Annotation: Pisters, Patricia and Wim Staat. 2005. Shooting the Family

Pisters, Patricia and Wim Staat. 2005. Shooting the Family: Transnational Media and Intercultural Values. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press. (Introduction and Chapter 12 by Patricia Pisters) The anthology discusses how different types of filmic media (the authors themselves use the broader term “visual media”) – film, documentaries, TV series, videos – (re)present the contemporary family, … Continue reading Annotation: Pisters, Patricia and Wim Staat. 2005. Shooting the Family

Annotation: Pratt, Geraldine. 2012. Families Apart

Pratt, Geraldine. 2012. Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Based on long-term activist research with the Philippine Women Center-BC, the book follows a feminist and postcolonial framework to argue against the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) in Canada, which is often promoted with a neoliberal framing … Continue reading Annotation: Pratt, Geraldine. 2012. Families Apart

Annotation: Roach, Joseph. 1996. Cities of the Dead

Roach, Joseph. 1996. Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance. Roach uses the term “circum-Atlantic world" to denote a vast “behavioral vortex” (30), in which various spectacles of cultural surrogation can be observed. More specifically, he studies London and New Orleans as spaces for both encounter and exchange, and is interested in the “restless migrations” (xii) … Continue reading Annotation: Roach, Joseph. 1996. Cities of the Dead

Annotation: Marcus, George E. 1998. Ethnography Through Thick and Thin

Marcus, George E. 1998. Ethnography Through Thick and Thin. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Multi-sited research (MSR) is “designed around chains, paths, threads, conjunctions, or juxtapositions of locations in which the ethnographer establishes some form of literal, physical presence, with an explicit, posited logic of association or connection among sites that in fact defines the … Continue reading Annotation: Marcus, George E. 1998. Ethnography Through Thick and Thin

Annotation: Bestor, Theodore. 2001. Supply-Side Sushi

Bestor, Theodore. 2001. Supply-Side Sushi: Commodity, Market, and the Global City. American Anthropologist, 103(1):76-95. The author takes an urban studies approach by looking at the seafood trade in the Tsukiji Seafood Market as a place that commands and reconfigures spatial and temporal flows of capital, culture and labour relations. Centering on bluefin tuna as a … Continue reading Annotation: Bestor, Theodore. 2001. Supply-Side Sushi