I recently attended a workshop in which some very intelligent and informed people from several countries were brought together to discuss a range of topics that had been presented in advance as a set of interconnected, open questions. Although everyone… Read More ›
Welcome to the portable e-soapbox of a sociologist with too much time on her hands. Milena Kremakova is fascinated by too many things and refuses to devote her time single-mindedly to any one pursuit. In this column she gives voice to one of her thinking selves: that of a perpetual traveller comfortably stuck between the positions of outsider and insider, geared to discover the unusual even in the most mundane setting, and always having something to say (or show). She pledges to irregulary scribble thin, unabashedly empirical quasi-ethnographic observations, loosely driven by pre-developed concepts, while promiscuously recycling insights from sociological theories.
Sometimes she tweets short thoughts as @idlEthnographer.
The capability approach (CA), developed by Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum and other social theorists is a broad, human-centred normative framework for the evaluation of individual and group well-being, quality of life and social justice. Sen and Nussbaum’s ideas have influenced… Read More ›
Reblogged from the Idle Ethnographer’s mathematical blog, mattersmathematical.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/sensible-solutions
“Katerina Tarnovska is a Ukrainian preschool teacher, a kickboxing world champion and a self-proclaimed descendent of the legendary warrior women of the Amazon. In 2002 she founded Asgarda, a martial art exclusively for women that is inspired by the tribal… Read More ›
“A 1940’s record of a symphony written in late 19th century”: Interview with German filmmaker Moritz Liewerscheidt
“Jahrhundertwende” (“Turn of the Century”) is a thirty-minute essay film by Berlin-based filmmaker Moritz Liewerscheidt. The film reflects both the formation of Nazi ideology in the early 20th century and the situation in today’s Eastern Germany, where a neo-Nazi movement… Read More ›
I was surfing the web over breakfast (as one does) and found a fellow anthropology site bearing the cute name The Geek Anthropologist that I thought many of our readers would like. It is a community blog run by anthropology student Marie-Pierre… Read More ›
This is my response to gunes’ comment on the post “Cite-seeing in Edirne” – I’m publishing it as a separate post in the hope that it will provoke further discussion. It’s an important topic. Hi gunes, Thank you for reading…. Read More ›
Baklava is a recent Bulgarian film which was banned as soon as it was released a couple of years ago due to allegations of content unsuitable for the screen, including violence, indecency and child pornography. Allegations aside, the film presents a bleak,… Read More ›
Finally a good article explaining the craze of high heels with the help of some well-researched historical evidence. After years of being baffled why on earth (rather, above earth) half of the (rich) world’s population is expected (and often cherishes… Read More ›
A recent report unearthed an empirical link between happiness and …trees. I wonder if Christmas trees could also help us be happy? Read the article in the Guardian here.
(reposted from 300daysinberlin.wordpress.com where the Idle Ethnographer posts not entirely sociological impressions about being a foreigner, once again) I have owned this goddamnugly woollen T-shirt since I can remember myself, and that was a pretty long time ago: some time in… Read More ›
A glimpse into the sociology student culture in Germany… Here is how sociology students at the Humboldt University in Berlin advertised their first semester party a few days ago:
In 2007-2009, I did over 50 interviews with Bulgarian maritime workers. I wanted to study the post-socialist transformations of institutions and practices of maritime labour – and how those changes affected the working lives of seafarers and other maritime workers…. Read More ›
I recently learnt that among the rules that Orthodox Jews observe is not tattooing their skin. This made sense initially and I thought that the reason was the forceful branding of people in concentration camps. However, the prohibition is in… Read More ›