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James Cuffe joined Abraham Heinemann's group

Action Group 4 OAC

The purpose of this group is to have a peg in the OAC for people to share what they can do, or would suggest can be done to carry on the usefulness of having 5000 anthropologists linked (however protractedly). Essentially Occupy it in the sense of bringing more life and meaning to a space.See More
Nov 24, 2011
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The OAC Press is the publishing arm of the Open Anthropology Cooperative. We solicit work that seeks to advance anthropology by engaging with ideas in innovative ways.
Oct 3, 2011
James Cuffe left a comment for Joanna Lenihan
"howdy lady! its about time you appeared here :)"
Aug 2, 2011
James Cuffe added a discussion to the group Call for Papers

"Beauty" CFP from Journal of International Political Anthropology

Journal of International Political Anthropology www.politicalanthropology.org Call for Papers for the IPA Special Issue Book Series The IPA invites contributions for our upcoming book on the theme of beauty. The central concern is that of beauty and its role in culture, politics, and all realms of human social life. Beauty is to be considered as a central…See More
Jul 28, 2011
James Cuffe left a comment for Cecilia Rubiolo
"welcome to OAC Cécilia, hope you enjoy :)"
Jul 22, 2011
James Cuffe is attending Tom Boland's event

Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilisation at UCC

September 15, 2011 to September 16, 2011
This conference focuses the social pathologies of contemporary civilisation, i.e. on the ways in which contemporary malaises, diseases, illnesses and psycho-somatic syndromes are related to cultural pathologies of the social body and disorders of the collective esprit de corps of contemporary society manifest at the level of individual patients' bodies, and how the social & bodies politic are related to the hegemony of reductive biomedical and individual-psychologistic perspectives. The…See More
Jul 21, 2011
James Cuffe left a comment for agnes horvath
"Hi Agnes! Welcome to OAC. World is getting smaller :)"
Jul 21, 2011
James Cuffe joined Agustin Diz's group

Anthropology of Death

The aim of this group is to open a window towards the discussion of death and its social and cultural implications.
May 17, 2011
James Cuffe joined Marlaine Gray's group

Anthropology of Healing

How do people heal from traumatic events? What roles do narrative, ritual, mythology, etc play in this process?
May 17, 2011
James Cuffe left a comment for Siún Carden
"Or, as Justin said, the OAC..."
May 17, 2011
James Cuffe left a comment for Siún Carden
"Hey, welcome to the all time greatest reason for procrastinating while still feeling like you are doing some good anthropological work :)"
May 17, 2011
James Cuffe left a comment for Paolo Bonari
"Hey Paulo!   are you going to IPA summer school this year?   and welcome to OAC,   james"
May 15, 2011
James Cuffe left a comment for Peter Kearney
"Hey Peter,   hope you enjoy the OAC, i will warn you though that it is a fantastic way to procrastinate with so many different groups to chat and debate with!   james"
May 15, 2011
James Cuffe posted an event

Argonautica - Camino de Santiago at Northern Spain

July 12, 2011 to July 31, 2011
The International Journal of Political Anthropology invite participants to join us on our undertaking of the Camino de Santiago.For any anthropologists (and others) with an interest in religion, pilgrimage or even in just undertaking a personal intellectual journey join us on this immensely popular route across northern Spain. Full details available for…See More
May 15, 2011
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Jan 1, 2011
James Cuffe joined Vitor Emanuel Ribeiro Teixeira's group

Call for Papers

There are many anthropology journals. Unfortunately, not all of them are read or heard of equally! This is a group for posting call-for-papers for all known and unknown journals, promoting the OAC's spirit of international cooperation.
Dec 20, 2010

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James Cuffe
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Department of Sociology UCC & Irish Institute of Chinese Studies


I am writing for my doctoral thesis on urban change and media in China. I want to highlight the need for a theoretical reorientation that can overcome Western dichotomies of individual/society object/subject etc. In my research I want to show that many (though not all) approaches to the study of contemporary China lead to contradictory conclusions from prevailing theories of a neo-Marxist or New Institutionalism persuasion.

In reminiscence of the words of Tambiah ‘there is a world of difference between establishing a one-to-one correspondence between a concept or practice in another culture and one in our own, and mapping a phenomenon in another culture onto one of our own’[123: 1990]. This leads to the question of comparability and commensurability. What interests me here specifically is the diffusion of technologies (that inherently hold a social force) and how those technologies that are utilised under different sociocultural systems from the originating system.  So I hope to stretch our understanding to accommodate China and Chinese media rather than stretching China to accommodate our theoretical underpinnings. Please get in touch if you see some relevance here to your own research.



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