Donald Brenneis

2014–Present
Donald BrenneisBoard of DirectorsMember
2004
Law & Empire in the PacificSAR Press PublicationLaw & Empire in the Pacific: Fiji and Hawai’iFocusing on the intimate relationship between law, culture, and the production of social knowledge, these essays re-center law in social theory. The authors analyze the transition from chiefdom to capitalism, colonizers’ racial and governmental ideologies, land and labor policies, and contemporary efforts to recuperate indigenous culture and assert or maintain indigenous sovereignty. Speaking to Fijian and Hawaiian circumstances, this volume illuminates the role of legal and archival practice in constructing ethnic and political identities and producing colonial and anthropological knowledge.
2001, March 18–22
Advanced SeminarLaw and Empire in the Pacific: Intersections of Culture and LegalityThe seminar explored these intersections in a historical and contemporary context through detailed comparisons of Hawai’i and Fiji: two societies that share many features of social composition and historical experience yet differ in their form of legal colonization.....
1999
Critical Anthropology NowSAR Press PublicationCritical Anthropology Now: Unexpected Contexts, Shifting Constituencies, Changing AgendasBuilding on the legacy of Writing Culture, Critical Anthropology Now vividly represents the changing nature of anthropological research practice, demonstrating how new and more complicated locations of research-from the boardrooms of multinational corporations to the chat rooms of the Internet-are giving rise to shifts in the character of fieldwork and fieldworker.


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