Anthropological Quarterly

Anthropological Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal published by the George Washington Institute for Ethnographic Research. Anthropological Quarterly publishes original, data-driven articles advancing ethnography and anthropological theory. Anthropological Quarterly also includes essays published on a wide range of topics, from war and racism to globalization and human rights.

Articles from Vol. 80, No. 2, Spring

After Kinship
Janet Carsten, After Kinship. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. 230 pp.In 1995, in Nottinghamshire, England, Diane Blood is involved in a dispute with British regulatory agencies and the courts over her efforts to conceive a child with sperm...
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Bulgur Marriages and "Big" Women: Navigating Relatedness in Guinean Refugee Camps1
AbstractThe humanitarian community's definition of family and household provides an organizational framework that determines how benefits are offered to refugees. As a result, in refugee camps, social relations become a means to access resources as well...
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Closeness in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Debating Kinship and Biomedicine in Lebanon and the Middle East
AbstractAnthropological studies of assisted reproduction and allied technologies offer new ways of understanding kinship. This paper follows those themes in the context of the Middle East, specifically Lebanon. The nearest equivalent to a word for "kinship"...
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Constitutive Knowledge: Tracing Trajectories of Information in New Contexts of Relatedness
AbstractOne much-commented upon feature of globalization is an increased access to information. If new kinds of information, and a new speed of access to it, characterize the so-called "global society, " then how do new kinds of kinship information and...
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Cross-Border Marriages: Gender and Mobility in Transnational Asia
Nicole Constable (ed.), Cross-Border Marriages: Gender and Mobility in Transnational Asia. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. 220 pp.Cross-Border Marriages, Gender and Mobility in Transnational Asia provides a fresh new look at international...
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Cultures of Transnational Adoption
Toby Alice Volkman (ed.), Cultures of Transnational Adoption. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2005. 248 pp.Cultures of Transnational Adoption is a very welcome addition to the growing literature on adoption, weaving narratives of identity,...
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Global Kinship: Anthropology and the Politics of Knowing
Kinship has cast such a long shadow over anthropological analysis that students who have never confronted its more technical aspects still profess boredom with the topic and relief that they do not have to deal with it. But deal with it, surprisingly,...
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International Biodiplomacy and Global Ethical Forms: Relations of Critique between Public Anthropology and Science in Society
AbstractThis essay introduces the concept of "biodiplomacy" through a combination of philosophical reflection, historical and etymological arguments, media reports, critical analyses of bioethics controversies, and the author's own participation as a...
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Kinship and Family: An Anthropological Reader
Robert Parkin & Linda Stone (eds.), Kinship and Family: An Anthropological Reader. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2004.496 pp.The stated purpose of this collection of readings is to trace "...the development of mainstream kinship theory..." (viii)...
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Marrying a Marilyn of the Tropics: Manhood and Nationhood in Filipina-Japanese Marriages
AbstractCarla Freeman (2001) has recently argued that both globalization theory and the very processes defining globalization are ascribed a masculine gender and as a result, masculine globalization theory has implicitly produced a powerful dichotomous...
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Migration and Economy: Global and Local Dynamics
Lillian Trager (ed.), Migration and Economy: Global and Local Dynamics. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2005. 332 pp.Trager begins this volume by noting that migration is often framed as an unusual activity that needs to be explained. She argues that...
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Nameless Relations: Anonymity, Melanesia and Reproductive Gift Exchange between British Ova Donors and Recipients
Monica Konrad, Nameless Relations: Anonymity, Melanesia and Reproductive Gift Exchange between British Ova Donors and Recipients. New York: Berghahn Books, 2005.286 pp.This thought-provoking study of ova donation in Great Britain offers a detailed ethnographic...
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Our Adoptee, Our Alien: Transnational Adoptees as Specters of Foreignness and Family in South Korea
AbstractSince the late 1990s, adult adopted Koreans have been officially welcomed back to their country of birth as "overseas Koreans," a legal designation instituted by Korea's state-sponsored "globalization" (segyehwa) project. Designed to build economic...
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Refiguring Kinship in the Space of Adoption
AbstractInternational conventions and domestic adoption laws in Euro-American nations regulate the construction of adoptive families through a series of legal fictions. The most significant of these is the principle of the legal clean break, which cancels...
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Sumptuary Kinship
AbstractThe essay pursues three ends. Two are theoretical. The first of these seeks to clarify and elaborate the consequences of approaching kinship as a distinctive system of subjectivation that yields an equally distinctive ethical domain. The second...
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The Cultural Analysis of Kinship: The Legacy of David M. Schneider
Richard Feinberg & Martin Ottenheimer (eds.), The Cultural Analysis of Kinship: The Legacy of David M. Schneider. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2001, 235pp.Few Academic Battlegrounds have been so littered with the ink-stained...
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The Ethics of Kinship: Ethnographic Inquiries
James D. Faubion (ed.) The Ethics of Kinship: Ethnographic Inquiries. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2001. 277 pp.This is a book about the ethics of affect as manifested in kinship relations. James Faubion asked a number of one-time doctoral students...
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Transnational Adoption: A Cultural Economy of Race, Gender, and Kinship
Sara K. Dorow, Transnational Adoption: A Cultural Economy of Race, Gender, and Kinship. New York: New York University Press, 2006. 344 pp.The past decade has witnessed an unprecedented expansion of transnational adoption around the globe, transferring...
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