Ethnographic Sorcery by Harry G. West

By Harry G. West

According to the folks of the Mueda plateau in northern Mozambique, sorcerers remake the realm through saying the authority in their personal ingenious visions of it. whereas undertaking examine between those Muedans, anthropologist Harry G. West made a revealing discovery—for lots of them, West’s efforts to problematic an ethnographic imaginative and prescient in their international was once itself a sort of sorcery. In Ethnographic Sorcery, West explores the attention-grabbing matters provoked by means of this equation. A key subject matter of West’s study into sorcery is that one sorcerer’s claims will be challenged or reversed by way of different sorcerers. After West’s try and build a metaphorical interpretation of Muedan assertions that the lions prowling their villages are fabricated by means of sorcerers is disputed by way of his Muedan study collaborators, West learned that ethnography and sorcery certainly have a lot in universal. instead of leaving behind ethnography, West attracts suggestion from this connection, arguing that anthropologists, besides the folk they research, can scarcely stay away from examining the realm they inhabit, and that we're all, inescapably, ethnographic sorcerers.

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Ethnicity, Inc. by John L. Comaroff, Jean Comaroff

By John L. Comaroff, Jean Comaroff

In "Ethnicity, Inc." anthropologists John L. and Jean Comaroff research a brand new second within the background of human identification: its rampant commodification. via a wide-ranging exploration of the altering courting among tradition and the industry, they tackle a urgent query: in which lies the way forward for ethnicity? Their account starts in South Africa, with the incorporation of an ethno-business in enterprise capital through a gaggle of conventional African chiefs. yet their horizons are international: local American casinos; Scotland’s efforts to model itself; a Zulu ethno-theme park named Shakaland; a global faith declared to be highbrow estate; a chiefdom made right into a international company through its platinum holdings; San “Bushmen” with patent rights in all probability worthy thousands of greenbacks; countries performing as advertisement corporations; and the speedy progress of promoting organisations that concentrate on particular ethnic populations are only a few of the diversified examples that fall lower than the Comaroffs’ incisive scrutiny. those phenomena variety from the traumatic throughout the fascinating to the absurd. via them, the Comaroffs hint the contradictory results of neoliberalism because it transforms identities and social being around the globe. "Ethnicity, Inc." is a penetrating account of the ways that ethnic populations are remaking themselves within the photo of the corporation—while firms coopt ethnic practices to open up new markets and regimes of intake. Intellectually rigorous yet leavened with wit, it is a robust, hugely unique portrayal of a brand new international being born in a tectonic collision of tradition, capitalism, and identification.

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Cosmologies in the Making: A Generative Approach to Cultural by Fredrik Barth

By Fredrik Barth

In reading the adjustments that experience taken position within the mystery cosmological lore transmitted in male initiation ceremonies one of the Mountain okay of internal New Guinea, this e-book deals a brand new approach of explaining how cultural swap happens. Professor Barth specializes in accounting for the neighborhood adaptations in cosmological traditions that exist one of the okay humans, who in a different way proportion mostly comparable cultures. Rejecting current anthropological thought as insufficient for explaining this, Professor Barth constructs a brand new version of the mechanisms of cultural swap, emphasizing the function that exact creativity performs in it, and conserving that cosmologies will be correctly understood provided that they're considered as wisdom within the strategy of communique, instead of as fastened our bodies of trust.

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Dou Donggo justice: conflict and morality in an Indonesian by Peter Just

By Peter Just

This learn of justice and morality one of the Dou Donggo, a highland humans in Indonesia, deals an leading edge method of figuring out the workings of legislations and dispute cost in small groups. Peter simply argues that the operation of any felony approach is healthier understood within the context of its ethical ontology: the basic tradition assumptions that the folk have in regards to the nature of the area, the beings that inhabit it, and their relationships to each other, in addition to rules approximately causation, legal responsibility, and so on. the writer takes Dou Donggo ideals in evil spirits and tutelary gods, theories of perception and physically humors, and the mystical prowess of judges who're additionally healers and hyperlinks them to the guiding ideas and daily operation of a consensual procedure of justice. the 1st a part of the ebook offers contextualizing fabric on present debates approximately ethnography and the anthropology of legislations, a full of life account of the author's box reviews, and a background of the Dou Donggo. next chapters use anecdotes and examples to explicate the structure of the village as an ethical group and the ethical ontology on which that group is predicated. Concluding chapters supply a "thick description" of 3 genuine disputes witnessed through the writer.

