Anthropology Major Fox

Hello, and welcome to Anthropology Major Fox, the meme for us Anthro freaks.

You don't have to be a major or minor to appreciate the submissions, you just have to love that tricky little field of Anthropology. Submissions about all four (perhaps five) areas of Anthropology will be accepted; Cultural, Biological, Linguistic, and Archeological Anthropology, as well as Applied Anthropology (if you think that's separate).

What's Wrong with This Picture: The Hegemonic Construction of Culture in AIDS Research in the United States

Thought I’d share a paper with you guys since I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I should.

This paper is from 1992, but its still very relevant to discussions about applying anthropological views of marginalized groups to health studies. When the onus of prevention and treatment are put on marginalized groups because of their so-called “high risk” activities, it creates a negative view of these cultures and sub-cultures held by medical professionals that spreads to the greater public.

raisingnome asked: Hello, this is an ask for anyone willing to answer. I'm currently studying cultural anthropology and will be graduating in a year, so I've decided to look for grad schools. I've been Googling for hours but am overwhelmed; I'm trying to find schools that fit with my anthropological interests (folklore/mythology, religion, visual/performance art, crafts, and linguistics). So what I'm asking is: does anyone have any suggestions on which schools I should look at? Thanks!!

Anyone have any advice for raisingnome?

2048: Hominin Species Edition

I just did a thing.

This custom 2048 includes, in this order:

  • Sahelanthropus tchadensis 
  • Kenyanthropus platyops
  • Australopithecus afarensis
  • Australopithecus africanus
  • Paranthropus bosei
  • Paranthropus robustus
  • Homo habilis
  • Homo ergaster
  • Homo erectus
  • Homo neanderthalensis
  • Homo sapiens idaltu

(Note: I mostly made it to help myself A) procrastinate and B) remember the order of the species. This isn’t a “these species are inherently and progessively ‘better’ ” thing its a “this is the sort-of-but-not-completely-chronological order” thing. Also I couldn’t include every single hominin species because there is a limited number of tiles you can name.)

The hunting hypothesis and its sociobiological implication (the inevitability of aggressive behaviors), together with the social version of the Darwinian ideal of the survival of the fittest, may have had an important contribution, outside academic circles, for contemporary colonial practices of exploitation of underdeveloped countries, as well as, indirectly, for warfare. Several outstanding academic figures in the beginnings of the twentieth century (such as Smith, Morton, Keith, and others) not only based some of the most important human evolutionary achievements on the acquisition of a hunting behavior by hominids in a very remote time period, but also justified present human behaviors based on that perspective. Therefore hunting became the most diagnostic behavioral trait to distinguish what was human from what was not.

—Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo [2002. Hunting and Scavenging by Early Humans: The State of the Debate. Journal of World Prehistory 16(1): pg. 2] (via siuilaruin)

steakmehometonight asked: What kind of computer/laptop would I need for an archaeology focus?

To be honest there really isn’t a clear choice. I personally have a Macbook, but thats just because I like them better. But as long as your computer can support various statistics programs, maybe some digital imaging programs if you’re artistically inclined enough, and can open pdfs you should be fine. So pretty much any laptop out on the market is good.

Don’t feel obligated to have a fancy new computer. My Macbook is like 4 years old and it serves me fine. Stay within your price range, make sure your comfortable with operating it, etc.

I was tagged by anthrocentric for this (but I’m not gonna tag anyone else because all of the anthro blogs have been doing this and tagging each other so people are gonna end up with like 5 to do, so I’m just gonna answer lol)

1. What was the last thing you toasted to?

I don’t really toast to things, but I say “Sláinte” every time I drink with people, so I guess I toast to people’s health a lot.

2. What was the best compliment you ever received?

My manager told me the other day at work that she was relieved I got there for my shift because she needed someone who was actually competent on register instead of the 3 brand new hires she was dealing with. It made me feel good about the fact that I’ve gone from being brand new myself in October to being the person who my manager relies on.

3. What was the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? How was it?

Well, “strange” is really relative, because different things are “normal” for different people, but the most unique to ME thing that I ate recently was elk jerky. It was delicious and I want to by more.

4. What would be the background song of your life?

"Hot Mess" by Cobra Starship probably lol. Or "Problem" by Natalia Kills when I’m feeling particularly badass.

5. Someone is being unfair and an total ass to you. How do you respond?

Burn down their house. (No, of course not. If its in academia I just use sneaky academia politics and bullshit to get my way, and if its in ~real life~ I start a fight probably).

6. What’s the best present you’ve ever received?

A crock pot.

7. If you could have any pet (besides the whole ethical, safety, and practical aspect), what would it be?

An ocelot or a capybara. Better yet, an ocelot and a capybara who were best friends.

8. What time period aesthetic do you like most?

I really like the fashion of the 1890s for women.

