Culture Concepts and Race in Early American Anthropology: an article review

Article Review: Anthropology at War: Robert H. Lowie and the Transformation of the Culture Concept, 1904-1954 by Stefan Bargheer in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 0(0), 1-22 xxxx 2017 Robert H. Lowie, a juggernaut of the anthropology world from the moment he received his doctorate (1908) underneath Franz Boas, nowContinue reading “Culture Concepts and Race in Early American Anthropology: an article review”

Anthropologists for World Leaders

Originally posted on What can you do with anthropology?:
Narrow-minded thinking has led to the global turn in events. Issues such as the rising power of ISIS, increasing social injustice and the outbreak of Ebola have developed due to the bad decision-making of our world leaders who act based upon their 20th-century views. This is…

Hangman (1964)

Hangman by Paul Julian/Les Goldman   Published 1964 Topics animation, death, horror   A parable about the consequences of being a bystander to evil, from a disturbing poem by Maurice Ogden, read by Herschel Bernardi. Shadows and shifting geometric planes lend a Chirico-like quality to Julian’s animation. Great musical score by Serge Hovey. About theContinue reading “Hangman (1964)”

Fabulous Realms – Of Wood Woses and Wild Men

In The Lord of the Rings a strange and primitive folk named the Woses came to aid the men of Gondor in breaking the siege of Minas Tirith. These wild woodland people lived in the ancient forest of Druadan, below the White Mountains. In form they were weather-worn, short-legged, thick-armed and stumpy-bodied and they knewContinue reading “Fabulous Realms – Of Wood Woses and Wild Men”

Pre-industrial workers had a shorter workweek than today’s

from The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, by Juliet B. Schor The labouring man will take his rest long in the morning; a good piece of the day is spent afore he come at his work; then he must have his breakfast, though he have not earned it at his accustomed hour, orContinue reading “Pre-industrial workers had a shorter workweek than today’s”

Chinese Neo-Colonialism on the African Continent

While there can be no equivalence between one country, however large, and a continent of 53 countries, shorthand references to China and Africa can prove useful for the purposes of broad explanation and discussion. Particularly for as long as Chinese engagement in the African continent was either minimal (pre-1949), ideologically driven (1960 and 70s), orContinue reading “Chinese Neo-Colonialism on the African Continent”

Lord Pacal and the tale of the Ancient Astronaut

One of the most mysterious ancient societies as a subject of study is the Mayan civilization.  With most of their texts having been destroyed by Christian missionaries and Spanish imperialists, constructing an understanding of the ancient Mayan way of life has been one of the most important works of scholarly insight, and also one ofContinue reading “Lord Pacal and the tale of the Ancient Astronaut”

Remember Remember the 5th of November

Historians have often suggested that Guy Fawkes Day served as a Protestant replacement for the ancient Celtic and Nordic festivals of Samhain, pagan events that the church absorbed and transformed into All Hallow’s Eve and All Souls’ Day. In The Golden Bough, the Scottish anthropologist James George Frazer suggested that Guy Fawkes Day exemplifies “theContinue reading “Remember Remember the 5th of November”