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Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Arts and Humanities.

Many sociological and anthropological definitions exist, but most tend to privilege some combination of small-scale, relative boundedness, strong affective ties, traditionalism, and...

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The Vicissitudes of the Closed Corporate Peasant Community

Eric R. Wolf.

in Pathways of Power

January 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 2435 words.

This chapter aims to reexamine some efforts at anthropological generalizations now more than a quarter of a century old. It provides answers to three interrelated concerns: to understand...

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Closed Corporate Peasant Communities in Mesoamerica and Central Java

Eric R. Wolf.

in Pathways of Power

January 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 5528 words.

This study concerns the recurrent features in the social, economic, and religious organization of peasant groups in two world areas, widely separated by past history and geographical space:...

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Intervention Research with Clients of Transgender Sex Workers: Finding Methods That Work with a Virtual Community

Brian l. wilcox.

in Methods That Matter

May 2016; p ublished online September 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 5972 words.

Interventions intending to prevent HIV infection often target hard-to-reach populations who may be reluctant to engage directly with interventions due to concerns about stigma and...

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Crowds, Community, and Ritual in the Work of E. P. Thompson and Natalie Davis

Suzanne Desan.

in The New Cultural History

March 1989; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 9165 words.

This chapter investigates the underlying historical conceptions and agendas of E. P. Thompson and Natalie Davis as seminal figures in the development of the cultural approach. It also...

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Quarantine

Michael Jackson.

in How Lifeworlds Work

October 2017; p ublished online May 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 1125 words.

The author discusses the period of isolation and mourning experienced by the bereaved after a death in the Kuranko community.

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Introduction

Anna L. Peterson.

in Being Human

May 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 10680 words.

This volume explores the connections among ideas about nature, ideas about humanness, and environmental ethics. This book is divided into nine chapters that explore ideas about the...

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Sacrifice

Michael Jackson.

in How Lifeworlds Work

October 2017; p ublished online May 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 3979 words.

Both the imagery of witchcraft and the confessions of individual witches should be seen not as expressions of a peculiarly African mentality but of a struggle that may be discerned in every...

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Remarks on The People of Puerto Rico

Eric R. Wolf.

in Pathways of Power

January 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 4281 words.

This chapter discusses Julian H. Steward's cultural-ecological approach to the study of communities as well as complex societies as multilevel systemic structures. The Puerto Rico project...

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Aspects of Group Relations in a Complex Society

Eric R. Wolf.

in Pathways of Power

January 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 6190 words.

This chapter examines ways in which strategic social groups arrange and rearrange themselves historically along the main axes of American society, and situates the anthropological...

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Specific Aspects of Plantation Systems in the New World

Eric R. Wolf.

in Pathways of Power

January 2001; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 6333 words.

This chapter attempts to discuss peasants in relation to landless workers and other social groupings within plantation systems. It places a typological construct on a continuum that could...

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The Doing of Anthropology

Carolyn Nordstrom and Antonius C. G. M. Robben.

in Fieldwork Under Fire

January 1996; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 6633 words.

Ricardo Falla, anthropologist and priest, has dedicated his life to assisting and chronicling the lives of Mayas living under political duress in Guatemala. At considerable risk, Falla has...

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How Political Commitments Influence Research

Stuart Kirsch.

in Engaged Anthropology

March 2018; p ublished online September 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 11765 words.

This chapter is based on long-term research with people affected by the Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea, including involvement in a lawsuit seeking to halt its destructive environmental...

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Face

Carolyn Nordstrom and Antonius C. G. M. Robben.

in Fieldwork Under Fire

January 1996; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 7540 words.

Attentiveness to the ethical responsibilities of anthropologists raises the question of where research ends and personal involvement begins. This chapter looks at ethnographic research of...

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The Doing of Anthropology

Carolyn Nordstrom and Antonius C. G. M. Robben.

in Fieldwork Under Fire

January 1996; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 2606 words.

This chapter discusses a few letters from the field by the anthropologist Myrna Mack as a tribute to all anthropologists who have been killed while conducting research. Mack died in 1990 at...

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Studying Subsistence in Sitka

George Gmelch and Sharon Bohn Gmelch.

in In the Field

May 2018; p ublished online January 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 5166 words.

The aim of this applied research, conducted for Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game, is to examine how residents, both Native and non-Native, of an “urban” Alaskan community harvest and...

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Willing Contours: Locating Volition in Anthropological Theory

Keith M. Murphy and C. Jason Throop.

in Toward an Anthropology of the Will

February 2010; p ublished online June 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 9970 words.

This chapter is concerned with an analysis of the etymology of the English term “will,” which is used to emphasize some possible sedimented assumptions with its meaning in English-speaking...

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Indigenous Visions

Edited by Ned Blackhawk and Isaiah Lorado Wilner.

March 2018; p ublished online September 2018 .

Book. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 416 pages.

This book is a compelling study that charts the influence of indigenous thinkers on Franz Boas, the founder of modern anthropology. In 1911, the publication of Franz Boas's The Mind of...

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Findings That Matter: A Commentary

Thomas S. Weisner.

in Methods That Matter

May 2016; p ublished online September 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 6186 words.

Our purpose for research and scholarship is to discover findings that matter. We can discover findings that add to the descriptive evidence base for how people and communities behave,...

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Methods to Inform Public Problems: Toward an Ecocultural Framing of Poverty

Edward D. Lowe.

in Methods That Matter

May 2016; p ublished online September 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 9580 words.

This chapter asks how mixed-methods matter when we address important public problems. It opens by examining how national poverty statistics are operationalized and then used to inform...

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Cultural Psychology and the Globalization of Western Psychiatric Practices

Randall Horton.

in Universalism without Uniformity

October 2017; p ublished online May 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology. 8373 words.

This paper examines key institutional and economic forces driving the rapid extension of the use of Western models of diagnosing and treating mental illness into all corners of the...

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