Talking Trauma: Paramedics and Their Stories

What would you do if your job included finding brains splattered along the freeway, having people chase you with knives, and dealing with blood, brains, and severed limbs?  You’d tell stories about it with your coworkers.  That’s what you’d do. Talking Trauma (1998) by Timothy Tangherlini is folklore research on the people who face this... Continue Reading →

Smartness, Exploitation, and Professionalism: An Ethnography of Wall Street

Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (2009) by Karen Ho, an anthropologist, sounds intriguing before you open it.  However, the actual read is somewhat dry and boring, except for certain parts.  I read it for my folklore and work class last semester, and because I had an essay test that required me to write about... Continue Reading →

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