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This semester I will join a seminar on Grounded Theory. The crux; my professor will do the seminar similar to the grounded theory, a constant mix of theory, writing and thinking, no plan intended. We simply start by doing our own stuff, an ethnographic study as the base-data. I‘m curious and afraid at the same time. Wish me luck

When recently reading with growing interest Patricia Crone’s latest book about The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran – Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2012) I came across a most unlikely reference, Reinhold Loeffler’s interviews of Boyer Ahmadian tribe villagers in the southern Zagros mountains in the early and mid 1970s (Islam in Practice – Religious Beliefs in a Persian Village. State University of New York Press, New York 1988). Crone noted  (p. 210) that,

“in a tribal village in the southern Zagros mountains studied in the 1970s there were still people who believed the duration of the world to be 50,000 years; others dismissed this as an erroneous idea of the mullahs (sic), claiming that it was the Day of Judgement that would last 50,000 years, a well-known popular view in Iran. Among the adherents of the erroneous idea of the mullahs was an old trader, who said that there were 50,000 years from Adam to the Day of Judgement, of which 11,380 years had already elapsed; but there had been another kind of men before Adam, and before that as well, for the world had never been empty and never would be; after the day of judgement God would make another creation. The cycles postulated by this man, a devout person who served as the model of orthodoxy in the village, were not limited to seven, and he was not a believer in reincarnation, but apart from that he was unwittingly perpetuating a tradition first attested for the followers of Abdallah b. Muawiya.”

(Abdallah b. Muawiya was a cousin of the fourth Shi’a imam’s son, Zayd ibn Ali, who revolted in Kufa in 739/40 against the Umayyads. Abdallah and the Harbiyya rebelled in western Iran after Zayd had been killed in the battle in Kufa and his son Yahiya was killed in Jawzjan in Khurasan in 743.)

Reinhold Loeffler and his wife Erika Friedl had settled and lived with the people in the remote village altogether for more than seven years. They became friendly with Loeffler and Friedl so that both, besides their fieldwork as anthropologists, were able to record  intensive and quite intimate talks with inhabitants of the village. Loeffler’s account comprises altogether 21 interviews about religion (“world views”) with a cross-section of the male villagers with quite different backgrounds, the mullah, teachers, traders, an orthodox, a fundamentalist, a doubtful etc. There is remarkable consonance when it comes to the core (as the villagers understand it) of Islam, demanding strive for pleasing God by working hard, caring for people avoiding day-by-day temptations and sins, emulating Ali, Husayn and the other Imams (not to forget the Prophet). About which sins will be forgiven and when and how. And tiny but interesting differences as regards cosmology, the Day of Judgment, and what happens with the soul during one’s demise and the coming of the former.

After 40 years (and 33 years into the Iranian Islamic Revolution), this world appears to be gone now, although I am not sure as regards the century (millennia?)-old religious beliefs of the common people in Iran’s countryside. When reading Loeffler’s series of interviews a disdain for the mullah in particular and the ulama in general is striking (while the shah’s dictatorial rule over Iran was, in general, regarded benevolent, even agreeable to God). A large number of folk-beliefs which are expressed in the interviews would not really please the  Ayatollahs presently ruling Iran. It would be interesting to further assess whether Karl Marx’ statement, “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people” does really apply here. These settled tribesmen still live in accord with nature which might at time be utterly cruel. But nature doesn’t oppress, although it needs to be comprehended and controlled in order to avert harm, illness, or destitution; to meet some of the basic aspirations in life, health, marriage, children and their well-being. Few of these, well, superstitious beliefs expressed here are actually based on orthodox Shi’a Islam as imposed on the Iranians after 1979.

Both Loeffler and Friedl do author each of a chapter about the Boyer Ahmadi (supplemented with a few rare pictures taken in the 1980s by Nasrollah Kasraian) in Richard Tapper’s and Jon Thompson’s The Nomadic Peoples of Iran (Thames & Hudson, London 2002) about which I had written before, see here.

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anonymous asked:

Hi. For your ethnography: How exactly do you mean "Who is a Supernatural fan?" In what context?

Sometimes, when we’re in a group, we tend to put the members of that group in a box. Like stereotypes.

Going through the answers of the survey, a lot of them have some things in common (the love towards the show and its cast, for example).

I want to know how the fandom sees other members, and who “qualifies” (if that’s the case) as a member of the Supernatural Family. I could just put in my final product that a fan is someone who likes the show… but that doesn’t feel right. And I believe that the ones who can answer this question better than me is the members of the family…

Hopefully, I answered clearly this question. If not, feel free to ask again darling. :D

For further reflection on concepts that guide ethnographic research and cultural theory, compare the central key metaphors in the Iceberg Analogy and the Four Moments of the Sun in the Bakongo “Dikenga” Cosmogram. What overarching activities concern Temperate and Sub-Arctic Maritime interests while crossing seas (commerce & trade) versus the concerns of Tropical, pastoral, and horticultural peoples who cross rivers and lakes (e.g. influenced by descendants of Bantu-Kongo ethnicities).

