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Learning to be Chinese: The Cultural Politics of Chinese Ethnic Schooling and Diaspora Construction in Contemporary Korea

Chung, Eun-Ju
Fonte: Harvard University Publicador: Harvard University
Tipo: Thesis or Dissertation
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In this dissertation, I examine the particular diaspora construction of the overseas Chinese in South Korea focusing on their educational practice, and looking at how it relates to and reflects their identities and subjectivities. The Chinese in Korea, or Korean huaqiaos, have no parallel in that they still retain Chinese (Taiwanese) nationality despite their over one hundred years of settlement in Korea, and in that most opt for full-time Chinese ethnic schooling with exclusively Taiwanese-administered curriculum and support. Different from the previous discussions arguing the nation-making role of the state-sponsored mass education through transmitting national culture and language, in a Chinese high school in Seoul, Korea, I observed that ethnic schooling worked to connect the scattering Chinese in Korea as a community by letting them share similar social, legal, and cultural conditions. Drawing on school documents, student writings, and interviews and discussions with ethnic Chinese students, teachers, parents, and related organization leaders, I elucidate the role of their ethnic education which is transforming as a strategy to deal with one of the most brutal social qualification-college entrance- in Korean society, and as a symbol through which they can remain Chinese diasporans. Students’ indifference to their schoolwork seems to defeat expectations of Chinese heritage transmission...

Asile et genre : analyse anthropologique des demandes d’asile pour les violences de genre au Canada

Bohard, Isabelle
Fonte: Université de Montréal Publicador: Université de Montréal
Tipo: Thèse ou Mémoire numérique / Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
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Ce mémoire s’intéresse au changement de la notion d’asile à travers l’incorporation du concept de genre et son impact sur les processus de demande d’asile et l’octroi du statut de réfugié pour les personnes victimes de violences liées au genre au Canada. À partir d’une perspective diachronique sur les transmutations de l’asile et des transformations sociales et culturelles de ce phénomène social, nous enregistrons des tensions et des contradictions qui émanent de son application et des discours qui lui sont reliés. L’observation des dynamiques contradictoires qui s’enchevêtrent dans ce champ indique une tension dialectique entre les droits humains et la citoyenneté, une symbiose dans le développement des droits de la femme et les lois sur les réfugiés et des contradictions comme celles entre le relativisme et l’essentialisme. L’examen du processus de demande d’asile pour les femmes en particulier victimes de violences liées au genre à travers l’analyse des transformations sociales et culturelles signale le caractère éminemment politique de ce phénomène qui situe l’asile au carrefour du procès d’émancipation du sujet politique.; This thesis focuses on the change of the concept of asylum through the incorporation of the gender concept and its impact on the application process of asylum and the granting of status refugee for victims of gender violence in Canada. From a diachronic perspective on the transmutations of asylum and of social and cultural transformations of this social phenomenon...

Placing Immigrant Incorporation: Identity, Trust, and Civic Engagement in Little Havana

Gioioso, Richard N.
Fonte: FIU Digital Commons Publicador: FIU Digital Commons
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
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Immigrant incorporation in the United States has been a topic of concern and debate since the founding of the nation. Scholars have studied many aspects of the phenomenon, including economic, political, social, and spatial. The most influential paradigm of immigrant incorporation in the US has been, and continues to be, assimilation, and the most important place in and scale at which incorporation occurs is the neighborhood. This dissertation captures both of these integral aspects of immigrant incorporation through its consideration of three dimensions of assimilation – identity, trust, and civic engagement – among Latin American immigrants and American-born Latinos in Little Havana, a predominantly immigrant neighborhood in Miami, Florida. Data discussed in the dissertation were gathered through surveys and interviews as part of a National Science Foundation-funded study carried out in 2005-2006. The combination of quantitative and qualitative data allows for a nuanced understanding of how immigrant incorporation is occurring locally during the first decade of the twentieth century. Findings reveal that overall Latin American immigrants and their American-born offspring appear to be becoming American with regard to their ethnic and racial identities quickly...