9. If you can solve only one problem in the world, what would it be?

Finding out where the fuck socks go when you lose them. (I’m deliberately not choosing one of the many, MANY problems that are more serious than that, because they are all very interrelated and dependent on each other so you can’t just solve one of them. Like, you can’t get rid of “poverty” without addressing the myriad things like racism, ableism, classism, and capitalism that work to create it.)

10. How would you take down the world?

With an army of bonobos. Which, now that I think about it, wouldn’t be that effective as soldiers. They’d get bored with warfare and just start having sex.

11. Would you want to live on Mars? 

If it was terraformed, maybe. But the implications of that scare me.

Thanks to everyone who has been following from the beginning!

Thanks to everyone who has been following from the beginning!

First of all, I apologize for the vertical cinematography. I forgot to flip my phone on its side. I was too excited haha.

Secondly, here is some video of my friend Grace dismembering a chicken with some lithic flakes.

Hey everyone! I was sitting in my kitchen playing around with my flakes, working out a few categorizations and writing out some research design stuff when I thought that people might be interested in what I’m doing and that I should record it.

This is basically a video of me mangling a mandarin in the name of “science”. Because reasons.

Please excuse my rambling and my blocked sinuses.

If you have any questions, feel free to message me, I’m always eager to talk about the work I’m doing right now.


Anonymous asked: Can we please try to breath some new life into the university spread sheet? I flippin love reading that thing but its been a bit on the dead side as of late.

Sure! I’m gonna repost the link to it, and spread it around as much as I can. 

Harris Matrix Composer

Hey, speaking of Harris Matrices, here’s a free trial of the Harris Matrix Composer software by impressum. 

I have not used it yet, so I can’t personally vouch for its ease-of-use, but it doesn’t hurt to share. 

(Also, one note, I have had trouble getting it to actually open on my Mac laptop, but I think that is because I need to do some software and OS upgrades, so we’ll see what happens when I actually do that).

Hello Everyone!

So, after going through the survey answers, replies, and messages I’ve decided that I’m going to do a combination of things.

1. I’m going to focus on posting more resource-oriented content such as free software downloads, links to open access sources, field school information, etc. I might do something like a weekly post where I highlight a specific field school’s project, so if you are involved with one, definitely send me the name and relevant information and I’ll make a post. 

2. I’m also going to reblog some stuff from the rest of the Anthro community blogs. But not an overwhelming amount, because as Becky from zomganthro pointed out to me there are a bunch of us who just reblog the same thing from each other all day long. And as interesting as it all is, no one needs to see it from zomganthro, theolduvaigorge, theladygoogle, anthrocentric, anthropologymajorfox, and jangojips right in a row on their dashboard. (I’m assuming you all follow those awesome people. Because if you’re not, what are you doing with your lives?)

But, yah, I’m gonna promise to make, at LEAST, weekly original content posts, and then I’ll also queue interesting stuff that comes across my personal dashboard. 

ALSO: If anyone has any ideas for posts they would like to see or think are needed, shoot me a message and I’ll work on it! And, of course, you can still submit the memes! They’re always fun, and, to be honest, they are the reason I am currently sitting in my bed doing my readings for a stratigraphy lab I have in 2 hours instead of god knows what else. If it wasn’t for this blog, I wouldn’t be where I am, doing what I love.

Okay, goodbye for now, gotta go read about Harris Matrices.

Anthro Fox Direction Survey

Hey guys, so I’ve been meaning to do this for a while.

Not only do I want to get an idea of what most people are here for, I also want to get some feedback from you guys on where you want the blog to go.

The age of the meme is drawing to a close (haha, thats a lie, the meme will always live on). Okay, more like I barely get any submissions so I never make posts and therefore I’m a shitty moderator.

What I want to know is if most of you would prefer I suck it up and just exclusively post meme content and answer questions, if you would like me to start posting a variety of anthro-related posts and reblogging cool stuff from other anthro blogs, or if you want me to just kind of continue in this stagnant state of barely posting and making weird random reblogs.

So answer the two questions and let me know!

[Picture: Background — a six piece pie style color split, alternating purple and green. Foreground — a picture of a fox. Top text: “ [Full of carbon, yet still un-dateable] ” Bottom text: “ [Hopes assortative mating patterns will eventually apply to own life] ”]
Submitted by: darksnowfalling, who is fine being single but could not resist the siren call of groan-worthy anthro puns.

[Picture: Background — a six piece pie style color split, alternating purple and green. Foreground — a picture of a fox. Top text: “ [Full of carbon, yet still un-dateable] ” Bottom text: “ [Hopes assortative mating patterns will eventually apply to own life] ”]

Submitted by: darksnowfalling, who is fine being single but could not resist the siren call of groan-worthy anthro puns.