Category: Ethnographic Texture

Streamline(d) – “180 Days”

A federal prosecutor sits in front of a judge during an Operation Streamline hearing, correcting the judge on the terms of a plea deal. The judge laughs and says that he’s glad the prosecutor is paying attention (because the judge isn’t). (Click through for the option to open the full image in a new tab)

Streamline(d) – “Time Served”

This post is the beginning of an experiment. Recent ethnoGRAPHIC work like Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution by Sherine Hamdy and Coleman Nye, as well as Andrew Causey's Drawn to See: Drawing as an Ethnographic Method has encouraged me to explore the potentials (and pitfalls) of incorporating drawing into my anthropological life. ...

Our Ethnographic Ear: Using sound as an ethnographic tool and product

Our megalopoli are deafening: who would put up with this hellish din if we didn't simply expect that with a group comes a racket? Being part of one means not hearing it. The better integrated you are, the less you notice it; the more you suffer from it, the less well-integrated you are. Shouts, car-horns, whistles, engines, cries, brawls, ...

A photo looking up at the Biosphere 2 building. It looks like a large, futuristic snake coiling from the bottom with a large tower, its head, jutting toward the sky.

The decadence and depravity of Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 is an Earth systems research facility on occupied Tohono O’odham land (in so-called Oracle, Arizona, just north of Cuk Ṣon, so-called Tucson). It has a rather strange history. What started as a utopian project to test the feasibility of a closed ecological system for use in future outer space habitats, it ran into highly publicized ...