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. 13, No. 1, March

Africa's Media: Democracy and the Politics of Belonging
NYAMNJOH, FRANCIS B. Africa's media: democracy and the politics of belonging. 308 pp., bibliogr. Pretoria: UNISA Press (Zed Books), 2005. $85.00 (cloth), $29.95 (paper) This book deals with the two--literary and political--dimensions of 'representation':...
Anthropologies of Modernity: Foucault, Governmentality, and Life Politics
INDA, JONATHAN XAVIER (ed.). Anthropologies of modernity: Foucault, governmentality, and life politics. viii, 280 pp., bibliogrs. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005. [pounds sterling]50.00 (cloth), [pounds sterling]16.99 (paper) This edited volume...
Anthropologists Only Need Apply: Challenges of Applied anthropology./Quand Les Anthropologues S'appliquent: Heurs et Malheurs De L'anthropologie Appliquee
What practical use is anthropology? This is an increasingly pertinent question in today's political-economic climate, as market-driven changes impact on higher education. But it is disconcerting, after 150 years, that it is necessary to ask at all....
Arbitrary Locations: In Defence of the Bounded Field-site./Localisations Arbitraire: Pour Une Defense Du Terrain Delimite
Introduction: 1995 In 1995, the filmmaker Peter Jackson embarked upon an adaptation of Tolkien's fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings. In the many interviews which followed the international success of the ensuing trilogy, Jackson reminisced on the...
Arctic Clothing
KING, J. C. H., BIRGIT PAUKZTAT & ROBERT STORRIE (eds). Arctic clothing. 160 pp., maps, plates, illus., bibliogr. London: British Museum Press, 2005. [pounds sterling]25.00 (paper) Arctic clothing emerged from a series of scholarly conferences...
Books Received
ALLISON, ANNE. Millennial monsters: Japanese toys and the global imagination. xxii, 332 pp., illus., bibliogr. London, Berkeley: Univ. California Press, 2006. [pounds sterling]15.95 (paper) AMIT, VERED & NOEL DYCK (eds). Claiming individuality:...
Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School
POLLOCK, MICA. Colormute: race talk dilemmas in an American school. xi, 266 pp., bibliogr. Oxford, Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 2004. [pounds sterling]19.95 (cloth) The title Colormute refers to the discursive phenomenon of 'active resistance...
Copan: The History of an Ancient Maya Kingdom
ANDREWS, E. WYLLYS & WILLIAM L. FASH (eds). Copan: the history of an ancient Maya kingdom. xvi, 492 pp., maps, figs, tables, illus., bibliogr. Oxford, Santa Fe: James Currey; School American Research Press, 2005. [pounds sterling]19.95 (paper)...
Desert Patriarchy; Mormon and Mennonite Communities in the Chihuahua Valley
BENNION, JANET. Desert patriarchy; Mormon and Mennonite communities in the Chihuahua Valley. xiii, 205 pp., maps, illus., bibliogr. Tucson: Univ. Arizona Press, 2004. $45.00 (cloth) What do women want? And how can we judge whether a woman in one...
Ethnography, Art, and death./Ethnographie, Art et Mort
This article attempts to blur the lines between ethnography, art, and performance in the pursuit of memories about illness and death in contemporary Africa. It uses the notion of ethnography as a particular type of performance to create mnemonic contexts...
Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australians
LYDON, JANE. Eye contact: photographing indigenous Australians. xxvi, 303 pp., map, illus., bibliogr. London, Durham, N.C.: Duke Univ. Press, 2005. [pounds sterling]15.95 (paper) Australian Aborigines complain that they are the most studied people...
Fields of Power, Forests of Discontent: Culture, Conservation, and the State in Mexico
HAENN, NORA. Fields of power, forests of discontent: culture, conservation, and the state in Mexico. xvi, 229 pp., maps, tables, illus., figs, bibliogr. Tucson: Univ. Arizona Press, 2005. $45.00 (cloth) The subject of this engrossing book is a formerly...
Foreign News: Exploring the World of Foreign Correspondents
HANNERZ, ULF. Foreign news: exploring the world of foreign correspondents. xiii, 273 pp., bibliogr. London, Chicago: Univ. Chicago Press, 2004. [pounds sterling]14.00 (paper) The substance of this book was presented by Ulf Hannerz as the Lewis Henry...
