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Smallholder, Householders In America?

Robert Nettings book, Smallholders, Householders: Farm Families and the Ecology of Intensive , Sustainable Agriculture, is a seminal work based on a broad collection of research and analysis by anthropologists, geographers, economists, agronomists, and historians. Utilizing the frameworks of Ester Boserups’ theory of agrarian change and Julian Stewards’ concept of cultural ecology as situated knowledge, Netting argues that intensive agriculture practices are rational adaptations in response to population growth…

Extending Durkheim To Accommodate A Globalized World

Since its first theoretical inception by Edward Burnett Tylor in 1873, the concept of culture has been described as a complex whole with a unifying power that makes it possible to describe different sets of people by a “sort of general average.” For it to encompass “knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society,” it has been a necessarily ambiguous concept as well.

A Comparative Analysis of The Curatorial Presentation of Mesoamerican Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Art, as a universal concept, “is seen as a medium through which people interpret, manipulate and transform their worlds.” However, Shelly Errington warns us that “the vast majority of productions that have been made by human beings for the last thousand years were not intended to be ‘art’ in the sense that emerged in Europe in the late eighteenth century…” It is then essential to their larger objective that curators maintain an acute sensitivity to the differences and particularities surrounding culture-specific notions of art in order to provide visitors with an accurate depiction of these broader fields.

An Ongoing Correspondence With An Ever-Changing World

Market Artifacts and Social Media Technologies in a Globalized World

In the book, Invitation to Anthropology, culture is described as the “shared and negotiated systems of meaning informed by knowledge that people learn and put into practice by interpreting experience and generating behavior” (Lassiter). However, current trends in globalization and networking technology are entangling people with radically different cultural values, attitudes, and practices and compelling them to negotiate within largely Western-centric models of reality…

The 4 C’s of Design

While craft is at the center of the creative process, it must harness both theoretical knowledge and tacit knowledge, with a greater emphasis placed on tacit knowledge without devaluing the importance of theoretical knowledge. This is because predictable design is never considered to be a characteristic of good design. However it is not necessarily a complete divergence from existing, and familiar, realities… Furthermore, design must take into consideration the context in order to inform the concept if it is to accomplish its stated objectives. Yet in those objectives one must consider their relationship with interconnected systems, the complexity.