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Theism, Even For Atheists, Courtesy of Anthropology

It seems as if what Ruy Llera Blanes and Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic want to study are theists who are experiencing some kind of struggle about their theism. That’s fine, of course, but they ought to label their project accurately, instead of pretending to study atheists. Let them call this issue of Social Analysis something like Struggles Within Religion: Conflicted Theist Identities. […]

Is An Anthropological Study of Atheists Possible?

From what I’ve seen of this special journal issue on the anthropology of atheists, I’m not seeing the ground for building any single agenda for ethnographically studying atheist cultures. […]

Is There Another Species Of Humans – Homo capensis – Enslaving Us All?

The use of cradle boards and other apparatus with young children has been used at different times of human history to purposefully create elongated skulls, flattened skulls, bulbous skulls, and other unusual cranial shapes. […]

Can You Spot The Fake Ethnography?

One of the following titles is not from a real ethnography. Can you pick the fake study?

Sociable robots, jazz music, and divination: Contingency as a cultural resource for negotiating problems of intentionality.

You Have Dislodged a Boulder: Mothers and Prisoners in the Post Keynesian California Landscape.

Legos, gummy bears and helplessness: Facilitating ethnic identity […]

A Green Party Of Displaced Meaning?

If the function of third parties is to keep idealism out of the political mainstream, what are idealists to do? […]

The Magico-Religious Ritual Of Our Time

Where would we find magico-religious ritual portals, of the sort described by Arnold Van Gennep in The Rites of Passage, in our own time? Here’s a hint: They only allow three ounce containers for your liquids. […]