Over the years, Cultural Anthropology has published a number of essays that investigate the social and political complexities of visual representation.
Essays in Cultural Anthropology have sought to make sense of health and illness both at the level of individual experience and perception and at the level of institutionalized systems. Often, the goal is social theoretical analysis of the significance of modern medicine.
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Since its inception, Cultural Anthropology has published a wide range of essays that investigate the production and utilization of history, as well as the history of anthropology as a discipline. Dealing with regions from the Caucasus to Polynesia, and issues ranging from identity formation and museums to narrative and media, much of this collection of essays is united around a concern with how a people construct a specific space and time through their interpretation of the past. For example, see essays by George Marcus (1988), Matti Bunzl (2003), and Christina Schwenkel (2003).
Cultural Anthropology's contribution to studies of the Caucasus represent the emergent nature of understandings with regard to this region. Situated betwixt larger sovereign regions and entities—Russia in the North, Turkey in the South and West, and the greater Near East to the Southeast—the Caucasus has been the subject of imaginary tales, speculation, and shifting alliances. It is in fact a diverse area, split by various peoples, issues, and interests.
Over the years, Cultural Anthropology has published a wide range of essays that deal with the related themes of narrative, discourse, and rhetoric. Addressing subjects as seemingly far-flung as conspiracy theories, folklore, discursive regimes, and the constitution of publics, this body of work investigates the relation between modes of story-telling and the politics of everyday life and interrogates the changing social and technological conditions that mediate linguistic communication.
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.