The Magic of the Camera

Making a film for the first time was a thrilling experience. It is entirely different from telling a simple story in one picture or even presenting a single perspective by taking a few seconds or minutes of footage. I have done that before, but making films has always seemed like magic. Now I see how it comes from the more real magic of collective vision and hard labor. Even though our experience was shorter and smaller than the big documentary productions, I now have a much better idea about how that works. I actually love that it was an equal collaboration of the three of us, with no assigned roles or dominance of one vision. Aueterism is overrated, the real magic comes from collective work.

We were also making an ethnographic film. The power of storytelling and the multiplicity of voices inside the ethnographic text are at the heart of the debates within anthropology, but in film, it is a completely different game. I learned that takes more care and more thought to tell a story visually, to connect different shots into a clear narrative that also makes sense visually and thematically.

In writing, it is easy to let your voice dominate the rest, to silence your informants completely no matter how much you talked to them. However, I believe that, while the final cut is still constructed completely by us, the different subjectivities we encountered have a bigger presence in moving picture that we would not be able to silence even if we tried. What filmmaking allows more to do is to artistically play with the dialectic between these different perspectives. This is the power of montage.

I only hope to continue exploring with ethnographic filmmaking, because I feel inspired and my eyes are opened to new ways of exploring people and the objects in their lives. I should also thank my partners, Nadine and Fateme, for making this experience fun, smooth and fruitful. Maybe our next movie will be together as well.

EPISODE 05: Transnational Identity Formation Research & Accessibility

“Kami joins us to share her research on transnational identity formation (specifically in regards to Filipinx & Japanese communities in the U.S.), and we get to talk about research credibility and expectations in academia, accessibility of sociological/anthropological research, and the role of people of color and allies in activism.”

[Recorded LIVE February 10, 2019]

Kami was so kind to join us on this episode because we had originally scheduled someone else. That person needed to reschedule because we were experiencing dangerously heavy snowfall in Seattle. So, at a moment’s notice, we were able to record an awesome episode with one of our favorite people.

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HOLY CRAP FAM

There are not enough words to describe how amazed I am.

The project has received incredible response and support. I am browsing through my notifications with incredible awe. I expected ten people liking and reblogging the post… but it has over 100 notes now!! How did this happen?!? (I am fangirling so hard right now I can’t even tell ya)

I will get to all of you eventually. I will try to interview all of you, and I am so fucking happy that you guys liked the idea!!

For the artists: I would like to have your permission to include some of your works. I will credit you in the paper and show some of the artistic talent that this fandom has.

For the gif creators: I’m not sure if I can include gifs here, but be aware that I will give the gifs a lot of mentions.

For the writers: I don’t think I will be able to mention every single work or author, but the fan fiction of this family is amazing and will definitely have a place in this project.

For the readers, consumers, and all of you in general: I will try to take every single piece of information that you give me in order to do this project right. I will dedicate two and a half weeks to this (it’s how much time I have to deliver. Not my choice) and hopefully, make you guys proud


Thank you so fucking much fam. I’m speechless. I love you guys

Hi there SPNFamily!

My name’s Ana… and I would like to ask for your help.

I’m working on a project for my communication class: an ethnography. An ethnography is an analysis/deep description of a community, culture or group (as far as I can understand). This type of document tries to describe every aspect of said group/culture as accurately and thoroughly as possible.

And, mine is about the Supernatural Fandom. 

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I love my Inuit and Inupaiq friends!

This polar bear parka was made by my friend Thomas Napageak in Nuiqsuit, Alaska.

This bear was sustenance hunted legally and sustainably, with the meat being eaten and the fur, obviously, being used as well!

This polar bear parka was made by my friend Thomas Napageak in Nuiqsuit, Alaska.

This bear was sustenance hunted legally and sustainably, with the meat being eaten and the fur, obviously, being used as well!

H2Oh to the No!

So don’t be too mad at me but this was my first time, ever, at Trader Joe’s. I always pass by it whether it be going to Georgetown directly, or making my way through 14th street in Columbia Heights. But I’ve never went in for the sake of no time or an excuse or another. Where it’s lodged is right in the beginning of a ‘gentrified’ neighborhood (I would know because I was born at a hospital around the corner, which was torn down to be built back up into condos/apartments). And this neighborhood is at the cusp of Pennsylvania avenue and 25th street—Trader Joe’s is on 25th directly. Now finding it was a piece of cake: taking a Skip scooter while it’s in the 60s/70s temperature wise, it was a breeze (pun intended).

