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The Mysterious Case of the “Social Core” in Texas Anthropology

When I was a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin I, like most other anthropologists interested in the “humanistic” side of anthropology, took what they called “Social Core.” This class, formally entitled “Introduction to Graduate Social Anthropology (ANT 392),” was largely seen as a “trial by fire” which served to separate out […]

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I Can’t Go Back to Austin Anymore…

In the 1970s Texas legend Doug Sahm wrote a song by the above title…It appeared on The Return of Wayne Douglas album…I always thought it would be a great name for a radio program dedicated to Texas singer-songwriters…At any rate, this title comes back to the forefront of my mind as tomorrow I am heading […]

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March 2: Texas Independence Day

My Alma Matter informs me that for more than a century Texas Exes (where ever they may be) have remembered March 2nd (Texas Independence Day) as a time to celebrate both the State and the University of Texas. This observance apparently began with a missed class, a visit to Scholz’s Beer Garden, and a spiked […]

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The Museum of Ephemerata

After news of John’s successful prospectus defense, I was feeling all nostalgic for Austin, Texas…So I was browsing The Austinist (a website about Austin) and came across a blurb on MachinesMimesis (TM), a walk-thru musical installation event at the Cathedral of Junk held late in January (click on the image for a larger view of […]

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Congratulations…

Congrats to John Schaefer who has just successfully defended his prospectus today at the University of Texas at Austin. John & I go way back….aside from James Davidson, he’s the only other person who I went through 2 graduate programs with–one at the University of Arkansas & one at the University of Texas….check out John’s […]

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1897 Texas Spacecraft Landing

On Sunday, March 27th, Kevin Randle reported in his blog “A Different Perspective” a brief critical assessment of “A Story That Won’t Die.” . . . that story was the Aurora, Texas airship crash of 1897. http://kevinrandle.blogspot.com/2005/03/aurora-Texas-story-that-wont-die.html The original spacecraft landing story, which was reported in the Dallas Morning News on April 19, 1897, told […]

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Academic Hubris

My wife is currently enrolled in an upper division “Social Theory” course in Sociology. The book used for this course ends with a four page self-indulgent rant about the book’s author and the important “grand theories” he has provided to the discipline. This rant takes up more space than the text devoted to Walter Benjamin […]

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test. . . . test. . . is this thing on?

My name is Jamie Brandon and I am a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. I am, however, currently living in the Arkansas Ozarks to wrap up my research, teach a little and write the dissertation. I expect that this blog will be a bit of a distraction from writing […]

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