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War at the Micro-UN

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It couldn’t last forever. My heart sank as I heard the muffled raised voices and ultimately a muffled conversation.  I heard bits and pieces. Two men, down on their luck at each other’s throats. The two men in the house who’d taught me two different ways to be a man. As if times weren’t hard […]

The Intersections of Anthropology and Policy

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Shore, Cris and Susan Wright.  “Conceptualising Policy:  Technologies of Governance and the Politics of Visibility”Shore, Cris, Susan Wright, and Davide Però. 2011. Policy Worlds: Anthropology and Analysis of Contemporary Power. Berghahn Books.  Abstracted by Brian J. Delas Armas. Shore and Wright’s book introduction, “Conceptualising Policy:  Technologies of Governance and the Politics of Visibility”  is a […]

Social Impact Assessment vs. Organization Evaluation

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Freudenburg, William R. 1986. “Social Impact Assessment.” Annual Review of Sociology 12 (January 1): 451–478 by Brian J. Delas Armas. Social Impact Assessment (SIA) measures a broad range of effects likely to be experienced by a broad range of social groups as as a result of a course of action.  It differs from evaluation research […]

Espionage in its Public and Private Faces

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Shore, Cris.  2011. “Espionage, Policy and the Art of Government.” In Policy Worlds: Anthropology and the Analysis of Contemporary Power. Cris Shore, Susan Wright, and Davide Però, eds. Pp. 169-184. New York: Berghahn Books.  Abstracted by Brian J. Delas Armas. Shore explores the idea of policy as a legal-rational tool of governance, as an instrument […]

Development Expert Knowledge vs. Anthropologists

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Mosse, David.  “Politics and Ethics:  Ethnographies of Expert Knowledge and Professional Identities” in Shore, Cris, Susan Wright, and Davide Però. 2011. Policy Worlds: Anthropology and Analysis of Contemporary Power. Berghahn Books.  Abstracted by Brian J. Delas Armas. David Mosse’s piece “Ethnographies of Expert Knowledge” highlights the tension between Anthropological research findings and development expertise. While […]

Reality Means Repetition, the Case of Jeremy Lin

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Nowadays, realities only seem to be thought to exist in one of three ways:  a)  if they are repeated a number of times, b)  over a “long period” of time, or c)  something happens with a large number of people. Case in point:  people (or cyborgs) on basketball message boards refusing to acknowledge Jeremy Lin […]

Numbers: A Limited License to Membership for the Weak and A License to Dismiss for the Powerful

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As I was riding the Metro a few months ago, I was reading the book Technopoly by Neil Postman, courtesy of Savudgery Enchantarak. I started thinking about how I was slave to numbers in my own daily life.  Checking how many people visit this blog.  Checking how many followers I have on Twitter.  How many […]