The Relationship Between Applied and Theoretical Anthropologies

In their text on Applied Anthropology, Ervin emphasizes the “reciprocal relationship (Ervin 2005, 6)” between applied anthropologies and theory. Despite their inseparable interplay, the dividing distinction is often from direction. In classical, theoretical anthropology the topics are selected by researchers, usually relating to their personal interests. The applied direction on the other hand, can be […]

Liminal Workspace in the Middle Range

Theory is a tricky concept. It is also a tricky word. A very tricky process. To attempt a discussion on theory is to commit yourself to hours of back-and-forth between definitions and ideas, fully knowing there will be no resolution. So why attempt a discourse on theory? Roy Ellen remarks that the different forms of […]

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 […]