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The Earliest Inhabitants: The Dynamics of the Jamaican Taino by Lesley-Gail Atkinson

By Lesley-Gail Atkinson

This booklet highlights the range of study performed at the island's prehistoric web site and artifacts. The textual content is a compilation of 13 articles, 5 of which were formerly released yet no longer extensively on hand. the rest 8 new articles are according to archaeological study in the final 5 years. The e-book will attract a large viewers of archaeologists, historians, scholars of archaeology and somebody drawn to Jamaica's historical past

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Anthropology at the Dawn of the Cold War: The Influence of by Dustin M. Wax

By Dustin M. Wax

This publication breaks new flooring within the historical past of anthropology, establishing up an particular exam of anthropology within the chilly struggle period. With old distance, chilly struggle anthropology has started to end up a different box in the self-discipline. This e-book brings a couple of diversified techniques to endure at the questions raised by way of anthropology's chilly battle heritage. The individuals exhibit how anthropologists grew to become either instruments and sufferers of the chilly struggle country throughout the upward push of the us within the post-War interval. analyzing the intersection among technology and tool, this ebook is a compelling learn for anthropologists, historians, sociologists, and an individual drawn to the best way colonial and neo-colonial wisdom is produced and constructed.

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American Value: Migrants, Money, and Meaning in El Salvador by David Pedersen

By David Pedersen

Over the last half-century, El Salvador has remodeled dramatically. traditionally reliant on basic exports like espresso and cotton, the rustic emerged from a brutal civil struggle in 1992 to discover a lot of its nationwide source of revenue now coming from an important emigrant workforce—over 1 / 4 of its population—that earns cash within the usa and sends it domestic. In American Value, David Pedersen examines this new lifestyle because it extends throughout locations: Intipucá, a Salvadoran city notorious for its remittance wealth, and the Washington, DC, metro quarter, domestic to the second one greatest inhabitants of Salvadorans within the United States.

Pedersen charts El Salvador’s swap along American deindustrialization, viewing the Salvadoran migrant paintings talents utilized in new lowwage American carrier jobs as one of those basic export, and indicates how the newest social stipulations linking either nations are a part of an extended heritage of disparity around the Americas. Drawing at the paintings of Charles S. Peirce, he demonstrates how the defining worth forms—migrant paintings capability, prone, and remittances—act as symptoms, development an ethical international via speaking their exchangeability whereas hiding the violence and exploitation on which this tale rests. Theoretically subtle, ethnographically wealthy, and compellingly written, American Value bargains serious insights into practices which are more and more universal through the global.

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Toward An Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of by David Graeber

By David Graeber

This cutting edge ebook is the 1st complete synthesis of monetary, political, and cultural theories of worth. David Graeber reexamines a century of anthropological considered price and alternate, in huge degree to discover a manner out of quandaries in present social conception, that have develop into serious at present second of ideological cave in within the face of Neoliberalism. Rooted in an engaged, dynamic realism, Graeber argues that tasks of cultural comparability are in a feeling unavoidably progressive tasks: He makes an attempt to synthesize the easiest insights of Karl Marx and Marcel Mauss, arguing that those figures signify severe, yet eventually complementary, percentages within the form the sort of undertaking could take. Graeber breathes new existence into the vintage anthropological texts on trade, price, and economic system. He rethinks the situations of Iroquois wampum, Pacific kula exchanges, and the Kwakiutl potlatch in the move of global ancient tactics, and recasts price as a version of human meaning-making, which a long way exceeds rationalist/reductive economist paradigms.

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Anthropology in the Mining Industry: Community Relations by Glynn Cochrane

By Glynn Cochrane

This booklet outlines how Rio Tinto—one of the world’s biggest miners—redesigned and rebuilt relationships with groups after the rejection of the corporate in the course of Bougainville’s Civil battle. Glynn Cochrane remembers how he and associates applied their education as social anthropologists to aid the corporate to earn an management acceptance and aggressive company virtue by means of constructing the case for long term, at the floor, smoke-in-the-eyes interplay with humans in neighborhood groups worldwide, regardless of the charm of maximal potency suggestions and speedier, more uncomplicated solutions. rather than utilizing ready-made, formulaic toolkits, Rio Tinto depended on group practitioners to attempt to deal with neighborhood personal tastes and cultural variations. This quantity offers a step by step account of the way mining businesses can use social anthropological and ethnographic insights to layout methods of operating with neighborhood groups, particularly in occasions of upheaval.

