Anthropologica

Anthropologica is the official publication of the Canadian Anthropology Society. Anthropologica includes articles, reviews, and commentaries in both French and English. Articles in Anthropologica are peer-reviewed and cover all topics of interest to anthropologists.

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 1, 1993

Animal Rights, Human Rights: Ecology, Economy & Ideology in the Canadian Arctic // Review
Ces deux livres recents, aux titres similaires, abordent differemment la questio n des droits des animaux et des droits des humains. Le premier de Keith Tester, un enseignan t a Portsmouth, provient d'une these de doctorat presentee a l'universite de...
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Animals & Society: The Humanity of Animal Rights // Review
Ces deux livres recents, aux titres similaires, abordent differemment la questio n des droits des animaux et des droits des humains. Le premier de Keith Tester, un enseignan t a Portsmouth, provient d'une these de doctorat presentee a l'universite de...
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Art & Ethnicity: The Ukrainian Tradition in Canada // Review
Art and Ethnicity: The Ukrainian Tradition in Canada grew out of the exhibition organized by the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC) to celebrate the centenary in 1991 of Ukrainian immigration to Canada. As the title indicates, the exhibition, as...
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Beyond Goffman: Studies in Communication, Institution & Social Interaction // Review
Beyond Goffman is one of three collections of articles dedicated to the intellec tual contributions of Erving Goffman. The other two collections are The View from Goffman, edited by Jason Ditton, and Erving Goffman: Exploring the Interactional Order,...
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Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains: Sexual Life & History Strategies // Review
Since Goodall's work on chimpanzees was mainly published in English and has rece ived support from organizations promoting the use of film, such as National Geographic, most people are much more aware of her work than they are of the Japanese research...
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Communities at Risk: Collective Responses to Technological Hazards // Review
This collection of essays deals with modern, technological disasters from a soci ological perspective. The case studies discussed include internationally well - known ac cidents such as Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Bhopal, but also several of more...
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Cross Cultural Caring: A Handbook for Health Professionals in Western Canada // Review
This book is an important contribution to the practical side of Medical Anthropo logy and Sociology. The goals of the book are to provide potentially significant informa tion on ethnicity to people working in the health care field without jargon or...
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Debating Muslims: Cultural Dialogues in Postmodernity & Tradition // Review
The title of Fischer and Abedi's book, Debating Muslims: Cultural Dialogues in P ostmodernity and Tradition, sets the stage for an interesting and challenging look at an impo rtant geopolitical area (Iran) and an intellectual debate in modern anthropology...
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Dream & Culture: An Anthropological Study of the Western Intellectual Tradition // Review
The author states her interest in dreaming to be "evolutionary, scientific, and nonsymbolic" (p. xii). She wants to focus on dreams and their interpretations using the framewor k of science, "with its assumptions of testability and commitment to phenomenon...
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Ethnography & the Historical Imagination // Review
This captivatingly provocative book falls firmly into the current genre of criti cal ethnographic and methodological literature in anthropology. Ethnography and the Historical Im agination is a tour de force of the ethnographic enterprise and attempts...
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Franz Boas Social Activist: The Dynamics of Ethnicity
This short biography of Franz Boas accentuates those of his activities which mig ht broadly be considered political. As such, the focus is wider than implied by its title. T he first half begins with Boas the post - doctoral job - seeker (1882) and...
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From Muyuw to the Trobriands: Transformations along the Northern Side of the Kula Ring // Review
Deftly combining concepts from world - systems theory and structuralism, this bo ok examines a non - Western world system (the Kula Ring) by presenting a detailed "explorati on of relationships exhibited across part of the Kula Ring" (p. 11). That a...
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Gender in Crisis: Women & the Palestinian Resistance Movement // Review
The blurring of the distinctions between disciplines and the value of cross - ov er scholarship is demonstrated beautifully in Julie Peteet's book on Palestinian women in exile. Relying on participant observation and interviewing, Peteet documents women's...
