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D.Phil. Social Anthropology University of Sussex 1977
M.Phil. Social Anthropology University of Sussex 1968
Professor of Social Anthropology
Associate Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas
The anthropology of the body, gender and sexuality
Cultural dimensions of biotechnology
The politics of knowledge, history, and identity in Latin America (particularly Mexico)
The cultural meaning of genetic knowledge: The research analyses the significance of new forms of biological knowledge for cultural conceptions of the person, the individual and the citizen.
Imagining the past the future in the contemporary 'Maya World': The project explores the re-interpretation of the past in South-Eastern Mexico, particularly the Yucatan Peninsula. It examines struggles for the control of new forms of knowledge and the ways in which local and regional identities are being visualised, expressed and repositioned.
Dr. Katerina Georgiadis (with Dr. S. Randall): Migration and Reproduction (funded by the UCL International Institute of Society and Health (2007)
Dr. Sahra Gibbon: Lay expertise in cancer genetics, Wellcome Trust Fellowship (2004-7), ESRC Fellowship (2003-4)
Dr. Sara Skodbo: Biotechnology and Food, ESRC Fellowship (2003-4)
Dr. Tony Watling: Religion and Biotechnology, Wellcome Trust Fellowship (2000-2003)
Current PhD Students
(As first supervisor)
J. Gamlin (ESRC/MRC funded) "Environmental risks to child health: pesticides,reproduction and indigenous knowledge in Nayarit, Mexico (co-supervised with Dr. Terese Hesketh at the Institute of Child Health)
E. Zolla Marquez (CONACYT funded) "Roads, mobility and indigenous territoriality in the Sierre Mixe, Mexico"
N. Tassi AHRC funded "Cultural Production and Social Action in the Bolivian Andes"
R. O'Connell ESRC Funded "The Meaning of Home-based Childcare in an Era of Quality: Childminding in an Inner London Borough and the Encounter with Professionalisation"
E. Kelly ORS & US/NSF funded “The effects and impacts of fair trade policies on coffee growers in Oaxaca , Mexico ”
D. Soothill ESRC Funded "Space, gender and generation in a migrant context in S. Spain"
D. Downing ESRC Funded "GM Food debates in the UK"
E. Panizzo "Predictive genetic knowledge, community and identity"
D. des Jardins UCL Studentship, "Migrant Trafficking and Prostitution in Europe: the case of Italy"
S. Haines (ESRC funded)"The politics of landscape in Latin America"
(As second supervisor)
E. Kampriani Wenner Gren funded, (with R. Littlewood). "Ethics and practices in the cultural management of genetic knowledge and female cancer"
C. Ituarte Lima (with D. Napier) "Negotiating cultural and environmental rights in the Amazon region"
A. Apostolidou Greek State Scholarship, (with C. Stewart) "Coming out in Greece: an ethnography of eloquent silences"
Recent PhD Students
K.Georgiadis (ESRC funded)(with S. Randall) "Low fertility in Athens and London: a comparative study"
S. King (ESRC funded), "Youth Sexuality and Citizenship in Nigeria " (awarded 2005)
S. Skodbo(ESRC funded) "Consuming Biotechnology. Innovation, Regulation and Resistance in the Food Industry - The Case of Norway" (awarded 2003)
S.Gibbon (ESRC funded) "Ethics, Expertise and Legitimacy in the Cultural Context of the New Gentics; The Case of BRCA Genes in Breast Cancer" (awarded 2003)
I-Chun Chen Taiwanese Govt funded, "Nationalism and ethnicity in post-war Taiwan: a Case study of Kavalan ethnic identity" (awarded 2000)
M. Lee Malaysian Govt funded, "Female Transmigration in Southeast Asia: Filipina Domestic helpers in Malaysia" (awarded 2000)
A. Argenti-Pillen "Sharp Tongues: discourses on violence in Udaheenagama, Sri Lanka" (awarded 2000)
T. Watling UCL "Negotiating Religious Pluralism: ecumenical Dialogues in the Netherlands" (awarded 1999)
S. Corben de Romero "Contested Knowledge, Conflictive Morality: HIV/AIDS gender and sexuality in Puebla, Mexico" (awarded 1998)
A. de Oliveria e Silva CnPQ funded "The construction of femininity and the domestic Domain in Brazil" (awarded 1997)
T. Collins ESRC funded "Of moths and candle flames: the aesthetics of Fertility and childbearing in the Northern Areas of Pakistan" (awarded 1996)
And several earlier projects.
Households and public goods in low-income countries (UNU/WIDER) 1997-1998
Changing concepts of the body and reproduction 1990-present
Community and State in Catalunya (with University of Barcelona , British Council) 1988-90
Gender, work and the household 1980-92
Migration and gender relations in Mexico 1978-80
Transformation and change in marginal areas of Europe 1968-77
Present and previous teaching
Critical Issues in Anthropological Theory
Current Issues in the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Anthropological Research Methods
Latin American Ethnography
Kinship and Social Organisation
Gender and Development
Introduction to Social Anthropology