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Anthropologist, WWII French Resistance Fighter Dies at 100: Germaine Tillion, who did fieldwork in Algeria in the 1930’s, died at home yesterday at 100. According to the obituary:

Living in the eastern Aures region, she studied the semi-nomadic Ah-Abderrahmane tribe, according to her association. Tillion’s 700-page ethnography on the tribe disappeared during her internment at Ravensbruck [Nazi internment camp Tillion was sent to in 1943.]

Tillion reconstructed the study from memory decades later, and “Il etait une foi l’ethnographie” (Once Upon an Ethnography) was finally published in 2000.

Listen Up! diende at Neuroanthropology collected a lot of the recent anthropology podcasts into one post and gives tips on how to find new podcasts.

Mailbag (sort of): It’s often fun to mill through the blog posts who have linked to Savage Minds. This post on the sexworker activist blog Red Spine has a great take on the article advocating for decriminalization of prostitution featured last week on Around the Web.

Book Review: Daniel Miller reviews Understanding Material Culture by Ian Woodward: a new book surveying anthropological approaches to the subject. [via Material World]

You-Tube and Human Rights: The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Britain has a new you-tube page, and will be posting five new video testimonials a week online. [Via Bits and Bites.]

Sociobiology at its Best: Nature reports on the study of John Coates, “a [stock] trader-turned-neuroscientist,” which explores the connection between stock trading and testosterone. Nature writes:

He [Coates] says that he began to suspect that hormones, specifically testosterone, might be involved because the few female traders appeared to him to be “relatively unaffected”.

The article does not discuss whether Coates examined the possibility that women were just left out of the effervescent aether that is most often shown to accompany collective excitement.

Fun with Flashcards! I’ve found a great new way to procrastinate, and it’s this site. Dennis O’ Niel created a website with anthropology flash cards. They may not be the most radical pedagogy (flashcard question: “The number of societies still existing in total isolation from the outside world”; flashcard answer: “zero”), but they pass the time better than minesweeper.

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  1. I love that “the marriage of one woman to one man at one time = monogamy” was immediately followed by “the deep belief that your culture is superior to all others = ethnocentrism”. Rock on, Doctor Dennis, rock on.

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