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Review: Mallamall

Mallamall (Lalita Krishna, DER) is a documentary on globalization and the changing face of retail in India. It explores the growth of the Indian middle-class consumer market through the development of malls, and explores how the mall boom affects retailers … Continue reading

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Anthropology and Common Sense: Fuentes, Béteille, and Public Anthropology

While reading Agustín Fuentes’ recent piece, Anthropology and the Assault on Common Sense, I was reminded of an essay by André Béteille, Sociology and Common Sense (published in Economic and Political Weekly in 1996). I re-read Béteille’s piece, and it … Continue reading

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Technology Tools for Academics: Prezi

Prezi (prezi.com) is, as the website says, a zooming presentation editor. It has many uses beyond giving a formal presentation, and I will highlight a couple of those here. You can really zoom in on a prezi, which makes for … Continue reading

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Technology Tools for Academics: Dropbox

If you need to share a big file, or have access to your files from anywhere, or share a bunch of photos or videos, or are paranoid about backing up, Dropbox is for you. I don’t want to spend too … Continue reading

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Academics and Real Life

Over the last few years, and particularly over the past few months, I’ve increasingly encountered statements like “academics don’t know anything about real life” or “academics don’t have real jobs” in the media and in popular discourse. I’ve heard it … Continue reading

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A Virus Ate My Homework: Technology in the Classroom

We’ve all heard it: “My printer didn’t work, Professor, so I can’t submit my paper on time.” Or, perhaps, “My computer crashed. Everything’s gone. I have to do it all again. Could I have an extension?” They’re the technology excuses. … Continue reading

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