Below are all the submissions I received for the Best of Anthropology Blogging 2008. Enjoy exploring. You can also check out the “Best of Anthro 2008″ all-inclusive prizes, the overall hosting page, and part one and part two of how these posts demonstrate the relevance of anthropology.
One of the main motivations behind the Best of Anthro initiative was to start to build our own list of anthropology blogs, rather than a list done by an online university or some other organization. I’ve put all the contributing blogs below, and divied them up into what I hope are relatively useful categories so that potential readers can find what interests them. There are plenty of other good anthropology blogs out there, so go explore. These are the ones that provided a submission. If there are other blogs you like, please leave a comment so we know where to find them.
From the Annals of Anthroman
Grafos y Acidentes
Listening to Birds
The Memory Bank: A New Commonwealth Ver 4.0
Urbi et Orbi
This week we cover the Human Terrain System and a great new site for bloggers, plus the usual favorites, brain, and anthropology. Happy New Year to everyone!
Top of the List
Vaughan Bell, Voodoo Correlations in Social Brain Studies
Correlations too good to be true between brain activity and social behavior and perception. Mind Hacks calls this statistical debunking a “bombshell of a paper.”
Maximilian Forte, The Two Terrors of 2008: End of Year Post
Open Anthropology wraps up the year with a meditation on terror and trust, and brings us the Italian Nobel Laureate Dario Fo. He highlights many posts from the past month there, including this powerful one on “uncertainty” and governance as reflected through Christmas-time messages.
Once Upon a Time an Anthropologist Wrote, Banking on Education
Pedagogy of the Oppressed meets social networking, or why students are passive, waiting to receive the next deposit of knowledge
La Guayabita, “Capt. Nemo”: Ghettotech Designer of Colombian Homemade Drug Subs
Local ingenuity and a great photo. Resistance and profit undermine the drug war’s hoped-for panopticon.
Human Terrain System
David Price, The Leaky Ship of Human Terrain Systems
One of the main critics of HTS makes his argument
Testimony of a Spade is hosting Four Stone Hearth the New Year edition. It opens with a great poem, here’s a snippet:
In bleach’d forbidding robes array’d
stern January treads the wold,
within his icy hand a blade
of lethal might – the cruel cold
Continuing the artistic theme, I’d have to say my favorite is Archaeologizing Watchmen. The graphic novel Watchmen (calling it a grown-up comic book doesn’t do it justice) is, in my opinion, one of the finest pieces of storytelling of the past couple decades.
You can also check out some Guitar Hero too.
Plus illustrations, google earth, Neolithic alcoholic beverages, Neanderthals, microbes and plenty more. So enjoy the New Year’s Four Stone Hearth.
Agustin Fuentes has a short interview on the myths about human nature that prevail in popular discourse and even in anthropology. The three big ones are race, sex, and aggression.
Here’s the excerpt for race and racism:
Myth: Humans are divided into races that differ in some biological and behavioral patterns.
Fuentes: “There is no separate gene for black or white. Our concept of race is not biological, it is social. While there is only one biological race in humans (Homo sapiens) it still matters whether you are black or white in the U.S. Differences between ‘races’ in this country are the outcomes of social, historical, economic, and experiential contexts, not biological entities . . . so what do we do about it?”
For more on sex, relationships, monogamy, violence and morality, you can go check out Agustin’s answers.
Agustin was part of our Encultured Brain session, and we featured a profile of him then, including some discussion of his work on niche construction. Agustin included ideas about the myths of human nature, niche construction and more in his new textbook The Evolution of Human Behavior
Catherine Panter-Brick and Agustin Fuentes co-edited the recent collection Health, Risk and Adversity. Stephen McGarvey reviews the book, “[The] contribution lies in reminding and refining how human health and biology are produced, perceived, and communicated in a deep social context that includes history, politics, economics, and current global culture, especially modern media.”
Here’s the Amazon blurb for Health, Risk and Adversity:
Research on health involves evaluating the disparities that are systematically associated with the experience of risk, including genetic and physiological variation, environmental exposure to poor nutrition and disease, and social marginalization. This volume provides a unique perspective a comparative approach to the analysis of health disparities and human adaptability and specifically focuses on the pathways that lead to unequal health outcomes. From an explicitly anthropological perspective situated in the practice and theory of biosocial studies, this book combines theoretical rigor with more applied and practice-oriented approaches and critically examines infectious and chronic diseases, reproduction, and nutrition.
