Anthropology Update 20 June 2012
You Say You’re a Woman? That Should Be Enough, Rebecca Jordan-Young and Katrina Karkazis
Sex segregation is probably a good idea in some sports, at some levels and at some moments. But it is time to refocus policy discussions at every level so that sex segregation is one means to achieve fairness, not the ultimate goal. Ensuring gender equity through access to opportunity is just as important.
HBES Roundup: Brian Hare’s Chimp/Bonobo Cognition Plenary, Mommy Brain Fogs, & Baba Brinkman Evolution Raps, Christopher Lynn
Roundup of evolutionary and anthropology-related talks from the Human Behavior & Evolution Society (HBES) 2012 Annual Meetings in Albuquerque, NM, in conjunction with the Animal Behavior Society
Ethnocentrism, Virginia Style, Paul Stoller
The recent firing of University of Virginia (UVA) President Teresa Sullivan is a classic case of what anthropologists call ethnocentrism. It is a clear example of how ethnocentric thinking produces devastating social, political and educational results. . . . We are all ethnocentric, but if we become aware of our ethnocentrism, we can limit much of its damaging impact on our educational and governmental institutions. If you run a university like a business, you ruin it. If you run a society like a business, you damage the social contract. Such are the very real dangers of ethnocentric thinking.
Journal of Business Anthropology: Open Access and “Without Jargon”, Lorenz Khazaleh
“Please write for us, but write in plain English!” The new Journal of Business Anthropology (JBA) does not only provide open access to all articles. It demonstrates that open access should mean more: What’s the point with free access to scholarship when jargon is excluding most people from profiting from its contents?
Phillip V. Tobias, 1925 – 2012, Greg Laden
He worked for a public university and held a position of global recognition, and he spoke out against Apartheid, against Creationism, and in favor of Science and Evolution. It was partly because of him that the government could not entirely shut down all research on evolution.
The Better Bonobos of Our Nature, Eric Michael Johnson
In contrast to “killer-apes,” the latest evidence suggests our peaceful primate cousins may be a better model for human origins.
Special Issue: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, “Ethnographies of Suicide”, Aaron Seaman
Review of abstracts.
This special issue–which has its genesis in a 2-day, international workshop–comes at the end of a century of sporadic anthropological interest in suicidal behaviour, building on the groundwork established by scholars such as Malinowski (1949) and Bohannan (1960), but also going much further. Focusing on the act in its more ‘everyday’ occurrences while speaking to issues of ‘protest’ and ‘escape’ (that also have resonances for our understanding of ‘suicide bombing’ and euthanasia), it attempts to mark out a distinctive theoretical approach that draws from long-term ethnographic research (and related kinds of ‘ethnographic seeing’–Wolcott 1999) conducted in diverse locations across the globe, including Mexico, Canada, England, South Africa, Palestine, Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Japan. By highlighting how the ethnographic method privileges a certain view of the subject, we aim to go beyond the sociological and psychological approaches that define the field of ‘suicidology’ to engage with suicide from our informants’ own points of view–and in so doing cast the problem in a new light and new terms. (185)
The Secrets of Older Americans Living Alone, Elena Portacolone
The obstacles of aging alone in the U.S. emerged in my two-year ethnography of living alone in older age in the U.S.. For my dissertation project, I recently spent time with 47 San Franciscans older than 75 and living alone. Aging alone is not for sissies. The lack of social policies supporting the condition of living alone in older age makes the condition unsustainable. Yes, living alone is the “new norm.” However, this new norm is not yet supported by social policies that are more designed around the traditional family and around the acute model of health care. Policy makers have now the task to incorporate policies that support older Americans to thrive as they live alone.
Call for papers: “Social Exclusion in India: Critical Ethnographic Discourse from the Margins” for ARA-2013
Annuaire Roumain d’Anthropologie, Romanian Year Book of Anthropology, 2013
The concept of social exclusion, though not new phenomenon, got its prominence in the post-globalization scenario of the ‘third world’ countries (Kasi 2007, 2008 & 2011). The concept is ill defined in the existing literature but seems to more so in the case of India . . . Our special issue challenges the non-critical analysis of the concept of social exclusion by asserting the basis of the problem lies in structural features of an Indian state intent on a full embrace of capitalism at all costs. . . . We believe that the contributions in this volume highlight Anthropology’s role, through ethnographic analyses, as inherently adept at critically analyzing the issues of social exclusion and marginalization.
For a full CFP and to submit abstracts, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Last date for paper proposal submission: 25 July 2012