Ambivalent Europeans

Ritual, Memory and the Public Sphere in Malta
Author: Jon P. Mitchell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135138931
Category: Social Science
Page: 292
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Ambivalent Europeans examines the implications of living on the fringes of Europe. In Malta, public debate is dominated by the question of Europe, both at a policy level - whether or not to join the EU - and at the level of national identity - whether or not the Maltese are 'European'. Jon Mitchell identifies a profound ambivalence towards Europe, and also more broadly to the key processes of 'modernisation'. He traces this tendency through a number of key areas of social life - gender, the family, community, politics, religion and ritual.

The Land of Weddings and Rain

Nation and Modernity in Post-Socialist Lithuania
Author: Gediminas Lankauskas
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442699361
Category: History
Page: 352
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In The Land of Weddings and Rain, Gediminas Lankauskas examines the components of the contemporary urban wedding – religious and civil ceremonies, “traditional” imagery and practices, and the conspicuous consumption of domestic and imported goods – in the context of the Western-style modernization of post-socialist Lithuania. Studying the tensions between “tradition” and “modernity” that surround this important ritual event, Lankauskas highlights the ways in which nationalism serves to negotiate the impact of modernity in the aftermath of state socialism’s collapse. His analysis also shows the importance of consumption and commodification to Lithuania’s ongoing “Westernization.” Based on more than a decade of ethnographic research, The Land of Weddings and Rain is a fascinating account of the tensions – between national and transnational, East and West, and old and new – that shape life in post-socialist Eastern Europe.

Across the Great Divide

Journeys in History and Anthropology
Author: Bronwen Douglas
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9789057023064
Category: History
Page: 358
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Across the Great Divide tracks a Pacific historian's fruitful, ambivalent engagements with History and Anthropology, anticipating experiments in each discipline with the other's theories, and praxis. The revised and new essays comprising this collection provide systematic critiques of aspects of received scholarly wisdom about Oceania and are linked by reflexive commentaries addressing recent postcolonial concerns. A varied but coherent set of ethnographic and historical narratives about colonial encounters in Island Melanesia is informed by particular critical focus on the paradoxes and politics of knowing indigenous pasts through colonial texts.

Fieldwork and Footnotes

Studies in the History of European Anthropology
Author: Arturo Alvarez Roldan,Han Vermeulen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113484395X
Category: Social Science
Page: 280
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The history of anthropology has great relevance for current debates within the discipline, offering a foundation from which the professionalisation of anthropology can evolve. The authors explore key issues in the history of social and cultural anthropological approaches in Germany, Great Britain, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Slovenia and Romania, as well as the influence of Spanish anthropologists in Mexico to provide a comprehensive overview of European anthropological traditions.

Studies in Culture Contact

Interaction, Culture Change, and Archaeology
Author: James G. Cusick
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 0809334097
Category: Social Science
Page: 512
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People have long been fascinated about times in human history when different cultures and societies first came into con�tact with each other, how they reacted to that contact, and why it sometimes oc�curred peacefully and at other times was violent or catastrophic. Studies in Culture Contact: Interaction, Culture Change, and Archaeology, edited by James G. Cusick, seeks to define the role of culture contact in human history, to identify issues in the study of culture contact in archaeology, and to provide a critical overview of the major theoretical approaches to the study of culture and contact. Contributors consider three forms of culture contact--colonization, cultural en�tanglement, and symmetrical exchange. Part I provides a critical overview of theo�retical approaches to the study of culture contact, while Part II contains eleven case studies of specific contact situations and their relationships to the archaeological record. Studies in Culture Contact pro�vides an extensive review of the history of culture contact in anthropological stud�ies and develops a broad framework for studying culture contact's role, moving beyond a simple formulation of contact and change to a more complex under�standing of the amalgam of change and continuity in contact situations.

Ethnographic Practice In The Present


Author: Marit Melhuus,Jon P. Mitchell,Helena Wulff
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9780857454522
Category: Social Science
Page: 208
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In its assessment of the current "state of play" of ethnographic practice in social anthropology, this volume explores the challenges that changing social forms and changing understandings of "the field" pose to contemporary ethnographic methods. These challenges include the implications of the remarkable impact social anthropology is having on neighboring disciplines such as history, sociology, cultural studies, human geography and linguistics, as well as the potential ‘costs’ of this success for the discipline. Contributors also discuss how the ethnographic method is influenced by current institutional contexts and historical "traditions" across a range of settings. Here ethnography is featured less as a methodological "tool-box" or technique but rather as a subject on which to reflect.

After Empire

Towards an Ethnology of Europe's Barbarians
Author: Giorgio Ausenda
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 9780851158532
Category: History
Page: 326
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Studies of the customs and beliefs of barbarian peoples who migrated westwards and settled in Western Europe from the close of the Roman empire to the ninth century.

