Joshua Berson

Historian and Anthropologist, Philadelphia

Junior Visiting Fellow
(October 2009 – March 2010)

Project:

The Ethnographic Production of Cultural/Spiritual Value

How have anthropologists fashioned categories of experience for communities encountered in the field? How have source communities appropriated these categories in pursuit of cultural revitalization? How have publics from socially dominant cultural spheres used categories such as shamanism and totemism to evoke a genre of spiritual capital consistent with secularism? Drawing on past work on linguistic ethnography in Australia, I examine the ethnographic production of cultural/spiritual value in northern Asia since c.1830.