Understanding Society is an excellent blog that focuses on key issues in sociology – especially contemporary sociological theory – and does a very good job of explaining the concepts. I’ve been dealing with the issue of social complexity for awhile now in my attempts to think about what it means to be Cambodian, Buddhist, Khmer, etc., etc., in contemporary Cambodia. However, there are many different approaches to complexity, and they are not all commensurate to each other. Here’s a post specifically on Social Complexity.
That’s all ‘theory.’ How about some important practice? Nancy Scheper-Hughes, whose name should be beatified upon her passing by the church of Anthropology, is interviewed here, on the Global Trade With Poor People’s Kidneys. It’s a long piece, on Scheper-Hughes in general; this section is on organ trade. I demand you both read it.
Cambodians have similar fears to the ones Scheper-Hughes encountered. I am unaware of any studies – or even journalism – that examines the reality of organ trade in Cambodia. Anybody have ideas or suggestions?
Speaking of three-part weblog interviews: here’s a good three-parter on the anthropology blog Savage Minds with Jason Baird, about Open Access academic publishing.
Speaking of Open Access academic publishing: the inaugural issue of Hau: a journal of ethnographic theory, is imminently to be released, with articles from very heavy hitters: Sahlins, Graeber, Wagner, and others. Wow. Plus, a dear friend of mine is on the editorial board! Very proud of her, but don’t know if she’d want me to name her.
The Religion Bulletin has a new piece on “Hitler, Religion, and the Bible,” in which the author examines another person’s blog post “overview of the involvement of biblical scholars in promoting Nazi Germany’s anti-Jewish policies.”