The anthropological noosphere has been steadily expanding these past couple of years, and I just wanted to take this opportunity to drop the names of two recent blogs that have been on my radar recently — “Culture Matters”:http://culturematters.wordpress.com/ and “A World Among Worlds”:http://aworldamongworlds.wordpress.com/.
Culture Matters is an ‘applied anthropology’ blog from Macquarie Uni in Australia — its one of the few blogs I can think of that are explicitly department based. In particular, its the home of “Greg Downey”:http://culturematters.wordpress.com/contributors/greg-downey/, who has switched from “Capoeira”:http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Capoeira-Lessons-Cunning-Afro-Brazilian/dp/0195176979/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-2154244-4865563?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1177826153&sr=8-1 to “capitalism”:http://www.amazon.com/Frontiers-Capital-Ethnographic-Reflections-Economy/dp/0822337398/ref=sr_1_5/104-2154244-4865563?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1177826153&sr=8-5. It has the whole applied anthro, consultancy, value-added thang going on.
A World Among Worlds is a blog set up undergraduate anthropology types at American University. I hesitate to say that it’s quite good “for undergraduates” not because its not good, but because by now I think they are sick of being reminded of the fact that they are undergraduates. So I’d encourage everyone to check them out as well.