Using the rhetoric of contrast, and using the imagery of two informants (the madman and the migrant) to explore Marxian historical consciousness and the anthropological concept of culture, the authors argue that first, “culture always intervenes directly in consciousness and its expression” (205). For example, how the Tshidi of South Africa contrast the concepts of … Continue reading Annotation: Comaroffs .1987. The madman and the migrant
Johnson, Christopher H., David Warren Sabean, Simon Teuscher, and Francesca Trivellato, eds. 2011. Transregional and Transnational Families in Europe and Beyond: Experiences since the Middle Ages. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books. The authors look at family and kinship through the lens of “production and circulation of goods” (1) among families across and beyond Europe from … Continue reading Annotation: Johnson, Christopher H., David Warren Sabean, et al. 2011. Transregional and Transnational Families in Europe and Beyond.
Foucault, Michel. (1997). Society Must Be Defended. New York: Picador. (Chapter 11) Foucault demonstrates that "the theme of race does not disappear," but that "it becomes part of something very different, namely State racism" (239). Foucault proceeds to illustrate the transformation of the power of the sovereign by looking at the "level of mechanisms, techniques … Continue reading Annotation: Foucault, Michel. (1997). Society Must Be Defended.
Donato, Katharine, Donna Gabaccia, Jennifer Holdaway, Martin Manalansan IV and Patricia R. Pessar. (2006). A Glass Half Full? Gender in Migration Studies, 40(1): 3–26. This introduction to a collection of papers discusses the genealogy and new directions in the study of migration with a focus on gender: works from before 1985 “wrestled with the seemingly … Continue reading Annotation: Donato, Katharine, Donna Gabaccia, Jennifer Holdaway, Martin Manalansan IV and Patricia R. Pessar. (2006). A Glass Half Full? .
Chamberlain, Mary. 2006. Family Love in the Diaspora: Migration and the Anglo-Caribbean Experience. New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers. Using oral histories of migrant African-Carribean families spanning several generations, and residing in the Carribbean and the United Kingdom, Chamberlain tells the “story of emotional attachments and family support network that extends vertically through lineages, horizontally … Continue reading Annotation: Chamberlain, Mary. 2006. Family Love in the Diaspora.
de Sousa Santos, Boaventura. 2006. Globalizations. Theory, Culture & Society, 23: 393-399. The term "global" today refers to the processes and results of globalization. Globalization has two components: descriptive and prescriptive (hegemonic consensus; neoliberal consensus) (393). The idea of globalization as a "spontaneous, automatic, unavoidable and irreversible process," the author argues, must be seen as … Continue reading Annotation: de Sousa Santos, Boaventura. 2006. Globalizations.
Kearney, Michael. 1986. From the Invisible Hand to Visible Feet: Anthropological Studies of Migration and Development. Annual Review of Anthropology,15:331-361. Most anthropological work on migration, Kearney writes, takes the form of “migration and _____” (331). In the case of this article, Kearney pairs migration with development, and provides a comprehensive review of how anthropologists have … Continue reading Annotation: Kearney, Michael. 1986. From the Invisible Hand to Visible Feet
Ho, Christine G. T. 1999. Caribbean Transnationalism as a Gendered Process. Latin American Perspectives, 26(5): 34-54. The author writes that Caribbean transnationalism “rests on the foundation of the family and the careful cultivation of kinship ties” and that it is a “global drama,” whose protagonists are the women. The essay: 1) locates gender within the … Continue reading Annotation: Ho, Christine G. T. 1999. Caribbean Transnationalism as a Gendered Process
Ahmed, Sara, Castaneda, Claudia and Fortier, Anne-Marie (eds). 2003. Uprootings/Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migration. Oxford: Berg Publishers. The collection is a contribution to the growing body of feminist literature on migration that explores the intersectionality of race, class, gender and sexuality, using a range of approaches that include autobiography, fictional narrative, analysis of law … Continue reading Annotation: Ahmed, Sara et al. (2003). Uprootings/Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migration
Jocano, F. Landa. 1998. Filipino Social Organization: Traditional Kinship and Family Organization. Manila: Punlad Research House. Using functionalist arguments, the book argues that the family is the Filipino's “social universe,” and that it is the source of Filipino's activities – from economic support, social status, religion, psychological assistance, to care and security in old age … Continue reading Annotation: Jocano, F. Landa. 1998. Filipino Social Organization