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. 77, No. 4, Fall

A Note on Transnational Consanguinity, or, Kinship in the Age of Terrorism
IntroductionThere is no need to remind my readers that recent studies of kinship in anthropology have turned a number of interesting corners. The self-interrogatory that British social anthropology initiated in the wake of Asian and African decolonization,...
Anthropology and the United States Military: Coming of Age in the Twenty-First Century
Pamela R. Frese & Margaret C. Harrell, editors. Preface by John P. Hawkins. Anthropology and the United States Military: Coming of Age in the Twenty-first Century. Palgrave-McMillan, 2003. 192 pp.All of us, in this first decade of the 21st century,...
Birth on the Threshold: Childbirth and Modernity in South India
Cecilia Van Hollen. Birth on the Threshold: Childbirth and Modernity in South India. University of California Press, 2003. 272 pp.Bracketed by modernization and development discourse, this rich ethnography makes a strong contribution to medical anthropology...
Class and Cosmopolitan Striving: Mothers' Management of English Education in South Korea
AbstractThis article considers the practical and symbolic value of English in South Korea. We argue that English works as an index of South Korea's and South Koreans' cosmopolitan striving in the global order. We assert, however, that the values of English...
Culture and Tourism
Culture and TourismEdward M. Bruner. Culture on Tour: Ethnographies of Travel. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2004. 312 pp.Edward Bruner became aware of the significance of narrative in tourism and the differences between the touristic and...
Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice
Michael M. J. Fischer. Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2003. 477 pp.This compendium of reworked essays by one of America's most prominent anthropological theorists offers a fair overview...
Figurations: Child, Bodies, Worlds
Claudia Castañeda. Figurations: Child, Bodies, Worlds. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 2002. 204 pp.As a result of many fine ethnographies and histories of childhood, we now understand something of the process through which children are culturally...
Gandhi or Gramsci? the Use of Authoritative Sources in Anthropology
The English...have a habit of writing history; they pretend to study the manners and customs of all peoples.-Mohandas K. Gandhi, Hind SwarajI became interested in the many Indian philosophers and philosophies that focused on the nature of the self, consciousness,...
Ishi in Three Centuries
Karl Kroeber & Clifton Kroeber, eds. Ishi in Three Centuries. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2003, 416 pp.This book was conceived in the aftermath of the repatriation controversy that erupted with the discovery that Ishi's brain...
Mien Alter-Natives in Thai Modernity
AbstractThis article discusses the repeated framing of Mien ethnic minority highland people as unmodern in relation to projects of modernity and modernization in Thailand. As upland livelihood has become increasingly precarious and entangled with state...
On Being Young
What is at the center of the narration for me is not the explication of a strange fact but the order that this strange fact develops in itself and around itself: the drawing, the symmetry, the network of images which assemble around it, as in the formation...
Race and Religion in the Caribbean
Race and Religion in the Caribbean Aisha Khan. 2004. Callaloo Nation: Metaphors of Race and Religious Identity among South Asians in Trinidad. Durham: Duke University Press. 251 pp.The Caribbean as a region for anthropological study has always attracted...
The Avowal and Disavowal of Difference in France
The Avowal and Disavowal of Difference in France Paul Silverstein. Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, Nation. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press. December, 2004. 288 pp.In Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation, a theoretically...
The Ethnography of Media
The Ethnography of Media Lila Abu-Lughod. Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. 324 pp.Lila Abu-Lughod's Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt joins a steadily growing...
The Harder Path-Shifting Gears*
IntroductionThis essay deals with old science practices and the development of innovative practices that are a mixture of theory, research, and practicality. Americans have an extraordinary record in starting up projects, but they have trouble shifting...
The Marketing Era: From Professional Practice to Global Provisioning
Kalman Applbaum. The Marketing Era: From Professional Practice to Global Provisioning. New York: Routledge, 2004. 304 pp.In this ambitious and provocative work, Kaiman Appibaum offers us an anthropological confrontation with nothing less than the "animus...
The Vanishing Hectare: Property and Value in Postsocialist Transylvania
Katherine Verdery. The Vanishing Hectare: Property and Value in Postsocialist Transylvania. Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London, 2004. 432 pp.This is a counter story to those that viewed the collapse of socialism as the creation of a tabula rasa....
Women Work, Men Sponge, and Everyone Gossips: Macho Men and Stigmatized/ing Women in a Sex Tourist Town
AbstractThis article focuses on gossip about Dominican womens sexual labor as an entry point into documenting shifting gender relations and ideologies in Sosúa, a sex tourist destination frequented primarily by German tourists. In Sosúas sexscape, new...
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