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Notes on The Enigma of Capital by David Harvey

November 14, 2011 by


Been thinking a lot about money, economic capital, and my lack thereof. I found the video below on MIT Anthropology’s website, dated March 4, 2011. Though it had not happened yet, he explains the logic behind an Occupy Wall Street movement. I just wanted to post it to strengthen my tie to MIT Anthropology. :chin […]

Abstract: Cultural Obstacles to Economic Development Often Transitory by Timur Kuran

October 19, 2011 by


Abstracted by Brian J. Delas Armas According to economist Timur Kuran, culture can often be an obstacle to economic growth and developments.  He opines that “cultural lock-in” or the idea that people are “trapped” in their cultural beliefs and communities is among the causes of persistent underdevelopment.”  He assumes that with this “cultural lock-in”, there […]

Abstract: Consuming Interests by Orvar Lofgren

October 16, 2011 by


Abstracted by Brian J. Delas Armas In the vein of Mary Douglas’ “The Uses of Goods”, Orvar Lofgren argues that Swedish consumption of home products is an active site where culture was constantly being made and contested.  He argues against the ideas that social identity has been lost in this consumption, that consumers are shallow, […]

Culture of Nonprofit Workplaces

October 12, 2011 by


Nonprofits and educational institutions are the only places I’ve been around  since I did my u-grad in 2006.  I’ve had this thought many times, but finally decided to type words to blog entry. When I think of the word nonprofits, one word comes to mind:  “burn”…and the last syllable…”out.” Burnout! I’ve endured though I have […]

Abstract: The Uses of Goods by Mary Douglas

October 1, 2011 by


Abstracted by Brian J. Delas Armas The chapter by Mary Douglas is a theoretical exploration of the idea of consumption and how meaning is made through consumption.  She supports her assertions thru anecdotes, exchanges, and hypothetical situations common in her Westernized social context, a context in which I participate. For Mary Douglas, the Capitalist society […]

Receiving Benefits Because of Your Race

August 31, 2011 by


While I was reading about mathematics learning and racism, I came across this quote that gave a twist on institutionalized, “hidden”, subtle racism: Racism springs not from the hearts of “racists,” but from the fact that dominant actors in a racialized social system receive benefits at all levels (political, economic, social, and even psychological), whereas […]

Food Choices and Identity

August 5, 2011 by


Can being perceived as “un-American” change your food choices? Yes, says this psychology study. So in this set of experiments, Asian and Asian-American students’ identities were threatened.  They were “threatened” by experimenters who asked them things like “do you speak English”,  “you have to be an American” to be part of this study. The study […]