Rapley, T. (2012). Analysing Conversation (Summary)

Conversation analysis was derived from ethnomethodology. The focus for research is on the local production of society through conversations. This type of analysis breaks down every nuance of conversation by reviewing recorded conversations and focusing on how people interact. Often, the data is coming from prerecorded sources, which leaves researchers with only so much context … Continue reading Rapley, T. (2012). Analysing Conversation (Summary)

Making the Strange Familiar (An Introduction to Paranormal Anthropology)

This is a brief lecture I put together in 2016 while I was assisting with a course on the Anthropology of Religion. This post is my outline for the lecture, and I've also included a link to my recorded version below. What is Paranormal Anthropology? Paranormal Anthropology- -An interdisciplinary branch of anthropology with close ties … Continue reading Making the Strange Familiar (An Introduction to Paranormal Anthropology)

Pink, S., & Morgan, J. (2013). Short‐Term Ethnography: Intense Routes to Knowing (Summary)

This article discusses shorter term ethnographic research for applied projects. Rather than constantly seeking new and innovative methods, as many researchers do, the authors explore an existing solid approach with new perspective. The authors argue that rapid ethnography, although assumed to be too fast and undetailed, is quite intense and detailed. They authors describe the … Continue reading Pink, S., & Morgan, J. (2013). Short‐Term Ethnography: Intense Routes to Knowing (Summary)

Victor Turner’s Planes of Classification in a Ritual of Life and Death (Summary)

Victor Turner’s Planes of Classification in a Ritual of Life and Death is an analysis of his field work among the Ndembu (Northwestern Zambia).  He provides a definition and description of Isoma, a ritual performed around the occurrence of female reproductive issues, for example Turner says Isoma is a “manifestation of a shade that causes … Continue reading Victor Turner’s Planes of Classification in a Ritual of Life and Death (Summary)

Mann, S. (2010). Critical Review of Qualitative Interviews in Applied Linguistics (Summary)

Mann’s goal in this article is to describe different perspectives of interview methodology that could be utilized for applied linguistic research. From the fields of sociology, anthropology, and psychology, Mann identifies four discursive dilemmas that could aid in more reflective qualitative research. According to Mann, considering such dilemmas is central to good interviewer sensitivity. The … Continue reading Mann, S. (2010). Critical Review of Qualitative Interviews in Applied Linguistics (Summary)

Smoking Gun Anthropology | Normification of Academic Cannabis Discourse (2014)

Introduction Participant observation is a method developed by anthropologists to attempt a deeper emic perspective for their discourse. This method puts the researcher in the position of their research subjects, and attempts to counter the subjective biases of their background. Participating in some experiences, however presents a challenge as legislation and hegemonic influences can differ … Continue reading Smoking Gun Anthropology | Normification of Academic Cannabis Discourse (2014)

Breaking Barriers | Integrating Native Scientific Perspectives into Resource Management Frameworks (2013)

Many cultures have worldviews which are similar in process to science but have been designated to be myth or magic for not being disseminated in a standardized manner. This paper examines the social and historical development of indigenous stewardship models. There has been a lack of integration between the native science perspective and the scientific … Continue reading Breaking Barriers | Integrating Native Scientific Perspectives into Resource Management Frameworks (2013)

An Unstable Foundation | The Conquest Rationale in Federal Indian Law

Discovery of America, 12th of May, 1492.--Columbus erects the Cross and baptizes the Isle of Guanahani by the Christian Name of St. Salvador.--From a Stamp engraved on Copper by Th. de Bry, in the Collection of "Grands Voyages," in folio, 1590. Project Gutenberg text 10940. Introduction The concept of conquest is difficult to define, as … Continue reading An Unstable Foundation | The Conquest Rationale in Federal Indian Law

Sinkyone Intertribal Wilderness Council Presentation (2012)

Hawk Rosales began his presentation on October 30, 2012, by reminding the audience that we are on Wiyot territory. He said it is important to acknowledge place, and I agree with him on that. Although I believe Humboldt State is a school which provides many opportunities for learning that are not found elsewhere, I am … Continue reading Sinkyone Intertribal Wilderness Council Presentation (2012)