Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Published quarterly by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute reports on anthropology, ethnology and the Royal Anthropological Institute. The editor of this journal is Simon Coleman.

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 3, September

Are We All Natural Dualists? a Cognitive Developmental Approach [*]
The article takes to task the well-established anthropological claim that non-Western peoples are free from the traps of dualistic thinking. Although Vezo informants in Madagascar produce statements that could be used to support such a claim, experimental...
Greek Hoplites: Rejoinder to Hallpike
I cannot allow C.R. Hallpike's reference (2000: 526) to what he calls my 'extreme version of neo-Darwinism' to pass without comment, if only because I am accustomed to be criticized by neo-Darwinians for not being one of them at all (Turner, Maryanski...
Intertwined Refractions: The Mutual Constitution of Gender Style and Class Fraction in a De-Industrializing Australian Town
Based on fieldwork among urban working-class Australians, I divide the dominated class into two fractions, dominated and dominant, and use this as a basis for analysis of the multiple gender styles which have been observed in working-class Australia....
Landscape, Violence and Social Bodies: Ritualized Architecture in a Solomon Islands Society
This article considers the interplay between the bodily experience of landscape and the formation of sociality. We investigate the social experiences of landscape in nineteenth-century Roviana Lagoon in the Solomon Islands, dealing specifically with...
Legal Ant Binding: Time, Change and Long-Term Transactions
This article explores the question of how long-term transactional agreements endure when the environment in which they exist is necessarily subject to change. Different models of connection are examined, including the classical model of freedom of...
On the Generification of Culture: From Blow Fish to Melanesian
We extend Wilk's discussion of how more powerful people can set the dimensions of common understanding through which socio-cultural groups communicate and contest. Focusing on one group in pluralistic Papua New Guinea, we demonstrate that, in setting...
Shaping the Tourist's Gaze: Representing Ethnic Difference in a Nepali Village
A certain practice associated with the tourism industry in Nepal's Chitwan district, the 'village walk', has become one way through which ethnic status can be expressed and claims to modernity made by local people. This phenomenon illustrates how globalizing...
The Evolution of Dravidian Kinship Systems in Oceania: Linguistic Evidence
In Allen's world-historical theory of kinship, humanity began with a tetradic-Dravidian system based on cross-cousin marriage and defined by alternate generation, prescriptive, and classificatory equations. In the course of time the dominant trend...
Totemism, Animism and North Asian Indigenous Ontologies
This article examines the extent to which new theories of animism advanced by Descola and Viveiros de Castro are consistent with the indigenous ontologies of North Asia. Based on a survey of North Asian ethnography and on fieldwork in Mongolia and...