Browsing by Subject "5143 Social and cultural anthropology"

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  • Mikeshin, Igor (2020)
    The article discusses how the history of forced marginality and isolation of the Russian-speaking Evangelical Christians shaped their theology and social ministry. Russian Evangelicalism is a glocal phenomenon. It fully adheres to the universal Evangelical tenets and, at the same time, it is shaped as a socioculturally and linguistically Russian phenomenon. Its russianness is manifested in the construction of the Russian Evangelical narrative, formulated as a response to the cultural and political discourse of the modern Russia and to the Orthodox theology and application, as it is seen by evangelicals. This narrative is constructed with the language of the Synodal Bible in its present-day interpretation. Russian evangelicals are constantly accused of being Western-influenced, proselytizing in the canonical land of the Russian Orthodox Church, and mistreating and misleading people. The article also argues against these accusations, emphasizing the history, hermeneutics, and social ministries of Russian Evangelicalism.
  • Uusihakala, Katja Marikka (Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 2019)
    Studia Fennica Anthropologica
  • Mikeshin, Igor (2016)
    In my paper I discuss alcoholics in the Russian Baptist rehabilitation ministry by comparing them to drug addicts. In the outside world, as well as in the early stages of the rehabilitation program, alcoholics and illicit drug abusers are perceived as different cultural groups. However, during the program, rehabilitants learn Russian Baptist dogma and theology, and soon afterwards the distinction becomes obsolete for them. I address narratives of distinction and the Russian Baptist response to them. Then I reconstruct the Russian Baptist theory of addiction to demonstrate why alcoholism and substance dependence are not regarded as a problem, but rather as consequences of the real problem, which is a life in sin.
  • Green, Sarah Francesca (University of Helsinki, 2016)
    Publications of the Faculty of Social Sciences
    This is a reflection on how a combination of the concept of 'knowledge economy', academic audit of research excellence, and the introduction of the criterion of 'impact' as a measure of research quality, have come together in transforming the practices within, and the purpose of, universities in contemporary Europe.
  • Wasmuth, Melanie (2022)
    The paper exemplifies how the modern semantic field of ‘alterity’ can be turned into a fruitful research approach for Ancient Near Eastern Studies and where ‘deviance’ would be situated in such an approach. I ask how modern terms and concepts that intentionally or unconsciously enter our modern interpretation of ancient sources can be instrumentalised for countering historiographical ‘othering’. The key idea is to turn the modern terms and underlying concepts and connotations into a research tool that facilitates a systematic search for additional direct or circumstantial evidence on the chosen topic, in this case that of ‘a stranger in the house’. The paper has the format of a double note. The first part highlights some general methodological questions and sketches out the research tool via sets of characteristic key questions. The second part provides an application example for illustrating how the different questions change the scope of interpretation of ancient sources. The sample case study is a characteristically underdetermined private legal document from 7th c. Assur concerning a group of Egyptian merchants who are attacked in the house of their host.
  • Green, Sarah (2020)
    Description of ethnography from home in a time of Covid-19 lockdown. The article describes an encounter between the residents of Töölö in Helsinki and an unfolding drama involving swans in Töölö Bay. The aim is to give a sense of what ethnography might mean in a time of lockdown, as well as what home might mean.
  • Honkasalo, Lahja Marja-Liisa (2016)
  • Virtanen, Pirjo Kristiina; Apurina, Francisco; Facundes, Sidney (2021)
    This article looks at what origin stories teach about the world and what kind of material presence they have in Southwestern Amazonia. We examine the ways the Apurina relate to certain nonhuman entities through their origin story, and our theoretical approach is language materiality, as we are interested in material means of mediating traditional stories. Analogous to the ways that speakers of many other languages who distinguish the entities that they talk to or about, the Apurina make use of linguistic resources to establish the ways they interact with different entities. Besides these resources, the material means of mediating stories is a crucial tool to narrate the worlds of humans and nonhumans. Storytelling requires material mediation, and a specific context of plant substances. It also involves community meeting as a space of trust in order to become a communicative practice and effectively introduce the history of the people. Our sources are ethnography, language documentation, and autoethnography.
  • Salmi, Jelena Johanna (2019)
  • Fernandez-Llamazares Onrubia, Alvaro; Garcia, Raquel; Diaz-Riviriego, Isabel; Cabeza-Jaimejuan, Maria Del Mar; Pyhälä, Aili Adelita; Reyes-Garcia, Victoria (2017)
    Existing climate data for Bolivian Amazonia rely on observations from a few sparse weather stations, interpolated on coarse-resolution grids. At the same time, the region hosts numerous indigenous groups with rich knowledge systems that are hitherto untapped in the quest to understand local climate change. Drawing on an empirical dataset of climate change observations by an Amazonian native society, we assess the potential use of indigenous knowledge for complementing available climate data. We find indigenous observations to be robustly associated with local station data for climatic changes over the last five decades. By contrast, there are discrepancies between gridded climate data and both indigenous observations and local station observations. Indigenous knowledge can be instrumental to enhance our understanding of local climate in data-deficient regions. Indigenous observations offer a tool to ground-truth gridded descriptions of climatic changes, thereby making adaptation strategies more robust at local scales. We contend that the use of indigenous knowledge could help to assist the climate interpolation process and address the prevailing uncertainties in local assessments of climate change.
  • Dervin, Fred; Lärarutbildning (L'Harmattan, 2015)
    Logiques sociales
    L’identité est dorénavant un thème central dans les sciences humaines et sociales à travers le monde. Celle-ci pose de nombreux obstacles aux chercheurs qui s’y intéressent, notamment au niveau méthodologique. En effet, comment analyser et traduire la fluidité de l’identité en évitant de figer ses composantes ? Cet ouvrage propose de partir des focus groups pour travailler la question des identités de façon dynamique, réflexive et complexe. Les auteurs décrivent diverses façons d’utiliser les focus groups pour théoriser et étudier l’identité dans différents contextes de recherche (éducation, relations familiales, identité nationale). L’ouvrage intéressera tant les chercheurs que les professeurs et leurs étudiants. Ont collaboré à cet ouvrage : Bruno Bourassa, Andrés Davila Legerén, Sophie Duchesne, Chantal Leclerc, Christian Macé, Ivana Marková, France Picard, Enrique Santamaría et Catherine Sellenet.
  • Sillander, Kenneth; Couderc, Pascal; Swedish School of Social Science Subunit (NIAS press,, 2012)
    NIAS studies in Asian topics
  • Green, Sarah Francesca; Shore, Cris; Wright, Susan; Mihailescu, Vintila; Vargas-Cetina, Gabriela; Ayora-Diaz, Steffan Igor; Heatherington, Tracey; Dalakoglou, Dimitris; Liston, Noelle Mole; Narotzky, Susana; Stacul, Jaro; Welch-Devine, Meredith; Mitchell, Jon P (2016)
  • Khopkar, Sushama A.; Virtanen, Suvi M.; Kulathinal, Sangita (2014)
  • Nitschke, Jessica; Lorenzon, Marta (Springer, 2021)
    SpringerBriefs in Archaeology
  • Lorenzon, Marta (Springer, 2020)
    SpringerBriefs in Archaeology