The Relationship between Classroom Interactions and Exclusionary Discipline as a Social Practice: A Critical Microethnography

Pane, Debra Mayes
Fonte: FIU Digital Commons Publicador: FIU Digital Commons
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
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Exclusionary school discipline results in students being removed from classrooms as a consequence of their disruptive behavior and may lead to subsequent suspension and/or expulsion. Literature documents that nondominant students, particularly Black males, are disproportionately impacted by exclusionary discipline, to the point that researchers from a variety of critical perspectives consider exclusionary school discipline an oppressive educational practice and condition. Little or no research examines specific teacher-student social interactions within classrooms that influence teachers’ decisions to use or not use exclusionary discipline. Therefore, this study set forth the central research question: In relation to classroom interactions in alternative education settings, what accounts for teachers’ use or non-use of exclusionary discipline with students? A critical social practice theory of learning served as the framework for exploring this question, and a critical microethnographic methodology informed the data collection and analysis. Criterion sampling was used to select four classrooms in the same alternative education school with two teachers who frequently and two who rarely used exclusionary discipline. Nine stages of data collection and reconstructive data analysis were conducted. Data collection involved video recorded classroom observations...

An Ethnographic Study: Becoming a Physics Expert in a Biophysics Research Group

Rodriguez, Idaykis
Fonte: SelectedWorks Publicador: SelectedWorks
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
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Expertise in physics has been traditionally studied in cognitive science, where physics expertise is understood through the difference between novice and expert problem solving skills. The cognitive perspective of physics experts only create a partial model of physics expertise and does not take into account the development of physics experts in the natural context of research. This dissertation takes a social and cultural perspective of learning through apprenticeship to model the development of physics expertise of physics graduate students in a research group. I use a qualitative methodological approach of an ethnographic case study to observe and video record the common practices of graduate students in their biophysics weekly research group meetings. I recorded notes on observations and conduct interviews with all participants of the biophysics research group for a period of eight months. I apply the theoretical framework of Communities of Practice to distinguish the cultural norms of the group that cultivate physics expert practices. Results indicate that physics expertise is specific to a topic or subfield and it is established through effectively publishing research in the larger biophysics research community. The participant biophysics research group follows a learning trajectory for its students to contribute to research and learn to communicate their research in the larger biophysics community. In this learning trajectory students develop expert member competencies to learn to communicate their research and to learn the standards and trends of research in the larger research community. Findings from this dissertation expand the model of physics expertise beyond the cognitive realm and add the social and cultural nature of physics expertise development. This research also addresses ways to increase physics graduate student success towards their PhD. and decrease the 48% attrition rate of physics graduate students. Cultivating effective research experiences that give graduate students agency and autonomy beyond their research groups gives students the motivation to finish graduate school and establish their physics expertise.

Lucumí (Yoruba) Culture in Cuba: A Reevaluation (1830S -1940s)

Ramos, Miguel
Fonte: FIU Digital Commons Publicador: FIU Digital Commons
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
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The status, roles, and interactions of three dominant African ethnic groups and their descendants in Cuba significantly influenced the island’s cubanidad (national identity): the Lucumís (Yoruba), the Congos (Bantú speakers from Central West Africa), and the Carabalís (from the region of Calabar). These three groups, enslaved on the island, coexisted, each group confronting obstacles that threatened their way of life and cultural identities. Through covert resistance, cultural appropriation, and accommodation, all three, but especially the Lucumís, laid deep roots in the nineteenth century that came to fruition in the twentieth. During the early 1900s, Cuba confronted numerous pressures, internal and external. Under the pretense of a quest for national identity and modernity, Afro-Cubans and African cultures and religion came under political, social, and intellectual attack. Race was an undeniable element in these conflicts. While all three groups were oppressed equally, only the Lucumís fought back, contesting accusations of backwardness, human sacrifice, cannibalism, and brujería (witchcraft), exaggerated by the sensationalistic media, often with the police’s and legal system’s complicity. Unlike the covert character of earlier epochs’ responses to oppression...

