Around the Web

iPhone Brings People Together: danah boyd at apophenia wrote a piece on whether iPhone could become a wide-spread enough platform to create new social clusters (which, interestingly enough, should be distinguished from both networks and communities).

Archaeology as Anthropology: cfeagans at Hot Cup of Joe gives a nice summary of Lewis Binford’s classic 1958 essay.

Don’t Quote Me: diende at Neuroanthropology traced the popular press coverage of a recent article from the American Sociological Review. The journal article suggested that genetic factors may be one of many variables in male delinquent behavior. The resulting Reuters title read: “Study finds genetic link to delinquency.” diende concludes:

So, to sum up, we get the reductionism and determinism tied into biology, all with a look at what might count as popular—biological explanations for behavior, drug interventions, genes-made-me-do-it defenses. The social science side is treated as “specific” and secondary. In other words: there is still a lot of work for the critical neurosciences and every other related field to do.

Anthropology’s Renaissance: Although I didn’t know the discipline was in the dark ages, Ken Banks writes that the recent of some sociocultural anthropologists towards technology studies has produced a mini-renaissance and taken away the ‘mystery’ that obscures anthropology from the public.

Repatriating American Remains: In a nice twist of fate, the U.S. is asking Mexico for the remains of several American soldiers found in a grave dating to 1856 from the Mexican-American War.

The New York Times published an obituary on Penn-State archaeologist William T. Sanders, which includes the following:

Late in his career, Dr. Sanders achieved a degree of popularity as a co-host of a PBS series on ancient cultures. But in the field of Mesoamerican archaeology, he was best known for a landmark survey of central Mexican sites in the 1970s.