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(Palgrave Macmillan (Firm), 2018) Elliott, Michael A.; Towson University. Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Criminal Justice
In 1970, the Golden State Comic-Con was held in San Diego, California, with about 300 people in attendance. At the time, it was a relatively small convention of writers, artists and enthusiasts of comic books as well as science fiction and fantasy. Today, Comic-Con International: San Diego (as it is now called) is attended by over 130,000 people every July and is widely known as the premiere convention for fans celebrating comics and related popular arts. This chapter seeks to explore why Comic-Con has become such a popular event, particularly for fans, and why it has globalized in recent years. The chapter proposes a Durkheimian hypothesis: Comic-Con is a sacred ritual for devout fans, and it has globalized because key aspects of this event (e.g., the superhero) represent mythical archetypes that transcend national boundaries.
(West Virginia University Press, 2017) Elliott, Michael A.; Towson University. Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Criminal Justice
[From chapter Introduction]: In this chapter, I explore how the production of craft beer is thoroughly rationalized and involves a surprising amount of technical expertise and scientific standardization that have become hallmarks of the industry. Borrowing Weber’s insights, I argue that the widespread application of sophisticated brewing techniques is not merely about selling a commodity and making money, per se, but rather reflects an abiding desire to systematically perfect this “craft” and signal to others that one is a legitimate brewer with the necessary expertise. At the same time, I highlight how the rational organization of craft brewing can also have some irrational consequences, such as consumer confusion and intimidation, as well as disenchantment among professionalized taste testers. Finally, building on The Protestant Ethic, I describe how, in small but significant ways, the rationalization of modern brewing can be traced all the way back to the Middle Ages and the religious organization of monastic communities, qualifying medieval monks as the first “revolutionaries” of modern beer brewing.
(American Anthropological Association, 2017-11) Durington, Matthew Slover; Towson University, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
Durington writes, "I am biased to the awkward moments in ethnography when anthropologists are put into sticky situations and ethical dilemmas. These moments are often the crux of fieldwork and their successful navigation can determine the success or failure of that endeavor. In addition, these often become epiphanies for the anthropologist and the reader. They are also great teaching moments. Why not move these uncomfortable situations and conversations into a game? Why not make Cards Against Humanity into Cards Against Anthropology? For the next several weeks we designed Anthropology Games and this teaching unit has become a permanent part of my curriculum".