An anthropologist's perspective on society, business, and ADVENTURE!!!!
An Anthropologist’s Perspective | #D3
HUMAN NATURE FALLACY: (1) Screw up. (2) Note similar screwups elsewhere. (3) Label screwups “human nature.” (4) Piss off anthropologists everywhere.
“The IDEO design process begins with understanding the product’s history and uses, and observation of consumer experiences, a step owing more to anthropology than conventional market research. Here, IDEO’s staff and client partners move into the field to see how consumers experience and use the product of interest.”
Clardy, Alan. “IDEO: A Study in Core Competence.” Townson University. Townson University, n.d. Web. 16 Jul 2013. <pages.towson.edu/aclardy/Working Papers/IDEO.pdf.>
George Zimmerman’s trial ended this week and — as a Floridian, gun owner, one-time ambassador for UF’s Institute of Black Culture, and anthropologist — it hit me harder than any other televised trial.
Firstly, know that I’m not challenging anybody’s satisfaction or outrage with the verdict. However, I’ve got to challenge some things about Floridian Stand Your Ground policy, Zimmerman’s trial, and society’s conflation of the two.
An Anthropologist’s Perspective | #D2
People’s functional understandings of words often differ from dictionaries’ definitions. Stay patient, and learn what others actually “hear” when you speak.
“[an] anthropologist told how he chemically induced the hallucination of turning into a tiger. Putting on some appropriately ritualistic music, he took some LSD and … found himself crawling around his apartment, spitting and snarling and believing he was a tiger.”
Newman, Patrick. Tracking the Weretiger: supernatural man-eaters of India, China and Southeast Asia. McFarland & Company, Inc., 1961. Print.
“Social and demographic change … opens up opportunities by altering people’s preferences and by creating demand for products that had not existed before.”
Shane, S. Technology strategies for managers and entrepreneurs. UpperSaddle River, NJ: Pearson Education,Inc, 2009. 77. Print.
An Anthropologist’s Perspective | #D1
Natural scientists shouldn’t dismiss social science, because social principles (like context-of-situation) influence the very way we teach natural science.
How to Use Anthro | Tip #C10
Make news, by writing anthropologically-informed social commentaries.
How to Use Anthro | Tip # C7
“Anthropologist” is a title of expertise. Don’t fear billing yourself as an anthropologist!
“Another feature of ethnographic thinking is a conception of the research process as inductive or discovery-based; rather than as being limited to the testing of explicit hypotheses.”
Genzuk , M. (2003). A synthesis of ethnographic research. Retrieved from www-bcf.usc.edu/~genzuk/Ethnographic_Research.html…