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Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical by Laurence J. Kirmayer

By Laurence J. Kirmayer

Revisioning Psychiatry explores new theories and versions from cultural psychiatry and psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, and anthropology that make clear how psychological illnesses emerge in particular contexts and issues towards destiny integration of those views. Taken jointly, the contributions element to the necessity for primary shifts in psychiatric concept and perform: • Restoring phenomenology to its rightful position in learn and perform; • Advancing the social and cultural neuroscience of brain-person-environment structures over the years and throughout social contexts; • knowing how self-awareness, interpersonal interactions, and bigger social methods supply upward thrust to vicious circles that represent psychological illnesses; • finding efforts to aid and heal in the neighborhood and international social, fiscal, and political contexts that effect how we body difficulties and picture ideas. In advancing ecosystemic versions of psychological issues, participants problem reductionistic versions and culture-bound views and spotlight chances for a extra transdisciplinary, built-in method of study, psychological future health coverage, and scientific perform.

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A Room Full of Mirrors: High School Reunions in Middle by Keiko Ikeda

By Keiko Ikeda

The highschool reunion happens in the course of the usa and cuts throughout transformations in age, locality, and ethnicity. This renowned occasion is usually considered a light-hearted social get together or an workout in nostalgia that has little different value within the lives of its members. Drawing on candid own narratives derived from reunions starting from the 5th to the 50th, this pathbreaking research demonstrates, besides the fact that, that for plenty of americans the highschool reunion is a wealthy and infrequently poignant event. Of specific curiosity is the truth that this ethnographic research was once performed by means of a eastern anthropologist proficient within the usa, who bargains a comparative viewpoint on excessive faculties within the nations. excessive colleges serve very varied social reasons in Japan and the USA, and the methods humans within the nations view their highschool years range hence. the writer examines the yankee highschool reunion as a dramatic scene within the building of self and that means in maturity. throughout the highschool reunion, americans are thrown right into a room filled with mirrors during which they're faced by way of diversified visions of themselves. There they see photos in their highschool selves filtered throughout the lighting and shadows forged via classmates’ thoughts and projected opposed to the backdrop created by means of the lives of these classmates immediately. via an research of the a number of reflections of self that emerge in the course of reunions, the writer indicates how reunions have the funds for humans an party on which to reevaluate their very own stories and arrive at a brand new realizing of self. the yankee highschool reunion therefore presents members with a sequence of self-perceptions from which they could build new narratives in their personal lives.

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Quest for Harmony: The Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and by Chuan-kang Shih

By Chuan-kang Shih

During this long-awaited ethnography, Chuan-kang Shih information the normal social and cultural stipulations of the Moso, a matrilineal team dwelling at the border of Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces in southwest China. one of the Moso, a majority of the grownup inhabitants perform a traveling method referred to as tisese rather than marriage because the basic sexual and reproductive establishment. till lately, tisese was once noncontractual, nonobligatory, and nonexclusive. companions lived and labored in separate families. the single prerequisite for a tisese dating was once a mutual contract among the guy and the lady to permit sexual entry to one another. In a accomplished account, Quest for concord explores this certain perform particularly, and gives thorough documentation, fine-grained research, and an attractive dialogue of the folks, background, and constitution of Moso society. Drawing at the author's huge fieldwork, carried out from 1987 to 2006, this is often the 1st ethnography of the Moso written in English.

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A Deleuzian Century? by Ian Buchanan (ed.)

By Ian Buchanan (ed.)

Participants: Jerry Aline Flieger, Fredric Jameson, Eugene Holland, Manuel DeLanda, John Mullarky

Michel Foucault’s recommendation that this century might develop into referred to as “Deleuzian” was once thought of via Gilles Deleuze himself to be a shaggy dog story “meant to make those who like us giggle, and make every person else livid.” no matter if severe or now not, Foucault’s prediction has had adequate of an influence to elevate obstacle concerning the strength “deification” of this vastly influential French thinker. looking to counter such traits towards hagiography—not unknown, fairly due to the fact that Deleuze’s death—Ian Buchanan has assembled a suite of essays that represent a severe and targeted engagement with Deleuze and his work.
initially released as a unique factor of South Atlantic Quarterly (Summer 1997), this quantity contains essays from essentially the most well known American, Australian, British, and French students and translators of Deleuze’s writing. those essays, starting from movie, tv, paintings, and literature to philosophy, psychoanalysis, geology, and cultural stories, mirror the extensive pursuits of Deleuze himself. supplying either an creation and critique of Deleuze, this quantity will interact these readers attracted to literary and cultural idea, philosophy, and the way forward for these components of analysis within which Deleuze worked.

Contributors. Ronald Bogue, Ian Buchanan, André Pierre Colombat, Tom Conley, Manuel DeLanda, Tessa Dwyer, Jerry Aline Flieger, Eugene Holland, Fredric Jameson, Jean-Clet Martin, John Mullarkey, D. N. Rodowick, Horst Ruthrof, Charles J. Stivale

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