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Linguistic Piety in Islamic Java

Hoklo, Hakka and the Tyranny of Fashion: Footbinding in the Taiwan Censuses of 1905 and 1915.

Footbinding presents an enduring puzzle to students of gender roles and family relationships in late imperial Chinese society.  Recent studies all acknowledge that footbinding was not uniformly practiced, and that wide variations existed with respect to the proportion of girls binding, the ages binding began, and the degree of deformation binding caused.  Assessing such variation is fundamental to understanding the social and cultural pressures that encouraged binding in some circumstances and discouraged it in others.  But there is only one source, the early twentieth ce

Telling a Story in Five Past Tenses: Time and Tense in a Native American Language

Religious and Sacred Imperative in Human Conflict

The Historical Anthropology of Guerrilla Warfare

Digging Up the Dead: Human Skulls as Scientific Fact and Cultural Artifact

The Myth of Ownership: An Anthropologist Looks at the Corporate Share

From the Book of Job: Feeding the Lions andThe Conservation of Biological Diversityon a Changing Planet

The “Whirlwind Speech” from the Book of Job, a set of divine questions on the functioning of the planet and its natural systems, provides a starting point to discuss current global environmental issues. The first question from God to Job is, “Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding.’”[1] Having set a combative tone, God proceeds to interrogate Job as to what he knows of the planet’s creation, its environment, and its animals.

Dreamwork: Cell Phone Novelists, Labor, and Politics in Contemporary Japan

In 2007, the number of cell phone novels posted on the popular portal, maho no i-rando, reached one million—a figure that has puzzled observers worldwide. Critics claim that young women write these novels in transit and in transition; these women merely translate their feelings of boredom and lack of spirit into an escapist pastime.

Communitas and the Anthropology of Experience

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