Anthropological Quarterly

Anthropological Quarterly
Volume 79, Number 2, Spring 2006



    Song, Jesook.
  • Historicization of Homeless Spaces: The Seoul Train Station Square and the House of Freedom
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shelters for the homeless -- Government policy -- Korea (South) -- Seoul -- History -- 20th century.
    • Financial crises -- Social aspects -- Korea (South) -- History -- 20th century.
      This paper historicizes "deserving" citizenship of South Korea by tracing spatial changes and meanings of two places: Seoul Train Station Square and a former textile factory renovated to a homeless shelter. Both have been emblematic space where the most homeless people were populated since the break of the Asian Debt Crisis. However, each place embodies different history of "deserving" citizenship in a complementary way. The square, a politically charged literary and physical topography, became a location of protecting "normal" citizen from potentially violent homeless people. The factory, a spatial marker for the state regulation of laborer, became a site to promote the benevolent image of welfare state for protecting homeless people through a demarcation of short-term street living people—as "deserving" homeless citizens—from long term street living people. The embedded history in two places would be the transition of developmental state towards the welfare state that shifted its capitalist state focus from labor/economic policies to welfare policy: neoliberalization of state governance in South Korea. In concrete, this paper examines how homeless people emerged as new welfare subjects in an urban landscape; how only short-term street living people were selected as proper; how various social agents were involved in the process of implementing homeless policies; and how dualistic capitalist control over labor power, such as regular workers and surplus laborer, was imposed.
      [South Korea, homelessness, "deserving" citizenship, labor power, spatial construction of history, liberal social governance]
    Brydon, Anne.
  • The Predicament of Nature: Keiko the Whale and The Cultural Politics of Whaling in Iceland
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    Subject Headings:
    • Keiko (Whale) -- Press coverage.
    • Human-animal relationships -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Iceland.
    • Whaling -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Iceland.
      This cultural analysis reconsiders the modernist narrative about the politics of whales and whale hunting in order to explore Icelandic responses to the return of the killer whale Keiko (star of the Free Willy movies) to Icelandic waters in 1998. Ambivalence about Keiko's plight required cultural creativity to block identification with the whale since in Icelandic hegemonic discourse such feelings have been associated with the supposed irrationality of foreign protests against whale hunting. This essay draws on Bruno Latour's writings about the politics of nature to argue for abandoning nature in a step toward the ethnographic study of human-nonhuman relations.
      [cultural critique, nature, modernity, Iceland, whales and whaling]

Social Thought and Commentary

    Clough, Paul, 1948-
  • "Knowledge in Passing:" Reflexive Anthropology and Religious Awareness
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    Subject Headings:
    • Anthropology of religion.
    • Religion and culture.
    • Islam and the social sciences.
    • Christianity and the social sciences.
    Wilson, Tamar Diana, 1943-
  • Strapping the Mexican Woman Immigrant: The Convergence of Reproduction and Production
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    Subject Headings:
    • Women immigrants -- Employment -- United States.
    • Mexican American women -- Economic conditions.
    • Labor supply -- United States.
    • Mexico -- Emigration and immigration -- Economic aspects.
    • United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.

New Releases

    Geest, Sjaak van der, 1943-
  • Anthropology and the Pharmaceutical Nexis
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    Subject Headings:
    • Petryna, Adriana, 1966-, ed. Global pharmaceuticals: ethics, markets, practices.
    • Lakoff, Andrew, 1970-, ed.
    • Kleinman, Arthur, ed.
    • Pharmaceutical industry.
    Cyrenne, Chad.
  • Is Thick Description Social Science?
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    Subject Headings:
    • Chabal, Patrick, 1951- Culture troubles: politics and the interpretation of meaning.
    • Daloz, Jean-Pascal.
    • Politics and culture.
    Stasch, Rupert.
  • A Society Through Its Other
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bashkow, Ira. Meaning of whitemen: race and modernity in the Orokaiva cultural world.
    • Orokaiva (Papua New Guinean people) -- Ethnic identity.

Book Review Essay

    Pyysiäinen, Ilkka.
  • Memories: Religion and Cultural Transmission
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    Subject Headings:
    • Whitehouse, Harvey. Modes of religiosity: a cognitive theory of religious transmission.
    • Richerson, Peter J. Not by genes alone: how culture transformed human evolution .
    • Boyd, Robert, Ph. D.
    • Religion.
    • Social evolution.

Book Reviews

    Klotz, Jani.
  • Bodies of Difference: Experiences of Disability and Institutional Advocacy in the Making of Modern China (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kohrman, Matthew, 1964- Bodies of difference: experiences of disability and institutional advocacy in the making of modern China.
    • People with disabilities -- China.
    Nadel-Klein, Jane, 1947-
  • Dropping Anchor, Setting Sail: Geographies of Race in Black Liverpool (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Brown, Jacqueline Nassy, 1961- Dropping anchor, setting sail: geographies of race in Black Liverpool.
    • Blacks -- England -- Liverpool.
    Warnov, T. E.
  • Anthropologies of Modernity: Foucault, Governmentality, and Life Politics (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Inda, Jonathan Xavier, ed. Anthropologies of modernity: Foucault, governmentality, and life politics.
    • Political anthropology -- Philosophy.
    Glazer, Ilsa M.
  • Armies of the Young: Child Soldiers in War and Terrorism (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rosen, David M., 1944- Armies of the young: child soldiers in war and terrorism.
    • Child soldiers.
    Crane, Hillary.
  • Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Pun, Ngai, 1970- Made in China: women factory workers in a global workplace.
    • Women -- Employment -- China.

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