Anthropological Quarterly

Anthropological Quarterly 75.3, Summer 2002


    Scher, Philip W.
  • Copyright Heritage: Preservation, Carnival and the State in Trinidad
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    Subject Headings:
    • Carnival -- Trinidad and Tobago.
    • Cultural property -- Protection -- Trinidad and Tobago.
      This essay addresses the place of Carnival in the creation of a national cultural narrative in Trinidad and Tobago and examines the role that such a narrative plays in the formation of a coherent national cultural identity. The paper is organized in two parts: The first section looks at the process of cultural heritage preservation in relation to the Trinidad Carnival. The second looks at the effects of preservation on middle class women who participate in Carnival. Positioning the Carnival as a central expressive form in a cultural identity that transcends ethnic, class or gender divisions has long been part of the nationalist agenda in Trinidad. Recently, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has pursued the possibility of copyrighting certain aspects of the festival to prevent their theft, degradation or misappropriation by both locals and foreigners. This paper describes how a "sit-down" protest during the Carnival by one of Trinidad's most popular masquerade groups set off a discussion about the true spirit of Carnival. The ensuing debate highlighted the narrative about Carnival and its history that is most valued by the state and demonstrated the ways in which acts of preservation and protection of heritage serve to exclude significant portions of the population, most notably women. Finally, the paper shows how certain parties control the formation of heritage and culture, and seek global endorsement for their brokerage of national cultural identity. [Trinidad, Carnival, nationalism, heritage, copyright, intellectual property, gender]
    Goldstein, Daniel M.
  • Desconfianza and Problems of Representation in Urban Ethnography
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    Subject Headings:
    • Indigenous peoples -- Bolivia -- Social life and customs.
    • Indigenous peoples -- Bolivia -- Ethnic identity.
    • Ethnology -- Bolivia -- Field work.
      Anthropologists writing about "indigenous media" have identified ways in which ethnographic research involving visual technology can affect the cultural identity and political power of ethnographic subjects, providing them with tools to enhance their own identity-building projects. In this essay I contend that ethnographic writing can also be a form of indigenous media, an implement of self-representation for people otherwise marginalized from the national political mainstream. But the efforts of native informants to establish control over the ways in which they will be represented in print can also create desconfianza, a feeling of mistrust and suspicion of the ethnographer among the people being studied. I reflect on the relationship between desconfianza and the politics of ethnographic practice, and the extent to which questions of performance and representation, far from being mere matters of ethical or philosophical interest to anthropologists alone, are in fact deeply implicated in the political and economic survival of the peoples being represented. [Keywords: ethnography; performance; representation; fieldwork; Bolivia, the Andes]

Social Thought and Commentary

    Marcus, George E.
  • Intimate Strangers: the Dynamics of (Non) Relationship Between the Natural and Human Sciences in the Contemporary U.S. University
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    Subject Headings:
    • Social sciences -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States.
    • Science -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States.
    • Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives -- United States.
    Moore, Henrietta L.
  • The Business of Funding: Science, Social Science and Wealth in the United Kingdom
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    Subject Headings:
    • Universities and colleges -- Great Britain -- Finance.
    • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
    • Industry and education -- Great Britain.
    Bowen, John Richard, 1951-
    Bentaboulet, Martine.
  • On the Institutionalization of The "Human and Social Sciences" in France
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    Subject Headings:
    • Social sciences -- Research -- France.
    • Instructional systems -- France.
    • Education, Higher -- France.
    Meskell, Lynn.
  • Negative Heritage and Past Mastering in Archaeology
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    Subject Headings:
    • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 -- Social aspects.
    • Memorials -- New York (State) -- New York.
    • Afghanistan -- Cultural policy -- History -- 20th century.
    • Cultural property.
    Malaby, Thomas M.
  • Making Change in the New Europe: Euro Competence in Greece
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    Subject Headings:
    • Euro -- Greece.
    • Greece -- Politics and government -- 1974-
    • Greece -- Foreign economic relations.

New Releases (Books Published This Quarter)

    Miller, Toby.
  • A Certain Disservice
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    Subject Headings:
    • Povinelli, Elizabeth A. Cunning of recognition: indigenous alterities and the making of Australian multiculturalism.
    • Australian aborigines -- Ethnic identity.

Book Reviews

    Colloredo-Mansfeld, Rudolf Josef, 1965-
  • In the Shadows of State and Capital: The United Fruit Company, Popular Struggle, and Agrarian Restructuring in Ecuador, 1900-1995 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Striffler, Steve, 1967- In the shadows of state and capital: the United Fruit Company, popular struggle, and agrarian restructuring in Ecuador, 1900-1995.
    • United Fruit Company -- History.
    Quinby, Lee, 1946-
  • The Shadows and Lights of Waco: Millennialism Today (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Faubion, James D., 1957- Shadows and lights of Waco: millennialism today.
    • Koresh, David, 1959-1993.

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