Politik mit der Angst

Zur Wirkung rechtspopulistischer Diskurse
Author: Ruth Wodak
Publisher: Satzweiss.com
ISBN: 3902968192
Category: Political Science
Page: 254
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In ihrem Buch zeichnet Ruth Wodak den Weg rechtspopulistischer Parteien von den Rändern der politischen Landschaft in den Mainstream nach. Sie beschreibt, wie die politischen Akteure mit ebenso einfachen wie wirkungsvollen Mitteln ihren Parteien zu politischem Einfluss verhelfen und auch den Medien die Themen vorgeben.

Nation and Religion

The Politics of Commemorations in South-east Poland
Author: Juraj Buzalka
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 3825899071
Category: History
Page: 237
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Author Juraj Buzalka analyses the interplay between religion, politics and memory in the context of postsocialist transformations in south-east Poland. He shows that two Catholic churches play a crucial role in commemorations of the warfare and ethnic cleansings that took place here during and after the Second World War: while the Roman Catholic Church claims a privileged status for the Polish nation, the Greek Catholic Church does the same for the Ukrainian minority. Central to Buzalka's analysis are changing forms of tolerance and multiculturalism, and the emergence of "post-peasant populism", a political culture rooted in rural social structures, ideologies and narratives, and saturated with religion. Buzalka's work is an innovative contribution to political anthropology and his findings will also be of interest to political scientists, social historians and sociologists.

A Companion to Folklore


Author: Regina F. Bendix,Galit Hasan-Rokem
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444354388
Category: Social Science
Page: 680
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A Companion to Folklore presents an original and comprehensive collection of essays from international experts in the field of folklore studies. Unprecedented in depth and scope, this state-of-the-art collection uniquely displays the vitality of folklore research across the globe. An unprecedented collection of original, state of the art essays on folklore authored by international experts Examines the practices and theoretical approaches developed to understand the phenomena of folklore Considers folklore in the context of multi-disciplinary topics that include poetics, performance, religious practice, myth, ritual and symbol, oral textuality, history, law, politics and power as well as the social base of folklore Selected by Choice as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title

Politik und Religion in der Europäischen Union

Zwischen nationalen Traditionen und Europäisierung
Author: Hartmut Behr,Mathias Hildebrandt
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3531905171
Category: Political Science
Page: 493
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Wie christlich ist Europa? Wie religiös sind europäische Gesellschaften? Oder gibt es bereits eine europäische Gesellschaft? Und wenn ja, worauf baut sie auf? Glauben wir dem in die Krise geratenen europäischen Verfassungsentwurf, so ist die Europäische Union eine religiös neutrale, wirtschaftliche und politische Gemeinschaft. Verfolgen wir hingegen Europadiskurse in europäischen Gesellschaften von Seiten führender EU-Politiker wie auch von Seiten wissenschaftlicher Diskutanten, so finden wir allerorts Debatten um die, oder eine europäische Werteidentität und ihre religiöse Basis. All das ist genug Stoff, systematisch nach dem Verhältnis von Politik und Religion im europäischen Kontext zu fragen. Da das ordnungspolitisch-institutionelle wie geistige Verhältnis von Politik und Religion in europäischen Staaten, wie andere Politikfelder auch, von Europäisierungsprozessen betroffen sind, stehen ihre Ausgestaltungen in dem Zwiespalt zwischen nationalen Traditionen und religiöser Vielfalt. Unter diesem Topos suchen die Autoren dieses Bandes aus unterschiedlichen empirischen und theoretischen Perspektiven nach Antworten.

The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology


Author: Richard Fardon,Oliva Harris,Trevor H J Marchand,Cris Shore,Veronica Strang,Richard Wilson,Mark Nuttall
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 144626601X
Category: Social Science
Page: 1184
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In two volumes, the SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology provides the definitive overview of contemporary research in the discipline. It explains the what, where, and how of current and anticipated work in Social Anthropology. With 80 authors, contributing more than 60 chapters, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date statement of research in Social Anthropology available and the essential point of departure for future projects. The Handbook is divided into four sections: -Part I: Interfaces examines Social Anthropology's disciplinary connections, from Art and Literature to Politics and Economics, from Linguistics to Biomedicine, from History to Media Studies. -Part II: Places examines place, region, culture, and history, from regional, area studies to a globalized world -Part III: Methods examines issues of method; from archives to war zones, from development projects to art objects, and from ethics to comparison -Part IV: Futures anticipates anthropologies to come: in the Brain Sciences; in post-Development; in the Body and Health; and in new Technologies and Materialities Edited by the leading figures in social anthropology, the Handbook includes a substantive introduction by Richard Fardon, a think piece by Jean and John Comaroff, and a concluding last word on futures by Marilyn Strathern. The authors - each at the leading edge of the discipline - contribute in-depth chapters on both the foundational ideas and the latest research. Comprehensive and detailed, this magisterial Handbook overviews the last 25 years of the social anthropological imagination. It will speak to scholars in Social Anthropology and its many related disciplines.

