Looking For Culture In All The Right Places (59.8KB)
Article on culture training through language for the journal Cultus, forthcoming
Why Human Social Science Needs to Be Used to Get "Stakeholders" and "Community" into Water Policy
NM Mercury article about a public meeting on changes in the use of the Gila River Basin
Forward to Torres book, a collection of his Growing Up Spanglish newspaper columns (102.9KB)
Introductory comments based in linguistic anthro to a collection of stories written in Northern New Mexican "Spanglish"
Lecture at School for American Research in Santa Fe 8/17
"A Game of Scientific Clue: It was the Human in the Anthropocene with Water." Talk on role of anthropology in water governance reform.
The Lively Science sample chapter (185.4KB)
A readable book about how an alternative social science that doesn't try to pretend it's a chemistry lab can do a better job. Available in print and e-versions on most internet bookstores
Review of The Lively Science (177.4KB)
Another Review of The Lively Science (129.4KB)
Putting water into aquifers instead of sucking it out
NM Mercury article story of a meeting where I live about water shortage and climate change and what to do about them.
Traditional irrigation in New Mexico
NM Mercury article on museum exhibit about traditional acequia irrigation in Nuevomexicano communities
Article on how the war on drugs corrupted public health epidemiology
Blog invited by Rachelle Annechino for the Ethnography Matters group
A version of translation as basis for ethnography with an AI influence (259.4KB)
Academic article, "Making sense of one for another: Ethnography as translation," for Language and Communication
Human Eddies and Flows, an article in Journal of Water History (1.3MB)
Academic article about a dynamic model that explains a case of water conflict in Albuquerque in the 1950s/60s
How water governance needs some "creative destruction."
NM Mercury article about a panel of experts talked about the need for water policy reform in the state.
Ethnography as essential part of the organizational development mix (180.8KB)
Academic article in Organizational Research Methods
An Outsider's Ethnographic Thoughts About Design (112.7KB)
Academic article in Arts and Humanities based on an interview about ethnography and design
Models for sharing water instead of going to court in times of drought
NM Mercury article about the "Water Dialogue" meeting, many different kinds of water users talking about how to get together and adapt to drought.
The state plans for a new water policy that looks like the one they planned for and never implemented
NM Mercury article about the kickoff meeting for a new water plan to base policy on.
Academic article on early days of ethnography in the drug field (97.0KB)
In press in a special issue of Advances in Criminological Theory on qualitative research in criminology.
The dream of drinking all that deep brackish water under the desert
NM Mercury article about a visit to the national research center on desalination in Alamogordo
Ethnography as a nonlinear dynamic system in process and outcome (104.5KB)
Academic article in Complexity
"Knowledge transfer" has to move in several directions in an organization, not just top down (175.7KB)
Article in Practicing Anthropology with several examples of how power squelches innovation
Chapter 1 of Culture: An Upgrade (575.2KB)
Preprint of article on Ethnographic/organizational research for Org Research Methods 13(2) 2010 (113.0KB)
E:CO article on complexity, narrative and the organization, wonders what ordinary language in a complex organization would look like from the perspective of linguistics (475.2KB)
Agents in Living Color article in JASSS, describes going from ethnography to an agent-based model that describes how narrative drives or brakes an illegal drug epidemic
My Kingdom for a Function article in JASSS, describes ways to convert ethnographic complexity to language a computer can understand
Tuneup on the way to Halloween
I'm getting to really like the cliche "crazy busy." My neighbor Pat said it the other day when he was unloading his pickup and I asked him how he was doing. The owner of our community shopping center--yes, there is such a thing--said it because she and her husband are adding a hardware store and have no idea what some of the things they're ordering are for. I'm thinking it's an epidemic. I'm getting more and more communication from companies I deal with that say, "here's where we're at" when in fact it's not where we're at at all and I get to lose several hours of my life straightening it out. Their employees are all crazy busy and probably underpaid.
