Second HTS Fatality: [via Ethnography.com] News agencies have reported the death of Nicole Suveges, the second social scientist affiliated with Human Terrain System to die in the field. Suveges died along with 11 other military personnel and civilians in an explosion in Iraq.
[Update: For a good round up of different articles on Suveges, click here]
Ethnography on the Big Screen: John L. Jackson wrote a provocative piece for theroot.com on the film adaptation of sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh’s recent urban ethnography Gang Leader for a Day. Jackson compares the project to the now pedestrian movie genre of educated outsider goes to the hood. But he also questions whether the movie will capture the everyday quality of ethnography and if this movie might change public perceptions of anthropology. [Thanks to Neuroanthropology for posting a link to this article.]
Covering Old Ground: The Guardian reported that the so-called recently-discovered Amazonian tribe was documented in 1910, and that Funai, the Brazilian Indian Agency, has been tracking the group for about twenty years
Community Standards Online: This Slate article discusses a new legal defense for violating community standards of decency–google search data tells you more about a community’s standards than what they report. The author, William Saletan writes:
It’s a clever argument. But it assumes that morality is what people do, not what they say. “Time and time again you’ll have jurors sitting on a jury panel who will condemn material that they routinely consume in private,” Walters tells the Times. Thanks to Google, “we can show how people really think and feel and act in their own homes.”
Perhaps google searches might be common ethnographic evidence in the future. The logic of participant observation also relies upon the conceit that what people do is more telling than what they say. Saletan goes on to write how the Internet rearranges public and private spheres, and constitutes a new public morality made by the aggregate of anonymous searches. Google bots might make great online informants to help the anthropologist get inside the head of the native.
David Harvey Online: Kerim pointed me to David Harvey’s blog, where Harvey is posting podcasts of his lectures on Marx’s Capital, Volume 1. It’s a thirteen-lecture series, with a podcast coming out once a week(?). You can also subscribe to the podcasts via I-Tunes and donate to Harvey’s project.
Author, what’s that? Lorenz at antropologi.info compiled and commented on the conversation happening over at Culture Matters on the hurdles of getting pdf access to one’s own article from Sage Publications.
Culture Wars Come to Philly: The New York Times reported on nine Philadelphia institutions’ preparations for the Year of Evolution, celebrating Darwin’s 200th birthday. Events will include both scientific exhibits and lectures/roundtables on the clash of evolution and intelligent design in the science education.
Three Strikes…Maximilian posted a piece on Open Anthropology on the no-win double bind of studying self vs. studying other in anthropology. He also attached a video of a great spoken word performance by Suheir Hammad from early Def Poetry Jam.