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Too Big To Fail: The First 5000 Years
you really can’t organise a modern industrial society on the basis of organising a wife-swapping party every time you want to buy a blanket.
economics  debt  social  anthropology  politics  money  culture  review  appreciation 
may 2015 by amaah
The Bukom Boys Subcultures and Identity Transformation in Accra, Ghana (pdf)
the origins of kpanlogo and more... and in recent times, the cauldron from which azonto sprang
culture  ghana  africa  music  research  observation  urban  ga  city  accra  youth  identity  history  anthropology  language  social  dance  highlife  perception 
april 2015 by amaah
David Graeber’s Debt: My First 5,000 Words
Aaron Bady's important review of an important book. Zunguzungu keeps flexing his literary muscles
socialliving  social  politics  history  anthropology  economics  debt  culture  appreciation  literature  review 
february 2012 by amaah
Mobile Money: The Economics of M-PESA
the social anthropology is more interesting to my mind than the economics
research  kenya  africa  money  cash  distribution  mobile  cell  finance  economics  networks  systems  design  technology  architecture  social  strategy  anthropology  susu 
february 2011 by amaah
Atomic City, la ville et le nucléaire
documentary on Richland, the nuclear city in the west of the US.. its iconography is that of the mushroom cloud. interesting relationship between the population that depends on the jobs cleaning up the nuclear mess, the town and the nuclear material it draws it notoriety from.
Pour cette communaute, la nucleaire est une affaire de famille.
nuclear  video  documentary  France  city  urban  sociology  anthropology  usa  culture  history  bomb  iconography  Nagasaki  plutonium  memory  observation  radiation  health  policy  danger  richland  hanford  safety 
january 2011 by amaah
An ounce of inefficiency
"adherence to inefficient traditions matters quite a lot. On the other hand, taking the long-term historical view, they scarcely matter at all." On norms
tradition  culture  standards  inertia  humanfactors  economics  bureaucracy  observation  perception  USA  adoption  social  anthropology  communities  organization  norms 
september 2010 by amaah
Did a thirst for beer spark civilization?
"Alcohol provided the initial motivation" says some archaeologist... Akyeampong has recently argued that alcohol (the suppression/taxation thereof) was certainly a motivation for the independence movement in colonial Gold Coast. This is a wider theory about agriculture settlements
beer  food  agriculture  alcohol  archaeology  anthropology  history  evolution  motivation  culture  research 
april 2010 by amaah
Chasing Alpha
more notes on our great depression, this time from an anthropologist... Of course, therein lies a tale: the problematic assessment of risk. Perhaps we can begin to assess risk through local knowledge or by extrapolating from the past. But how does one assess the risk of an asset’s price that has no history, such as a mortgage issued to a subprime borrower? Yet, risk was computed, sliced off, and outsourced, and we have seen the disaster wrought by this financial revolution. Its effects have cascaded down on the rest of us, and we are calling on community in its governmental form to save us from this excess market expansion. (Should we refer to this botched specialization as core incompetence?).
social  anthropology  culture  economics  observation  bubble  depression  capitalism  strategy  USA  finance  business  debt  risk  shellgame 
october 2009 by amaah
Engaging Colonial Nostalgia
William Cunningham Bissell's Short (Anthropological) History of Nostalgia wherein we have the following: Susan Stewart (1984:23) defined nostalgia as a "social disease." It was originally identified in the 1680s as a sickness of youth, afflicting Swiss mercenaries fighting in far-off lands. The symptoms included despondency, melancholy, frequent
bouts of weeping, anorexia, a generalized wasting away, and even attempts
at suicide
social  anthropology  nostalgia  research  history  dislocation  culture  observation  authenticity  modernity  tradition  colonialism  memory 
august 2009 by amaah
Informal Income Opportunities and Urban Employment in Ghana (pdf)
Keith Hart's study of Nima and its denizens. Notable mainly for being the seminal work in anthropology and economics on the informal sector, the informal economy, black markets and so forth
culture  anthropology  Nima  migration  economics  informal  employment  social  immigration  urban  slums  Accra  Ghana  Africa  filetype:pdf  media:document 
may 2009 by amaah
Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century
some of the most entertaining readings about collapse are Dmitry Orlov's wry musings... zingers galore about the apocalypse - sample: In all, I expect drugs and alcohol to become one of the largest short-term post-collapse entrepreneurial opportunities in the United States, along with asset stripping, and security.
collapse  economics  history  crisis  depression  Russia  Soviet  usa  ussr  observation  energy  BestPractices  social  communities  anthropology 
april 2009 by amaah
Informal Income Opportunities and Urban Employment in Ghana
Keith Hart's seminal article on the social anthropology of Nima in Accra. All hail Google Books
urban  anthropology  Nima  Accra  Ghana  Africa  city  employment  poverty  observation  research  social  migration  communities 
april 2009 by amaah
How ethnic groups change Oakland neighborhoods
The goal of his survey is to determine from dozens of residents their perceptions of space and neighborhood resources within the city.

