Sites: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies

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New issue available: Sites 14(2) now available

 
Sites 14(2), published in December 2017, opens with the winning essay by Claire Black, winner of the Sites Graduate Student Essay Competition. This is followed by a dialogue on the theory and politics of cosmopolitanism between Nigel Rapport and Brigitte Lewis. This issue also features two other articles that attend to health technologies in the form of patient portals and health apps. Other contributors examine various aspects of identity politics – the perspectives of New Zealand expatriates living in London, and the film representation of a violent episode in New Caledonia’s history. Collective memory work is explored as a methodology with potential for anthropological research, and this issue also offers an examination of the various discourses of toilet training, death notices, and mountain biking. Several book reviews complete the issue.  
Posted: 2017-12-07
 

New issue available: Sites 14(1) Special Issue now available

 
This Special Issue of Sites, ‘Carceral Continuities: Indigenous Peoples and the Colonial Politics of Prisons’, emerges from contributions to the 2016 conference Space, Race, Bodies II: Sovereignty and Migration in a Carceral Age, which combined activist and academic insights to address the nexus between Indigenous sovereignty, criminal justice, and the incarceration of peoples of colour. This collection of essays variously explores these themes within the Australian, Canadian and Aotearoa New Zealand contexts, by focusing on the violent management and regulation of Indigenous life by the settler colonial state. What our contributors reveal is an on-going, multipronged assault on Indigenous sovereignty: whether in public spaces, prisons, or rural Indigenous communities, the supremacy of the state violently reinscribes itself at the expense of Indigenous existence.  
Posted: 2017-12-07
 

News from Sites Editorial Team: Student Essay Competition Winner

 
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 Sites Student Essay Competition is Claire Black, currently studying for her MA in Social Anthropology at the University of Auckland. The title of her winning essay is 'Narrating Agency and Constructing Community: Commonalities and Tensions in Health Technology'. This essay will be published in the 2017 December issue of Sites (Vol 14, No 2).  
Posted: 2017-08-15
 

New issue available: SITES Special Issue Vol 12 No 1 2015

 
'Neoliberal Culture/The Cultures of Neoliberalism: Studies from the Pacific Rim', Sites Vol 12, Issue 1, is a Special Issue edited by Jenny Lawn and Chris Prentice. It opens with a substantial introduction and scholarly review of the theme by the editors. They argue that despite the many disagreements over these key concepts, neoliberalism is sufficiently coherent to be 'an influential force on material life'. The six subsequent articles that comprise this issue trace neoliberal developments in Chile and New Zealand, address diverse remoralisations of market forms in Australia and New Zealand, canvass the complex interplay of neoliberal policies and Indigenous rights; and provide thought-provoking critiques of critiques of neoliberal universities. Issue 12 (1) is available on-line now to subscribers. Sites provides open access after 12 months.  
Posted: 2015-12-24
 

New issue available: General Issue Vol 12 No 2, 2015

 
SITES 12 (2), published November 2015, opens with the prize-winning essay by Hannah Gibson in the first 'SITES Graduate Student Essay Competition'. Hannah canvasses the relative merits of Cyborg Theory and Actor Network Theory in relation to disabled bodies and technology, especially in contexts of inequality. Inequality and place are two key themes running through this General Issue. In relation to bicultural and Māori issues, readers are offered articles on a practical national strategy for addressing racism; how Māori were incorporated ambiguously into National Film Unit documentaries, and ethnographic reflections on ‘dwelling’ in two contemporary rural marae. The issue concludes with two articles on very different aspects of place in New Zealand: one examining challenges around Muslim’s women’s physical activities and identities; the other the experiences of displaced Christchurch aged care residents, post the 2011 earthquakes. A robust set of book reviews rounds out the issue.  
Posted: 2015-11-23
 
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