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. 46, No. 2, 2004

Anthropology of the Global, Globalizing Anthropology: A Commentary
The articles in this volume successfully tackle the challenge of doing ethnographic analysis of global/local processes, a sorely needed remedy to the general lack of such empirical grounding in much of the literature on globalization. While I myself...
British Subjects: An Anthropology of Britain
Nigel Rapport, ed., British Subjects: An Anthropology of Britain, Oxford and New York: Berg, 2002, 340 pages.Despite its subtitle, British Subjects is intended to highlight anthropological endeavour which addresses contemporary Britain rather than, as...
Commodities, Capitalism and Globalization - Introduction
Much, probably too much, has been written about globalization. According to Kalb (2000: 3), globalization has become the dominant political and economic discourse of the developed world-"a grand narrative of our time." As part of public discourse, it...
Contradictions of Class and Consumption When the Commodity Is Labour
Abstract: This paper poses a critique of globalization discourse through an examination of Philippine migration ethnography. With the dramatic increase in scale in the mid-1980s, Philippine gendered labour migration has been subjected to scrutiny by...
Delimiting Anthropology: Occasional Inquiries and Reflections
George Stocking, Delimiting Anthropology: Occasional Inquiries and Reflections, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2001,406 pages.This is a collection of assorted essays by George Stocking, composed at various points over the course of his career....
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Slow Food
Abstract: Extra virgin olive oil is a commodity which enjoys particular prestige in the globalized economy. It is a "healthy" fat that is identified with localized production by artisans. Accordingly it reverses the erasure of the connection between...
Footbinding: Search for the Three Inch Golden Lotus
Film Review / Revue de FilmFootbinding: Search for the Three Inch Golden Lotus. Directed and produced by Yue-Qing Yang. 47:45 minutes. 2004. ©EastWest Film Enterprise. Moving Images Distribution, 402 West Fender Street, Ste 606, Vancouver, BC V6B 1T6,...
Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia: An Exploration of the Comparative Method
Thomas A. Gregor and Donald Tuzin, eds., Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia: An Exploration of the Comparative Method, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001, 343 pages.This is a collection of 14 articles, the first of which is Thomas Gregor's...
Gendering Colour: Identity, Femininity and Marriage in Kerala
Abstract: This paper uses ethnographic material on the Christian middle class in the South Indian state of Kerala, to explore the significance of skin colour as symbolic capital for marriage and dowry negotiations. Within the social contours of caste,...
Globalization and Alternative Localities
Abstract: This paper argues against the all too common dichotomy of globalization into a process of homogenization or a process of significant diversification. The paper seeks to bridge this dichotomy by arguing for the relative autonomy of culture with...
Globalization and Modernity - a Case Study of Cognac Consumption in Hong Kong
Abstract: Hong Kong is one of the top consumers of cognac. Yet the Chinese population in Hong Kong is extremely light in their drinking habits with less than 4% of the population described as regular drinkers. This paradox of light alcohol consumption...
In Search of the Midas Touch: Gold, Guiriseros and Globalization in Nicaragua
Abstract: This paper seeks to interrogate three central claims of discourses on globalization-newness, interconnectedness, and the claim that capitalism is all pervasive in all parts of the world. Using historical and ethnographic materials from a mining...
Manufacturing Mammies: The Burdens of Service Work and Welfare Reform among Battered Black Women
Abstract: The impact of economic restructuring from industry to service that began in the 1970s continues to leak across cities in the United States. One outcome of restructuring has been the targeted focus of corporate interests in realizing profits....
Oceania: An Introduction to the Cultures and Identities of Pacific Islanders
Andrew Strathern, Pamela J. Stewart, Laurence M. Carucci, Lin Poyer, Richard Feinberg and Cluny Macpherson, Oceania: An Introduction to the Cultures and Identities of Pacific Islanders, Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2002, 249 pages.The material...
Refashioning Commodities: Women and the Sourcing of Secondhand Clothing in the Philippines
Abstract: Since the mid-1990s, the increasing export of the West's used clothing to southern regions may initially appear to be another marker of northern exploitation. But to consider the southern flow of this commodity in such terms sees people as...
The 'Arab Wave' in World Music after 9/11
Abstract: This paper investigates the paradoxical surge in popularity of Arab music, post 9/11, in the U.S. world music scene. It charts the gradual incursion of Arab popular music into the U.S. from the late 1980s, showing how this was on the one hand,...
The Handbook of Ethnography
Paul Atkinson, Amanda Coffey, Sara Delamont, John Lofland and Lyn Lofland (eds.), The Handbook of Ethnography, London: Sage, 2002, xviii + 507 pages.Rather surprisingly The Handbook of Ethnography, edited by three British and two American sociologists,...
Time Depth in Historical Linguistics 1-2
Colin Renfrew, April McMahon, and Larry Trask (eds.), Time Depth in Historical Linguistics 1-2, Papers in the Prehistory of Language, Cambridge, England: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research; or Oakville, CT, U.S.A.: David Brown Book Company,...

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