Research Lines of the Social and Cultural Anthropology Department

Adoptions, families, children  

AFIN is a line and research group that contributes to the knowledge of children and young people in any field who live or involved - family, institutional, risk, crisis, without difficulties or problems, and their rights.   This seeks to expand and deepen the interdisciplinary research, channels of dissemination, discussion and participation and activities, through information, knowledge and training, contribute to the welfare of children and young people and their   families and / or institutions where they live and participate.  

Link research: Diana Marre  
Link Research Group: AFIN


Anthropological analysis of urban spaces and housing  

Analysis of the urban environment and the built space planned at different scales: from the city or county, district level, district, block or inside a house.   Has its origin in the classic works of urban anthropology in which the anthropological view provides a comprehensive and applied to carry forward in relations between communities and their immediate physical environment.  

Link researcher: Teresa Tapada  


Audiovisual Anthropology  

We propose research and audiovisual media in anthropology and social sciences from a methodological perspective. We reflect on the centrality of cultural analysis of material production that every society generates on the perception of herself, certain sectors of the internal or external groups, whatever their form.  

Substantive contributions are raised that this type of analysis, made from a discipline of visual anthropology can contribute to socio-cultural studies, and particularly in anthropology.  

Link researcher: Jordi Grau  
Link Research Group: GRAFO  


Anthropology of Southeast Europe  

Link researcher: José Luis Molina  
Link Research Group: Egolab · GRAFO  


Anthropology of Childhood  

What it means to be a child or a teenager? The form, function, construction, history and experiences of children and adolescents vary widely across time and space.   The anthropology of childhood suggests that what is commonly meant by childhood and adolescence is culturally constructed, while providing perspective from which to understand how the physical, psychological and sociocultural by passing through a human being from a relatively undeveloped birth   which makes it dependent for a long period of time leading to different patterns of childhood and adolescence that affect and are incised by the different life trajectories of childhood and adolescence.   Just as children - and life - does not begin at the same time in all cultures, child development is not universal because not all societies and cultures interpret and assign to this development the same characteristics and values.   How does this affect reproductive technologies, new forms of family or adoption, social change, poverty, war and colonialism, violence or abuse?   What makes babies, children and adolescents stakeholders?   Learn, study, play, work, be productive or consumers?   These are new challenges facing this field of anthropology with his counterpart in sociology and psychology have been the Children and Childhood Research Group of which we participate and which recently held its first annual conference in conjunction with the Society   for Cross-Cultural Research in the U.S.   Given that the experience of adulthood is culturally diverse, it is possible the existence of international agreements and conventions on children and youth and their rights?.

Link research: Diana Marre  
Link research group: AFIN


Anthropology of Education  

It aims to investigate the intercultural relations, coexistence and the transformation of socio-relationship models.   It also discusses immigration into the school and the media.   The school, the media and education in values. Intercultural communication and education. The socio-cultural realities and collective representations in education. Immigration and education in urban settings. Teachers in multicultural contexts, training needs of teachers and conceptualizations of cultural distance. The training of teachers and professionals linked to cultural diversity and immigration. Educational resources. Lately he has worked on education issues for development in international cooperation projects in school settings and associations, and the link between multiculturalism, social and economic inequality and co.  

Link research: Pepi Soto  
Links Research groups: MOSSA · GRAFO


Anthropology of Education  

The Anthropology of Education is the theoretical study, ethnographic and comparative organization of cultural transmission and acquisition, in particular, the processes of enculturation and schooling from the perspectives of diversity and inequality. This specialization of anthropology part of a critical approach to the phenomena relating to the production of new cultural subjects in each generation.   Research, therefore, experiences and learning environments of humans, from parenting practices to the education systems in the context of its structures and institutions and their social, cultural and political dynamics.   At the institutional level, its referent is the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE), founded in 1954 within the American Anthropological Association (AAA)   Much of the research taking place in specific lines (Migration and Children, Migration and Education) also fall in the Anthropology of Education as well as in other areas of expertise developed in the Department. See the projects and publications of the research line:  

Link researcher: Silvia Carrasco  
Link research group: ·


Anthropology systems of sex / gender, sexuality, sexed bodies... in the history and societies  

