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. 78, No. 2, Spring

Children and Youth on the Frontline
Jo Boyden and Joanna de Berry (eds). Children and Youth on the Frontline. Berghahn Books, 2004. 274 pp.Children and Youth on the Frontline consist of narratives rooted in anthropological theory and ethnographic research on war and displacement. It discusses...
In Sierra Leone
Michael Jackson. In Sierra Leone. Durham and London: Duke University Press., 2004. 232 pp.More than a generation ago, the late French philosopher, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, wrote a highly provocative essay called "Eye and Mind." In this groundbreaking work,...
Making History in Banda: Anthropological Visions of Africa's Past
Ann B.Stahl. Making History in Banda: Anthropological Visions of Africa's Past. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. 268 pp.The publication of Eric Wolf's path-breaking volume Europe and the People Without History in 1982 inspired many scholars...
Marginal Gains: Monetary Transactions in Atlantic Africa
Jane I. Guyer. Marginal Gains: Monetary Transactions in Atlantic Africa. Chicago, IL and London: University of Chicago Press, 2004. xvii +207 pp.Marginal Gains: Monetary Transactions in Atlantic Africa is a slim volume that bursts with originality and...
Reflections from the Field: A Girl's Initiation Ceremony in Northern Sierra Leone
Three years after the official declaration of peace in Sierra Leone, people have finally relaxed and now try to reconfigure their lives in a very visibly war-torn surrounding. In this setting, the girl's initiation, dimusu biriye, becomes not only a...
Shadows of War: Violence, Power, and International Profiteering in the Twenty-First Century
Carolyn Nordstrom, Shadows of War: Violence, Power, and International Profiteering in the Twenty-First Century. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. xiv + 293 pp."Shape-shifters; people who walk among us we can't see-people say only we Africans...
Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones
Wenona Giles and Jennifer Hyndman (eds.) Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones. University of California Press, 2004. 373 pp.This edited book arose out of an international research association developed among scholars drawn from sociology, geography,...
Storytelling Events, Violence, and the Appearance of the Past1
AbstractAlluding to Sierra Leone's recent violent history, this paper argues that storytelling events offer insights into the ways that people evaluate, discuss, and negotiate social and ethical strategies for making communal life viable in war as well...
The Legacy of the Tank: The Violence of Peace
In 1997, after weeks of watching skirmishes between soldiers and Kamajoh militia, and weeks of being startled during my fieldwork by dead bodies appearing on Kenema's streets, a Guinea n tank rolled through town. You could hear it minutes before it arrived-its...
Time and Place in the Anthropology of Events: A Diaspora Perspective on the Liberian Transition
The word "event" implies a moment in time, a specific punctuation of the temporal flow. The "events" of a day, month, or decade can be precisely located by chronology; thus we can organize "events" in terms of linear causality, a comforting and logically...
Victimcy, Girlfriending, Soldiering: Tactic Agency in a Young Woman's Social Navigation of the Liberian War Zone1
AbstractThis study aims to collapse the often gendered opposition of agency and victimhood that typically characterizes the analysis of women's coping strategies in war zones. The term victimcy is proposed to describe the agency of self-staging as victim...
Violent Events as Narrative Blocs: The Disarmament at Bo, Sierra Leone
AbstractThe 2001 disarmament of kamajor combatants in Bo, Sierra Leone was an event marked by violence. This paper considers that violence, and by extension other violent events in Sierra Leone's recent war, as narrative blocs: configurations of agency,...
War as Smoke and Mirrors: Sierra Leone 1991-2, 1994-5, 1995-6
AbstractThe present paper assesses the implications of various observations of war in Sierra Leone-cross-border operations of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in 1991-2, an RUF attack on Bo in December-January 1994-5, and disruptions by private security...
Warscape Ethnography in West Africa and the Anthropology of "Events"
AbstractThis article introduces some of the challenges of doing ethnography in contexts such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-places where violence and the certainty of uncertainty have become the backdrop for social interaction. It also considers...