great post. thanks. i shall RT and buzz, it’s a must-read and look.
great! it’s extremely hard to find reliable information in the west… you have done a wonderful job in outlining a field!
Maximilian C. Forte [Visitor]
Tremendous roundup Lorenz, there are some items here that I missed. Many thanks for the links.
ryan a [Visitor]
thanks for posting this.
A truly amazing round up as usual, thank you so much Lorenz.
What do you make of Unni Wikan’s comments? I’m curious because it doesn’t seem to be the first time that something controversial takes place involving Wikan. I don’t know enough about her work to comment very much, but I do recall there were controversies before. Anyone knowns anything about that ?
PS: I am a bit more reserved regarding Al-Jazeera. I do watch it a lot, but I take it with a grain of salt just like I do with western media, they all have their specific biais. In their coverage of Tunisia, Al-Jazeera portrayed a known-but-far-from-popular exiled islamist leader as if he was a hugely popular figure, with the result of actually strenghtening his public profile (there were several comments about this on Tunisian blogs and Twitter). Just one example.
Thanks! It’s a combination of links I found and links my knowledgeable Facebook friends posted on their walls
Hi Sarah, thanks for your comment and questions. You’re right. Unni Wikan is a rather controversial anthropologist because of her sometimes seemingly anti-islam and populist -nationalist views ("We’ve been too naive towards immigrants"-style arguments we know from the Far Right, see Wikipedia), that are not grounded in proper empirical analysis. But at the same time she is active in fighting popular stereotypes about immigrants and the “Middle East".
She’s rather unpredictable, and therefore an interesting anthropologist in my view. She’s also one of the few anthropologists who is able to write in an accessible language. She is very active and influential in the Norwegian public sphere.
Rosemary Joyce [Visitor]
Apropos of the dilemma that anthropologists who are archaeologists are facing, the Archaeology Division of the AAA, the World Archaeological Congress, and the Archaeological Institute of America have all started their statements of concern about cultural properties with clear statements of the need to protect the human rights and freedom of expression of the people. And some of us– see my blog post at the URL here– are arguing strongly that people matter and things should not be elevated over people.
Thanks a lot for the link to your post. Very interesting! I’ve included it in my post above
In memory of an Egyption hero http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gF_kLO7Y40
Laura Fulton [Visitor]
Great post! Wonderfully comprehensive! I have highlighted your post on my blog for teachers and professors of introductory level anthropology courses - http://blogs.triplealearning.com/category/diploma/dp_socanth/
@Lorenz, great job
You can also if you are interested this article written by Asaf Bayat
and also here the link of an interview with Asef Bayat
Thank you! I was looking for some links with this information and there you are :-) Great! I’ve shared your post in my blog.
Hi Lorenz, here is a very interesting interview with anthropologist Dr.Chad Haines.
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