Commentary and speculation after this election have focused on voters’ motives and emotional states, and, especially in the day or two after the result, why experts didn’t know in advance how this would turn out. Why did public opinion polling skew the way it did? What does this teach us about voting and its psychological and social dimensions? These questions …
The Institutions of Meaning: A Defense of Anthropological Holism
by Vincent Descombes
translated by Stephen Adam Schwartz. Harvard University Press, 2014. 392 pp.
How is what is “in” our minds, as thought, also something that we share, communicate, and can understand? This question, however posed, must be fundamental for any anthropological approach to mental life. In the course of …
The Metamorphoses of Kinship
By Maurice Godelier
Translated by Nora Scott. London: Verso. 615pp. + index. US$49.95 / £30.00 (hardcover)
Maurice Godelier opens his magisterial tour of the “universe of kinship” with the observation that formal anthropological kinship theory has long been left for dead. What follows is a dazzling analysis that revisits ethnographic data on marriage, descent, siblinghood, …
Review of Claude Levi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory, by Patrick Wilcken.
The Penguin Press, 2010. 416 pages. $29.95 (hardcover).
Leo Coleman (The Ohio State University)
At a wedding I recently attended, one of the toasts included reference to a set of life-resolutions the bride had made with her high-school friends: To travel abroad, to learn another language, and …
Veins of Devotion: Blood Donation and Religious Experience in North India.
Rutgers University Press, 2008.
Reviewed by Leo Coleman (Ohio State University)
Jacob Copeman’s Veins of Devotion: Blood Donation and Religious Experience in North India explores contemporary anthropological themes of technological imaginaries, biomedical exchange, and changing local meanings of self and substance in a study of how …