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. 4, No. 3, September

Conspicuous Construction: Houses, Consumption and 'Relocalization' in Manambondro, Southeast Madagascar
Introduction Walking among the houses of Manambondro village in coastal southeast Madagascar during the early 1990s I found a mixture of architectural styles and materials. Locally gathered materials predominated in the construction of houses, most...
Cosmological Deixis and Amerindian Perspectivism
... la reciprocite de perspectives ou j'ai vu le caractere propre de la pensee mythique ... (Levi-Strauss 1985: 268) Introduction This article deals with that aspect of Amerindian thought which has been called its 'perspectival quality (Arhem 1993):...
Division within the Boundaries
Among the many legacies of Hocart's studies of Fiji are his reflections on the character of Fijian 'dualism' (1915; 1952; 1970: 262-90). At every level of social organization, Hocart observed, Fijians divided into halves, repeating each time a singular...
Ideology, 'History of Religions' and Hunter-Gatherer Studies
The work of time must be undone, the auroral moment immediately preceding the Creation must be reintegrated; on the human plane, this is as much as to restore the 'blank page' of existence, the absolute beginning, when nothing was yet sullied, nothing...
Insufficiency and Lack: Between Production and Consumption in a Longhouse Economy 1909-1996
Marx's opposition between pre-capitalist and capitalist societies is encapsulated in his famous statement that 'production is the aim of man' in ancient societies, whereas 'man is the aim of production' in the industrialized world (1964: 84). With these,...
Male Control of Women's Spirits
At the beginning of her interesting article (J. Roy. anthrop. Inst. (N.S.) 3, 297-316) on demonic possession amongst Tamil women, Isabelle Nabokov justly quotes me (Lewis 1966; 1971) as arguing that 'spirit possession, often indigenously considered a...
Painful Encounters: Ritual Encounters with One's Homelands
Ritual, place and pain The analyses that follow lay particular emphasis on the relational logics ritual brings into play. Specifically, I view ritual performances as the enactment of special types of relationship (Houseman 1993; Houseman & Severi...
Scrounger, Worker, Beggarman, Cheat: The Dynamics of Unemployment and the Politics of Resistance in Belfast
Introduction Much recent discussion of domination and resistance stems from the stimulating and influential writings of Scott (1985; 1990) in which he criticizes neo-marxists for presenting powerless groups as the dupes of a dominant ideology. By contrast,...
The 'Contrarieties' of Israel
The only actual places, below the level of nation-states, referred to in Nigel Rapport's Curl Prize Essay for 1996, 'The "contrarieties" of Israel: an essay on the cognitive importance and the creative promise of both/and' (J. Roy. anthrop. Inst. 3,...