Category: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Humanities


Fluid Vernacular Architecture —Spatial Ethnograpy in the Rural Area of Southeastern China

After the 1970s, the Chinese rural area has been shaped by two forces. One is from the rural community, which is internal and reflected in the inheritance of traditions and old habits; the other is from outside the community, which is external and manifested in the penetration of urbanization and the intervention of the strong


Constructing a System of Collecting and Studying Source Material for Culture Studies: Focusing on Western and Japanese Studies of Chinese Islam and Culture

Worldwide Chinese Islamic studies are consisted of two schools, “Western” and “Japanese.” I will focus my research “On Western Study on Chinese Islam” and “Chinese Islam in Japanese Study”. This will be a groundbreaking piece of work in Worldwide academia. Western study on Chinese Islam began in the latter half of the 19th century. With


Power Dynamics in Development-Induced Resettlement

The undertaking of resettlement in development projects is often a controversial process that has attracted a lot of debate and activism. Resettlement, often involuntary, results from projects aimed at providing resources such as water, electricity, housing, etc., typically to the masses. The irony of this process, however, is that while it is usually claimed to


The Semiotic of Bangkai-Bangkaian: A Special Space for the Spirit

The major purpose of this paper is to offer a brief ethnographic description of death ritual among the west coast Bajaus in Sabah, by stressing more on matters relating to the preparation of bangkai-bangkaian after burial of a dead person. This cultural artifact is perceived as a resting place or ‘special space’ for the spirit


Tannenbaum Theory of Labeling: Impact Among Juvenile Inmates

Frank Tannenbaum, the “Grandfather of Labelling Theory” suggests that a youth who succumbs to a label may proceed to act as a “criminal” or act as a “delinquent,” abandoning social norms because he or she believes that he or she is a bad person and that this is what bad people are supposed to do.


Palestinian Liberation Theology. Seeking Social Justice through a De-Zionization of the Holy Scriptures

This proposal focuses on the development of a Palestinian Liberation Theology as a consequence to the establishment of the sovereign State of Israel. In particular, the paper examines the ecumenical efforts set forth by Sabeel a liberation theology movement established in 1990 near Jerusalem. This center addresses both the question of promoting an inclusive non-Zionist


Gender Dynamics and the Sacred Space of Goa

Goa, an idyllic state on the West coast of India is dotted with Hindu temples that were created in the ancient times by the village communities popularly known as Gãonkaris. The primacy of the Mother Goddess in the ritual worship is a clear indication that the local community was following the Fertility Cult. The belief