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Haa Tuwuunaagu Yis, for Healing Our Spirit: Tlingit Oratory // Review
Haa Tuwuunaagu Yis is the second volume produced by Richard and Nora Marks Dauen hauer in the series Classics of Tlingit Oral Literature. It complements the first vol ume, Haa Shuka, Our Ancestors: Tlingit Oral Narratives, and improves considerably...
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Hausa Dreams (Use of Dream Material to Explore the Multiethnic Dimension of Nigerian Society)
IntroductionDreams and Deeds is the title of Robert A. LeVine's classic study of achievement motivation among Nigerians in the early 1960s (LeVine 1966). Employing a method which relie s in part on the narration and analysis of dreams (night - time,...
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In Memoriam: Sally M Weaver 1940-1993
The anthropology community in Canada lost one of its leading figures with the de ath of Sally M. Weaver, Professor at the University of Waterloo, at her home in Cambridge, On tario, on May 5, 1993. She died while in the prime of her career, at age 52,...
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Legacies from the Past and Transitions to a "Healed" Future in Brazilian Spiritist Therapy
Abstract: This paper describes a ritual healing session at a Spiritist centre i n Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where patients are treated for physical and emotional symptoms brought o n by events in their previous lives. Mediums re - enact the incidents...
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Le Huguenot & le Sauvage // Review
This book deals with the beginnings of anthropological thinking after the discov ery of the New World and the first explorations in North and South America at the end of the 16 th century. At this time, most of the early French explorers -- figures...
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Localizing Strategies: Regional Traditions of Ethnographic Writing // Review
Questioning the integrity of ethnography has become a mini - industry in our fie ld. This collection offers a welcome change of tone, addressing the issues in a restraine d way, from within anthropology, as it were. Using the convention of regionalism...
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Making Knowledge Count: Advocacy & Social Science // Review
Concerns for relevance, and the matching of social scientists with compatible so cial issues, have led some to examine the practice of advocacy. Attempts have been made to concep tualize this difficult but promising domain and to analyze its contents...
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Native Liberty, Crown Sovereignty: The Existing Aboriginal Right of Self-Government in Canada // Review
University College of Cape Breton sheds a necessary light on the issue of self - government. Speaking directly from the perspective of the Imperial Crown, this book demonstr ates that aboriginal self - government has always been an existing constitutional...
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New Neighbours: A Case Study of Cooperative Housing in Toronto // Review
New Neighbours is an ethnography of two housing co - operatives in Harbourfront in Toronto, but it is also more than that. It explores the conflict between use values and exchange values in the construction of Canadian housing, and argues for the relevance...
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Oeuvre De Chair: La Petite Histoire Du Pic Mangeur D'hommes
Abstract: The full richness of Iroquois myths is rarely appreciated. Straddling many of the boundaries of the social imagination, they explore the most secret byways of Iro quois thought and tradition. In pursuit of this end, they utilize the most...
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Of Revelation & Revolution: Christianity, Colonialism & Consciousness in South Africa, Vol 1 // Review
Historians schooled to seek economic and political motives have sometimes dealt simplistically with missionaries in Africa. Missionaries were generally not drawn from the mos t socially or economically significant classes and, at least initially, often...
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Our Chiefs & Elders: Words & Photographs of Native Leaders // Review
These two volumes have appeared almost simultaneously and express similar sentim ents about their topics. Neel's book is "intended to be the antithesis of the 'vanishing r ace' photographs of Native people -- this is a statement of the surviving race....
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Our Grandmothers' Lives as Told in Their Own Words // Review
These two volumes have appeared almost simultaneously and express similar sentim ents about their topics. Neel's book is "intended to be the antithesis of the 'vanishing r ace' photographs of Native people -- this is a statement of the surviving race....
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Pilgrimage in Latin America // Review
This well - produced volume provides 15 case studies of Latin American pilgrimag e, along with two useful introductory chapters and a conclusion. For the most part, the tone of the book is highly ethnographic and its main appeal will probably be to...
