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Tag Archives: ethnography

A Divided Germany

This week marks the fifty-eighth anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall. The Iron Curtain was assembled in the middle of Berlin in August 1961 and expanded over the following months to ultimately divide West Berlin from the surrounding East Germany, prohibiting East Germans to pass into West Germany for decades. Browse our relevant […]

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

August 9, 2019 The United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to honor the estimated 370 million indigenous people around the world. The day was established to recognize the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva in 1982. This year’s […]

World Anthropology Day

On February 16th, the American Anthropological Association celebrates World Anthropology Day, which has been set to recognize the field of anthropology and the work of anthropologists within it. World Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate and participate in their discipline with the public around them.  For more information on Anthropology day, visit the AAA […]

The Life of a Native Hawaiian: A Perspective on Hawaii–US Relations

By Judith Schachter The following is an excerpt from The Legacies of a Hawaiian Generation. Author Judith Schachter remembers a friendship that began at a May 1989 meeting of the Waimānalo Senior Citizens Association. The Legacies of a Hawaiian Generation by Judith Schachter is now available in paperback.  

A Walk of Life: Entering Catholic West Belfast

by Olaf Zenker   Ethnographer Olaf Zenker details a walk through the Catholic side of Ireland in this excerpt from his book Irish/ness is all Around Us: Language Revivalism and the Culture of Ethnic Identity in Northern Ireland, now available in paperback. Read Chapter One for free.      On a Friday afternoon in September 2004, […]

Enduring Uncertainty: Deportation, Punishment and Everyday Life

by Ines Hasselberg, University of Oxford     On the 14th of April of 2010, I was approached by J. who had come across my doctoral research webpage when she was desperately searching the net in an attempt to find a way to keep her husband in the UK. My doctoral research was centred on deportation […]

Between Anthropology and Economy: an Interview with Stephen Gudeman

Stephen Gudeman is a Series Editor for Berghahn’s Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy Series. Below, he answers our questions about his work.     Working with Chris Hann, you have started a new Series with Berghahn Books exploring the connection between economics and anthropology: Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy. Can you explain […]

Social Situations and the Impact of Things: The Example of Catholic Liturgy

The following is a guest blog post from Torsten Cress, author of the article “Social Situations and the Impact of Things: The Example of Catholic Liturgy” appearing in Nature and Culture Volume 10, Issue 3.   

Material Agency as a Challenge to Empirical Research?

The following is a guest blog post from Stefan Böschen, Jochen Gläser, Martin Meister, and Cornelius Schubert, guest editors of Nature and Culture Volume 10, Issue 3.   Our interest in compiling this special issue was sparked by a curious imbalance that prevails in the recent turn to materiality in social research. The current proclamations […]

“Bureaucrats are the evil sisters of ethnographers”: Discussing a new anthropology of bureaucracy

David Graeber, Laura Bear and Nayanika Mathur were recently in conversation at the London School of Economics (LSE) on the anthropology of bureaucracy. They reflected on the connections between their recent publications that propose a new anthropology of bureaucracy (Bear, Navigating Austerity: Currents of debt Along a South Asian River, Stanford 2015; Graeber, The Utopia […]