"I got fascinated by how cultures use space to reinforce their cultural identity and socioeconomic means,"
urban  space  communities  design  architecture  city  oakland  street  streetlife  perception  observation  identity  research  social  anthropology 
march 2009 by amaah
Models of statistical distribution
When I carried out fieldwork in Ghana during the 1960s, I was amazed by how migrants found their relatives, after traveling 500 miles to an unknown city of a million people. They had no addresses or phone numbers written down. When they arrived in the central lorry park, they would look for someone wearing Northern dress and ask him where they could find people like themselves. Directed to a particular district, they would seek out a leading figure in the ethnic community. They might then be directed to someone else from their home village. By all means, within an hour or two, they would be sitting with their relative. These African migrants knew that we live in small worlds connected by fewer links than most of us imagine. They used contingent human encounters and network hubs like local big men, not street maps. Their method was news to me then, but it shouldn’t be now.
communities  networks  distribution  modeling  humanfactors  sociology  social  anthropology  statistics  migration  immigration  information  flow 
january 2009 by amaah
Africa’s urban revolution
Keith Hart's essay on Africa’s traditional societies and agrarian civilization... like others he sees the 'informal sector' as the key to development, that women will at last be the principal drivers of growth, that cultural production and the energies of the cities will be the means and that communication and the technologies enabling it are the vital glue... we'll see I suppose
Africa  history  economics  politics  anthropology  development  strategy  thinking  analysis  urban  informal  migration  cities  city 
november 2008 by amaah
Follow Me Now: The Zigzagging Zunguzung Meme
I guess you'd call this musical anthropology charting as it does the history of a riff from Jamaican roots reggae to hip-hop braggadocio through party anthems from New York to Puerto Rico back to dancehall used in Jamaican politics
music  anthropology  reggae  culture  hip-hop  history  Jamaica  NewYork  sociology 
november 2007 by amaah
Mami Wata, the More Than Beautiful Woman
Mami Wata is the pidgin English name of the spiritual force known to Igbo-speakers as Ezenwaanyi (Queen or Chief of Women), Nnekwunwenyi (Honorable Woman), Ezebelamiri (Queen Who Lives in the Waters), and Nwaanyi mara mma the More Than Beautiful Woman
Nigeria  africa  anthropology  religion  sociology  superstition  culture  tradition  spirit  modernity  folklore 
july 2007 by amaah
Polyglots, Vernaculars and Global Markets: Variable Trends in West Africa (pdf)
consider how some West Africans interact with foreign languages and cultures in an era of global capital, especially when it comes to the activities of migrants venturing into overseas labour markets
and to the production of cultural commodities at home.
language  linguistics  WestAfrica  migration  urban  city  integration  communication  communities  change  culture  social  sociolinguistics  sociology  research  Africa  Senegal  Nigeria  modernity  evolution  multilingual  observation  anthropology  globalization  markets  SocialLiving  filetype:pdf  media:document 
july 2007 by amaah
The Ethnographic Model and the Linguistic Integration of Migrants in Accra
Accra, the capital of Ghana, is currently undergoing a period of spectacular expansion, mainly due to in-migration. Linguistic communication within it can be modeled synchronically as a system of three progressively more inclusive spheres: the indigenous
language  linguistics  Accra  Ghana  migration  urban  city  integration  communication  communities  change  culture  social  sociolinguistics  sociology  research  Africa  Ga  Akan  Hausa  religion  tradition  modernity  evolution  multilingual  observation  anthropology  globalization  markets  SocialLiving 
july 2007 by amaah
On Mami Water by Birgit Meyer
seeks to explain the ongoing popularity of Mami Water as a destructive, yet incredibly seductive spirit by focusing on stories and rumors, pentecostalist sermons and teachings, and popular Ghanaian video movies. The eroticism of forbidden, yet compelling
ghana  africa  anthropology  religion  sociology  superstition  culture  tradition  spirit  modernity  folklore 
july 2007 by amaah
Black America's musical links to Scotland
Those gaelic highlander folk got soul or is it the other way round?
music  musicology  black  us  america  scotland  gospel  singing  prayer  religion  roots  anthropology  culture  tradition 
june 2005 by amaah
Calling Things By Their Names
The identity of a community is to be found in the most unlikely of things. The things that draw people together to form a cohesive whole are not the explicit things that one thinks, it's not warlike territoriality or dedication to some mission "statement"
language  naming  communities  tribes  patterns  BestPractices  software  history  strategy  lotus  quickplace  sametime  notes  ibm  web  conflict  israel  palestine  Ghana  Dagbon  Kokonba  africa  chicken  guineafowl  anthropology  toli  sociology  social-software  socialsoftware  technology 
june 2005 by amaah
PITTs: Naming An Aesthetic
A tongue-twisting tale of linguistic gymnastics On The Plain Old Distributed Computing Aesthetic, PITTs, Good Enoughers, View Sourcerers and TBDs, The Dark Matter of Technology, Polos, A Lotus Diversion, Radical Simplifiers and Anti-Monopulaters, TATs
technology  language  linguistics  systems  design  engineering  architecture  web  rest  british  history  WilliamPitt  politics  humour  neologisms  coinages  pitts  software  buzzwords  anthropology  zingers  lotus  ibm  music  soul  jazz  tennis  tv  toli 
june 2005 by amaah
Reading The Haitian Landscape
In the world of art, it is easy to dwell on blood-soaked despair and Haiti gives much material for this vein. In the real world of Haiti however, we should always remember that there are simply people trying to get on with it under very trying circumstanc
Haiti  Caribbean  development  disaster  poverty  geography  history  collapse  ecology  economics  literature  review  music  politics  slavery  culture  anthropology  voodoo  JaredDiamond  GrahamGreene  Chamoiseau  D'Angelo  JamesBond  ToussaintL'ouverture  MadisonSmarttBell  toli 
october 2004 by amaah

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