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Postmodernism, Feminism & Cultural Politics: Redrawing Educational Boundaries // Review
For some time the mass media have been proclaiming that we are living in the pos tfeminist era. More recently, they have been glibly dismissing "political correctness" and so t rying to discredit the widening view that education and culture, like all...
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Power & Difference: Gender in Island Southeast Asia // Review
This book examines the cultural construction of gender in Southeast Asia, a regi on often viewed as lacking a ritual or economic gender differentiation. As an exercise in "inte rpretive" anthropology it purports to explore ideological forces, but actually...
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Russian Copper Icons & Crosses from the Kunz Collection: Castings of Faith // Review
Russian Copper Icons and Crosses from the Kunz Collection is also a companion vo lume to an exhibition which celebrated an anniversary. Organized to mark the millennium of Russian Orthodoxy in 1988, the exhibition consisted of 50 metal crosses displayed...
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State & Society in Bali: Historical, Textual & Anthropological Approaches // Review
Hildred Geertz's introduction opens with a question: "How local communities have been linked to various claimants to state sovereignty at different epochs in Bali's history. " To tackle this "overall subject," a meeting of Bali specialists was held...
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Sweet Promises: A Reader on Indian-White Relations in Canada // Review
J.R. Miller's Sweet Promises is a compilation of readings on the history of Indi an - White relations in Canada from early contact to the present. The articles address many key issues and events in Canadian history, including Indians in the fur trade,...
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The Concept of Work: Ancient, Medieval & Modern // Review
With this volume, Applebaum makes a hefty contribution to SUNY's Series in the A nthropology of Work (edited by June Nash) -- though not one of commensurate intellectual wei ght. It is his third in the series, his fourth SUNY publication and his sixth...
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The Hutterian People: Ritual & Rebirth in the Evolution of Communal Life // Review
On the anthropological map of the world, the Hutterites occupy a rather prominen t place. Their long and well - documented history, their orderly designed colonies spread out o ver a large and easily accessible area, their anti - materialistic communalism,...
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The Native Game // Review
The "native - game," according to Plaice, comprises the struggle of a local grou p of Labradorians "to qualify for some kind of native status in the eyes of the outsi de world" (p. 123). Confronted by the growing politicization of their neighbours,...
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The Nervous System // Review
The Nervous System by Michael Taussig is, undeniably, a very challenging piece o f writing. In order to outline a theory of culture, the author follows a complex procedure and tackles a number of issues such as power, control and the role of ritualization...
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The Personhood of Women and Community Development in a Burkinabe Village
Abstract: A community actualized development program aiming to assure women equ al access to the benefits of development is examined in terms of impact on women's status. The interaction of the forms of organization envisaged in the village as leading...
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The Shaman's Share, or Inuit Sexual Communism in the Canadian Central Arctic
Abstract: Contemporary anthropology has had difficulties in classifying or inte rpreting Mauss and Beuchat's Essay on Seasonal Variations in Eskimo Societies, and has mostly r emembered the seasonal dualism of the social morphology. It is tempting...
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The Varieties of Sensory Experience: A Sourcebook in the Anthropology of the Senses // Review
The purpose of the collection under review is to construct the foundations for a n "anthropology of the senses" and to shift emphasis away from vision -- the sense taken to be a t the heart of Western philosophical and psychological concern -- so as...
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Twisted Histories, Altered Contexts: Representing the Chambri in a World System // Review
The Chambri were the female - dominated Tchambuli in Margaret Mead's 1935 study, Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies. The seeming isolation of this Sepik R iver society in New Guinea provided Mead with a "natural laboratory" in which she...
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Women of the Praia: Work & Lives in a Portuguese Coastal Community // Review
Women of the Praia is one of those rare monographs that combines theory, method and ethnography and weaves them together to provide a splendid book that is at once an important contribution to European ethnography, as well as a critical pedagogical resource...
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