Border Crossings: Transnational Americanist Anthropology

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Overview

For anthropologists and social scientists working in North and South America, the past few decades have brought considerable change as issues such as repatriation, cultural jurisdiction, and revitalization movements have swept across the hemisphere. Today scholars are rethinking both how and why they study culture as they gain a new appreciation for the impact they have on the people they study. Key to this reassessment of the social sciences is a rethinking of the concept of borders: not only between cultures and nations but between disciplines such as archaeology and cultural anthropology, between past and present, and between anthropologists and indigenous peoples.
Border Crossings is a collection of fourteen essays about the evolving focus and perspective of anthropologists and the anthropology of North and South America over the past two decades. For a growing number of researchers, the realities of working in the Americas have changed the distinctions between being a “Latin,” “North,” or “Native” Americanist as these researchers turn their interests and expertise simultaneously homeward and out across the globe.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Anthropological Research
The essays in Border Crossings provide valuable insights into some of the greatest challenges faced by contemporary Americanist anthropologists. It is certain to stimulate conversations among professional anthroplogists and graduate students going to/from the field.—Robert V. Kemper, Journal of Anthropological Research

— Robert V. Kemper

Museum Anthropology
Rather than privileging one side of the pendulum, this collection of essays combines reflexivity and practicality, constructivism and positivism, macro and local scales of analysis. The reader is given a new appreciation for not only the mission of Americanist anthropology, but also the tremendous potential and critical importance of embracing a genuine transnational approach to the Americas.—Kathleen Pickering Sherman, Museum Anthropology

— Kathleen Pickering Sherman

Anthropos
In this interesting volume Fine-Dare and Rubinstein have assembled a collection of articles on indigeneity that critically examine how and by whom borders, especially the borders of anthropology’s traditional area-studies approach, are created, crossed, challenged, and built anew in the Americas.—Frances Rothstein, Anthropos

— Frances Rothstein

Museum Anthropology - Kathleen Pickering Sherman
"Rather than privileging one side of the pendulum, this collection of essays combines reflexivity and practicality, constructivism and positivism, macro and local scales of analysis. The reader is given a new appreciation for not only the mission of Americanist anthropology, but also the tremendous potential and critical importance of embracing a genuine transnational approach to the Americas."—Kathleen Pickering Sherman, Museum Anthropology
Journal of Anthropological Research - Robert V. Kemper
"The essays in Border Crossings provide valuable insights into some of the greatest challenges faced by contemporary Americanist anthropologists. It is certain to stimulate conversations among professional anthroplogists and graduate students going to/from the field."—Robert V. Kemper, Journal of Anthropological Research
Anthropos - Frances Rothstein
"In this interesting volume Fine-Dare and Rubinstein have assembled a collection of articles on indigeneity that critically examine how and by whom borders, especially the borders of anthropology’s traditional area-studies approach, are created, crossed, challenged, and built anew in the Americas." —Frances Rothstein, Anthropos
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803210868
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen S. Fine-Dare is a professor of anthropology and gender/women’s studies and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She is the author of Grave Injustice: The American Indian Repatriation Movement and NAGPRA (Nebraska 2002). Steven L. Rubenstein (1962-2012) was the director of the Research Institute of Latin American Studies and a reader in Latin American anthropology in the School of Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of Alejandro Tsakimp: A Shuar Healer in the Margins of History (Nebraska 2002). Contributors: Barbara Burton, Les W. Field, Kathleen S. Fine-Dare, Sarah Gammage, Lêda Leitão Martins, Peter McCormick, John M. Norvell, David L. Nugent, Steven L. Rubenstein, Enrique Salmón, Jean N. Scandlyn, Linda J. Seligmann, and James A. Zeidler

 

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