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Applying Anthropology has many shapes. In this site I report on a clinical form of applying anthropology. By guiding troubled young men for ten years I learned to look through their eyes. With them and colleagues I co-created a transcultural linqua franca to bridge their personal/family worlds and the worlds of state professionals.

Cirkelend ‘terugploegend’ leren

‘JE ZIET HET PAS ALS JE HET DOOR HEBT’ (Johan Cruijff; voetballer en artiest) Onlangs (mei 2016) vroeg een therapeute/student in de 1-jarige opleiding transculturele systeem benadering van het Marjon Arends Instituut Amsterdam, om iets meer te vertellen over ‘handelend

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Clinical Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Improvising Systematically, Organisms as Selfcorrective Systems, Practical Mythology, Research Practices, Systematically Getting Lost

Beyond Ethnography lies Thick Rhyzomatic Thinking

Ethnography & Thick Description are two major shibboleths in contemporary anthropology. In hundreds of publications we tried to solve riddles of sphinxs which seem to be only fascinating to ourselves as anthropologists. We are not nearly widely read as e.g.

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Improvising Systematically, Practical Mythology, Research Practices, Systematically Getting Lost

Aboriginal rituals synchronize us with ‘how nature works’

What we, anthropologists and urbanized people, call humanization and progress has a dark side. Only very recently, 10.000 years, we started living in cities while our ‘aboriginal’ (indigenous people’s) past lasted about 2,5 millions years. The ‘urbanizing era’ lasted only

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Evolutionary Alienation, Evolutionary Authenticity, Family & Community Continuity, First & Second Nations, Organisms as Selfcorrective Systems, Rituals of Passage and Affliction, Transitional Spaces Tagged with: , , ,

The Lack of and Craving for Deep-Safe-Spaces in Modernity

Science intends to look for and offer understanding/options for at least man-made, if not natural, human suffering. However we (westernized) social scientists do have, looking closely at our (public) time/money investments the last hundred years, a bad track record. We

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Complementary female-male worlds, Epistemology, Evolutionary Alienation, Evolutionary Authenticity, Gender Complementarity, Transitional Spaces

PRACTICING EVERY DAY MYTHOLOGY

http://behavioralsocialsciences.blogspot.de/2008/05/ancestor-syndrome-and-hidden-links-in.html  

Posted in Applying Anthropology, Complementary female-male worlds, Family & Community Continuity, First & Second Nations, Gender Complementarity

(Nederlands) We Talk, You Listen

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch.

Posted in Applying Anthropology, Clinical Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Family & Community Continuity, First & Second Nations, Gender Complementarity, Organisms as Selfcorrective Systems, Rituals of Passage and Affliction

EUROPEANS ARE NOT U.S. AMERICANS

I only recently saw the movie ‘The Master’ by Paul Anderson (2012) and was again struck by both my recognition and distancing of the desolate, mad, desperate predicament of these men, and men in other U.S.A. movies, were entangled in.

Posted in Applying Anthropology, Cosmic Jokes, Cultural Selfreflection, Practical Mythology

HEGEMONIC ROMANTIC LOVE

We, westerners, are collectively suffering from ‘anorexia natura’. …to express ‘eternal love’ to your ‘just met love of your life’ seemsm preposterous. To find the ideal partner, to search for your soulmate, to surf the net for years for the

Posted in Applying Anthropology, Complementary female-male worlds, Domestic Harmony & Violence, Gender Complementarity

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