The cultural subfield maintains a focus on the material
bases of inequality, analyzed in both local and global contexts, combining
historical and ethnographic approaches. Over the last several years the
cultural subfield has expanded its training in new directions, including
attention to the role of cultural interpretations in the maintenance and
reproduction of power, as well as the role of identity politics, including
nationalism, race/racism, diasporas, and associated "new social movements."
In many of these areas, faculty are working toward a synthesis of political-economic
perspectives with insights provided by literary and cultural studies as
well as interdisciplinary research on space and place (The
Center for Place, Culture, and Politics). The cultural subfield boasts
a strong specialization in urban anthropology, medical anthropology, globalization,
and a long term interest in human-environment relationships. Faculty maintain
research interests in both rural and urban contexts, and in the interaction
between the two. Faculty expertise covers all major geographic areas:
Europe, North, Central, and South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East,
and Oceania, making the program particularly appropriate for students
interested in critical and comparative analyses of transition to democratic
Mary Taylor. 2008. “The Politics of Culture: Folk Critique and Transformation of the State in Hungary.”
Maria Gutierrez. 2007. “All That is Air Turns Solid: The Creation of a Market for Carbon Sinks Under the Kyoto Protocol.”
Andrea Queeley. 2007. “A Dream Derailed? The English-Speaking Caribbean Diaspora in Revolutionary Cuba.”
Julian Brash. 2006. “The Bloomberg Way: Development Politics, Urban Ideology, and Class Transformation in Contemporary New York City.”
David Vine. 2006. “Empire’s Footprint: Expulsion and the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia.”
Ana Aparicio. 2004. "Developing Politics in Quisqueya Heights: Local and National Trajectories of Dominican-American Organizing."
- Kelly McKinney. 2003. "Beyond Care and Control: Therapeutic Interventions for Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma."
for Place, Culture, and Politics
The Center for Place, Culture and Politics
is an interdisciplinary center under the direction of Neil Smith, Distinguished
Professor of Anthropology and Geography, which seeks to provide an intellectual
forum for the discussion of a wide range of vital contemporary issues.
The Center's name and its focus express the fact that at the beginning
of the twenty-first century, questions of space and place have come to
play a crucial role in public culture. Each academic year, a group of
faculty and graduate student fellows from a range of disciplines explore
a specific theme. At a weekly seminar, fellows present their own work
and explore the work of others related to the year's theme. The Center
will also host prominent national and international scholars, who have
done significant work related to the theme, and who will both present
a public lecture and meet with the fellows at their weekly seminar. It
is hoped that the center's work each year will be the backbone of a book
series combining essays by fellows and visitors.