This blog is devoted to tips and tricks of the trade in Anthropology. It's my hope that students and professors within the discipline, as well as like-minded readers from other fields, will find its practical discussions of grant writing, research methods, getting published, and teaching, among other topics, helpful and maybe even comforting.
In 1986, Writing Culture changed the discipline with its critical inquiries into what ethnographers do - that is, write ethnographies. On its cover was a picture of Stephen Tyler during his fieldwork: hunched over a notebook, pen in hand, writing.
Today, the tools of cultural anthropologists look more like the photo above: laptops, tablets, smartphones, and apps are all creating new possibilities for research methods and writing, as well as teaching and other professional responsibilities.
It's hard enough to learn the mystified and deeply personal trade of Anthropology as is. Learning how to integrate new technologies and practices shouldn't require each of us to reinvent the wheel.
How To Anthropology is a space for discussing both the tried and true, as well as the new and inventive. But it will always be written in plain, simple language, intended for practical use. Expect new posts once or twice a month.
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I'm Cheryl Deutsch, a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. I'm currently doing fieldwork for my dissertation in Delhi, India, exploring the statistical imaginaries at work in planning transportation infrastructure for the city's future.
In my research, teaching, and general approach to life, I always want to know how and why people do the things they do. I like to know how things work, and I love nothing more than when someone who's mastered something is able to share their mastery in clearly and interestingly articulated lessons. This blog is my attempt to share what I've learned, to invite lessons from others, and to explore how we do what we do as anthropologists.
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