In a post-colonial world, the contributions of anthropologists living outside North America and Western Europe can no longer be treated as marginal. World Anthropologies in Practice demonstrates how global dialogues enable us to draw on local knowledge as well as differences of perspective to help overcome anthropology’s eternal struggle against ethnocentrism and to strengthen the subject’s relevance to the contemporary world.Based on contributions to the ASA-sponsored IUAES World Anthropology Congress in Manchester, UK, this truly global book brings together a wide range of international scholars who might otherwise not talk to each other. Featuring articles from leading figures in the field such as Yolanda Moses, Winnie Lem, Carmen Rial, Miriam Grossi, and Cristina Amescua, the volume covers topics as diverse as the mobility of Brazilian football players, toilets in South Africa, trade unions in Nepal and South Africa, peace-building in southern Thailand, museological approaches in China, the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, immigration and race in the United States, and many more. Edited by John Gledhill, the text offers a much-needed insight into the way in which anthropology is developing worldwide and makes a tremendous contribution to the discussion of ‘world anthropologies’. An important, timely work for students and researchers.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors1) Introduction, Susanne Kerner (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Cynthia Chou (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)Part 1. Everyday Commensality2) Commensality and the Organization of Social Relations, Tan Chee-Beng (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)3) Commensal Circles and the Common Pot, Penny van Esterik (York University, Canada)4) Commensality between the Young, Boris Andersen (Aalborg University, Denmark)5) Activism through Commensality: Food and Politics in a Temporary Vegan Zone, Yvonne le Grand (University of Lisbon, Portugal)6) Cooking in the Fourth Millennium BCE: Investigating the Social via the Material, Maria Bianca D'Anna (Eberhard Karls University, Germany) and Carolin Jauss (Free University Berlin, Germany)Part 2. Special Commensality7) Methodological and Definitional Issues in the Archaeology of Food, Katheryn C. Twiss (Stony Brook University, USA)8) Medieval and Modern Banquets: Commensality and Social Categorization, Paul Freedman (Yale University, USA)9) It is Ritual, isn't it? Mortuary and Feasting Practices at Domuztepe, Alexandra Fletcher (British Museum, UK) and Stuart Campbell (University of Manchester, UK)10) Drink and Commensality, or How to Hold onto Your Drink in the Chalcolithic, Susanne Kerner (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)Part 3. The Social and Political Aspects of Commensality11) How Chicken Rice Informs about Identity, Cynthia Chou (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)12) Feasting on Locusts and Truffles in the Second Millenium BCE, Hanne Nyman (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)13) Commensality and Sharing in an Andean Community in Bolivia, Cornelia A. Nell (University of St Andrews, UK)14) Dissolved in Liquor and Life: Drinkers and Drinking Cultures in Mo Yan's Novel, Liquorland, Astrid Møller-Olsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)15) Justifications for Foodways and the Study of Commensality, Jordan D. Rosenblum (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)16) The Role of Food in the Life of Christians in the Roman Empire, Morten Warmind (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)17) Ritual Meals and Polemics in Antiquity, Ingvild Saelid Gilhus (University of Bergen, Norway)NotesBibliographyIndex
John Gledhill is Emeritus Professor at Manchester University, UK.