The Best of Anthropology Blogging 2008 has a submissions deadline set for this Monday, December 29th. Both people who blog about anthropology topics and readers of anthro blogs can submit entries. For more details, see the details in the language that suits you best.
Best of Anthropology Blogging 2008: Call for Submissions
Melhor de blogging antropolgia 2008
Le meilleur de la blogosphère anthropologique francophone: appel aux candidatures
Anunciando La Primera Edición de “Lo Mejor de los Blogs Antropológicos”
Antro-blogoskape yang paling baik untuk tahun 2008: sejenis kompetisi
Annunciando la prima edizione di «I migliori dei blogs di antropologia»
We’ve already had a great number of submissions from a diverse range of blogs. I’ve posted the list of participating blogs below. If you don’t see yours on the list, please send me a submission!
And if you did send me a submission but don’t see your blog, send me a reminder note. With Christmas, over-aggressive spam filters and the like, I want to be sure everyone gets included! Just one note – if it’s a blog in Portuguese, Greg is handling those submissions. So I haven’t included any of those in the list below.
This week, after some great favs, we have war and violence, brain development, anthropology, and the brain. And Happy Holidays to everyone!
Top of the List
Carl Feagans, Alien Skulls? Not Even Close!
The shaping of skulls by the Maya. Wow.
Benedict Carey, Psychiatrists Revise the Book of Human Troubles
The DSM-V – politics and money infect the creation of the next psychiatric diagnostic manual. For reactions, see Mind Hacks and Furious Seasons.
Julian Baggini, A Piece of iMe: An Interview with David Chalmers
A discussion of the extended mind over at The Philosopher’s Magazine
Furious Seasons, Seattle Snowball Fight
With lots of snow, two neighborhood bars get it on in these YouTube clips. Very funny.
Archaeoastronomy, If You Put a Snail Shell to Your Ear Can You Hear the Sound of Your Thoughts?
Snail shells, human ornamentation, and the evolution of the human mind
War and Violence
Mudhafer Al-Husaini & Erica Goode, Prescription Drug Abuse Rises Among Iraqi Troops
Internationalizing both PTSD and functional drug use.
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Rural Afghans Resistant To Official Judicial System
NPR on tribal councils, power, state development, and the administration of justice in Afghanistan
Highlight Health is hosting Grand Rounds 5.14 Holiday Edition. So please head over and revel in the gift of medical blogging.
After that comes the list of all your favorite medical topics and areas. I found this version easy to access, with a lot of great reads, so enjoy the latest Grand Rounds.
SharpBrains, the weblog responsible for hosting the latest Encephalon (the 61st edition), also brings us a year’s end Top 30 Brain Health and Fitness Articles of 2008. I know that a lot of our readers are interested in brain health, including the health-related implications of some of the basic research that we discuss here at Neuroanthropology. Although I’m sometimes reluctant to wade into this sort of prescriptive discussion, SharpBrains does a very good job of exploring the effects of practices like brain ‘exercises,’ meditation, physical exercise, play, education, sleep, and a host of others.
There’s a number of the posts that are worth checking out, but I appreciated that were some here that I missed the first time around, including Why do You Turn Down the Radio When You’re Lost?, which used an example of something I do all the time (I get lost a lot in Sydney as I’m still unfamiliar with the city), and hadn’t really noticed; and the critical discussion of the concept of ‘brain age,’ Posit Science, Nintendo Brain Age, and Brain Training Topics. But there’s lots more good stuff in this list, especially if you are interested in ‘brain training’ of all sorts.
John Jackson, professor of communications and anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, writes regularly over at Brain Storms: Annals of the Mind, hosted through The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has some great posts, and as I searched for anthro blogs to hopefully include in The Best of Anthropology Blogging 2008, I found Jackson’s other blog, From the Annals of Anthroman.
Both Jackson’s blogging at Brain Storms and Annals of Anthroman represent public anthropology and communication at the highest level, so I do hope you check his writing out. Here’s the post An Election Irony, on how John McCain turned into the racial candidate. And Spike Lee on Spike Lee is also a great read about Jackson’s course on Spike Lee at UPenn, including a visit from the master filmmaker himself.