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Postby jraab2222 » Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:19 pm

I am currently writing my sociology senior thesis paper on BM. Are there any existing studies on Burning Man out there? So far I have found none, which I find bewildering.

Also, how do I get into contact with the BM Census Bureau?
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Postby Eric » Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:25 pm

This question gets asked probably a couple of times a year, so there have got to be dozens of papers out there. Finding them is part of your research. Lexis-Nexis maybe?

As for the "BM Census Bureau"- I don't think any such animal exists. Check the main Burning Man website for contact information for the various departments.
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Postby gaminwench » Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:07 pm

Go to the main site and type academic into the search box, comes right up...
Works for census, also...
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Postby ibdave » Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:08 pm

2222, have you been to Burning Man?
We see People asking the same questions but have never gone to the event..
I don't think anyone could write a Paper without ever going.. 8) 8) 8)

Hope you have/plan to go... 8) 8) 8)
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Postby moonrise » Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:12 pm

Don't forget the polys! hahaha...and be sure to go, like ibdave said.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:45 pm

Am I going to have to start a "How to Write a Research Paper on Burningman" thread?
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Postby ibdave » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:58 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Am I going to have to start a "How to Write a Research Paper on Burningman" thread?


SNORT...... 8) 8) 8)
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Postby gaminwench » Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:12 pm

... the (contemporary) first step of research... Google - how hard is that?
Maybe a "Read this BEFORE posting your (potentially flammable) question" sticky linking to the main site, FAQ sheet, First Timer's and Survival guides...
along with a primer on 'Search' functions...
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Postby Fire_Moose » Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:31 am

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Postby jraab2222 » Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:53 am

I have in fact been to Burning Man, where I did a large amount of interview research. I am simply trying to expand my secondary research, and believe that Burners are the best source in obtaining this.

I have no intensions of polluting the forum's so if any of you view my post as inappropriate you have my apologies. For those who have given me advice, I greatly appreciate it, it has been very helpful.
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Postby Bob » Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:55 am

jraab2222 wrote:..I have no intensions of polluting the forum's...


Ouchie.
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Postby Sail Man » Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:15 am

theCryptofishist wrote:Am I going to have to start a "How to Write a Research Paper on Burningman" thread?


Make sure you research threads on research adequately before you begin your thread on researching, 104 good buddy?
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Postby Teo del Fuego » Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:27 pm

jraab2222 wrote: intensions ....... forum's


intention

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Postby Isotopia » Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:58 pm

There was a fellow a while back that posted a link to his thesis which he did on sociology/religion.

He wasn't as full of shit as some of the other papers I've read even though the subject material was a bit esoteric.

Do a Google search for John W. Morehead (include the word 'burn' or 'burning')and you may have some luck linking up with a kindred soul.

Also, have a look at this link for a few names you might want to follow up on: [url]
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/20 ... n-20101020[/url]
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:28 pm

jraab2222 wrote: Are there any existing studies on Burning Man out there? So far I have found none, which I find bewildering.


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Postby Bob » Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:30 am

Bzzzt. Nobody has the 'right' answers?

Start here:
http://www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/academics.html

Let me google this for you:
http://www.google.com/search?q=burning+man+sociology

The yearly census reports are at:
http://afterburn.burningman.com/

Wild fucking guess, try census@burningman.com as a contact.

Failing that, academics@burningman.com (per above link) or questions@burningman.com.

Don't worry about using a spelchecker, it just flags you as a social elitist.
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Re: Burning Man Research

Postby DoriumLux » Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:03 am

If you haven't found anything, then I fear for your project. There is several analytical books written on Burning Man. It has come as a focus of many anthropologists in the last several years, and there have been several scholarly articles written about the various aspects of the festival. Look harder.
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Postby bluesbob » Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:26 pm

Great place to write a paper about.

It's so full of contradictions...trying to fulfill so much and on the very edge of failing at everything. I like to call it "barely-controlled chaos".

Emile Durkheim would love this place. The cult of the individual and the greater good of the society battling it out for supremacy. Cooley, Mead, Parsons, Merton...anyone of a dozen sociologists would have had a blast here also.

I'm not writing a paper, but I'm taking Blumer, Garfinkle, and Goffman with me next time. I'm going to test out theory by observing behavior and modifying my own to see reactions. Well, I will take notes.

Have fun...Burning man THINKS it contradicts social norms and values, but in reality in has just replaced the greater society's norms and values with its own. Pay close attention to all the ritualism...it permeates everything there.
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Postby teardropper » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:36 am

theCryptofishist wrote:Am I going to have to start a "How to Write a Research Paper on Burningman" thread?


Probably have to make it sticky...
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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:24 pm

I am AMAZED by the amount of restraint being used by everyone today. The last time I remember someone asking for help with a paper I do remember a certain amount of tearing of a new one happening. :P
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:28 pm

Um, writing a paper on Burning Man is SO 2003.


now a Burning Man Cook-Book?


i smell NYT best seller list.
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Postby BAS » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:46 pm

Simon of the Playa wrote:Um, writing a paper on Burning Man is SO 2003.


now a Burning Man Cook-Book?


i smell NYT best seller list.


Would the first chapter be on how to turn a car into a barbecue...?
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:48 pm

i most certainly hope so...


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Postby FIGJAM » Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:04 pm

Would that be an asterisk in the roadkill chapter?
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:14 pm

well, that gets into all kinds of questions about sentient plant life, but yes, it is a form of road-kill, and them's good eatin'.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:27 pm

VeganChoirGirl wrote:I am AMAZED by the amount of restraint being used by everyone today. The last time I remember someone asking for help with a paper I do remember a certain amount of tearing of a new one happening. :P

Well, everyone's exhausted from the ticket drama.




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We used our best material already.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:29 pm

Simon of the Playa wrote:well, that gets into all kinds of questions about sentient plant life, but yes, it is a form of road-kill, and them's good eatin'.

Just be careful. Some of those sentient cloves enforce the "inedible" in very creative ways.
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Postby Iago » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:25 am

bluesbob wrote:Great place to write a paper about.

It's so full of contradictions...trying to fulfill so much and on the very edge of failing at everything. I like to call it "barely-controlled chaos".

Emile Durkheim would love this place. The cult of the individual and the greater good of the society battling it out for supremacy. Cooley, Mead, Parsons, Merton...anyone of a dozen sociologists would have had a blast here also.

I'm not writing a paper, but I'm taking Blumer, Garfinkle, and Goffman with me next time. I'm going to test out theory by observing behavior and modifying my own to see reactions. Well, I will take notes.

Have fun...Burning man THINKS it contradicts social norms and values, but in reality in has just replaced the greater society's norms and values with its own. Pay close attention to all the ritualism...it permeates everything there.


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