The 101’st Four Stone Hearth Anthropology Blog Carnival is being hosted right here, by yours truly. We’re looking for submissions of blog posts/articles in the following topic areas:
- socio-cultural anthropology
- bio-physical anthropology
- linguistic anthropology
If you’re a blogger, you’ve written a recent post in one of the topic areas above, and you’d like to get some extra traffic to your site make sure to submit your post to either me at
or to aferensis.
You can also nominate others, of course.
Also, please feel free to leave comments below about what you’d like to see, and if there is anything I can do to make you more likely to get interested in not only reading the Four Stone Hearth every fortnight, but participating in it as well.
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The 82nd Four Stone Hearth, anthropology blog carnival, is now online at Anthropology in Practice. Including this gem about Koala bears and reciprocity from the Primate Diaries.
Reciprocity is an intrinsic feature of human beings as well as most species of ape. Chimpanzees and bonobos regularly engage in granting gifts of food and expect a return on their generosity (those who don’t reciprocate are less likely to receive such gifts in the future) (de Waal and Brosnan 2006). This “tit-for-tat” basis of exchange exists in all human societies and becomes ritualized based on the cultural norms that are present. One of the most well known descriptions of reciprocity among indigenous societies is that of the Kula among the Trobriand Islanders near Papua New Guinea that was documented by anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski.