The Anthropology of China

China as Ethnographic and Theoretical Critique


Author: Charlotte Bruckermann,Stephan Feuchtwang

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

ISBN: 1783269855

Category: History

Page: 292

View: 7552

Putting China into the context of general anthropology offers novel insights into its history, culture and society. Studies in the anthropology of China need to look outwards, to other anthropological areas, while at the same time, anthropologists specialised elsewhere cannot afford to ignore contributions from China. This book introduces a number of key themes and in each case describes how the anthropology and ethnography of China relates to the surrounding theories and issues. The themes chosen include the anthropology of intimacy, of morality, of food and of feasting, as well as the anthropology of civilisation, modernity and the state. The Anthropology of China covers both long historical perspectives and ethnographies of the twenty-first century. For the first time, ethnographic perspectives on China are contextualised in comparison with general anthropological debates. Readers are invited to engage in and rethink China's place within the wider world, making it perfect for professional researchers and teachers of anthropology and Chinese history and society, and for advanced undergraduate and graduate study.

The Anthropology of China

China as Ethnographic and Theoretical Critique


Author: Stephan Feuchtwang,Charlotte Bruckermann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781783269839

Category: Anthropology

Page: 279

View: 2129

Introduction -- Anthropology of China : history, regionalism and comparison -- Kinship as ideology and as corporation -- Relatedness and gender -- Love, emotion and sentiment -- The exchange of money, gifts and favours -- The localization and globalization of food -- Nature, environment and activism -- Ritual and belief -- Hospitality -- The stranger king and the outside of an imperial civilisation -- The anthropology of the modern state in China -- Conclusion

Ordnungen im Wandel

Globale und lokale Wirklichkeiten im Spiegel transdisziplinärer Analysen


Author: Friedrich Arndt,Carmen Dege,Christian Ellermann,Maximilian Mayer,David Teller,Lisbeth Zimmermann

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839407834

Category: Political Science

Page: 386

View: 9922

Ordnung muss sein! So lässt sich das zentrale Strukturprinzip der Moderne zusammenfassen. Heutige soziale, politische, wirtschaftliche und rechtliche Ordnungen erscheinen dagegen immer weniger eindeutig. Ziel dieses Bandes ist es, den Blick transdisziplinär für alternative Konzeptionen von Wirklichkeit zu öffnen. Dabei wird gefragt: Welche Ordnungen institutionalisieren sich jenseits von Demokratie, Nation und Staat? Inwiefern bestehen Ordnungen nebeneinander fort und überlagern sich in Zeit und Raum? Die Beiträge eröffnen eine Debatte, die moderne Paradigmen hinterfragt und die Eindimensionalität und Statik traditioneller sozialwissenschaftlicher Konzepte herausfordert.

A Companion to the Anthropology of Education


Author: Bradley A. Levinson,Mica Pollock

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119111668

Category: Social Science

Page: 592

View: 6315

A Companion to the Anthropology of Education presents a comprehensive and state-of-the-art overview of the field, exploring the social and cultural dimension of educational processes in both formal and nonformal settings. Explores theoretical and applied approaches to cultural practice in a diverse range of educational settings around the world, in both formal and non-formal contexts Includes contributions by leading educational anthropologists Integrates work from and on many different national systems of scholarship, including China, the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Colombia, Mexico, India, the United Kingdom, and Denmark Examines the consequences of history, cultural diversity, language policies, governmental mandates, inequality, and literacy for everyday educational processes

The Anthropology of Citizenship

A Reader


Author: Sian Lazar

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 1118412915

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

View: 8585

The Anthropology of Citizenship introduces thetheoretical foundations of and cutting edge approaches tocitizenship in the contemporary world, in local, national andglobal contexts. Key readings provide a cross-cultural perspectiveon citizenship practices, and an individual citizen’srelationship with the state. Introduces a range of exciting and cutting edge approaches tocitizenship in the contemporary world Provides key readings for students and researchers who wish togain an understanding of citizenship practices, and anindividual’s relationship with the state in a globalcontext Offers an anthropological perspective on citizenship, the selfand political agency, with a focus on encounters between citizensand the state in education, law, development, and immigrationpolicy Provides students with an understanding of the theoreticalfoundations of citizenship, as characterized by liberal and civicrepublican ideas of political belonging and exclusion Explores how citizenship is constructed at different scales andin different spaces Twenty-five key writings identify what is a new and vibrantsubfield within politics and anthropological research

