The Guardian-Of-The-Faithful Community of Mea Shearim
Author: Daniël Meijers
An anthropologist's view on Hasidic life in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem. Unlike most studies, this focuses on daily life in an isolated, ascetic community. Not only does the author discuss ideas, but he also deals with such topics as community organisation, social control, religious and political leadership, and attitudes towards the outside world.
Proceedings of the Conference, Leiden, 13-17 October 1997
Author: Jelle Miedema
The Bird's Head Peninsula of Irian Jaya has long been an area neglected by New Guinea Studies. Only in the late seventies, interest began to focus more intensively on this scientifically important border area between Austronesian and Papuan languages and cultures. In the early nineties, this led to the creation in The Netherlands of the Irian Jaya Studies programme ISIR, which organizes and coordinates multi-disciplinary research on the Bird's Head Peninsula. Within this framework, study of the peninsula has reached a peak, with research being conducted in the area by scientists from different disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, (ethno)botany, demography, development administration, geology and linguistics. These perspectives were presented during the First International Conference Perspectives on the Bird's Head of Irian Jaya, Indonesia, organized by ISIR in cooperation with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences LIPI (Jakarta) and the International Institute for Asian Studies IIAS (Leiden) and held at Leiden University, 13-17 October 1997. Researchers were informed on current perspectives in many disciplines to facilitate integration of findings into wider, interdisciplinary frameworks and to stimulate international debate within and between disciplines. As a result of the Conference, the forty-two contributions in these Proceedings present a wealth of recent developments from various disciplines in New Guinea Studies.
Author: Victor T. King,William D. Wilder
Publisher: Psychology Press
This is a comprehensive introduction to the social and cultural anthropology of South-East Asia. It provides an overview of the major theoretical issues and themes which have emerged from the engagement of anthropologists with South-East Asian communities; a succinct historical survey and analysis of the peoples and cultures of the region. Most importantly the volume reveals the vitally important role which the study of the area has occupied in the development of the concepts and methods of anthropology: from the perspectives of Edmund Leach to Clifford Geertz, Maurice Freedman to Claude Levi-Strauss; Lauriston Sharp to Melford Spiro.
Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford
Art of Indonesia's Outer Islands
Author: Paul Michael Taylor,Lorraine V. Aragon,Annamarie L. Rice
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated
A Bibliographic Survey
Author: G. W. Trompf
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Religions of Melanesia is the first comprehensive annotated bibliography of religious life in a region that boasts over one-quarter of the world's distinct religions.
Author: Ada Rapoport-Albert
Publisher: Littman Library of Jewish
Hasidism has been a seminal force and a source of controversy in the Jewish world since its inception in the second half of the eighteenth century. Indeed, almost every ideological trend that has made itself felt among Jews since that time - from Zionism and Orthodoxy to contemporary Jewish feminism and movements within the yeshiva world - has claimed to have derived some inspiration from this vibrant movement. While this is sure testimony to its vitality and originality, it has also given rise to many misconceptions as to what Hasidism is about. This collection of twenty-eight essays offers a comprehensive treatment of the subject.
A Selective Bibliography of Books in Humanities/social Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota
Author: John M. Weeks,Martha L. Brogan
Author: Patrick E. de Josselin de Jong,Eric G. Schwimmer
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Category: Anthropologie - Recherche - Pays-Bas
Author: Dirk Teljeur
Publisher: Koninklyk Instituut Voor Taal Land
Category: Social Science
Witchcraft and Doubt on an Indonesian Island
Author: Nils Bubandt
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Category: Social Science
The Empty Seashell explores what it is like to live in a world where cannibal witches are undeniably real, yet too ephemeral and contradictory to be an object of belief. In a book based on more than three years of fieldwork between 1991 and 2011, Nils Bubandt argues that cannibal witches for people in the coastal, and predominantly Christian, community of Buli in the Indonesian province of North Maluku are both corporeally real and fundamentally unknowable. Witches (known as gua in the Buli language or as suanggi in regional Malay) appear to be ordinary humans but sometimes, especially at night, they take other forms and attack people in order to kill them and eat their livers. They are seemingly everywhere and nowhere at the same time. The reality of gua, therefore, can never be pinned down. The title of the book comes from the empty nautilus shells that regularly drift ashore around Buli village. Convention has it that if you find a live nautilus, you are a gua. Like the empty shells, witchcraft always seems to recede from experience. Bubandt begins the book by recounting his own confusion and frustration in coming to terms with the contradictory and inaccessible nature of witchcraft realities in Buli. A detailed ethnography of the encompassing inaccessibility of Buli witchcraft leads him to the conclusion that much of the anthropological literature, which views witchcraft as a system of beliefs with genuine explanatory power, is off the mark. Witchcraft for the Buli people doesn't explain anything. In fact, it does the opposite: it confuses, obfuscates, and frustrates. Drawing upon Jacques Derrida’s concept of aporia—an interminable experience that remains continuously in doubt—Bubandt suggests the need to take seriously people’s experiential and epistemological doubts about witchcraft, and outlines, by extension, a novel way of thinking about witchcraft and its relation to modernity.
Essays in Symbolic Anthropology in Honour of Reimar Schefold
Author: P. Nas,Gerard Persoon,Rivke Jaffe
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Category: Social Science
Ritual language, wild and domestic animals, and objects of material culture like houses, palaces, and works of art, are often loaded with symbolic meaning. ‘Reading the landscape’, or giving meaning to the natural environment, is a cultural act as well, and one must discover what mountains, coastlines, and islands mean to different groups of people. In this book, written on the occasion of Professor Reimar Schefold’s retirement from the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Leiden University, colleagues and former students from the Netherlands and abroad demonstrate the variety and wealth of the field of symbolic anthropology. The regional focus of the book is Indonesia. The studies presented range from small island communities in western, northern, and eastern Indonesia to urban settlements in Java and Sumatra. All the contributions are in one way or another related to Reimar Schefold’s work over the past thirty-five years, work that includes extensive studies on material culture, rituals, and the use of symbols in the expression of ethnicity among the various cultural groups of Indonesia.
perspectives on Indonesian culture : essays in honour of Professor P.E. de Josselin de Jong
Author: H. J. M. Claessen,Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (Netherlands)
Publisher: I C G Pubns Bv
anthropological essays on hierarchy
Author: Robert Harrison Barnes,Daniel de Coppet,R. J. Parkin
Category: Social status
Author: P. Nas
Publisher: KITLV Press
This book combines the work of 21 authors from East and West, some of whom are residents of Jakarta and all of whom have studied there. The subjects they deal with range from conditions in VOC Batavia to particular national or ethnic communities to administrative developments. Consideration is also given to demography and urban morphology, environmental problems, traffic, floods, and ritual. Essays discuss the colonial period, recent history, and the present, drawing comparisons between the periods. Contributors include scholars in history, physics, geography, archeology, anthropology, language, sociology, and psychology. The book is distributed in the US by The Book Bin-Pacifica. c. Book News Inc.