About

Existence is not segregated and insular, it is about connections and relations and completeness. Yet every person is an individual, aware of others while forever stuck in the solitude that is…well, one’s own creation of a world. It is impossible to completely disengage from this holistic humanity just as it is impossible to be a part of its entirety. Life lived is a sub-sect of the total reality, a piece of the larger pie if you please.

As students of anthropology, we have learned to isolate aspects of the whole while acknowledging the bridge between the specific and the communal, realizing the actuality of both simultaneously. We study people within their own context, within a global context, and reflexively within our own context. The story we create is one which fixes space in time, highlighting a finite microcosm of a greater infinite whole.

The internet is a sphere of connection, a creation of yet another human community. But it is neither an isolated arena nor a mere reflection of the “real” world; it is a manifested field of being which thrives off human participation. Personal engagement is what manipulates and maintains the internet ring, welcoming autonomous activity in the creation of personal websites, comments, and general information seeking. Within this setting, the personal becomes publicized just as the public becomes personalized. It is a sort of collective individuality.

This website is our attempt to contribute to this new world technology. We hope not to maintain isolated voices but to allow our ideas to be affected by the online public while we make available our worldviews. Putting this into anthropological perspective, Clifford Geertz offers this bit of wisdom in the introduction of his book Local Knowledge: “it is from the far more difficult achievement of seeing ourselves amongst others, as a local example of the forms human life has locally taken, a case among cases, a world among worlds, that the largeness of mind, without which objectivity is self-congratulation and tolerance a sham, comes.”

So without further ado (and blabber) welcome, to our own world among worlds.

 

 

the day of creation


3 Responses to “About”

  1. Very interesting concepts. Glad we found your blog.

  2. 2 David

    Have you read Eric Wolf’s Europe and the People without History? Mr. Wolf might take a bit of umbrage with dearly departed Mr. Geertz, and with at least some of the ways in which you are thinking about the blog (including its title)…..Wolf’s first paragraph is a good start:

    “The central assertion of this books is that the world of humankind constitutes a manifold, a totality of interconnected processes, and inquiries that disassemble this totality into bits and then fail to reassemble it falsify reality. Concepts like ‘nation,’ ‘society,’ and ‘culture’ name bits and threaten to turn names into things. Only by understanding these names as bundles of relationships, and by placing them back into the field from which they were abstracted, can we hope to avoid misleading inferences and increase our share of understanding.” [Wolf 1982:3.]

    http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/1699.html

    (Disclaimer: The author of this post received his graduate training at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, where dearly departed Mr. Wolf remains patron saint in residence (that is, along with one Herr K. Marx, for whom the term “patron saint” doesn’t, on a few levels, seem to fit very well).)

  3. 3 comet jo

    Maybe they are familiar with and disagree with Wolf”s critique of the notion of the idea that there are in some meaningful sense multiple worlds worlds. It’s been know to happen. ( e.g. Sahlins, Marshall 1993 Goodbye to triste tropes: Ethnography in the context of modern world history. Journal of Modern History 65 (March 1993):1-25.)

    [Perhaps it should be mentioned that the author of this post was trained at Chicago :)]


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