I do not really see the “prediction” part here.
I’ve been trying to polish my skills in going past “just and analysis” to answer the question “so what", and a prediction would do just this. But it’s so hard. I mean, I know a little world systems analysis can tell about the future, but that’s just part of the analysis-part. After an analysis you still got the “so what"-part to deal with…
What Gillian Tett has said is quite interesting. I would have never thought about using anthropology for such an economical issue. It’s fascinating how anthropology can be used for such diverse subjects, such as financial crisis’.
Thanks for reminding on this story. This interview incl her story is indeed fascinating. Who would have known how applicable knowledge about Tajikistan would be:
Her Damascene moment came one day when struggling to write about the foreign exchange market. “I thought, you know what, this is just like being in Tajikistan. All I have to do is learn a new language. This is a bunch of people who have dressed up this activity with a whole bunch of rituals and cultural patterns, and if I can learn Tajik, I can jolly well learn how the FX market works!”
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