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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
1:53 am

Шановні колеги!


З нагоди відкриття "Центру культурних досліджень" (Cultural Studies Center) при Бердянському університеті менеджменту і бізнесу (м. Бердянськ, Україна) пропонуємо співпрацю та шукаємо потенційних замовників і спонсорів досліджень.

Метою створення ЦКД є: регіональні дослідження соціокультурних змін (філософських, культурних, соціальних, релігійних, історичних, економічних, політичних), їх впливу й ролі в розбудові новітнього українського суспільства та формуванні громадської думки.

Завданнями діяльності Центру є:

§         проведення самостійних соціологічних, культурологічних, філософських, релігієзнавчих, історичних та інших досліджень, в тому числі спільно з іншими організаціями та громадянами;

§         ініціювання та організація наукових конференцій, семінарів, лекцій, круглих столів тощо;

§         організація польових досліджень із вивчення життя Південного регіону України, культурного феномену провінції, відмінностей сільського та міського способів існування на місцевому, районному, обласному та регіональному рівнях;

Закликаємо до співпраці філософів, культурологів, соціологів, релігієзнавців, політологів, істориків, етнографів, етнологів, антропологів, археологів, юристів, українознавців, народознавців, економістів, менеджерів та всіх зацікавлених у вивченні регіональної соціокультурної динаміки.

Пропонуємо виконання проектів на замовлення спонсорів та грантодавців, фізичних та юридичних осіб, державних і громадських організацій та установ, видавництв та ЗМІ.


Контактна інформація про Центр:


Директор ЦДК   Балута Вадим Володимирович

моб. тел.: 099 920 69 75

E-mail: baluta.vadim@gmail.com

Skype: baluta-vadim

ICQ: 467 286 595


Адреса ЦДК:

Бердянський університет менеджменту і бізнесу

м. Бердянськ, Запорізька обл., вул. Свободи, 117а

(з приміткою: кафедра "Філософії")


Каф. "Філософії" БУМіБ.: (06153) 6-43-62 (Сердюк Олена Олександрівна)



З повагою,

Директор "Центру культурних досліджень" Балута Вадим Володимирович

Friday, May 21st, 2010
6:47 pm
Working on a research concept looking at social/cultural norms and different types of decisions.
So, what I'm here asking for is either a source for a social/cultural norm inventory or some excellent ideas for questions in a norm inventory.

The specific sorts of norms I'm interested in are identity or group membership norms (say, clothing proscriptions and language), sexual norms (partner choice, sexual behaviors like family planning, etc.), and resource allocation/parental support norms.

Because I'm interested in asking participants both what their cultural background proscribes and their degree of compliance with these norms.

So... Ideas? Links? Advice?
Friday, March 5th, 2010
9:47 pm
De-constructing Barbie and Ken please :)
Hi guys,

I am taking a sociology and education class (for grades 1 - 6), and I am tying in self-esteem in boys and girls, with Barbie. So, I am looking for articles de-constructing Barbie and Ken. I have found a few websites about de-constructing Barbie, and her dimentions if she were a real girl/woman, but I was lacking anything on Ken dolls, and I am looking for books or professional journal/newspaper articles/e-journals, etc, to support my point. I am doing it regarding gender roles and self-esteem. I am also tying it into the math curriculum in primary grades, regarding proportions, seeing if they can figure out what the proportions of Barbie and Ken would be, if they were real.

I hope I am making sense. Anyone have any book or article suggestions?

Thank you so much,

Saturday, January 16th, 2010
9:06 pm

An edict by the king of the Zulus to bring back circumcision for thousands of teenage boys is causing alarm in South Africa, amid record numbers of deaths from the traditional manhood ritual.

On Tuesday, at a meeting called in Durban by the government of KwaZulu-Natal, traditional leaders in the province will outline how they wish to implement King Goodwill Zwelithini's decision to reintroduce circumcision 200 years after it was scrapped by King Shaka. But health officials working with South Africa's second largest tribe, the Xhosa – who never gave up the practice – say the move could put thousands of lives at risk.

more:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/17/circumcision-zulu-south-africa-hiv

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
7:15 pm
Archaeology and eBay

 Hi! I'm taking an archaeological ethics course and I'm doing a research project on the effects of eBay and online markets on archaeological sites and artifacts. I have created a really quick survey and if you could take it, it would really help me out! Thanks so much!