Sizing Up Miami: A Multilevel Analysis of The Discourses and Politics of Obesity

Mixson-Perez, Nicole
Fonte: FIU Digital Commons Publicador: FIU Digital Commons
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
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National media attention sensationalizes the panic of obesity prevalence, placing fat bodies in the spotlight. Scholars employing social and cultural analyses criticize the way negative messages about obesity and fatness are delivered. Few studies directly engage with people of different body sizes asking how their experiences interact with the discourses that frame fat bodies as part of the “epidemic.” The present study is informed by scholarship centered on critical perspectives of health, food and embodiment furthering a critique of the way messages are disseminated by local health and food justice organizations through media campaigns and community programs that heighten fears of fatness. Miami offers a unique lens for a place-based approach to problematize assumptions, politics and discourses about bodies and health. Analysis of interviews with six organization representatives shows an overall emphasis on individually-targeted initiatives that detract from examining structural factors. This phenomenon aligned with mainstream discourse, centering individual choice and responsibility at the heart of the purported problem of obesity. An ethnography of body size, where residents of Miami communities speak to their own perspectives on these organizations and discourses...

"New" Social Movements: Alternative Modernities, (Trans)local Nationalisms, and Solidarity Economies

Prosper, Mamyrah
Fonte: FIU Digital Commons Publicador: FIU Digital Commons
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
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My dissertation is the first project on the Haitian Platform for Advocacy for an Alternative Development- PAPDA, a nation-building coalition founded by activists from varying sectors to coordinate one comprehensive nationalist movement against what they are calling an Occupation. My work not only provides information on this under-theorized popular movement but also situates it within the broader literature on the postcolonial nation-state as well as Latin American and Caribbean social movements. The dissertation analyzes the contentious relationship between local and global discourses and practices of citizenship. Furthermore, the research draws on transnational feminist theory to underline the scattered hegemonies that intersect to produce varied spaces and practices of sovereignty within the Haitian postcolonial nation-state. The dissertation highlights how race and class, gender and sexuality, education and language, and religion have been imagined and co-constituted by Haitian social movements in constructing ‘new’ collective identities that collapse the private and the public, the rural and the urban, the traditional and the modern. My project complements the scholarship on social movements and the postcolonial nation-state and pushes it forward by emphasizing its spatial dimensions. Moreover...

On and Off the Stage at Atlanta Greek Picnic: Performances of Collective Black Middle-Class Identities and the Politics of Belonging

Smith, Synatra A
Fonte: FIU Digital Commons Publicador: FIU Digital Commons
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
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This dissertation presents a thick ethnography that engages in the micro-analysis of the situationality of black middle-class collective identification processes through an examination of performances by members of the nine historically black sororities and fraternities at Atlanta Greek Picnic, an annual festival that occurs at the beginning of June in Atlanta, Georgia. It mainly attracts undergraduate and graduate members of these university-based organizations, as they exist all over the United States. This exploration of black Greek-letter organization (BGLO) performances uncovers processes through which young black middle-class individuals attempt to combine two universes that are at first glance in complete opposition to each other: the domain of the traditional black middle-class values with representations and fashions stemming from black popular culture. These constructions also attempt to incorporate—in a contradiction of sorts— black popular cultural elements in the objective to deconstruct the social conservatism that characterizes middle-class values, particularly in relation to sexuality and its representation in social behaviors and performances. This negotiation between prescribed v middle-class values of respectability and black popular culture provides a space wherein black individuals challenge and/or perpetuate those dominant tropes through identity performances that feed into the formation of black sexual politics...

Modernist cultural critique: The visual arts and anthropology

Hill, Diana Louise
Fonte: Universidade Rice Publicador: Universidade Rice
Tipo: Thesis; Text Formato: 167 p.; application/pdf
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This thesis juxtaposes the comparable development of the written discourse surrounding three twentieth century modern art movements, Surrealism, American Abstract Expressionism and the performance art of Joseph Beuys, with that of cultural anthropology with regard to the role of each as cultural critique. This juxtaposition also examines the multiple layering suggested by the relationship between art, art history and art criticism to both, each other and to broader social and cultural arenas as comparable to that of anthropology to its 'other' as well as its own society. An anthropological analysis of the arts reveals their 'native' hermeneutic tradition and thus challenges anthropology to engage with realms of social discourse where it is not a privileged locus of interpretation. The crisis of representation faced by anthropology at present is compared to the crisis of subject matter which laid the foundation of modern art forty years ago.

