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Photo Friday

The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we featured several of the photos in a blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: The Fighting Cock
Photo Courtesy of Michael Eilenberg
Contest Category: People
Caption: 76-year-old Ringgit gently handles his prime fighting cock after dressing its wounds from a recent cockfight. For several months Ringgit’s clan had been in conflict with a neighbouring clan over ownership to a piece of forest. It was decided that the dispute should be solved through a cockfight with the winning party gaining control of the forest. Besides, from being important arenas for networking and making deals cockfights are often used by the Iban in West Kalimantan, Indonesia to settle internal disagreement and disputes. In this remote part of Indonesia where state institutions are weak, customary law still plays a crucial role in conflict settlement. West Kalimantan, Indonesia. April 2011.

Find your best photos from the last two years…the 2012 AAA Photo Contest is now open. Winning photographs will be displayed at the 111th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. View contest details.

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Photo Friday

The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we will feature several of the photos in this blog series, Photo Friday.

Title: Agrarian Frontiers
Photo Courtesy of Michael Eilenberg
Contest Category: Place
Caption: Iban day labours, planting seedlings for a rapidly expanding oil palm plantation industry in Indonesian Borneo. In this forested corner of Indonesia the Iban has traditionally practiced swidden cultivation. Recently however these frontier areas of ‘unexploited’ lands and immense forest resources have been gazetted for large-scale state sponsored plantation schemes triggered by global demands for agricultural intensification. Within this developing plantation economy, the cash poor Iban embrace the immediate benefits of local employment. However, fears of exclusion from the long-term benefits of agriculture schemes and increased localized resource conflicts are immense. West Kalimantan, Indonesia. March 2011.

 

Look for details on the 2012 AAA Photo Contest in late April!

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