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Notes on the Concept of Deficit Terminology

June 29, 2012 by


Fennimore, Beatrice Schneller. 2000. “Breaking the Bonds of Deficit Terminology” Talk Matters: Refocusing the Language of Public Schooling. Teachers College Press. The power of education is diminished drastically when perceptions of the challenges or diversities of childhood lead to presumptions of deficiency or unworthiness…assumptions directly interfere with feelings of efficacy, respect, and hope on the […]

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 and Notes: Relationships between Theoretical and Applied and Anthropology: A Public Health Analysis, George M Foster

September 18, 2011 by


Abstracted by Brian J. Delas Armas Foster’s article represents an attempt to justify the work of applied Anthropology in the context of the 1950s.  He says that the ambivalence towards engaging in Applied Anthro was premised on the compromise of the scientific integrity of their work.  Attempting to assert the scientific applicability of the discipline, […]

Mistrust of Police and Ending Violence in One LA Community

January 22, 2011 by


Lot of thought-out ideas to ending violence in one LA community.  The ideas came complete with definitive metaphors and punchlines about problems and solutions. I noted a few of the comments that struck me. One major theme of the meeting was a community distrust of the police. Perception of the Police: They viewed the police […]

Techniques of the Body

January 18, 2011 by


So at the park in Panorama today.  Was doing chin-ups.  Corner of my eye, a guy on a mountain bicycle strolls in.  Instead of going to the push-up bars, I notice that he just decides to do pushups on the ground. Afterwards he gets up and does a few punches like he’s a fighter or […]

Fun with Religion

July 7, 2009 by


Daniel Everett’s account of living with the Piraha had some funny ass quotes about religion. (The Piraha are popularly known as the people with no numbers.) Though it’s always brought up in conversation and I consider myself “spiritual” (which seems to be the popular thing these days), I usually don’t care anything about religion other […]

Talking About the Social Construction of…

June 19, 2009 by


…What? The Social Construction of What? By Ian Hacking. I saw this in the library, had an intriguing title, an author with whom I was somewhat familiar, had a postmodernist book cover, and said, why the eff not? Well, why the eff not? For one, I could’ve been reading something else by someone who wasn’t […]