Violentologists and magistrates: Questions of justice and responses to violence in contemporary Colombia

Villaveces-Izquierdo, Santiago
Fonte: Universidade Rice Publicador: Universidade Rice
Tipo: Thesis; Text Formato: 310 p.; application/pdf
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Colombia is known for being both, Latin America's oldest democracy and the western hemisphere's most violent country where democratic mechanisms coexist with increasingly restricted basic and civil rights, authoritarian measures and acute violence. The attempts to consolidate a Nation-State, based on principles of national integration, have been blurred systematically by the elite's own needs for containing what they have historically understood as social disorder. Colombia, while seeking national integration, has been caught in the web of an exacerbated social disintegration which has not been understood by academic endeavors nor contained by emergency legislation. This dissertation is an ethnography that reconstructs the cultural history of Colombian functional elites and their ambiguous relation towards endemic violence. The research is based on a systematic exploration (carried out in Bogota from 1994 to 1996) of the spectrum of responses that Colombian academics and magistrates of the Constitutional Court have made in the face of the country's complex interrelated forms of violence. These two unusual ethnographic sites (Constitutional Court and the "violentology", a Colombian academic subfield) have been specially relevant in the shaping of key concepts and values concerning order...

The cultural tempo of Korean modernity: Celerity in venture industry

Chung, Jae A.
Fonte: Universidade Rice Publicador: Universidade Rice
Tipo: Thesis; Text Formato: 197 p.; application/pdf
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Based on twelve months of fieldwork from August 2001--July 2002, the dissertation analyzes of the venture market in South Korea which, at the time, had undergone a significant depreciation of its national currency and instituted a series of market reforms, which included a novel experiment with an emergent financial organization in the form of venture capital market. This project is an anthropological inquiry into the events that followed. My ethnographic project analyzes the full arc of development and the present demise of venture industry in South Korea from 1997--2002 through two enduring points of reference: venture firm and venture capital firm. I place this development within the context of interaction between a new global financial form and articulation of Korea's social imaginary in its anxiety with celerity as an immanent expression of its modernity. In the end, I outline how venture industry fits into this narrative and give an overview of how the notion and practice of rapidity functioned in the making of the imaginaries and instantiation of venture not only as a market phenomena but as an immanent expression of the structure of rapidity itself as a cultural form. In doing so, I identify celerity as one of the central preoccupation of Korea's modernity. I frame my inquiry by placing the objective phenomenon of explosive growth and quick demise of venture market within the collective cultural idioms of hurriedness...

Gender In Motion: Negotiating Bengali Social Statuses Across Time and Territories

Chaudhuri, Mayurakshi
Fonte: FIU Digital Commons Publicador: FIU Digital Commons
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
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Hindu Indian Bengalis as an ethno-linguistic and transnational group have negotiated their social locations historically, contemporaneously, and transnationally. In this dissertation, I examine and argue how transnational migration is the most recent in a long line of Bengali strategies to negotiate their social location vis-à-vis other populations in India. Since the early years of the nineteenth century, in Bengal specifically, a series of socio-political dynamics have reshaped and reconstituted Bengali social status. These dynamics can be observed across various geographic scales - national, regional, and local -- and have continued to inform their contemporary gender relations. En route to this examination, the dissertation exposes assumptions about who constitutes families, problematizes "family" centrally en route to examining spousal relations among Indian-Bengalis. I have examined the lived realities and experiences of migrant spouses in the U.S. and their family living in India amidst differing—and often conflicting-- imaginaries and practices of families. Through my work, I thus illustrate that family and marriage relations can be, and often are, strategic and fluid even as many people view them as structural and enduring. Over time...