Stabile Gemeinschaften

Transnationale Familien in der Weltgesellschaft


Author: Katharina Zoll

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839406706

Category: Political Science

Page: 246

View: 6711

Hinter Schlagworten wie Globalität, Globalisierung und Weltgesellschaft verbergen sich mitunter wohlfeile theoretische Konzepte, die jedoch oftmals den gesellschaftlichen Inhalt - die Gesellschaft und die Gesellschaftlichkeit konstituierenden Akteure - nicht im Blick haben. Im Mittelpunkt dieses Buches stehen daher die durch die 'Globalisierung' veränderten sozialräumlichen Beziehungen. Grenzüberschreitende Interaktionsformen bestimmen den Alltag von immer mehr Menschen und ihren Familien. Das Phänomen der räumlich dislozierten, d.h. transnationalen Familie ist in der sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung jedoch noch weitgehend eine Terra incognita. Kann sie die zunehmend global vernetzte Infrastruktur, die Transport- und Kommunikationsmedien, für sich nutzen, um Distanzen zu überbrücken - wodurch die familiären Bindungen aufrechterhalten oder gestärkt werden können? Hierbei geht es auch um die Frage, ob transnationale Familien als Bestandteil einer sich formierenden Weltgesellschaft angesehen werden können. Mit einem Vorwort von Jens Becker.

Transnational Migration and Lifelong Learning

Global Issues and Perspectives


Author: Shibao Guo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113576011X

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 6216

Economic globalization, modern transportation, and advanced communication technologies have greatly enhanced the mobility of people across national boundaries. The resulting demographic, social, and cultural changes create new opportunities for development as well as new challenges for lifelong learning. Transnational Migration and Lifelong Learning examines the changing nature of lifelong learning in the current age of transnational migration. The book brings together international scholars from a range of countries in a dialogue about the relationship between work, learning, mobility, knowledge, and citizenship in the context of globalization and migration. It covers a wide range of topics, including: global perspectives and analyses of migration; the impact of migration on lifelong learning; processes of exclusion and inclusion in lifelong learning; the tension between mobility, knowledge, and recognition; and transnationalism, learning communities, and citizenship. This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Lifelong Education.

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development


Author: Peter K. Smith,Craig H. Hart

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444390919

Category: Psychology

Page: 712

View: 8439

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition presents an authoritative and up-to-date overview of research and theory concerning a child's social development from pre-school age to the onset of adolescence. Presents the most up-to-date research and theories on childhood social development Features chapters by an international cast of leaders in their fields Includes comprehensive coverage of a range of disciplinary perspectives Offers all new chapters on children and the environment, cultural influences, history of childhood, interventions, and neuro-psychological perspectives Represents an essential resource for students and researchers of childhood social development

The Rise of Anthropological Theory

A History of Theories of Culture


Author: Marvin Harris

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759101333

Category: Social Science

Page: 806

View: 1819

The best known, most often cited history of anthropological theory is finally available in paperback! First published in 1968, Harris's book has been cited in over 1,000 works and is one of the key documents explaining cultural materialism, the theory associated with Harris's work. This updated edition included the complete 1968 text plus a new introduction by Maxine Margolis, which discusses the impact of the book and highlights some of the major trends in anthropological theory since its original publication. RAT, as it is affectionately known to three decades of graduate students, comprehensively traces the history of anthropology and anthropological theory, culminating in a strong argument for the use of a scientific, behaviorally-based, etic approach to the understanding of human culture known as cultural materialism. Despite its popularity and influence on anthropological thinking, RAT has never been available in paperback_until now. It is an essential volume for the library of all anthropologists, their graduate students, and other theorists in the social sciences.

Pursuits of Happiness

Well-being in Anthropological Perspective


Author: Gordon Mathews,Carolina Izquierdo

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845454487

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 278

View: 4488

Anthropology has long shied away from examining how human beings may lead happy and fulfilling lives. This book, however, shows that the ethnographic examination of well-being defined as the optimal state for an individual, a community, and a society and the comparison of well-being within and across societies is a new and important area for anthropological inquiry. Distinctly different in different places, but also reflecting our common humanity, well-being is intimately linked to the idea of happiness and its pursuits. Noted anthropological researchers have come together in this volume to examine well-being in a range of diverse ways and to investigate it in a range of settings: from the Peruvian Amazon, the Australian outback, and the Canadian north, to India, China, Indonesia, Japan, and the United States. Gordon Mathews is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has written What Makes Life Worth Living? How Japanese and Americans Make Sense of Their Worlds (1996) and Global Culture /Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket (2000), and co-written Hong Kong, China: Learning to Belong to a Nation (2007); he has co-edited Consuming Hong Kong (2001) and Japan s Changing Generations (2004). Carolina Izquierdo is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for the Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research has centered on health and well-being among the Matsigenka in the Peruvian Amazon, the Mapuche in Chile, and middle-class families in the United States."

