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Category Archives: Methods

Corporate Ethnography

I follow the use of ethnographic methods outside of anthropology with some interest, although without much real understanding of how its non-anthropological purveyors use it. Now, Grant McCracken at ‘This Blog Sits At …’ offers a lengthy and informative summary of the problems of corporate ethnography. The jist: … some clients are now treating ethnography […]

The Problem of Anthropologists as Advocates

Lorenz at has picked up on a story from The Australian about the reluctance of the National Native Title Tribunal to accept the testimony of anthropologists it deems to have close relationships with aboriginal groups. Quoting the article: Mr Neate [Tribunal President] said anthropologists and historians had a pivotal role in native title claims, […]

‘Making Stuff Up’ in Anthropological Fieldwork

In the course of a general conversation about methods in various social science disciplines this week, a colleague asked me what stops me from ‘making stuff up’ in my anthropology research. My immediate response was that there was really nothing to stop me from writing anthropological fiction. I elaborated, however, and suggested that I would […]

Another New On-line Resource for BC Researchers

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs has made available on-line the Final Report / Minutes of Decision of the McKenna-McBride Commission. As noted in the press release: The McKenna-McBride Royal Commission [1912-1915] had a significant impact on Indian peoples’ reserve land base by adding to, reducing and eliminating reserves throughout the province. The McKenna-McBride Royal […]

Google Earth and Anthropology Research/Teaching?

I carefully avoided downloading Google Earth — after playing with Google Maps and some of the hacks people created for I sensed I could lose myself for days all over the planet if I installed Google Earth. I was being good! Then I read Rex’s recent post at about staring down from above into […]

Another News Story About Anthros in the Corporate World

In a growing list of news stories about anthropologists working outside of academia (here, for example), recently published a story about an anthropologist, trained in the ethnography of Native America, working for Intel. Her project is described this way: The first task was to convince Intel that technology is used in dramatically different ways […]