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When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World's Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge

K. David Harrison

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195181920
eISBN:
9780199870622
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181920.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

It is commonly agreed by linguists and anthropologists that the majority of languages spoken now around the globe will likely disappear within our lifetime. The phenomenon known as language death has ... More


Towards an Ontological Understanding of Relationships

Andrew Moutu

in Names are Thicker than Blood: Kinship and Ownership amongst the Iatmul

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197264454
eISBN:
9780191760501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264454.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter summarises the analysis provided in the book and suggests how an anthropologist might conceptualise relationships in ontological terms. It argues that what distinguishes ‘relationships’ ... More


The Field Situation

M.N. Srinivas

in The Remembered Village

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077459
eISBN:
9780199081165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077459.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

The first section of this chapter describes the Bullock House and its inhabitants. The headman set aside for the author and his companion three rooms in the Bullock House, one of the five houses he ... More


Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing

Cheryl Mattingly and Linda Garro (eds)

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520218246
eISBN:
9780520935228
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520218246.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

Stories of illness and healing are often arresting in their power, illuminating practices and experiences that might otherwise remain obscure. What can be learned through a comparative look at the ... More


Margaret Mary Douglas1 1921–2007

Richard Fardon

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 166, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, IX

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264751
eISBN:
9780191734229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264751.003.0007
Subject:
History, Historiography

Mary Douglas's retirement lasted almost a quarter of a century, quite long enough for her to fade pottering into obscurity. Yet what happened was diametrically, single-mindedly opposite: an ... More


Alfred Antony Francis Gell 1945–1997

Alan Macfarlane

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 120, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, II

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263020
eISBN:
9780191734199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263020.003.0007
Subject:
History, Historiography

Alfred Gell was widely regarded as one of the most interesting thinkers in the world in the field of the anthropology of art. His life and writings provide an interesting insight into the fashions ... More


Raymond William Firth, 1901–2002

J. H. R. Davis

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 124. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, III

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263204
eISBN:
9780191734205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263204.003.0005
Subject:
History, Historiography

Raymond Firth was an anthropologist, working chiefly in the Pacific, Malaysia and London, in the fields of economics, religion and kinship. Firth held permanent teaching posts at Sydney (1930–2) and ... More


Being There: The Fieldwork Encounter and the Making of Truth

John Borneman and Abdellah Hammoudi (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520257757
eISBN:
9780520943438
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257757.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

Challenges to ethnographic authority and to the ethics of representation have led many contemporary anthropologists to abandon fieldwork in favor of strategies of theoretical puppeteering, textual ... More


Ethnography in Ordinary Case Law

Rebecca R French

in Law and Anthropology: Current Legal Issues Volume 12

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199580910
eISBN:
9780191723025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580910.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law

Legal anthropologists generally ignore the actual law cases of the legal profession; that is, they don't turn their lens on basic ‘black-letter law’ as a fieldsite. In short, anthropologists don't ... More


Nubian Encounters: The Story of the Nubian Ethnological Survey 19611964

Nicholas S. Hopkins and Sohair R. Mehanna (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789774164019
eISBN:
9781617970382
Item type:
book
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774164019.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This is a retrospective look at a major investigation of the culture of a displaced people. In the 1960s, the construction of the Aswan High Dam occasioned the forced displacement of a large part of ... More


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