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A Nation on the Line

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ISBN: 9780822370475 9780822371984 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101012
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A NATION ON THE LINE is an ethnographic study of the call center industry in the Philippines and of its workforce composed of young, largely college-educated Filipinos. Padios merges several lines of inquiry about Pacific transnationalism, about the role of affective labor in global markets, and about critique of Filipino exploitation by the United States through economic and military power since independence-- in order to consider how post-colonial and post-industrial changes in the Philippines’ role in global capitalism and culture are brought to bear in everyday life. Padios argues that the call center industry serves as a rich case-study for how Filipinos work within hegemonic dynamics of relational service and an understanding of American consumer culture in ways that figure Filipinos' sense of identity and aspirations at the national and individual levels.

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Cooking Data

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ISBN: 9780822370741 9780822371823 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101006
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COOKING DATA is an ethnographic study of how demographic data is collected, handled, processed, and manipulated by fieldworkers, researchers, policymakers, and NGOs in Malawi and internationally. Crystal Biruk’s fieldwork with people at all levels of major survey projects explores how survey-based research projects call truths about the populations they work with into being, transforming data from answers to survey questions into statistics that appear self-evidently true. Beginning with the assumption that clean data is a myth, Biruk uncovers the hidden relationships between the knowledge work that produces data and its value to various audiences. Specifically, her work considers how health-related data have become financially valuable both to NGOs and to the young Malawians who work as data collectors and, later, supervisors--and how the commodification of health information intersects with local social worlds.

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Negro Soy Yo

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ISBN: 9780822359852 9780822374954 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103407
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In Negro Soy Yo Marc D. Perry explores Cuba’s hip hop movement as a window into the racial complexities of the island’s ongoing transition from revolutionary socialism toward free-market capitalism. Centering on the music and lives of black-identified raperos (rappers), Perry examines the ways these young artists craft notions of black Cuban identity and racial citizenship, along with calls for racial justice, at the fraught confluence of growing Afro-Cuban marginalization and long held perceptions of Cuba as a non-racial nation. Situating hip hop within a long history of Cuban racial politics, Perry discusses the artistic and cultural exchanges between raperos and North American rappers and activists, and their relationships with older Afro-Cuban intellectuals and African American political exiles. He also examines critiques of Cuban patriarchy by female raperos, the competing rise of reggaetón, as well as state efforts to incorporate hip hop into its cultural institutions.

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Anthropology

Being and Hearing

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Book Series: Malinowski Monographs ISBN: 9780999157039 Year: Language: English
Publisher: HAU Books Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101693
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"How do deaf people in different societies perceive and conceive the world around them? Drawing on three years of anthropological fieldwork in Nepali deaf communities, Being and Hearing shows how questions of cultural difference are profoundly shaped by local habits of perception. Beginning with the premise that philosophy and cultural intuition are separated only by genre and pedigree, Peter Graif argues that Nepali deaf communities—in their social sensibilities, political projects, and aesthetics of expression—present innovative answers to the very old question of what it means to be different. From pranks and protests, to diverse acts of love and resistance, to renewed distinctions between material and immaterial, deaf communities in Nepal have crafted ways to foreground the habits of perception that shape both their own experiences and how they are experienced by the hearing people around them.

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Pop City

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ISBN: 9781501730719 9781501730733 9781501730740 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Cornell University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103128
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This book examines how Korean television dramas and K-pop music are employed to promote urban and rural regions within South Korea to overseas tourists. Riding the international popularity of Korean entertainment, Korean cities have actively used K-dramas and K-pop idols in advertisements designed to attract foreign tourists to their regions. By examining the process of cultural marketing, this book shows that places can be “sold” just like TV dramas and pop idols by promoting spectacular images rather than substantial physical and cultural qualities.

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Intimate Japan

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ISBN: 9780824876685 9780824882440 9780824882457 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102960
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In contemporary Japan, as the Japanese population ages, the low birth rate shrinks the population, and decades of recession radically restructure labor markets' intimate relationships, norms, and ideals are concurrently shifting. This volume explores a broad range of intimate practices in Japan in the first decades of the 2000s to trace how social change is manifests through deeply personal choices. From young people making decisions about birth control to spouses struggling to connect with each other, parents worrying about stigma faced by their adopted children, and queer people creating new terms to express their identifications, Japanese intimacies are commanding a surprising amount of attention, both within and beyond Japan. With ethnographic analysis focused on how intimacy is imagined, enacted, and discussed, the volume offers rich and complex portraits of how people balance personal desires with feasible possibilities and shifting social norms.

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Anthropology

Gesture and Power

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ISBN: 9780822360209 9780822374848 Year: Pages: 312 Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103403
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In Gesture and Power Yolanda Covington-Ward examines the everyday embodied practices and performances of the BisiKongo people of the lower Congo to show how their gestures, dances, and spirituality are critical in mobilizing social and political action. Conceiving of the body as the center of analysis, a catalyst for social action, and as a conduit for the social construction of reality, Covington-Ward focuses on specific flashpoints in the last ninety years of Congo's troubled history, when embodied performance was used to stake political claims, foster dissent, and enforce power. In the 1920s Simon Kimbangu started a Christian prophetic movement based on spirit-induced trembling, which swept through the lower Congo, subverting Belgian colonial authority. Following independence, dictator Mobutu Sese Seko required citizens to dance and sing nationalist songs daily as a means of maintaining political control.

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Bodies as Evidence

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Book Series: Global Insecurities ISBN: 9781478001690 9781478004301 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102077
Subject: Anthropology
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From biometrics to predictive policing, contemporary security relies on sophisticated scientific evidence-gathering and knowledge-making focused on the human body. Bringing together new anthropological perspectives on the complexities of security in the present moment, the contributors to Bodies as Evidence reveal how bodies have become critical sources of evidence that is organized and deployed to classify, recognize, and manage human life. Through global case studies that explore biometric identification, border control, forensics, predictive policing, and counterterrorism, the contributors show how security discourses and practices that target the body contribute to new configurations of knowledge and power. At the same time, margins of error, unreliable technologies, and a growing suspicion of scientific evidence in a “post-truth” era contribute to growing insecurity, especially among marginalized populations.

The Neganthropocene

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Book Series: CCC2 Irreversibility ISBN: 9781785420481 9781785420498 Year: Pages: 349 Language: English
Publisher: Open Humanities Press
Subject: Anthropology
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In the essays and lectures here titled Neganthropocene, Stiegler opens an entirely new front moving beyond the dead-end “banality” of the Anthropocene. Stiegler stakes out a battleplan to proceed beyond, indeed shrugging off, the fulfillment of nihilism that the era of climate chaos ushers in.

Expressions of Austronesian Thought and Emotions

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ISBN: 9781760461911 Year: Pages: 210 DOI: 10.22459/EATE.04.2018 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Ethnology --- Linguistics --- Medicine (General) --- Languages and Literatures
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This collection of papers is the seventh volume in the Comparative Austronesian series. The papers in this volume focus on societies from Sumatra to Melanesia and examine the expression and patterning of Austronesian thought and emotions.

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