Anthropologies of Education

A Global Guide to Ethnographic Studies of Learning and Schooling


Author: Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857452746

Category: Social Science

Page: 362

View: 8759

Despite international congresses and international journals, anthropologies of education differ significantly around the world. Linguistic barriers constrain the flow of ideas, which results in a vast amount of research on educational anthropology that is not published in English or is difficult for international readers to find. This volume responds to the call to attend to educational research outside the United States and to break out of "metropolitan provincialism." A guide to the anthropologies and ethnographies of learning and schooling published in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Slavic languages, Japanese, and English as a second language, show how scholars in Latin America, Japan, and elsewhere adapt European, American, and other approaches to create new traditions. As the contributors show, educators draw on different foundational research and different theoretical discussions. Thus, this global survey raises new questions and casts a new light on what has become a too-familiar discipline in the United States.

Fairness, Class and Belonging in Contemporary England


Author: K. Smith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137009330

Category: Social Science

Page: 249

View: 1757

Using experiences of the white, English, working-classes in Manchester, this book explores the local frustrations with feeling 'ignored' and 'neglected' by the government through articulations of fairness.

The Ethnographic Eye

Interpretive Studies of Education in China


Author: Judith Liu,Heidi A. Ross,Donald P. Kelly

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780815314714

Category: Education

Page: 210

View: 9533

The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature. The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.

Re-writing Culture in Taiwan


Author: Fang-Long Shih,Stuart Thompson,Paul Tremlett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113403623X

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 918

This inter-disciplinary volume of essays opens new points of departure for thinking about how Taiwan has been studied and represented in the past, for reflecting on the current state of ‘Taiwan Studies’, and for thinking about how Taiwan might be re-configured in the future. As the study of Taiwan shifts from being a provincial back-water of sinology to an area in its own (albeit not sovereign) right, a combination of established and up and coming scholars working in the field of East Asian studies offer a re-reading and re-writing of culture in Taiwan. They show that sustained critical analysis of contemporary Taiwan using issues such as trauma, memory, history, tradition, modernity, post-modernity provides a useful point of departure for thinking through similar problematics and issues elsewhere in the world. Re-writing Culture in Taiwan is a multidisciplinary book with its own distinctive collective voice which will appeal to anyone interested in Taiwan. With chapters on nationalism, anthropology, cultural studies, media studies, religion and museum studies, the breadth of ground covered is truly comprehensive.

The Future of Anthropological Knowledge


Author: Henrietta L. Moore

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415107877

Category: Social Science

Page: 179

View: 3571

The Future of Anthropological Knowledge the chapters explore the question of the nature of social knowledge from a variety of perspectives and locations such as China, Africa, the USA and elsewhere. By examining the changing nature of anthropological knowledge and of the production of that knowledge, this book challenges the notion that only western societies have produced social theories of modernity and of global scope. Knowledge of society can no longer be restricted to a knowledge of face-to-face social relations but must encompass the effect of technology, global consumption patterns and changing geo-political configurations. The Future of Anthropological Knowledge will be of interest to anthropologists and students of culture and society.

The Art of Medical Anthropology



Author: Sjaak van der Geest,Adri Rienks

Publisher: Het Spinhuis

ISBN: 9789055891061

Category: Medical anthropology

Page: 421

View: 4721

Ethnic distinctions, local meanings

negotiating cultural identities in China


Author: Mary Rack

Publisher: Pluto Pr


Category: History

Page: 166

View: 9295

A study of ethnicity and ethnic classifications in a rural area of south China, overturning many of the generalising tendencies characteristic of ‘orthodox’ anthropology.

The Anthropology of Art

A Reader


Author: Howard Morphy,Morgan Perkins

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405155329

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

View: 614

This anthology provides a single-volume overview of the essential theoretical debates in the anthropology of art. Drawing together significant work in the field from the second half of the twentieth century, it enables readers to appreciate the art of different cultures at different times. Advances a cross-cultural concept of art that moves beyond traditional distinctions between Western and non-Western art. Provides the basis for the appreciation of art of different cultures and times. Enhances readers’ appreciation of the aesthetics of art and of the important role it plays in human society.

The Otherness of Self

A Genealogy of the Self in Contemporary China


Author: Xin Liu

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472068098

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 222

View: 6404

An exploration of the conflict between traditional Chinese ideology and modern Chinese business practice