Anthropologists are concerned with their own society, but only as one among many. When anthropology seeks to understand economics, politics, religion, violence, child-rearing or art, it aims eventually at a broad comparative knowledge which does not assume that the contemporary Western expressions are the most important, or even the most revealing, in the quest for an understanding of human cultures and societies.
In fact, anthropologists have been led to examine in detail societies which are very different from their own, where ideas about beauty, morality, authority and dignity vary markedly from those with which they are familiar.
- Antje Missbach’s most recent research on asylum seekers in Indonesia has just appeared as CILIS Policy Paper 12. Entitled ‘Sentencing People-Smuggling Offenders in Indonesia’, it examines the sanctions applicable to people smuggling after it was defined for the first time as a criminal offence in Indonesia, in May 2011. Based on a sample of Indonesian ... Read more
- We congratulate our colleague Sara Niner for her new publication ‘Women and the Politics of Gender in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste’. This book presents a wide-ranging overview of the position of women in Timor-Leste, 15 years after the country secured its independence. It considers the role of women in Timor-Leste’s history, explores their role in the present day economy ... Read more
- We would like to congratulate our Birgit Braeuchler, who just received the Ernst-Otto-Czempiel Award for her recent book ‘The cultural dimension of peace’. Ernst Otto Czempiel is an important figure in the field of peace studies and international relations and was among the key figures behind the establishment of the largest institue for peace research in ... Read more