Monday, September 7th, 2009
9:42 pm
Tons of Anthropology books to get rid of
I am getting rid of a lot of my old anthropology books because I have sadly realized I probably will never use them again since I am not going on to graduate school in anthro. If anyone is interested I am willing to sell some of these cheap or even give them away (maybe just have you pay shipping). I made sure this was ok with the Mods before posting. If anyone is interested please let me know, I'd be shipping from area code 19082 :).

Books I have are as follows (I know there are also some more but I haven't had a chance to sort through and find them yet- some of the others I have are VERY old from an old professor):

Evolution - Ridley 3rd edition
Human Osteology- White - 2nd edition
English with an Accent - Lippi-Green
Understanding Human Evolution - Poirier/McKee - 4th edition
Human Variation - Molnar - 5th edition
Historical Archaeology - Orser/Fagan
Primate Behavioral Ecology - Strier - 2nd edition
Primate Adaptation and Evolution - Fleagle - 2nd edition
The Archaeology of Disease - Roberts/Manchester - 3rd edition
Reconstructing Human Origins - Conroy
Race and Human Evolution - Wolpoff/Caspari
Adapatation and Human Behavior - Cronk/Chagnon/Irons
The Buried Past: An Archaeological history of philadelphia - cotter/roberts/parrington
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
10:22 pm
Religion and the Expatriate Experience
Hi Community,

Wonder if you guys could help me out...

I am looking for ethnographies on expatriate/emigrant communities in the United States. I am specifically interested in the religious aspect, and was wondering if you guys have any recommendations on stuff you particularly like or have heard good things about.

Thanks so much!
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
12:00 pm
Discussion, please?
So, mitochondrial Eve--the woman we all theoretically share mitochondrial DNA descended from was in Africa 160,000 years ago (ya). Y-chromosome Adam was in a close region 60,000ya. A major volcanic eruption MAY have depopulated much of the Earth of humans about 75,000-70,000ya. We've been making decorative jewelry--shell necklaces--since about 75,000ya and wearing clothes since about 72,000ya--date courtesy of the evolution of the body louse from the head louse. We've had rapid changes in technology and culture ever since.

Homo erectus had the same tool culture for millenia, then got replaced quickly.

Why no change?

My theory is that you don't change what works and doesn't give you an advantage.

If it mattered which H. erectus had a better tool, then maybe they changed.

My idea--need to find out if someone else has had it first--is that H. erectus were probably functionally polygamous like chimps and bonobos or had some form of monogamy in addition to polygamy like chimps and baboons. In this case, any sort of genetic advancement would get washed out quickly unless there was some huge selective pressure--like the ones driving the evolution of H. neanderthalensis in Europe--essentially killing off everyone each generation who isn't at the top of their game.

The key evolutionary step--the initial one--in H. sapiens is--my favorite flogging point--female cryptic choice.


Because with it, being different is now an advantage to males if it's a difference that a female wants. Because--with the choice--even if every othere swinging Richard in the band mounts her, she can give you an advantage toward leaving offspring and to reinforce her offspring's ability to make the choice while never having to leave the support of the band!

Otherwise--if she and her offspring did like chimps and baboons do--and simply went off on a consortship consistently, she might have to deal with either having to depend only on one male for support or risking infanticide.

So... now--with cryptic choice--it's an advantage to come up with something new or something that the females like. It pays to be different because your investment in yourself and in the band is rewarded. But, as the generations go along, that simple advantage goes towards fixation and now you need something else. Once that adaptation shows up and the females pick up on it, it's now requiring something else...

And that would be why mitochondrial Eve predates the advent of the other changes.

But what about Y-chromosome Adam?

What is so special about his traits that's going to make him and his sons such preferred partners?

I mean, it's most likely something on the Y-chromosome and it's not skin color--that's everywhere else--it's not really size...

We've got a gene for tooth enamel, sperm creation, a mitochondrial protein, an immune system controller or three, testis determining factor, and such...

Something there--identified or not--or somthing that is missing compared to H. erectus or the intervening generations since made that man a stud wanted by all women.

Looking at the skulls of H. neanderthalensis... it might be a feminization of man except for certain traits and shapes related to testosterone production...

...or we might be seeing the consequences of two conflicting selection processes between the feminine male--as desired 75% of the time by women--and the masculine male--desired when they're likely to concieve.

Which would explain another big trait in modern humans--coalition seeking, even in highly aggressive males.


Something to think about.

Something to look at.

Wonder if there are any genetic sweeps around this time?

Anyone have any good references for me to look at?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
8:28 pm
Community ownership
And so who would like to take over maintainership of this community?
(You don't really have to do anything)
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
3:41 pm
I know it cognitively...
...but how do these women become so gullible?

