About

Itinerant raconteur and researcher, slightly fixated on the social-semiotic, mostly musing on matters that fit well into alliterations, bringing back the run on sentence, dabbling in absurd profundity, mixing metaphors, and getting lost in streams of contemplation, activist, and at times alien observer…

Over the last several years I have lived in North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa, in Seattle, Beijing, Utrecht, Istanbul, and Tunis. I have meandered through multiple other countries, cities, and towns in this time. In these myriad locations I have been fortunate to wade in and out of disparate narratives, observing, and collecting.

My research and contemplations in the past have tended to focus on the application of semiotic analysis to episodes of contention, primarily concerning the evolution of resistance tactics among marginalized groups. Theoretically I have been influenced by Charles Tilly, Doug McAdam, Dru Gladney, Pierre Bourdieu, Roland Barthes, Gaston Bachelard, and others.

This blog is an attempt to share observations, visual or textual. It is part of my own process of unpacking certain phenomena. It is about participating in the construction and unfolding of perceptions, experiences and histories, personal and collective, those I stumble across, influence, am influenced by, or blindly pass. While there may be occasionally more in-depth articles of a slightly more academic nature, I will also present vignettes of thoughts and snapshots of ruminations, colorful and at times analytic, or cursory and lighthearted.

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5 Responses to About

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog…will be exploring your previous posts and stories. Looks like you’re having an adventure. Best wishes..

  2. Jackie says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my photo! I appreciate it very much. 😀

  3. c solomon says:

    would like to contact michael caster for info re photo on his blog– what is his email address

  4. michael.d.haack@gmail.com says:

    Hi! Are you ever in Beijing? I am interested in your most recent article on labor relations. I teach world history at a prestigious Chinese high school here and would be interested in meeting up.

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