urbanthropology

graffiti on the drunk-tank wall. email: urbanthropology@gmail.com http://urbanthropology.tumblr.com/archive
Mon Jun 17
Grocery list in perfect cursive.

Grocery list in perfect cursive.

Sat Jun 15
Summer sidewalk supper.

Summer sidewalk supper.

Wed May 22
Fri Feb 22
Tue Nov 6
an obama pumpkin for election day.

an obama pumpkin for election day.

Mon Nov 5
We must, before all else, compile as large as possible a catalogue of categories; we must begin with all those which we can know that mankind has used. Then it will be seen that in the firmament of reason there have been, and there still are, many moons that are dead, or pale, or obscure.
- marcel mauss

We must, before all else, compile as large as possible a catalogue of categories; we must begin with all those which we can know that mankind has used. Then it will be seen that in the firmament of reason there have been, and there still are, many moons that are dead, or pale, or obscure.

- marcel mauss

Tue Oct 23
We descended slowly, drifting at peace like leaves falling through the jumble of boulders and giant tree trunks, falling like dreams and wraiths of memories and fluttering flags past lonely shrines and remains of altars scattered in the stream’s course. There was nobody but us…
-michael taussig,the magic of the state
(photo=fall on the northeast corridor)

We descended slowly, drifting at peace like leaves falling through the jumble of boulders and giant tree trunks, falling like dreams and wraiths of memories and fluttering flags past lonely shrines and remains of altars scattered in the stream’s course. There was nobody but us…

-michael taussig,the magic of the state

(photo=fall on the northeast corridor)

Sun Oct 14
Now, to be clear, our tools do not turn us into automatons; technology can always be resisted, or broken, or abandoned, or tinkered with, or replaced altogether, or ignored. But as anyone who has ever used a word processor, or picked up a tennis racquet, or ridden on a subway surely knows, our tools also shape how we think, what we aspire to achieve, where we choose to go.
-annelise riles
(photo= restaurant window in philadelphia)

Now, to be clear, our tools do not turn us into automatons; technology can always be resisted, or broken, or abandoned, or tinkered with, or replaced altogether, or ignored. But as anyone who has ever used a word processor, or picked up a tennis racquet, or ridden on a subway surely knows, our tools also shape how we think, what we aspire to achieve, where we choose to go.

-annelise riles

(photo= restaurant window in philadelphia)

Mon Oct 1
…the world of formal courts offers a stage- as intense as ritual, as demonstrative as war- through which a society reveals itself to its own people as much as to the outside world.

- larry rosen

(photo= tel aviv street art in august.)

…the world of formal courts offers a stage- as intense as ritual, as demonstrative as war- through which a society reveals itself to its own people as much as to the outside world.

- larry rosen

(photo= tel aviv street art in august.)

Fri Sep 21
We are never assured of retrieving a perception in the same way we felt it the first time; for even if the thing perceived is unchanged, we ourselves are no longer the same.
-emile durkheim

We are never assured of retrieving a perception in the same way we felt it the first time; for even if the thing perceived is unchanged, we ourselves are no longer the same.

-emile durkheim

Thu Sep 20
There is an emerging tendency toward spontaneous agreement on this point, which is worth noting for it creates a presumption of objectivity.
-emile durkheim. armchair anthropology’s mantra? or party joke?

There is an emerging tendency toward spontaneous agreement on this point, which is worth noting for it creates a presumption of objectivity.

-emile durkheim. armchair anthropology’s mantra? or party joke?

Not in law school anymore…

Not in law school anymore…

Tue Aug 7