Nancy Scheper-Hughes: Catholic Schoolgirl Turned Militant Anthropologist (2011)

Those of us who make a living observing and recording the misery of the world have a particular obligation to reflect critically on the impact of the harsh images of human suffering that we foist on the public.~Nancy Scheper-Hughes Nancy Scheper-Hughes is a cultural anthropologist, and a professor of medical anthropology at the University of … Continue reading Nancy Scheper-Hughes: Catholic Schoolgirl Turned Militant Anthropologist (2011)

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)

Griffin, A.,and May, V. (2012). Narrative Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Summary)

Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis is a method used to interpret peoples’ experiences. This method is heavily influenced by Hermeneutics, which views all communication as interpretation. IPA places the researcher as a storyteller, or more of a narrator to the participants’ story. Therefore, the importance is not necessarily on avoiding researcher bias, but on explicitly illuminating it … Continue reading Griffin, A.,and May, V. (2012). Narrative Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Summary)

Trinh, T. T., & Ryan, C. (2017). Visitors to Heritage Sites: Motives and Involvement—A Model and Textual Analysis (Summary)

This study reflects on culture as a data delineator for tourism studies. The researchers’ goal was to study the experiences of four different cultural groups who visited the same cultural heritage site. I think it is significant that the researchers chose culture as a segregator and wonder how they recruited participants who fell into distinct … Continue reading Trinh, T. T., & Ryan, C. (2017). Visitors to Heritage Sites: Motives and Involvement—A Model and Textual Analysis (Summary)

You Can’t Hug your Children with Nuclear Arms (2011)

            Four years after the first nuclear weapon was detonated on Hiroshima, Leslie Alvin White commented on the imminent downfall of civilization and mankind. “A new source of energy has been harnessed and in awful form…The new nuclear technology threatens to destroy civilization itself or at least to cripple it to such an extent that … Continue reading You Can’t Hug your Children with Nuclear Arms (2011)

Ali, S. (2012). Visual Analysis (Summary)

This chapter describes visual images as texts to be read.  The types of visual media are varied. They can be moving, such as a film, or still images. Still images include photography, paintings, doodles, and graphics. Visual analysis researchers the producers and consumers of images. Psychoanalytic theory focuses on the representations of images. A content … Continue reading Ali, S. (2012). Visual Analysis (Summary)

Morgan, C. L. (2012). Emancipatory Digital Archaeology (Summary)

This chapter from Morgan’s dissertation provides a historical background of understanding of digital artifacts in the field of archaeology. As Morgan points out, artifacts in digital form are too often considered to be ephemeral representations of tangible artifacts. This perspective does little to provide a deep understanding of digital artifacts as actual artifacts in their … Continue reading Morgan, C. L. (2012). Emancipatory Digital Archaeology (Summary)

Conservation Considerations for Rock Art Research (2013)

With resilience to the elements and time, rock surfaces resulted to be the ideal canvas for lasting expressions of past cultures. Unfortunately, they are also accommodating for lasting vandalism, the effects of which survive indefinitely alongside original rock art. Unintentional damage often occurs in the recording of rock art. This paper explores s variety of … Continue reading Conservation Considerations for Rock Art Research (2013)