And I'm feeling that way more and more lately, which is ridiculous. I'm supposed to step into plaid shorts now and play golf. I could take the plaid shorts--post-structural ironic style is fashionable here--but I tried golf when I was a kid and I had trouble staying awake between swings. Maybe I could use two five irons for hiking poles.
Let me get a little more positive here before I'm forced onto the golf course. An article I've been trying to publish for years will finally appear in a journal called Cultus, an Italian based journal for translator/interpreter/intercultural types. A prepublication version is in the column to your left, "Looking for culture in all the right places." The article grew out of work with computational and anthropological linguistic colleagues around efforts to figure out how to train civilian and military heading for faraway places. I miss my language and culture work. This project came out of that magical long ago moment when Obama and Petraeus intersected on the theme of, the U.S. really has to stop being so stupid about countries it deals with, echoes of Vietnam and the Iraqi follies of Bush the younger echoing strongly in the background.
I'm continuing with my mission to talk to anthropology departments about how much they have to offer if they just sync the academic tradition with expanding roles in the so-called real world. The latest version is a talk I'll give on Oct 30th to the anthropology department at the University of New Mexico. The funny thing is that I gave a talk at UNM in the winter of 1971 when I was a fresh Ph.D. looking for work. I wound up taking an Assistant Prof job at the University of Hawaii instead. I know, I know, but truly, I went there mainly for the chance to talk with Gregory Bateson. Ok, I landed and immediately turned into a scuba diver and sailor and body surfer. But really ... Anyway, I'll post the abstract they distributed on the top right hand side of this page.
I've started a book, finally, called "Backwater," about New Mexico (and the world's) issues with water governance. Me and about a thousand other people. Amazing to have seen the topic diffuse so rapidly even in the few years I've been working on it. No end in sight. No matter, I'm enjoying the brain food, and the spread of water--and environmental--consciousness is a good thing.
In September I gave a talk at the School for Advanced Research, http://sarweb.org/index.php, a long-standing center for anthropology and indigenous arts in Santa Fe. (The abstract is in the left-hand column). It was similar to the talk I gave in Ensenada, only with New Mexican instead of U.S./Mexico frontier examples. It went over pretty well in both places. Believe me, I’ve bombed plenty of times and know the difference. What I’m doing now with talks makes me think of documentaries I’ve seen, one by Jerry Seinfeld developing new routines in clubs after his TV show closed down, another by Lily Tomlin about taking a performance on the road to try it out. In fact I quoted her at the end of Language Shock when she leaned into the camera after discussing a detail with a co-performer and said, “You thought we just came out here and did this, didn’t you?” After a few years of wandering through the unbelievably complicated world of water, I’m finally seeing a framework to help make sense of the voyage into the anthropocene, a place that we know is taking shape even though we can’t be sure exactly what it’s going to look like. Not there by a long shot, but something is emerging from the fog and it seemed to work, partly, for two different audiences. I’ll write more about the framework here once I digest the talks and start in on another I'm giving in the UK next month.
And now, as November approaches, it's time to start thinking about my brief but meteoric career as a "Visiting International Fellow" at Surrey. The main event will be the "constructed complexity" project gathering, a phrase I fell for the moment I heard it. I'll hold off describing that until after the visit, in early December.
Now here's some items from the previous web page.
An article in The New Mexico Mercury recently came out, a description of a public water policy meeting in Albuquerque to inform decisions about how to use new money and water rights in the Gila River Basin. It highlights the lack of human social science research in the process and the limited view of "stakeholders" and "community" that result. The URL is at the top of the column to the left. Another new bit of writing is a forward for a book in preparation, by Larry Torres, a collection of his popular newspaper columns called "Growing Up Spanglish." Each column tells a story from the perspective of Canutito, a young boy growing up with his grandparents in Northern New Mexico. I've been a fan since the column first appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper and was honored to be asked to add a touch of linguistic anthropology at the beginning. It is downloadable from the column to the left.
Life continues to be interesting.