Ethnology

This quarterly journal covers a wide range of cultural and social anthropology and its cross-section specializations.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, Fall

Charisma's Realm: Fandom in Japan
Most studies of Japanese social organization focus upon structural elements of duty and obligation. This study of Japanese fan clubs uses the concept of charisma to analyze the voluntary bonds that connect individuals to one another. The concept of...
Ethnic Tourism and the Renegotiation of Tradition in Tana Toraja (Sulawesi, Indonesia)
This article examines some of the political and symbolic issues inherent in the touristic renegotiation of Torajan ritual and history, chronicling the strategies whereby Torajans attempt to refashion outsider imagery to enhance their own personal...
Know Your Place: The Organization of Tlingit Geographic Knowledge
Tlingit geographic knowledge is organized along two principal axes: social structure and subsistence production. Using the place-name inventory of an 83-year-old Tlingit elder, this essay analyzes how geographic names form an essential part of Tlingit...
Religious Involution: Sacred and Secular Conflict among Sephardic Jews in Australia
For immigrant Sephardic Jews in Sydney, Australia, a struggle between religious and secular powers is aggravated by the position of the Sephardim as a minority within a minority. (Limitations of functional analysis, religion as a divisive and dysfunctional...
The Sibling Principle in Oronao' Residence
Oronao' residence groups are organized in terms of a sibling principle. Although not elaborated in native ideology, the principle appears in the concept of sibling group and associated concepts of residential space and in residential behavior. A comparison...
Women, Land, and Labor: Negotiating Clientage and Kinship in a Minangkabau Peasant Community
One of the central dynamics shaping agrarian change, and one seldom highlighted, is the structure and ideology of kinship and clientage in peasant communities. This article examines the importance of kin ties in the maintenance of nonwage labor relationships...