Feminist scholarship wonder about the various ways in which systems of sex / gender structure, reflect and transform into social life in cultures and times in history, different.   Feminist theories are exceptional in two respects. On one hand, are the achievement of a historic dialogue between the feminist movement as a continuous social movement since the nineteenth century, and theoretical formulations required to substantiate the allegations and claims that the movement poses.   And secondly, it is a cross-sectional area of research involves all fields of knowledge.   For no scientific exploration can stop wondering about the major consequences of the slight differences between the sexes and their political implications and symbolic representations, but low risk of bias, impropriety.   Because of this close relationship with politics, feminist studies questioning particularly active on their own conceptual tools like the concept of gender is also not without difficulties epistemological.   Indeed, the controversy over political and symbolic link between sex, sexuality, gender, body, etc.   Has accompanied the development of feminist theory in its different phases and schools.   The concept of gender was adopted in the early seventies to emphasize that women are not born but made (Simone de Beauvoir), that is, ideas about femininity, masculinity, and so far from   they are rooted in immutable biological facts, are always political and cultural constructions. Likewise, the theoretical proposals of sex / gender have not resolved the dilemma of what to see the materiality of sex and sexual body with sexuality and gender relations have not overcome the dualisms of culture and nature, between gender and sex   between heterosexuality and homosexuality.   As is well known, Judith Butler spent the gender issue with his provocative suggestion that gender is what makes the sex. This proposal absence, however, a socio-political context. Therefore, feminist studies require a historical-anthropological approach.  

Link research: Verena Stolcke  
Link research group: AHCISP · AFIN


Anthropology of Development

Link research group: AHCISP


Anthropology of Gender  

Link research: Diana Marre  
Link Research Group: AFIN


Anthropology of Kinship  

The Anthropology of Kinship has been interested in different themes throughout the different stages. Although members of the Transcultural Study Group Relationship (GETPI) work from a particular theoretical perspective (see infra. Transcultural theory of reproduction of human groups: socio-cultural patterns of childbearing and rearing secondment children) are interested   also in the classic themes: family, marriage, descent, descent groups, marriage alliance systems and the so-called kinship terminologies. Particular interest are the new forms of reproduction, women and men to deal with alone or in various support groups, new forms of legally recognized marital unions or customary, the new family constellation, coresident or not, and forms and emerging domestic   study, the concept of relatedness of basic social relations related or not related.

Link Research Groups: GETP · GRAFO


Anthropology of Tourism  

Link research group: AHCISP


Anthropology, international cooperation and education  

Link research: Pepi Soto  
Link Research Groups: MOSSA · GRAFO


Economic anthropology: ethnic entrepreneurship  

This line focuses on the process of establishment and expansion of economic initiatives by immigrant communities. Some of the research topics are: social networking, work, social capital, remittances, etc.  

Link Investigator: Hugo Valenzuela  
Link research group: GRAFO


Farmers and development  

This line is interested in change processes that occur in small companies that have rural economies, whether through the influence of development or processes that accompany the expansion of capitalism.   Access to resources and distribution of productive assets, ecological sustainability, the impact of market economy, technological change, processes of development and empowerment, economic inequity, moral economies ... are some of the issues raised.  

Link Investigator: Hugo Valenzuela  
Link research group: GRAFO


Circulation of children and international adoption  

International adoption is analyzed within the broader framework of the movement of children from a cultural perspective, considering this movement as a fundamental socio-cultural phenomenon for the domain of anthropology of kinship.   The emphasis on ethnography and the construction of cross partial theoretical models with regard to mobility and location of children.  

Link researcher: Jordi Grau  
Link Research groups: GETP · GRAFO  


Indigenous Rights  

Link research group: AHCISP


Drugs and their (cultural)  worlds

He is interested in analyzing the context axis - subject - a substance from a sociocultural perspective in societies like ours.   Drugs and consumption as a complex phenomenon, the analysis should always integrate macro and micro contexts and from a process perspective (historical).   He is interested in studying the cultures of drugs and associated lifestyles, cultural images associated with the different patterns of consumption and consumers of various substances and the consequences, social and public health especially consumption. Both the consumption of so-called socially integrated party drugs, primarily among young people, like other controlled substances and intensive consumption patterns (central in the construction of life styles) that are exclusion and also behave drug - related legal calls.   Is also interested in the analysis of policy interventions, primary and secondary macro and micro, from which models are based on purely repressive to others that emphasize harm reduction.   Here, as in other lines within the GRIM - GRAFO, there is an explicit defense of the social value of knowledge and its importance for improving the intervention in this field, thus guiding the research.  

Link Investigator: Aurelio Diaz  
Link research group: GRAFO · GRIM


Critical epistemology and research methods in social sciences  

This line maintains and develops the application of scientific methods in anthropology based on the critique of the double dichotomy emic approach versus etic approach and scientific methodology versus hermeneutical approaches. Not advocate a methodological monism, but look for ways to integrate these methodologies classic in the field of anthropology but from the perspective of unification of the social sciences.   We analyze the role they play in Anthropology descriptions, explanations and interpretive procedures that accounts for different relationships between socio-cultural phenomena.   From the epistemological point of view one looks at the empirical criticism of ontological assumptions, theories and concepts.  

Link research: Aurora González  
Link research group: GRAFO


Cross-cultural study of social networks  

By studying the social networks of individuals and communities in the process of change is intended to better understand the social dynamics micro, meso and macro and the integration mechanisms of different levels of analysis behind cultural change. The geographical area of interest is the South East Europe.  

Link researcher: José Luís Molina  
Link research group: Egolab · GRAFO  


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