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
Why Philippine Migration?How could a country with so many gifted, so many nice people, end up in such a mess? -Benedict Anderson (quoted by Patricio Abinales in the Introduction to the Philippine edition of Imagined Communities, Anderson, 2003: xxvi)For...
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
In a recent visit to a Korean greengrocer down the street from my home in Toronto, I went to reach for the Asian hot sauce, only to find that it had been dropped to a lower shelf in favour of a higher-end competitor: the increasingly ubiquitous extra...
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
As every South Asian woman knows, the words "fair" and "beautiful" are often used synonymously in female beauty descriptions and feminine gender identity constructions. Writing about her childhood experiences of colour in "The Politics of Brown Skin,"...
Globalization and Alternative Localities
The mobility of capital, manufacture and labour and the increasing influence of technology and mass communications worldwide foregrounds globalization as arguably the dominant theme across the critical social sciences and humanities. However, while there...
Globalization and Modernity - a Case Study of Cognac Consumption in Hong Kong
IntroductionOne of the most readily observable aspects of globalization is the global circulation of goods and consumer cultures, even though this is only part of a much wider phenomenon which entails policies, processes and outcomes at global, regional,...
In Search of the Midas Touch: Gold, Guiriseros and Globalization in Nicaragua
Boccardi Capital Brings "A Touch of Gold "to Las VegasLAS VEGAS, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -Boccardi Capital announced today the beginnings of their muchvaunted branding concept, KING MIDAS WORLD. New partners have come on board for this development that...
Manufacturing Mammies: The Burdens of Service Work and Welfare Reform among Battered Black Women
We cannot become a nation of short-order cooks and saleswomen, Xerox-machine operators and messenger boys. (Felix Rohatyn, 1981)2IntroductionContemporary welfare reform in the U.S. has been praised by conservative policy elites for its role in disciplining...
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
With Asian Spirit's regular flights to Baguio City starting on October 25 [2002], pine-scented breezes, strawberry jam and even ukay-ukay adventures are just a flight away (Asian Spirit Airlines, 2002).Among teeners, the wagwag [secondhand clothing]...
The 'Arab Wave' in World Music after 9/11
I happened to travel to New York City on May 30, 2002, the day that ceremonies were held to mark the completion of the clearing of the rubble at the site of the World Trade Center. At a downtown law firm's expense, I was staying at the Ritz Carleton...
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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