Holy cow, armchair anthropology & attraction of the ‘exotic’

A paper I recently read and which I had never known about (although some argue that it has been one of the most well known papers on culture & ecology) amazes me in its method and for the art of stating the obvious. Marvin Harris' paper The Cultural Ecology of India's Sacred Cattle 'attempts' to talks of … Continue reading Holy cow, armchair anthropology & attraction of the ‘exotic’

Ecological context & identifying it

This post examines the ecological context of a field study conducted in Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh. I have written about it on the field notes page.  In a preface to his booklet “Economy of Permanence” published in August 1945, J.C. Kumarappa refers to his work as a ‘positive outlook that will suit the genius of the … Continue reading Ecological context & identifying it