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  • The institutionalization of human rights and its discontents: A world cultural perspective 

    Elliott, Michael A. (Sage Publications, 2014-07-16)
    A recurring theme in the sociology of human rights is the vast decoupling that exists between the formal codification of these rights in principle and their implementation in practice, fueling much debate about the ...
  • Diffusion and decoupling in the world heritage movement: exploring global/local tensions in Africa 

    Elliott, Michael A.; Schmutz, Vaughn (Taylor & Francis, 2016-06-16)
    A common critique of world society theory is that it overemphasises processes of institutional expansion and isomorphism, and underemphasises instances of decoupling and local variation. We address this concern head-on ...
  • Tourism and sustainability in the evaluation of World Heritage sites, 1980-2010 

    Elliott, Michael A.; Schmutz, Vaughn (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2016-03-10)
    At present, there are myriad concerns about tourism and sustainability at cultural and natural world heritage sites. Based on an analysis of 811 evaluations written between 1980 and 2010 by two official advisory bodies to ...
  • World heritage and the scientific consecration of ‘outstanding universal value’ 

    Elliott, Michael A.; Schmutz, Vaughn (Sage Publications, 2017-04-25)
    Since World War II, the world heritage movement generated widespread support for preserving various sites of natural and cultural significance deemed to have outstanding universal value (OUV) for humanity. While the ...
  • Rationalized authenticity and the transnational spread of intangible cultural heritage 

    Elliott, Michael A.; DeSoucey, Michaela; Schmutz, Vaughn (Elsevier, 2019-08)
    The 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was adopted by UNESCO to enshrine and preserve exemplars of the intangible heritage of humanity – practices, traditions, and cultural expressions ...
  • Civic Engagement and Gentrification Issues in Metropolitan Baltimore 

    Durington, Matthew Slover; Maddox, Camee; Ruhf, Adrienne; Gass, Shana; Schwermer, Justin (Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, 2009)
    Since the fall of 2006 a number of Towson University students concentrating in the discipline of anthropology have been part of a civic engagement and service-learning project focusing on an historic African-American ...
  • Teaching Baltimore Together: Building Thematic Cooperation Between Classes 

    Collins, Samuel Gerald; Durington, Matthew Slover; Fabricant, Nicole (Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, 2017-05-17)
    One year ago, Baltimore citizens took to the streets to protest not only the death of Freddie Grey, but the structural inequalities and structural violence that systematically limit the opportunities for working-class ...
  • Suburban Fear, Media and Gated Communities in Durban, South Africa 

    Durington, Matthew Slover (Taylor & Francis, 2009)
    A disjuncture between the reality of crime and its perception has created a culture of fear within South Africa that bolsters gated community development and an accompanying fear industry that supports media, private ...
  • Moral Panics in Suburban Texas 

    Durington, Matthew Slover (EASA Media Anthropology Network, 2007-03-06)
    This paper details portions of an ethnographic study of a moral panic that surrounded the heroin overdose deaths of several teenagers in the American suburb of Plano, Texas. Media ethnography engages numerous individuals ...
  • Anthropology By the Wire 

    Durington, Matthew Slover; Collins, Samuel Gerald (2012)
    Anthropology by the Wire is a multi-media research project on urban and visual anthropology in Baltimore that is part of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates grant at Towson University. In ...
  • Teaching Somewhat Serious Games 

    Durington, Matthew Slover (American Anthropological Association, 2017-11)
    Durington writes, "I am biased to the awkward moments in ethnography when anthropologists are put into sticky situations and ethical dilemmas. These moments are often the crux of fieldwork and their successful navigation ...
  • "The Anthropology of Media" and "Media Worlds: Anthropology on New Terrain" 

    Durington, Matthew Slover (American Ethnological Society, 2004-02)
    Book reviews of "Media Worlds: Anthropology on New Terrain". Faye D. Ginsburg, Lila Abu‐Lughod, and Brian Larkin, eds. Berkeley: University of California Press and "The Anthropology of Media: A Reader". Kelly Askew and ...
  • The Ethnographic Semiotics of a Suburban Moral Panic 

    Durington, Matthew Slover (Taylor & Francis, 2007)
    This article describes Worth’s notion of ethnographic semiotics as part of an overall strategy employing the anthropology of visual communication in ethnographic research focused on media portrayals of a suburban community ...
  • Principles of visual anthropology, review 

    Durington, Matthew Slover (Wiley Blackwell, 1997-03)
    The importance of the original publication in 1975 of Paul Hockings' Principles of Visual Anthropology cannot be underestimated. Along with Karl Heider's Ethnographic Film (1976), Hockings' collection is regarded by people ...
  • Dead birds: review 

    Durington, Matthew Slover (Wiley Blackwell, 2006-09)
    Robert Gardner’s many contributions to ethnographic documentary film production are undeniable and problematic. The historical and critical discussions that have surrounded Robert Gardner, and Dead Birds in particular, are ...
  • John Marshall's Kalahari family 

    Durington, Matthew Slover (American Anthropological Association, 2004)
    Throughout his career and through his films, John Marshall has embodied many representational debates in anthropology and ethnographic media production. With "A Kalahari Family," Marshall has provided his most reflexive ...
  • Gated communities: perspectives on privatized spaces: review essay 

    Durington, Matthew Slover (Wiley, 2011-01)
    Private Cities: Global and Local Perspectives (2006) and Gated Communities (2006) continue a trend in urban studies that focus on recent manifestations of these developments in a variety of global locales. As the editors ...
  • Introduction 

    Durington, Matthew Slover; Green, Lesley J. F. (Modern Language Association, 2007)
    The articles collected for this issue of Critical Arts provide a number of different entrées into the practice of media anthropology while remaining true to the origins of this particular journal by providing a space where ...
  • Introduction: the stakes of whiteness studies 

    Durington, Matthew Slover (Wiley Blackwell, 2009-04)
    An introduction to a series of essays about racism and whiteness in the U.S. Included are information on anthropology's contribution to critical whiteness studies, the complexity by which whiteness in its various manifestations ...
  • Conference review: AnthropologyCon 2017 

    Collins, Samuel Gerald; Durington, Matthew Slover; Gonzalez-Tennant, Edward; Lorenc, Marc; Mizer, Nick (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018)
    AnthropologyCon 2017 transpired across multiple sites at the annual American Anthropology Association meeting in Washington, DC. The first event included a workshop on “Anthropology of/through Games” on Thursday afternoon, ...

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