Dimensions of gender relations and reproductive health inequity perceived by female undergraduate students in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam: a qualitative exploration

Bui, Thanh Cong; Markham, Christine M.; Ross, Michael W.; Williams, Mark L.; Beasley, R. Palmer; Tran, Ly TH; Nguyen, Huong TH; Le, Thach Ngoc
Fonte: FIU Digital Commons Publicador: FIU Digital Commons
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
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Introduction Increasing evidence indicates that gender equity has a significant influence on women’s health; yet few culturally specific indicators of gender relations exist which are applicable to health. This study explores dimensions of gender relations perceived by female undergraduate students in southern Vietnamese culture, and qualitatively examines how this perceived gender inequity may influence females’ sexual or reproductive health. Methods Sixty-two female undergraduate students from two universities participated in eight focus group discussions to talk about their perspectives regarding national and local gender equity issues. Results Although overall gender gaps in the Mekong Delta were perceived to have decreased in comparison to previous times, several specific dimensions of gender relations were emergent in students’ discussions. Perceived dimensions of gender relations were comparable to theoretical structures of the Theory of Gender and Power, and to findings from several reports describing the actual inferiority of women. Allocation of housework and social paid work represented salient dimensions of labor. The most salient dimension of power related to women in positions of authority. Salient dimensions of cathexis related to son preference...

Public Culture and Cultural Citizenship at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Lee, Toby Kim
Fonte: Harvard University Publicador: Harvard University
Tipo: Thesis or Dissertation
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This dissertation explores the relationship between state, citizen and public culture through an ethnographic and historical examination of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in northern Greece. In the two-year period leading up to and following its fiftieth anniversary in 2009, the festival was caught up in the larger economic, political and social crises that have overtaken Greece in the last five years - a painful period of rapid transformation and neoliberalization for one of Europe's staunchest social-welfare states. As the Greek state faces bankruptcy - both economic and political - it is being forced to revisit the terms of its social contract with its citizens. In a country where "culture" was once touted as a national "heavy industry," the relationship between the state and cultural production is also being restructured. Public culture is one of the areas of social life in which people are now struggling with these changes and attempting to redefine what it means to be a citizen of the Greek state - utilizing and revising local, national and transnational identities in the process.; Anthropology

Nature/nurture and the anthropology of Franz Boas and Margaret Mead as an agenda for revolutionary politics

Greenfield,Sidney M.
Fonte: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Antropologia Social - IFCH-UFRGS Publicador: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Antropologia Social - IFCH-UFRGS
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/12/2001 EN
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There is much more involved in the nature/nurture debate than an abstract theoretical disagreement among dispassionate scientists. Each side of the debate leads logically to significantly different views of the social order and holds different implications for social policy. In this paper I shall argue that Boas' Anthropology with its emphasis on cultural relativism was as much a social and political agenda as it was a scientific theory. The positions on public policy issues he opposed were informed (and rationalized) by what its advocates claimed to be science. To be able to counter the discriminatory policy proposals that followed from this science, it was necessary for Boas both to challenge its validity and then replace it with an alternative that would support a more liberal political agenda. This chapter of anthropology's history gains relevance in today's context as neoevolutionary, reductionist theories once more provide "scientific" support for conservative, separatist and often discriminatory social policies.

Miradas antropológicas a las relaciones entre naturaleza y cultura. A modo de introducción; Anthropological Perspectives on the Relations between Nature and Culture

Tomé Martín, Pedro
Fonte: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (España) Publicador: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (España)
Tipo: Artículo Formato: 83675 bytes; application/pdf
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16 páginas.; [ES] A modo de introducción general del volumen, las páginas siguientes pretenden mostrar algunas de las preguntas que, desde sus inicios, la antropología social y cultural se ha planteado cuando ha investigado en las relaciones entre lo que los clásicos denominaban naturaleza y cultura. La exploración de estas relaciones ha sido una constante para los antropólogos de todas las tendencias y orientaciones teóricas por lo que las respuestas a los problemas planteados han abarcado desde la consideración de ambos polos como entes sustantivos de carácter excluyente, hasta la consideración de los mismos como elementos situados en un continuum; desde el biologismo extremo al culturalismo, desde etnoecologías particulares a reflexiones universalizadoras. En cualquier caso, lo relevante de las múltiples perspectivas que se ofrecen es que, en una época en que la globalización ambiental es incuestionable, la antropología inserta su bagaje y su comprensión de la transculturalidad en la búsqueda de soluciones a unos problemas ambientales que se han tornado parte de las discusiones cotidianas de miles de personas en todo el mundo.; [EN] As a general introduction to the volume, the following pages are intended to show some of the main questions which...

