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. 75, No. 2, Spring

Anthropology: Theoretical Practice in Culture and Society
Anthropology: Theoretical Practice in Culture and Society. Michael Herzfeld. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers, Inc., 2001; 368 pp. Like many of us, the bread-and-butter of my teaching load is "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology." Yet, I...
Authenticity, Anthropology, and the Sacred
SOCIAL THOUGHT AND COMMENTARY My charge for this paper was completely open-ended. I was told I could "write about anything I liked, as much as I wanted, in any format I pleased". While liberating, this unaccustomed freedom also caused me considerable...
Begging to Differ: On Pluralism and "Civil" Society
Engin F. Isin and Patricia K. Wood. Citizenship and Identity. New York: Sage Publications, 1999; 189 pp. Carol J. Greenhouse, ed. Democracy and Ethnography: Constructing Identities in Multicultural Liberal States. Albany: State University of New York...
Black Feminist Anthropology: Theory, Politics, and Poetics
BOOK REVIEW Black Feminist Anthropology: Theory, Politics, Praxis, and Poetics. Irma McClaurin (ed.). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2001; 272 pp. Irma McClaurin and her eight colleagues have written a very important and provocative book....
Civil Religion Redux
The events of September 11, 2001 have led to a public display of unity unseen for nearly four decades in fractious, pluralistic America. The response could be dismissed as simple reactive patriotism at a moment of crisis, and given the nebulous and attenuated...
Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society
Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society. Beth A. Conklin. Austin, Texas: University Of Texas, 2001; 285 pp. There are very few topics in anthropology that are as exotic as cannibalism. We might like to think of ourselves as...
Cultivating Dissent: Work, Identity and Praxis in Rural Languedoc
Cultivating Dissent: Work, Identity and Praxis in Rural Languedoc. Winnie Lem. Albany: SUNY Press, 1999; 268 pp. One of the first books to come out in the SUNY Series in National Identities, Lem's study of a rural, wine-growing population in Southern...
Encountering Archaeology in Tanzania: Education, Development, and Dialogue at the University of Dar Es Salaam
DEVELOPMENT IN THEORY From 1987 to 1989 1 taught in the Archaeology Unit of the History Department at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,1 and have returned to the Unit for extended periods on an average of nearly every year since, in the context...
Feminism, the Taliban, and Politics of Counter-Insurgency
In a cool breezy evening in March 1999, Hollywood celebrities turned out in large numbers to show their support for the Feminist Majority's campaign against the Taliban's brutal treatment of Afghan women. Jay and Mavis Leno hosted the event, and the...
Genetics, Identity and the Anthropology of Essentialism
SOCIAL THOUGHT AND COMMENTARY For several decades, anthropology has participated in the general deconstruction of "identity" as a stable object of scholarly inquiry. The notion that individuals craft their identity through social performances, and hence...
Monumentality, Identity, and the State: Local Practice, World Heritage, and Heterotopia at Swayambhu, Nepal
Over the past decade, democratization, economic liberalization, and a new politics of ethnicity have contributed to the emergence of new modes of devotional activities that have been shaping sacred sites in the Kathmandu Valley for millennia. Locally...
Navigating Citizenship
Unni Wikan. Generous Betrayal: Ethnic Politics in the New Europe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001; 280 pp.. The most vivid and disturbing images of immigration in our times have become a commonplace in the media and other popular forms of...
Remembering Pierre Bourdieu, 1930-2002
Pierre Bourdieu died in Paris of cancer on January 23, 2002. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marie-Claire, and their three children Jerome, Emmanuel, and Laurent. Bourdieu was a prolific writer and significant post-war intellectual whose influence...
The Griot's Craft: An Essay on Oral Tradition and Diplomacy, Volume 8: Forschungen Zur Sprachen Und Kulturen Afrikas
The Griot's Craft: An Essay on Oral Tradition and Diplomacy, Volume 8: Forschungen zur Sprachen and Kulturen Afrikas. Jan Jansen. Hamburg: LIT Verlag, and Piscataway, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2000; 100 pp. In this fascinating contribution to the...
The Politics of Life and Death in Thailand
NEW RELEASES Alan Klima. The Funeral Casino: Meditation, Massacre, and Exchange with the Dead in Thailand. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002; 317 pp.. Why, asks Hal Foster in The Return of the Real, this fascination with trauma, this envy of...
The underneath of Things: Violence, History and the Everday in Sierra Leone
The Underneath of Things: Violence, History and the Everyday in Sierra Leone. Marianne C. Ferme. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. 2001; 287 pp. Given the recent (and not so recent) history of Sierra Leone, it is more than fitting...
Waiting to Inhale: The Moral Economy of African Trade
Money Has No Smell: The Africanization of New York City. Paul Stoller. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002. 215 pp.. "Africa, whatever it is, is everywhere." So begins a recent review in The New York Times of an exhibition of African art at P.S....
Writing the Self
At some level all writing is both autobiographical and therapeutic. This is clearly not true for writing which is incidental to other tasks (such as writing reports or taking minutes) and it is an unexceptional claim when made of fiction. This claim...