Bring On The Love And Supplies: The Baby Shower Ritual

A couple of months ago I wrote a blog about planning a baby shower with a "village" of lesbians and the unique context and challenges. Yesterday was the culmination of all the time, sweat and tears (I am pleased to say very minimal amounts if blood were shed) as we gathered I help our friends … Continue reading Bring On The Love And Supplies: The Baby Shower Ritual

Fried Chicken, Gentility, Sweet Tea and Bibles: How Do You Define Southern Culture?

Being a Yankee transplant to the south from several years ago, I have been enjoying the extended ethnographic experience I have had as a participant observer of Southern culture. Although I live in a fairly "big city" metro area, the southern charm doesn't get lost in the urban settings. At least the denizens of this … Continue reading Fried Chicken, Gentility, Sweet Tea and Bibles: How Do You Define Southern Culture?

Some Human Insight For A Friday Afternoon

Here is a look into our human context and how it is shaping our consumer behavior. It’s a little somethin’ from the blog I publish for “work”. I figured why go into the weekend with something frivolous (my original plan). Enjoy the perspective and go forth and be human!

The Brand Sherpa's Blog

At Northstar, we continue to keep an eye on macroforces that are driving change in global culture and consequently consumer culture.   A recent post discussed Mass Urbanization and its implications for consumer culture :

In the spirit of helping our clients and peers continue to answer the questions of “What’s going on out there, does it matter to us and if so what are we going to do about it” I would like to elaborate on another  of the several macroforces we are keeping an eye on and what it means for the future of consumer culture.

It is important to note here that the macroforces impacting our lives do not all necessarily exist in a vacuum.  Rather, they can indeed influence and be influenced by one another.  The macoroforce of Advancing Human Insights is one such phenomenon that is remarkably influenced and formed by advances in communication technology…

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Halloween Is For Sluts: Another Sociology Of Style Perspective

For the record: this ear my wife and I are going as Wayne and Garth. The dog, however, is wearing her sexy bitch costume. But here is an interesting commentary from my favorite new fashionista-pologist on the sexualization of Halloween:

Renewal And The Power of Anthropology

I have spent the past few days listening, learning and otherwise listening to my peers prove the case for the value of advancing human understanding through ethnography: the central methodological practice of research in cultural anthropology. The theme of this year's EPIC conference was "Renewal": focusing on how we can use ethnography to contribute to … Continue reading Renewal And The Power of Anthropology

An Anthropological Evening In Savannah

Yesterday I spent a full day and evening gaining some ethnographic theoretical perspective from an international group of my social science peers. But equally ethnographic in experience was the time spent enjoying their company and some authentic Savannah context. There was oysters and bluegrass and dancing and drinking and a walk through the streets and … Continue reading An Anthropological Evening In Savannah

An EPIC Experience: Day 1

  it's a balmy morning in Savannah GA and I am amongst an international group of my anthropological peers to attend the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The theme of this year's conference is "Renewal" and judging from the program will have a heavy focus on how … Continue reading An EPIC Experience: Day 1

A Walk Through Gay Pride

This weekend, surrounding National Coming Out Day, Atlanta celebrated Gay Pride. This is normally an activity reserved for the last Sunday in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots in 1969 but rescheduled as of several years ago in this fair city for beaurocratic reasons I do not fully understand. In any case , what I … Continue reading A Walk Through Gay Pride

Heroes or Traitors: America’s Idols

So what exactly do American role models model? An interesting perspective here from Jame's room: regaling us with tales of his childhood aspirations of manhood and how he was socialized via American media heroes. This is a really intuitive ethnographic portrait of the American Male burden. And I am pleased to see that the up … Continue reading Heroes or Traitors: America’s Idols

Office Acculturation 106: Required “Skills”

This morning I picked up my iPhone and asked Siri to do my expense report.  She politely declined as proficiency at this task is not in her job description. Interestingly enough, it's not in mine either.  As a matter of fact, it is not in most people's job description or really even mentioned as something … Continue reading Office Acculturation 106: Required “Skills”