Rivers is Our Forgotten Founding Father

The true history of British social anthropology’s origins, seen through the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres strait (CAETS) [1] Three centuries of anthropology. Between evolution and ethnography. The CAETS’ protagonists (minus Rivers). The CAETS and functionalist ethnography. Rivers was the founder of British social anthropology. Rivers between anthropology and psychology. Tweet This Post

What anthropologists really do

Summary: The new anthropologist is a self-appointed people’s representative in the double sense of writing them up and acting as their advocate. And anthropology is a sort of democratic politics, informed by long-term, empty-headed exposure to strangers wherever they live and shaped by the main public issues of the day. This populism is hostile to… Read More »

Free trade and protection: not alternatives, but always complementary

Sir James Steuart was a Jacobite exile who brought the term ‘political economy’ from Continental Europe to Britain. Almost a decade before The Wealth of Nations he published Principles of Political Economy in 1767. For advocating a free Scottish home market with initial protection from foreign predators, including England (this was 50 years after the Union!),… Read More »

Six Poems

A selection 1982-1999 Various places Refuge (Paresseux nerveux) A short history of knowledge Ishmael at the masthead (View from a balcony, Jamaica) One glad look Nuclear reaction i can smell the world burning Tweet This Post

Exchange with Alex Foti on nettime

Alex Foti to nettime, 17 December 2016 Dear Vahid, for the very little it’s worth i’ve been campaigning to save Aleppo since the siege and furiously since the assad-putin-iran atrocities escalated. i agree about the complicity by omission of the left, which finds a depressing parallel with most of the left muddling truth about ethnic… Read More »

Trying to make a meaningful connection: Keith Hart’s anthropology

  Transcription of an interview with Federico Neiburg and Fernando Rabossi held at the National Museum (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), on May  23rd, 2011. It will be published in Portuguese at Mana: Studies in Social Anthropology.   Federico Neiburg (FN): You have your PhD in anthropology from Cambridge, having studied Latin and Greek… Read More »

After the Paris attacks; a letter to my daughter.

After the Paris attacks. A letter to my daughter, Lou Hart. Sophie and Constance are shaken, S more moved by all the calls from kin and friends, poring over images of the carnage, but also thinking of what it means to be gunned down in a bar, asking why people would throw down blankets to… Read More »

Religion and economy

(Delivered on October 22nd in the Economics Faculty, Humboldt University, Berlin as the Hermann Otto Hirschfeld lecture for 2015. With profound thanks to Prof. Rolf Schieder for his role in organizing this event.) Religion belongs to a set of terms that also includes art and science. Science began as a form of knowledge opposed to… Read More »