many cultural artefacts easier and quicker to both reproduce and to share. The first section of this entry is concerned with populations … Continue reading

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The Ontological Turn

‘Culture’ is in many ways the most fundamental of anthropological concepts. Yet it has been the subject of a range of critical interventions in the course of the discipline’s history, the most recent of which is the ‘ontological turn’. Proponents … Continue reading

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Poesía mapuche: los versos de una cultura eterna

Leer, analizar e internalizar la poesía mapuche en el actual contexto social, y junto a ello vislumbrar las razones existentes para escribir literatura de este estilo, son aspectos necesarios para entender a una sociedad que aplaude al conquistador y menosprecia … Continue reading

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Cultural Models: Genesis, Methods, and Experiences

This book is about cultural models. Cultural models are defined as molar organizations of knowledge. Their internal structure consists of a ‘core’ component and ‘peripheral’ nodes that are filled by default values. These values are instantiated, i.e., changed to specific … Continue reading

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Cultural Models Theory

While research on cultural models dates back at least three decades, it has typically been conducted by scholars in isolation without a clear acknowledgement of a common agenda. I intend to amend this situation and introduce what I define as … Continue reading

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Techniques of happiness – Moving toward and away from the good life in a rural Ethiopian community

This article seeks to tease apart some of the different factors and cultural practices that lead toward and away from happiness in particular social and cultural contexts. It considers happiness as experienced in the community of Masho in the Gamo … Continue reading

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Joy within tranquility – Amazonian Urarina styles of happiness

Enjoyment in life among Amazonian Urarina is examined through the lens of two contrastive concepts of happiness. The first, “tranquility,” is a relatively long-term, relational condition implying emotional spontaneity and a flexible, freely chosen work routine that allows for a … Continue reading

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Social isolation puts elderly at health risk

One in five elderly adults is socially isolated from family or friends, increasing their risks for poor mental and physical health, as well as higher rates of mortality, according to a University of Michigan study. U-M researchers investigated several factors … Continue reading

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