Anthropological Introductions

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  1. PrometheeFeu says:

    A a libertarian, hacker, economist, software engineer, law geek, married to an anthropologist, I look forward to reading what my wife’s people have to say about my people. ;-)

  2. Orin Kerr says:

    I’m looking forward to the posts, but I’m curious: Is your work focused on the internal narratives and ideologies that people use to describe/justify what they do, or is it focused externally on the actual conduct of what people do?

  3. No pressure there PrometheeFeu :-) Let’s see what I can pull off.

    Orin: a bit of both, at least in the forthcoming book on free software and the Debian project, which is the largest free software project in the world. So I will analyze things like their manifestos, Social Contract, but also analyze these in terms of what they do, don’t do, and especially what they fight about, like Cabals! I spend a lot of time in one chapter dealing with accusations of cabals (and a resolution over it) as a way to understand their commitments to meritocracy. What they do is I would say more important that what is said but these two come hand in hand (at least usually) in my work.

  4. Orin Kerr says:

    Biella,

    Got it, thanks.

    I suppose I ask because ideologies can serve as convenient myths more than descriptions of reality. But I suppose it depends on who the “they” are that you are studying, so I will look forward to your posts.

  5. Mark Craig says:

    Biella,

    Nicely put and, yes, it’s easy enough to get caught in the line of fire here.

    We do more about Papua New Guinea – this is more like a highly developed rain forest tribe that circulates unseen within our midst. We see the trees and every now and then catch glimpses of fleeting shadows that become the basis of our opinions. Had to laugh the other day when I heard that CNN was going to “take you inside Anonymous.” As if.