49: Quotation of the Fortnight

1 05 2008

“There are no theories unless based upon fact but facts exist only within the context of a theory.”

-Julian Steward

48:Anthropological Term of the Fortnight – itadakimasu

2 04 2008

by Christina Knapp

In Japan, being formal and polite is an absolute must. This is true
even when eating a meal. So here’s a term of interest that might come
in handy when you’re about to eat and you want to make a good
impression or blend in with the culture. Right before eating a meal,
you’ll hear most Japanese folks say “itadakimasu” (pronounced ee-ta-da-
kee-mas). It’s basically the equivalent of saying grace before you
eat dinner. While the exact meaning is still uncertain, it is
believed to be a way of showing acceptance and gratitude of something
that is offered. This might not help in understanding how to speak
Japanese, it will help in trying to understand their culture which is
what anthropology is all about.

47:Quotation of the Fortnight

16 03 2008

Brought to you by Chrystal Kinsella: 

“If we were to select the most intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind, all races would be present.”

Franz Boas

46:Quotation of the Fortnight

3 03 2008

Brought to you by Jeanne Binning:

“When the actor is brought in—not the actor denoted by such vapid terms as intentional subject or culturally constructed self or social person but with desires and fears, hopes and anxieties, loves and hates, conflicts and defenses, the kind of actor we know ourselves and the people we study to be but who nevertheless seldom appears in our culture theories—then complexity unfortunately cannot be avoided” (Spiro 1997:7).