Blog Etiquette & Organization

Welcome Back to AnthroTheoryLearning

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It’s Spring 2018, and class is starting. We’ve got about 13 people in the class right now, and many of them are not anthropology ‘majors’ (we don’t have an anthropology major per se at UW-Parkside), so we should get a wide and interesting range of posts here. I look forward to the discussion!

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… Returning soon for the Spring 2018 semester!

Right on schedule, we’ll be exploring anthropological theory again starting in January 2018. Stay tuned for more insights from the students of ANTH 302 – yes, you read that right, it’s no longer SOCA 302. Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside now has its own designation. We’ve also merged with the Geography department and are searching for new faculty, so I’m pretty happy about that!

See you in about 6 weeks!

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… this is a class web site. I’m offering the class again in Spring, so come back for more insights!

And thank you so much for your comments and pingbacks. The authors here are undergraduates studying anthropology, and these are often their first attempts at making sense of social theory. Your comments mean so much to me. I’ve send on links to the students (some of whom have graduated) because it matters that we are speaking to each other.

Sincerely – “Dr. Kate”

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Blog Etiquette & Organization

Welcome to Spring 2016

Before we start, here’s some notes about this blog for the students in SOCA 302 in Spring 2016.

Read through the previous blog posts. These were written by other students like you, with about as much knowledge of anthropological theory as you (perhaps even less!). See what they’ve written? It’s fun, it makes theory accessible, and hopefully it will help you in learning more about theory.

Few people anywhere are perfect experts in theory. Even the experts argue and debate about what things ‘really’ mean and whether so-and-so meant that when s/he wrote this. So, if you see something in a blog post that you think is a misinterpretation, don’t assume that you’re wrong! Your interpretation is as valid as any other.

Use more formal language in the blog posts – no text-speak/abbreviations, please!

If it is not clear that your user name is you, then add your name in at the end of each of your posts or comments.

Be sure to categorize your post. There’s a list on the left of the screen when you are writing a post, and if a tag you want is not in the list, then create a new category. Don’t forget to uncheck ‘uncategorized.’ It will help all of us with navigation.

Please DO add images to your post!

Preview your page before publishing.

Look for your invitation to be an author for this page in coming days.

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Karl Marx believed that the product of human labor was separate from and hostile toward its maker. The same might be said of the product of our commercial activities on the Internet. You might not believe that your institutional doppelgänger works against you, but it does not seem like a stretch to argue that the sum of your activity as a consumer—your social-media posts, credit history, the freakishly accurate profile advertisers have of you—is its own creature, and can move about independently of you. You can also assign any number of automated tasks to your doppelgänger, which it will perform tirelessly.

Think about this – ways in which Marx’s theory of the alienation of labor can now be extended to consumption.

The Afterlife of Pia Farrenkopf,” The New Yorker, March 27, 2014

 

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The Germans Play Monopoly

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The Germans Play Monopoly

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