Green Encounters: Shaping and Contesting Environmentalism in Rural Costa Rica
VIVANCO, LUIS A. Green encounters: shaping and contesting environmentalism in rural Costa Rica. xv, 222 pp., maps, illus., bibliogr. Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books, 2006. [pounds sterling]45.00 (cloth), [pounds sterling]17.95 (paper) If we are...
'If Each Comes Halfway': Meeting Tamang Women in Nepal
MARCH, KATHRYN S. 'If each comes halfway': meeting Tamang women in Nepal. xvi, 271 pp., map, figs, diagrs, illus., bibliogr., CD. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell Univ. Press, 2002. [pounds sterling]40.50 (cloth), [pounds sterling]16.95 (paper) March's long-awaited...
'Keeping the State Away': Democracy, Politics, and the State in India's Jharkhand./«L'Etat a L'ecart»: Democratie, Politique et Etat Dans le Jharkhand Indien
Long gone are the days when the state was seen as separate from society. Foucault's challenge to the state as a unitary centre of power has influenced the recognition of state processes through their effects in multiple sites. Everyday life is increasingly...
Love and Elopement in Northern Pakistan./Amour et Enlevements Dans le Nord Du Pakistan
This article explores concerns over love and sexuality in Chitral--a remote and mountainous region of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province populated primarily by Khowar-speaking Sunni and Shi'a Ismai'li Muslims. (1) It makes connections between...
Marginal Gains: Monetary Transactions in Atlantic Africa
GUYER, JANE. Marginal gains: monetary transactions in Atlantic Africa. xvii, 207 pp., maps. tables, illus., bibliogr. London, Chicago: Univ. Chicago Press, 2004. [pounds sterling]10.50 (paper) Nowadays, stating that Africa has always been part of...
My Cocaine Museum
TAUSSIG, MICHAEL. My cocaine museum. xix, 336 pp., illus., bibliogr. London, Chicago: Univ. Chicago Press, 2004. [pounds sterling]16.00 (paper) From most of Taussig's previous work, it is not obvious that he has spent some thirty years visiting...
Of Fear and Friendship: Amazonian Sociality beyond Kinship and affinity./La Crainte et L'amitie: La Socialite Amazonienne, Entre Parente et Affinite
In the matters of lending, assistance in work, and sociability, friendship plays at least as large a functional part as does mere kinship, which, when it stands alone, implies for the most part, as among ourselves, rights and duties frequently...
On Religious Ritual as Deference and Communicative excess./Du Rituel Religieux En Tant Que Deference et Exces De Communication
Since first observing temple rituals in northern Taiwan and writing about them for my doctorate nearly forty years ago, I have sought ways of describing the sequence of rites that, after much comparison, I came to realize is basic to nearly all Chinese...
Pathways to Heaven: Contesting Mainline and Fundamentalist Christianity in Papua New Guinea
JEBENS, HOLGER. Pathways to heaven: contesting mainline and fundamentalist Christianity in Papua New Guinea. xx, 284 pp., maps, illus., bibliogr. Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books, 2005. [pounds sterling]45.00 (cloth) When it comes to Christian sectarianism,...
Reindeer-Herders: Field-Notes from the Kola Peninsula (1994-95)
KONSTANTINOV, YULIAN. Reindeer-herders: field-notes from the Kola peninsula (1994-95). xx, 460 pp., map, tables, illus., bibliogr. Uppsala: Uppsala Univ., 2005. This unique book is a rough chronological account of the author's year of field research...
Rights in Exile: Janus-Faced Humanitarianism
VERDIRAME, GUGLIELMO & BARBARA HARRELL-BOND. Rights in exile: Janus-faced humanitarianism. xxix, 385 pp., bibliogr. Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books, 2005. [pounds sterling]55.00 (cloth), [pounds sterling]19.95 (paper) Today, most of the world's...
Ritual and World Change in a Balinese Princedom
PEDERSEN, LENE. Ritual and world change in a Balinese princedom. xxi, 363 pp., maps, illus., bibliogr. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2005. $45.00 (paper) In this interesting and informative book, Lene Pedersen sets out to explore a number...
Russia Gets the Blues: Music, Culture, and Community in Unsettled Times
URBAN, MICHAEL WITH ANDREI EVDOKIMOV. Russia gets the blues: music, culture, and community in unsettled times. xviii, 179 pp., fig., illus., bibliogr. London, Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell Univ. Press, 2004. [pounds sterling]25.95 (cloth), [pounds sterling]10.50...
