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Welcome to my blog. Here I share my successes and failures along my journey to becoming an anthropologist. My most prominent interest anthropologically are the new approaches to handing food security/healthy eating in the US, particularly in urban "food deserts". I enjoy the Anthropology of Tourism as well; combining food and tourism has scholarly promise. My other interests which have converted into anthropological hobbies of sorts include converts to Islam, diaspora of Muslims, and MENA in general. I also have some interest in historical archaeology.

I welcome comments, discussion and even respectful debating. I will however keep discussions to a respectable level. I reserve the right to ban anyone from this forum.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

more to come!

Well folks. I have taken a good part of my rough draft to my graduate professor to look over and for her to point out any areas where I need work. She was kind and helpful. This woman is a genius. I am so lucky to have crossed her path. Just to begin, I will mention that she did point out a few things in my paper that needed reworking but she did it quite diplomatically. I took it well--not too many tears I will add. lol J/K. I will post it after it has been handed in to see what my readers say about it.

One discussion we had surrounded my interests in converts to Islam (Western females primarily)and she asked me if I will have a discourse on Nation of Islam and I said IMMEDIATELY, "Oh no..that is not 'real' Islam...". The mentor and teacher that she is stopped me in my humble tracks and said, although I do not quote this word for word is, What you need to know is that an ideology/spiritual belief of a group is real to THEM and thus, it is valid and deserves looking at for an anthropologist. I was stopped in my tracks and learned a very valuble lesson there; a lesson I will not forget....

peace folks....
anthrogeek10

7 comments:

Chiara said...

She sounds great and must think you are a worthy student.

She is right of course about the anthropological approach to a group BUT in some ways or at some point external norms are relevant, eg an anthro study that was done on a group of self-identified eating disordered patients drawn from the practice of a dubious practitioner. The anthropologist wanted to generalize his findings to comments about eating disorders and their treatment. He didn`t appreciate my pointing out that he had overstepped the bounds of his own methodology and now was firmly in territory where he had to speak to more standardized diagnoses and treatments, ie he was beyond the group he studied which is not representative.

Anthrogeek10 said...

Chiara,
I read most of your Reel Arab pt II. I hope to respond soon. :) It was certainly long. lol Interesting. I did rent one of the films you showcased in your article. That Tunisian one. I did not have time to finish it. :(

Regarding your patient...your right. Different professionals come from different educational backgrounds and learn different methodologies...

I think my prof is a genius. I hope the doctors can save her life (she is dying of cancer. :(

Chiara said...

Glad you read the Reel Arabs Part II post. It did turn out longer than expected. I may still try to repost it in 2 parts IIa and IIb LOL :)

I do hope that your prof makes a full recovery!

Susanne said...

Thought-provoking statement from your prof.

I want to read your paper.:)

Anthrogeek10 said...

Give me a week..the paper will be posted

Chiara said...

I'm looking forward to reading your paper!

Anthrogeek10 said...

Paper is posted.