I think the scary part is that they attribute it to Islam there, but Christians in those regions also do it...


In the name of making women good wives.

And you want to tell me that marriage is a good social ideal?

*shakes head*

I think the worst part is--as this video and studies show--it's women doing it to women.
Friday, April 25th, 2008
8:55 pm
Has anyone played with NetLogo for agent-based modeling?
I just downloaded it and I'm trying to learn it.

I'm taking a class on it next semester (FAll) but I want to learn and use it before then.

I need someone with experience to bounce questions off of.

I... er... used to know how to do some basic programming in BASIC, TurboPascal, and a tiny bit of Assembly Language, but I'm rusty as hell in those.

Thanks in advance... (<-- working the social conscience/reciprocity angle to get help.)
Friday, April 11th, 2008
2:13 pm
Friday, March 28th, 2008
7:58 pm
My College dollars at work...
A flow chart behind the cut...
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
5:11 am
Neanderthals with red hair
Previous post deleted. But here are the pertinent links. Some of the more serious journals require one to have a membership before you can view their materials, so I won't post those here. They have a kind of "good ole boys" club, apparently. (What, me, sarcastic? Surely not!) I was born angry, get used to it. (Clinical depression)

Speaking of trolls:
Please note that I myself have red-hair genes. My grandfather was red-haired, and I have two grandchildren with very red hair.
AS mentioned in one of the above articles, if the mixing between Neanderthal and human were solely from Nenderthal male to Sapiens female, then there would be no mitochondrial DNA evidence!

HERE is what I've been looking for:

Maybe one of these days they'll find that Neanderthal in the bog with its hair still preserved. :)
Monday, December 10th, 2007
3:02 pm
Why does this make me think of...


Maybe differences in body odor led to a seperation between the more omnivorous species and the more herbivorous ones?
Thursday, November 22nd, 2007
12:48 pm
So the theory says that...
...women's orgasms are a factor, almost a recognition, so to speak, of genetic fitness of the man they are with. It also says that whether an orgasm happens or not is primarily a mental, subconcious decision made by the lower brain structure.

So, if birth control is a common factor in modern societies and usually a rational higher brain decision, could the decrease in fecundity in modern societies be partially attributed to the lower brain (orgasm) and the higher brain (birth control) not agreeing on who is a good mate?

Just wondering...

(cross posted several directions)
Friday, November 9th, 2007
2:25 pm
Going to the AAA meeting?
Wouldn't it be lovely to have a meetup for coffee? It would be nice to get some traffic on this group.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
11:29 am
Balm healing?
Hi all,
I'm in school right now as an anthropology major. Unfortunately I am in Southern California in the midst of all these fires and missed my anthropology of religion class. I emailed the teacher to ask what they went over in class that cannot be found in my textbook, and he said Balm healing in Jamaica. I am trying to research it as much as I can, as I am tested on lectures as well as just for my own knowledge. Do any of you have random facts about Balm healing you'd like to share? I'm also going to research it online and ask people in class of course, but I'm trying to build up as much knowledge as I can so hopefully it can cover what he lectured.
Thanks in advance!
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
12:33 am
   In 1492, a dramatic discovery was made in the course of repairs to a mosaic in Church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (Rome): a brick inscribed with the words TITULUS CRUCIS (Title of the Cross). Sealed behind the brick was a fragment of an inscription in wood, with the word «Nazarene» written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin

. . . . . . . . . . הנצ . . . . .
 . . . . . . . B SUNERAZAN SI
. . . . . 

ישו] הנצ[רי מלק היהודים]

This Title is mentioned in all four Gospels accounts:
Pilate also wrote a title (joltit-John 19:19) and put it on the cross; it read, «Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews». Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Christ was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek (John 19:19-20; also Matthew 27:37; Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38). 
Sunday, June 17th, 2007
8:25 pm
Help! This is one of my ideas for an area of cultural or applied anth to specialize in, and I want to start researching it thoroughly...

Does anybody know of any literature that focuses on systems of justice/methods of maintaining social harmony in stateless societies (preferably societies with little to no hierarchy in their social organization).

What I'm really looking for is alternatives to prisons, courts, police, military.

I'm an anth/journalism undergrad who's finished the anth coursework, and am trying to see what research is out there on this, don't know where or with whom to start (besides Harold Barclay). Obviously there will be certain sections of books by cultural anth's that deal with the topic for a given culture, but what'd be even better is studies, key researchers, publications or organizations geared towards the topic.

Any ideas???
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