Historically, anthropological texts that spoke of children and youth did so through the lens of cultural development—the ways in which culture is transmitted to younger people— and included discussions about: rites of passage, the development of gender roles, liminality and the transition from childhood into adulthood in various societies. These articles served to inform an anthropological understanding of specific and general life stages to account for the role of youth in a given culture.
Contributors to Cultural Anthropology have long been pioneers in their approaches to regional concerns; this is no different for our authors whose work has focused on the wider Middle East. While it is arguably the case that a popular conception of the Middle East is one of a region embroiled in a politics of destruction and of violence, a number of our essays demonstrate the contrary by examining dimensions of creativity and artistry in the region.
Cultural Anthropology has a twenty-year history of publishing a diversity of approaches to the wider Middle East—from North Africa to Iran to Turkey. The earliest contribution in CA’s tradition is Paul Dresch’s essay “The Flowering of Segmentation” (1988). In that pioneering essay, Dresch traces a genealogy of the idiom of ‘segmentation’ emergent from the landmark work of orientalist and religious scholar William Robertson Smith in order to evaluate the transcultural mobilization and refraction of anthropology’s conceptual instruments.
Flexible Citizenship in Dubai: Neoliberal Subjectivity in the Emerging 'City-Corporation'
THEORIES OF CULTURE
Indigenous Cosmopilitics in the Andes: Conceptual Reflections Beyond 'Politics'
Marisol de la Cadena
Cultural Anthropology May 2010, Vol. 25, No. 2:334-370
Cosmopolitanism, Remediation, and the Ghost World of Bollywood
For over twenty years, Cultural Anthropology has published a wide range of essays in which its authors approach the practices of voting, elections, and democratic institutions in innovative ways.
Suicide, Risk, and Investment in the Heart of the African Miracle
Cultural Anthropology Nov. 2009, Vol. 24, No. 4: 652-680
Cultural Anthropology has published a number of essays in which violence is a central theme. Some of these essays highlight how everyday life is organized around violent practices and local images of violence. See, for example, Danny Hoffman’s “The City as Barracks” (2007) and Bruce Grant’s “The Good Russian Prisoner” (2005). Other essays examine the role of media in cultural productions of violence. See, for example, Charles L. Briggs’s “Mediating Infanticide” (2007) and Anne Allison’s “Cyborg Violence” (2001).