Transnational Americanist Anthropology
A collection of essays about the evolving focus and perspective of anthropologists and the anthropology of North and South America.
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.
Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction (Kathleen S. Fine-Dare and Steven L. Rubenstein) Part I: A New Compass for Americanist Studies 1. Racing Across Borders in the Americas: Anthropological Critique and the Challenge of Transnational Racial Identities (John M. Norvell); 2. The Politics of Knowledge and Identity, and the Poetics of Political Economy: The Truth Value of Dividing Bridges (Linda J. Seligmann); 3. Reinventing Archaeological Heritage: Critical Science in a North/South Perspective (James A. Zeidler) Part II: Transamerican Case Studies Museums: 4. Bodies Unburied, Mummies Displayed: Mourning, Museums, and Identity Politics in the Americas (Kathleen S. Fine-Dare); 5. Crossing Boundaries with Shrunken Heads (Steven L. Rubenstein) Migrations: 6. Local Conflict, Global Forces: Fighting for Public Education in a New York Suburb (Jean N. Scandlyn); 7. El Envio: Remittances, Rights and Associations among Central American Immigrants in Greater Washington, D.C. (Barbara Burton and Sarah Gammage) Indigenous Movements: 8. Global Indigenous Movements: Convergence and Differentiation in the Face of the 21st Century State (Les W. Field); 9. What Can Americanists and Anthropology Learn from the Alliances between Indigenous Peoples and Popular Movements in the Amazon? (Leda Leitao Martins) PART III: Americanist Reflections 10. 'That's Your Hopi Uncle': Ethical Borders in the Field (Enrique Salmon); 11. The Dust Bowl Tango: Looking at South America from the Southern Plains (Peter M. T. McCormick); 12. The Lizard's Dream (Steven L. Rubenstein and Kathleen S. Fine-Dare) Afterword: Post-Fordism and Americanist Anthropology (David L. Nugent) About the Contributors; Index