What I could not comprehend was the lack of water this store provided—in fact there was more wine than water, and the latter is needed to perhaps make the other! I was weirded out by not only the lack in stock but also by the vibe: if you ever seen American Horror Story there is always a past, groovy, retro vibe. I got that at this site yet in a bad-scene-out-of-the-nineties sort of sense. I felt trapped in the music, the colorfulness, the large amounts of people, and in the sounds the credit cards machines make.

Don’t get me wrong: the prices are to die for. Just that I can’t seem to picture remaining at this store for too long. Plus they are old school, they don’t even have a self checkout line–this boggled my mind soooooo much. Funny how the the pictures we have set in our mind and then reality sets in and comes to be too retro.

I can’t tell you enough how small the section was; there were around three individual stands that had racks of predominantly flavored water. Mainly as Trader Joe’s brand, these flavored drinks ranged from raspberry-lime to lemon to lime to mandarin orange and some others. The only ‘bulk’ size that were in this aisle were the half gallons of water that lied with the individual bottles—all closest to the wine. The jugs of water remained below the big, individual grab-and-go’s; the prices were the only things that kept me in the store.

I later purchased their cheapest water, Trader Joe’s Natural Mountain Spring, which costs only 69 cents—even better than their very own 79 cents flavored water. And so far, after guzzling about three-fourths of it already, I’d say it was worth it.

Throwing the Baby Out With the Bath Water

For my fourth site I went to the ‘unknown’ Safeway, or the friendly one most known by Vernies. It sits at the corner of U street and MacArthur Blvd., and is down the street from the Vern. When I came to this store, it was of course familiar: I grew up around this area so this Safeway was the center of shopping for my Mom and I. As I came towards the site, the first item that popped out to me were the cases, or ‘packs’ as I’ve mentioned in past blogs, of water that were stacked on top of one another, right beside the entrance. What also caught my immediate attention were the yellow stickers placed in front of the stacks to let onlookers know that these items were on sale. 

As I walked inside I knew exactly where to walk too. And even if I didn’t know, Safeway thankfully has aisle, labels, and numbers for those aisles! Noted in the picture below, the water is in aisle 4 alongside the sodas and “soft drinks”, as well as candy and nuts. Interestingly enough, right before one enters the aisle there is a section of beers, that are stocked within the shelf. 

Where the water remains in the aisle is right beside the sodas: so as you walk down here the items will be to your right, sodas first with a mixture of flavored and tonic waters, and then the flavorless water. As a site, the Safeway was pretty decent in terms of keeping water in stock. The only exception was the gap between the packs of water and the gallons of water–noted in the above picture on the right. Safeway had a variety of types of water: both in size and flavor. They had gallons, packs/cases both at eye level and below eye level. As well as individual bottles, or the grab-and-go’s, that were relatively above eye level. 

The yellow tags caught my attention once again–they were everywhere! Just about every shelf had a yellow discount sticker, letting the customer know that regardless of brand there was a sale of some kind. Plus considering the warm weather that came about this day and the days and weeks following, I feel as though it’s not surprise that the water would be on sale and have some gaps in in the shelves. The surroundings also took me for surprise: there were people all around, passing by with their shopping carts and hand-held baskets. I do know for a fact that a lot of families come here and tend to be regulars, noting how the workers converse with the individuals and their families or just with the one person. 

On another note, the prices of water varied: despite the yellow tagging there were high and low regular prices. The most expensive, as per usual, was the Voss water at $2,99 regular priced and with the sale, 2 for $5 or $2.50 for each. It was funny how this and other higher-priced bottles of water were on the above-eye-level shelves; thinking of Safeway’s organization as a tier, their lower priced, which tended to be jugs/gallons and packs/cases, were at the bottom 2 levels; then came the higher pricing that started somewhat at the second shelf (where your waist would be) and went up to the upper three shelves. So in total there were 5 shelves of water.

I found their variety to be decent, though they were not all placed together. As I’ve mentioned before, the tonic and flavored water were paired with the sodas and carbonated drinks–so there was more of a defined line of water as an item here compared to other sites.

 Oh and fun fact: Safeway is perhaps one of the only few, or even perhaps that only one, who sells cases of water designated for little kids, as well as gallons of water for babies. At least for the baby-designated water, Safeway is the only site where I have seen this item labeled to mix with baby foods and formula. 

–Jamie

Guys I get to do an ethnography of boxing this sem, I’m so excited. I just handed in my investigative outline so that’s great… (well we’ll see how my grade goes but I’ve been geeking out with my Prof about it so) I also get to do a podcast for my main assignment about it so if any of ya are interested I might link it here once it’s done. (doesn’t matter if you don’t know anything about boxing or anthro cause our criteria is to make it assessable to anyone and everyone)