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Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford-online 

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School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (University of Oxford)
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New Series, Volume IX, no. 2 (2017)

Special issue on Anthropology matters, especially in times of crisis


(ISSN: 2040-1876)

  • Editor: Robert Parkin
  • Guest Editors for this issue: Elisabeth Hsu and Paola Esposito
  • Web Editor: David Zeitlyn
  • Reviews Editor: Emilia Antiglio

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Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford Online

ISSN: 2040-1876 New Series, Volume IX, no. 2 (2017)

Anthropology Matters, Especially in Times of Crisis

Essays and Personal Reflections of Oxford Medical Anthropology Master's Studemts Carlota Solà Marsiñach, Cathryn Klusmeier, Derek Soled, Emma Anderson, Leah Schwartz, Maie Khalil, Mason Alford, Noëlle Rohde, Sarah Grace Black

With an Abridged Version of Frederick Damon's (2003) Article 'What Good are Elections? An Anthropological Analysis of American Elections'

Edited by Elisabeth Hsu and Paola Esposito


Elisabeth Hsu and Paola Esposito, Anthropology Matters: Introduction, 194-198

Frederick H. Damon, What Good Are Elections? An Anthropological Analysis of American Elections, 199-214

Maie Khalil, Personal Reflection: On Relationality and Illness Narratives in Times of Crisis, 215-218

Derek Soled, Personal Reflection: Metrics, Memories, and Relational Thinking, 233-234

Mason Alford and Carlota Solà Marsiñach, Personal Reflection. From Pills to Presidents: Understanding Efficacy from an Anthropological Perspective, 243

Emma Anderson and Sarah Grace Black, Personal Reflection: Finding a World of ‘Us’ Through Chronic Pain and Fear, 251-252

Cathryn Klusmeier and Leah Schwartz, Personal Reflection: What is the Role of Anthropology in Crisis? 265-266

Paola Esposito and Elisabeth Hsu, Outlook: Anthropology Matters, 267-272

Book reviews, 273-291

Lila abu-Lughod, Veiled sentiments: honour and poetry in a Bedouin society (Anna Edman Ansell), 273-275

Laura Bear, Navigating austerity: currents of debt along a South Asian river (Prabhat Prabhat), 275-277

Allen J. Christenson, The burden of the ancients: Maya ceremonies of world renewal from the pre-Colombian period to the present (Emilia Groupp), 277-280

Ramsey Elkholy, Being and becoming: embodiment and experience among the Orang Rimba of Sumatra (Wanting Wu), 280-282

Leyla J. Keogh, Worker-mothers on the margins of Europe: gender and migration between Moldova and Istanbul (Polly Davies), 282-283

Marcel Mauss, The gift: expanded edition (Zoe Chan), 284-285

Winifred Tate, Drugs, thugs, and diplomats: U.S. policymaking in Colombia (Nurdan Mekan), 285-287

Review Article. Two Books on the History of American Anthropology: Susan C. Seymour, Cora du Bois: anthropologist, diplomat, agent; and Regna Darnell, Michelle Hamilton, Robert L. A. Hancock, and Joshua Smith (eds.), The Franz Boas Papers, Vol. 1: Franz Boas as public intellectual – theory, ethnography, activism (Katerina Chatzikidi), 288-294

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