Sacrifice and the Problem of Beginning: Meditations from Sakalava mythopraxis./Le Sacrifice et le Probleme Du Commencement: Meditation Sur la Mythopraxie Des Sakalavas
Imagine you are standing at the podium about to deliver a public lecture. Your voice cuts into the silence and you begin. No moment is so sheer, so existentially chilling. Having begun, the lecture will run its course; practice follows its routines,...
Slashed and Burned: War, Environment, and Resource Insecurity in West Borneo during the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth centuries./Sur Brulis: Guerre, Environnement et Insecurite Des Ressources Dans L'ouest De Borneo a la Fin Du XIXe Siecle et Du Debut Du XXe
War and natural environmental conditions are inextricably linked, though scholars have long recognized that the relationship is highly complex and contextual, both multi-directional and multi-dimensional (Simons 1999). One aspect of anthropological...
Some Reflections on Anthropology's Missionary Positions
... Indians without souls to save or bizarre customs to be interpreted would be of little value to missionaries or anthropologists. When it comes to working the native preserves, representatives of both groups are often found taking the same...
Stonehenge Complete
CHIPPINDALE, CHRISTOPHER. Stonehenge complete. 312 pp., maps, figs, plates, illus., bibliogr. London: Thames & Hudson, 2004. [pounds sterling]12.95 (paper) When first published in 1983, Christopher Chippindale's Stonehenge complete provided...
Targeting Immigrants: Government, Technology, and Ethics
INDA, JONATHAN XAVIER. Targeting immigrants: government, technology, and ethics. vii, 216 pp., maps, bibliogr. Oxford, Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing, 2006. [pounds sterling]50.00 (cloth), [pounds sterling]24.99 (paper) Targeting immigrants,...
The Dollarization of Vietnamese Ghost money./Viet-Nam: La Dollarisation Des Offrandes Aux Fantomes
Money-burning is an increasingly familiar activity in Vietnam. In the evening on the first and fifteenth day of the lunar month, one will often see on the street or in someone's courtyard that a large amount of paper notes is in flames. Money turning...
The Sage Handbook of Fieldwork
HOBBS, DICK & RICHARD WRIGHT (eds). The Sage handbook of fieldwork. xi, 399 pp., figs, illus., bibliogrs. London: Sage Publications, 2006. [pounds sterling]85.00 (cloth) This useful and well-balanced volume joins a growing shelf of works that...
Tribal Synthesis or Ethnogenesis? Campbell's Interpretation of Haley and Wilcoxon
I applaud Howard Campbell's recent message that anthropologists 'have the responsibility of interpreting "the constructionist" critiques of native culture to bureaucracies such as the BAR [Bureau of Acknowledgement Research] and showing how these critiques,...
Uncertain Honor: Modern Motherhood in an African Crisis
JOHNSON-HANKS, JENNIFER. Uncertain honor: modern motherhood in an African crisis. xv, 301 pp., figs, bibliogr. London, Chicago: Univ. Chicago Press, 2006. [pounds sterling]15.50 (paper) Uncertain honor is an exemplary work in demographic anthropology....
Untouchable Citizens: Dalit Movements and Democratization in Tamil Nadu
GORRINGE, HUGO. Untouchable citizens: Dalit movements and democratization in Tamil Nadu. 397 pp., bibliogr. London, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2005. [pounds sterling]39.99 (cloth) Dalit, meaning 'oppressed' or 'downtrodden', is the name adopted...
With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India
REDDY, GAYATRI. With respect to sex: negotiating hijra identity in South India. xiii, 310 pp., table, illus., bibliogr. London, Chicago: Univ. Chicago Press, 2005. [pounds sterling]17.00 (paper) Anthropologists of South Asia will be aware of the...
Younger Brother and Fishing Hook on Timor: Reassessing Mauss on Hierarchy and divinity./Petit Frere et Hamecon a Timor: La Hierarchie et la Divinite Selon Mauss Revisitees
In two of his most influential essays Marcel Mauss proposes contradictory perspectives on the status relationship between gods and human beings. In the earlier study, written in collaboration with his Annee sociologique colleague Henri Hubert (Hubert...