History and Causality


Author: M. Hewitson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137372400
Category: History
Page: 262
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This volume investigates the different attitudes of historians and other social scientists to questions of causality. It argues that historical theorists after the linguistic turn have paid surprisingly little attention to causes in spite of the centrality of causation in many contemporary works of history.

In Oceania

Visions, Artifacts, Histories
Author: Nicholas Thomas
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822319986
Category: History
Page: 269
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Australian scholar Nicholas Thomas documents and analyzes "rhetorical artifacts" of explorers, missionaries, fiction and travel writers, and the people of the Pacific themselves to demonstrate how Oceanic identities have been represented over time. The picture Thomas paints of Oceania shows that interactions between indigenous cultures and European influences created entirely new Oceanic identities. 62 illustrations.

Relative Values

Reconfiguring Kinship Studies
Author: Sarah Franklin,Susan McKinnon
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822327967
Category: Social Science
Page: 519
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DIVA collection of essays that redefine and transform the field of kinship./div

Uncertain Tastes

Memory, Ambivalence, and the Politics of Eating in Samburu, Northern Kenya
Author: Jon Holtzman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520944828
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
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This richly drawn ethnography of Samburu cattle herders in northern Kenya examines the effects of an epochal shift in their basic diet-from a regimen of milk, meat, and blood to one of purchased agricultural products. In his innovative analysis, Jon Holtzman uses food as a way to contextualize and measure the profound changes occurring in Samburu social and material life. He shows that if Samburu reaction to the new foods is primarily negative—they are referred to disparagingly as "gray food" and "government food"—it is also deeply ambivalent. For example, the Samburu attribute a host of social maladies to these dietary changes, including selfishness and moral decay. Yet because the new foods save lives during famines, the same individuals also talk of the triumph of reason over an antiquated culture and speak enthusiastically of a better life where there is less struggle to find food. Through detailed analysis of a range of food-centered arenas, Uncertain Tastes argues that the experience of food itself—symbolic, sensuous, social, and material-is intrinsically characterized by multiple and frequently conflicting layers.

Caribbean Sovereignty, Development and Democracy in an Age of Globalization


Author: Linden Lewis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136274324
Category: Political Science
Page: 258
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Many of the nations of the Caribbean that have become independent states have maintained as a central, organizing, nationalist principle the importance in the beliefs of the ideals of sovereignty, democracy, and development. Yet in recent years, political instability, the relative size of these nations, and the increasing economic vulnerabilities of the region have generated much popular and policy discussions over the attainability of these goals. The geo-political significance of the region, its growing importance as a major transshipment gateway for illegal drugs coming from Latin America to the United States, issues of national security, vulnerability to corruption, and increases in the level of violence and social disorder have all raised serious questions not only about the notions of sovereignty, democracy, and development but also about the long-term viability of these nations. This volume is intended to make a strategic intervention into the discourse on these important topics, but the importance of its contribution resides in its challenge to conventional wisdom on these matters, and the multidisciplinary approach it employs. Recognized experts in the field identify these concerns in the context of globalization, economic crises, and their impact on the Caribbean.

Constructive Drinking


Author: Mary Douglas
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134557787
Category: Social Science
Page: 302
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First published in 1987, Constructive Drinking is a series of original case studies organized into three sections based on three major functions of drinking. The three constructive functions are: that drinking has a real social role in everyday life; that drinking can be used to construct an ideal world; and that drinking is a significant economic activity. The case studies deal with a variety of exotic drinks

The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England


Author: Toby F. Martin
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 1843839938
Category: Social Science
Page: 338
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Examination and analysis of one of the most important artefacts of Anglo-Saxon society, the cruciform brooch, setting it in a wider context.

Mad Mothers, Bad Mothers, and What a "Good" Mother Would Do

The Ethics of Ambivalence
Author: Sarah LaChance Adams
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231537220
Category: Philosophy
Page: 256
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When a mother kills her child, we call her a bad mother, but, as this book shows, even mothers who intend to do their children harm are not easily categorized as "mad" or "bad." Maternal love is a complex emotion rich with contradictory impulses and desires, and motherhood is a conflicted state in which women constantly renegotiate the needs mother and child, the self and the other. Applying care ethics philosophy and the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Simone de Beauvoir to real-world experiences of motherhood, Sarah LaChance Adams throws the inherent tensions of motherhood into sharp relief, drawing a more nuanced portrait of the mother and child relationship than previously conceived. The maternal example is particularly instructive for ethical theory, highlighting the dynamics of human interdependence while also affirming separate interests. LaChance Adams particularly focuses on maternal ambivalence and its morally productive role in reinforcing the divergence between oneself and others, helping to recognize the particularities of situation, and negotiating the difference between one's own needs and the desires of others. She ultimately argues maternal filicide is a social problem requiring a collective solution that ethical philosophy and philosophies of care can inform.