Author: Stéphane Gros

Lockdown in Nepal: the Corona, a cure for it and the goddess

The spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has deeply affected our lives and given rise to numerous uncertainties and anxieties. This new crisis, along with others such as the ecological crisis and climate change, has affected every corner of the world— the Himalayas included. Anthropology’s past engagement with the various…

Social topologies (3/3) Border(lands)

In two previous posts, I introduced some considerations about the use of topology as a method in anthropology. The first of these presented conceptions of the body in relation to tattooing and the second offered a discussion of the notion of “house” as an analytic category. With this third post,…

Social topologies (2/3). The House

In a previous post I introduced some considerations about the use of topology as a method in anthropology, and briefly presented a first case study about conceptions of the body in the tattooing process among a minority group in Yunnan province, China. In the meantime, this exploration has become a…

New Book: Pastures of Change, by Gillian Tan: Resilient Nomads

  Pastures of Change: Contemporary Adaptations and Transformations among Nomadic Pastoralists of Eastern Tibet, Gillian Tan. Springer International Publishing, 2018 (Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation).   Tan’s latest book can be read along with her engaging In The Circle of White Stones, which offers a rich and lively ethnographic…

Social topologies (1/3). Tattoo interface

As objects of anthropological inquiry, a body, a house, and a territory each pose a similar set of questions in relation to notions of interiority/exteriority; identity/alterity; limit or boundary; and containment. The body, the house, and the territory “locate” these questions on different scales. I will address them through three…