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Category Archives: Applied Anthropology

San Francisco Coffee Culture

By now, this story on San Francisco coffee culture is ‘old news’ (March 11, 2007). But it is apropos of my recent link to another post on breakfast culture in Toronto. Besides, many of my students are researching coffeehouse behavior in Vancouver and wanted the link. If you have not read this piece on the […]

15 Minutes at a Breakfast Joint

Technology blogger Rob Hyndman gives us his fifteen minute observation of a Toronto-area breakfast spot. My students should take note.

UN Conference on Treaties Held in Alberta

Update Post-conference News (via Canoe Network) Original Post The United Nations’s ‘Expert Seminar on Treaties’ is being held this week in Hobbema, Alberta, the home of the Samson Cree First Nation. The agenda and several documents and presentations from aboriginal and government participants are available on this website hosted by the UN Office of the […]

Changes Coming to the Museum of Anthropology at UBC

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia has received $52 million dollars to upgrade and expand the museum. Some of the money will fund the space needed to house the Reciprocal Research Network, reports the Globe and Mail. The RRN is “the world’s first Web-based system for the exchange of collections […]

So that’s what anthropologists do …

I am just back from a long weekend trip to Nanaimo and environs on Vancouver Island. My wife and I joined a couple of friends at a B&B and when we arrived I found myself in an all-too-familiar exchange about what anthropologists do. I encountered, however, a new twist this time. In her desire to […]

More Corporate Applied Anthropology

Inc.com has another article in a growing list of stories about anthropologists turning their research methods onto the corporate world. Here’s the rub: Marketers … believe that people give more honest responses in their natural environment than during traditional focus group studies. “There’s often a gross disconnect between the public persona that people present and […]

More Corporate Anthropology – Coca-cola and McDonald’s

There’s a neat story over at This Blog Sits at the Intersection of Anthropology and Economics describing an attempt to learn why McDonald’s drive through customers buy smaller sized Cokes than when they order at the counter. The post is amusing for its descriptions of the trials of doing ethnographic research while walking up and […]

Anthropology of Everyday Life

Thanks so much to Anne Galloway at Purse Lip Square Jaw for alerting me to the recent article by Gillian Tett in the Financial Times. The article is about anthropologists studying ‘office culture’ … things like email and computer use. As Anne says: Anyway, [the article is] worth a read. It’s supportive of anthropological research […]

Fifteen Minute Observations and the Lions Gate Bridge

My students are starting to think about their term assignments – 15 minutes observations of a scene in everyday life – and I continue see great examples of things or places they might observe. The goal of the assignment is to identify the taken-for-granteds in our own culture, to identify the rules for behavior and […]