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Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus by Jonathan A. Allan

By Jonathan A. Allan

Enjoyable and informative." Merrill Cole, writer of The different Orpheus: A Poetics of contemporary Homosexuality

seeing that all of us have one and use it on a daily basis, why is it that individuals squirm while the anus is pointed out?

In "Reading from Behind, Jonathan Allan addresses this question in a playful, but scholarly exploration of every little thing from porn to poetry, from Brokeback Mountain to Myra Breckinridge, democratizing the anus as a website of necessity and as a place of enjoyment.

Allan's bold and arguable study venture on anal erotics is a remarkably clean and unique contribution. With "Reading from in the back of, " Allan will come to be a extensively revered severe voice of his generation." David William Foster, writer of;Sexual Textualities: Essays on Queer/ing Latin American Writing "and Gay and Lesbian issues in Latin American Writing

"Reorients reports of anality." Todd Reeser, writer of Moderating Masculinity in Early smooth Culture and Masculinities in Theory

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Anthropology: The Basics by Peter Metcalf

By Peter Metcalf

The final advisor for the coed encountering anthropology for the 1st time, Anthropology: The Basics explains and explores key anthropological strategies including:
<UL> • what's anthropology?
• how will we distinguish cultural variations from actual ones?
• what's tradition, anyway?
• how do anthropologists learn culture?
• what are the major theories and ways used today?
• How has the self-discipline replaced over time?
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This student-friendly textual content presents an summary of the elemental rules of anthropology and is a useful advisor for an individual desirous to examine extra approximately this attention-grabbing subject.

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Speech Play and Verbal Art by Joel Sherzer

By Joel Sherzer

Puns, jokes, proverbs, riddles, play languages, verbal dueling, parallelism, metaphor, grammatical stretching and manipulation in poetry and song-- humans all over the world get pleasure from those kinds of speech play and verbal artistry which shape an intrinsic a part of the material in their lives. Verbal playfulness isn't really a frivolous pursuit. usually indicative of people's private values and worldview, speech play is an important website of intersection between language, tradition, society, and person expression.In this ebook, Joel Sherzer examines many types of speech play from locations as diversified because the usa, France, Italy, Bali, and Latin the USA to provide the 1st full-scale research of speech play and verbal paintings. He brings jointly numerous speech-play types and strategies and indicates what they've got in universal and the way they overlap. He additionally demonstrates that speech play explores and certainly flirts with the limits of the socially, culturally, and linguistically attainable and applicable, hence making it appropriate for anthropological and linguistic concept and perform, in addition to for folklore and literary feedback. (2005)

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Honoring Elders: Aging, Authority, and Ojibwe Religion by Michael D. McNally

By Michael D. McNally

Like many local americans, Ojibwe humans esteem the knowledge, authority, and non secular value of outdated age, yet this recognize doesn't come simply or evidently. it's the fruit of labor, rooted in narrative traditions, ethical imaginative and prescient, and ritualized practices of decorum which are similar in sophistication to these of Confucianism. whilst the dispossession and guidelines of assimilation have threatened Ojibwe peoplehood and feature detailed the traditions and the elders who embrace it, Ojibwe and different Anishinaabe groups were resolute and inventive of their disciplined recognize for elders. certainly, the demanding situations of colonization have served to intensify eldership in new ways.

Using archival and ethnographic learn, Michael D. McNally follows the making of Ojibwe eldership, exhibiting that deference to older men and women is a part of a fuller ethical, aesthetic, and cosmological imaginative and prescient attached to the continued circle of life—a culture of authority that has been the most important to surviving colonization. McNally argues that the culture of authority and the authority of culture body a decidedly indigenous dialectic, eluding analytic frameworks of invented culture and naïve continuity. Demonstrating the wealthy probabilities of treating age as a class of research, McNally provocatively asserts that the elder belongs along the priest, prophet, sage, and different key figures within the research of faith.

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Worldviews, Science and Us: Interdisciplinary Perspectives by Diederik Aerts

By Diederik Aerts

This quantity is a part of the "Worldviews, technology and Us" sequence of lawsuits and comprises numerous contributions as regards to worlds, cultures and society. It represents the lawsuits of numerous workshops and dialogue panels geared up by way of the Leo Apostel heart for Interdisciplinary reports in the framework of the "Research at the building of Integrating Worldviews" study group manage through the Flanders Fund for medical learn, over the time period among 2005 to 2010.

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