Tag Archives: Anthropology

GMOs and health concerns

Dear All, As a follow-up on the previous post “Good food for good studies“, I am posting the information on the book by J. M. Smith “Genetic roulette: The documented health risks of genetically engineered foods”. The book deals with the topic of GMO (genetically modified organism) and provides some documented evidence concerning issues and …

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Proxemics: Personal space

Exploring various aspects of nonverbal communication in animals and humans, cultural anthropologist E.T. Hall (1966) came to the conclusion that around each person, there exists an invisible “bubble”, a personal space which can be measured with surprising accuracy. The term that he coined to refer to the branch of knowledge dealing with personal space was …

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Chronemics: monochronic and polychronic cultures

Dear All, Today I would like to discuss two concepts: “monochronic culture” vs “polychronic culture”; both concepts are pertinent to chronemics (see “Types of nonverbal communication” post for the definition). Studying various aspects of interpersonal communication, famous anthropologist Edward T. Hall (1959; 1976) noticed that English has such expressions as “time is money” and “to waste …

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High- and low-context cultures

Dear All, In this post, I would like to discuss such concepts as “high-context culture” vs “low-context culture”. These concepts were first introduced by anthropologist Edward Twitchell Hall. According to Hall, “[h]igh context transactions feature pre-programmed information that is in the receiver and in the setting, with only minimal information in the transmitted message. Low …

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Can animals speak?

Video credit: JHawx, “Einstein the bird” November 25, 2009, via YouTube. Hello Everyone, Have you ever heard of birds or other representative of fauna that can speak? In this video, you can see a bird that can say several words and phrases. Sometimes, it is difficult to understand them; however, they are still quite intelligible. …

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Nutritional Anthropology book

Dear All, In scholarly discourse, including intercultural communication, the question of nutrition seems to be growing in importance which reflects people’s increasing awareness of health issues and environmental concerns. In their recent book entitled “Nutritional anthropology: biocultural perspectives on food and nutrition”, Dufour, Goodman, and Pelto compiled a collection of 55 essays. The essays explore …

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Cultural Anthropology

What is the connection between Linguistics and Anthropology? What are Linguistic Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology? How do anthropological methods help linguists? The book below may help to answer these questions. This book is the eighth edition of Raymond Scupin’s “Cultural anthropology: A global perspective”. The book covers a variety of topics such as globalization; the …

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The theory of linguistic relativity from the historical perspective

This post discusses how the theory of linguistic relativity evolved historically. In this connection the ideas of different scholars who have contributed to the evolution of the thought are reviewed. The theory of linguistic relativity is best known from the works of Benjamin Lee Whorf and his mentor Edward Sapir (hence another name of the …

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CFP (call for papers) website

If you would like to browse through the current CFPs in Anthropology, Linguistics, New Media, Sociology of Language, and Cultural Studies, the following website may be of use: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/ It is called cfp.english.upenn.edu, a service provided by penn english. Iaroslav

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