Cultura, ètnia i nació: una aproximació a l'estudi del nacionalisme des de l'antropologia social

Clua i Fainé, Montserrat
Fonte: [Barcelona] : Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Publicador: [Barcelona] : Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona,
Tipo: Tesis i dissertacions electròniques; info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion Formato: application/pdf; application/pdf; application/pdf; application/pdf; application/pdf
Publicado em //2011 CAT
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El punt de partida de la tesi és la convicció que per conèixer i comprendre millor el fenomen del nacionalisme és necessari aplicar una perspectiva històrica, comparativa i realment interdisciplinària, que incorpori les aportacions més valuoses en la interpretació del nacionalisme que s'han fet des de les diferents ciències socials. El principal objectiu de la tesi és aportar a aquesta aproximació interdisciplinària les propostes d'explicació del nacionalisme elaborades des de l'antropologia social i cultural, mostrant així el rol que la disciplina antropològica ha tingut en el passat, en el present i pot tenir en el futur en l'anàlisi del nacionalisme; un rol indispensable no sempre prou reconegut ni dins ni fora de la disciplina. La tesi, doncs, fa una revisió exhaustiva de les aproximacions al nacionalisme elaborades des de l'antropologia social i cultural, oferint una anàlisi en profunditat de les teories del nacionalisme produïdes des de la disciplina i mostra la importància que aquesta té per a una millor comprensió del fenomen nacionalista. La tesi està dividida en dues parts. En la primera es realitza una revisió dels estudis del nacionalisme realitzats per les diferents ciències socials (les perspectives Primordialistes...

O patrimônio cultural brasileiro e a antropologia enquanto fazer técnico: a expressão de um Estado contraditório e os dilemas no "uso da diversidade"; The Brazilian cultural heritage and the anthropology as official knowledge: the expression of a contradictory State and the dilemmas in the use of the cultural diversity

Toji, Simone
Fonte: Centro de Preservação Cultural. Pró-Reitoria de Cultura e Extensão - USP. Publicador: Centro de Preservação Cultural. Pró-Reitoria de Cultura e Extensão - USP.
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; ; ; ; ; ; Avaliado pelos pares Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 01/10/2011 POR
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O texto debruça-se sobre a atuação do profissional antropólogo dentro das políticas públicas de patrimônio, identificando a configuração particular entre Estado, sociedade e saberes em tempos de democratização e de diversidade cultural.; The text address to the work of the anthropologist in the cultural heritage policies, identifying a particular configuration between State, society and knowledge in times of democratization and cultural diversity.

Socio-Cultural Anthropology Today – An overview; Antropologia Sócio-Cultural Hoje – Uma visão

Boskovic, Aleksandar
Fonte: UFPR Publicador: UFPR
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; Artigo Avaliado pelos Pares Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 14/02/2006 POR
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The paper offers a powerful deconstruction of the idea of the ‘crisis’ of anthropology, linking it with the fashionable way of thinking at the turn of the millennium, but very little support in practice. It is argued that this notion of ‘crisis’ can only be applicable to some segments of the ‘Anglo-American’ anthropology, not to the discipline as a whole. The paper also includes a presentation of some major theoretical debates and terminological issues present in the 19th and 20th centuries, with special focus on functionalism. One of the points made is that some of the historically popular criticisms of the discipline (for its role in the colonialism, for example) should be contextualised, as the anthropologists’ role in this endeavour was actually quite limited. The paper presents five crucial sets of themes where contemporary anthropology is moving today, and where some of the most interesting research is being published. They are: the issues of identity; research on the body; consumption and material culture; studies of space and hybridity; and media and popular culture. Finally, it is claimed that social and cultural anthropology moved a long way since 1911, reaching the point where it can serve as a powerful tool for understanding all the complexities of the contemporary world.; Este artigo oferece uma desconstrução da idéia de ‘crise’ da antropologia...