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The Great Bengal Famine: Colonial Rapine and the East India Company

Posted February 18th, 2011 at 05:40 PM by Gile na Gile
Updated February 20th, 2011 at 06:25 AM by Gile na Gile

The Great Bengal famine of 1770 is destined to become the text-book example of how corporate governance and the headlong pursuit of profits can cause mass starvation amongst a peasantry. For it is one of the earliest and most devastating examples of the dangers inherent in concentrating land resources for the export of cash-crops without first insuring the primacy of the producers own food sovereignty. It is moreover an apt starting point as it also marks the beginning of the integration of local...
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Lacan's 'orthodox sublation' of Freud - Anchoring the Subject in the Symbolic

Posted February 24th, 2011 at 02:56 AM by Gile na Gile

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The multidisciplinary holistic approach undertaken by the French psychoanalyst and polymath, Jacques Lacan, has produced an imposing edifice from which to view the human condition. Lacan set himself an enormous task, eventually fusing Freudian doctrine with phenomenology, structuralism and Saussurean linguistics while drawing on insights from the fields of anthropology and ethology....
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Romulus Hillsborough - Even worse than Turnbull?

Posted March 3rd, 2011 at 11:57 AM by leakbrewergator
Updated April 7th, 2011 at 07:47 AM by leakbrewergator

Yes.

I had never read a Romulus Hillsborough work until recently. I've heard from different individuals that I consider to be more knowledgeable than myself in Japanese history that Hillsborough was not an incredibly good historian. Like Stephen Turnbull, he tends to over-dramatize certain areas of Japanese culture that he finds particularly interesting. I've also been made aware that he has an unhealthy infatuation with Sakamoto Ryoma.

A few weeks ago I was at my nearby...
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A short history of the Bambara of West Africa

Posted March 4th, 2011 at 01:08 PM by Gile na Gile
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The Bambara are a part of the large Mande ethnic group in West Africa whose roots can be traced to Tichitt in southern Mauritania where urban centres thrived from at least 1500 B.C. Today, the Bambara live primarily in Mali but also in Guinea, Burkina Faso and Senegal. At present, around 80% of the population in Mali speaks Bambara regardless of ethnicity. It is mutually intelligible with the Manding and Diola languages and along with French is today an official language of Mali.
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The Nature of Ethnography and Politics

Posted March 5th, 2011 at 01:54 PM by Lady_Cassandra

Just finished writing up a midterm paper for my political anthropology class. I'm rather happy with it. Feedback would be appreciated from any who are feeling generous. Due on Monday so fingers crossed for a good grade.

The Nature of Ethnography and Politics
“Ordinary Men” as Reflexive Subjects
A thirty five year old metal worker and policeman of the Reserve Battalion 101 in reference to the actions that resulted in the deaths of...
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