Anthropology

Nutritional psychiatry research: an emerging discipline and its intersection with global urbanization, environmental challenges and the evolutionary mismatch
In 21st-century public health, rapid urbanization and mental health disorders are a growing global concern. The relationship between diet, brain function and the risk of mental disorders has been the subject of intense research in recent years. In this review, we examine some of the potential socioeconomic and environmental challenges detracting from the traditional dietary patterns that might ...


Poisoned Blood, Ghaa, and the Infected Body: Lay Understandings of Arsenicosis in Rural Bangladesh
This article draws on ethnographic data from rural Bangladesh to examine how community members affected by arsenicosis understand, explain, and experience this deadly illness. Biomedically, arsenicosis has been described as a disease caused by drinking arsenic-contaminated water, and it is manifested through physiological complications such as symmetric hyperkeratosis of the palms and soles, ca...
Living with Diabetes: Lay Narratives as Idioms of Distress among the Low-Caste Dalit of Nepal
Among the Dalit community in Nepal, people consistently describe their diabetes in relation to stress caused by social inequality and social marginalization. Drawing on the illness narratives of 30 people from this community, I argue that through linking diabetes with stress as a result of caste-based discrimination, respondents use diabetes as an ‘idiom of distress.’ Respondents report tha...


Le décodage biologique. Diffusion d’une nouvelle médecine non-conventionnelle contre le cancer
De nouvelles médecines alternatives, regroupées sous l’appellation « décodage biologique », reposent sur une conception psychosomatique du cancer. Elles sont apparues en Europe dans les années 1990. Dans une perspective critique, l’article tente de comprendre la diffusion de ces nouvelles thérapies. S’inspirant du travail de D. Fassin sur les réseaux de l’ethnopsychiatrie, il ...
The Unfortunate Sufferer: Discursive Dynamics around Pregnancy Loss in Cameroon
Pregnancy losses are ambiguous affairs in East Cameroon. Childbearing is not always people’s primary aim within their fragile sexual and marital relationships, and it is often unclear to outsiders whether a pregnancy interruption is intended or unintended. Drawing on 15 months of fieldwork, I explore the discursive strategies Gbigbil women deploy while navigating such ambiguities around inter...


The function of loud calls (Hoot Series) in wild western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla)
The use of loud vocal signals to reduce distance among separated social partners is well documented in many species; however, the underlying mechanisms by which the reduction of spacing occurs and how they differ across species remain unclear. Western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) offer an opportunity to investigate these issues because their vocal repertoire includes a loud, long-distance call (i...
Health and disease: Exploring the relation between parasitic infections, child nutrition status, and markets
Research in bioarchaeology and among living people provides insight into the biological and biocultural consequences of subsistence, political, and economic transitions. Central to this effort is examining infectious disease, such as diarrheal disease, respiratory infections, and parasitic infections because they are an important source of nutritional and energetic stress in both past and curre...

Untapped potential: time to rethink European engagement with the Asian Development Bank
This policy brief assesses the operations of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and provides an analysis of the Bank’s relevance for its European member countries today and tomorrow. One important reason for Europe’s 17 member countries to engage with the ADB lies in the Bank’s contributions to a prosperous, stable and more integrated Asia-Pacific. The ADB positively contributes to European...
Time window for cognitive activity involved in emotional processing
From previous studies it is becoming evident that the processing of unpleasant stimuli occurs early (0 to 300 ms); however, it is not clear how cognitive processing related to pleasant/unpleasant emotions occurs at later time windows (>=300 ms). On the other hand, as evident from the previous reports, BIS and BAS personality traits are strongly associated with unpleasant and pleasant responses,...

Justice in Indonesia: The Social Life of a Momentous Concept
In this article we argue that efforts in Indonesia to improve access to justice for the disadvantaged would greatly benefit from a pragmatic approach that takes local circumstances of custom, values and social relations into account at least as much as legal reform and bureaucratic transparency. We maintain that in post-Suharto Indonesia ‘justice’ can be conceptualised as the inverse of inj...
Resisting Commensurability: Against Informed Consent as an Anthropological Virtue
In this article, I examine anthropology's embrace of the informed consent doctrine at the end of the 1990s. Although acknowledging its utility in resolving the tensions between disciplinary ideals of openness in field research and the diverse array of contexts in which anthropologists now work, I argue that it has not been in our best interest to co-opt the concept. Bringing together the prior ...

Making Law: Small-Scale Trade and Corrupt Exceptions at the Vietnam–China Border
In Vietnam's postreform era, the proliferation of profiteering opportunities have, in addition to creating new forms of corruption, transmuted previously prevailing types of corrupt acts in multiple ways across different levels of state–society relations. Everyday corrupt practices have thus become an essential means of economic survival for many. Starting from the metaphorical framing of pet...
Between Land Grabbing and Farmers' Benefits: Land Transfers in West Kalimantan, Indonesia
Rapid growth of oil palm cultivation in West Kalimantan, Indonesia has increased both the pace and size of land transfers from farmers to big companies and city-based investors. This process has been widely conceptualised as ‘top-down land grabbing’ but this perspective largely neglects the agency of the farmers. This paper seeks to shed light on the agency of farmers with respect to how th...
Resistance, Ritual Purification and Mediation: Tracing a Dayak Community's Sixteen-Year Search for Justice in East Kalimantan
In recent discussions on access to justice in Indonesia, little work has been done that illuminates the processes of conflict which inevitably arise in attempts to obtain justice based on informal actions and results, rather than on recourse to institutions. While many scholars and donor agencies tend to create the impression that non-institutional processes of justice-seeking are entirely unpr...
Increasing complexity and the political economy model; a consideration of Iron Age moated sites in Thailand
The evolution of increasingly hierarchical societies in Northeast Thailand has been discussed in the past but the motivating factors for this transformation remain elusive. This paper presents an examination of data from the Bronze and Iron Ages of Northeast Thailand with special reference to sites surrounded by channels and embankments. There continues to be considerable debate over the functi...