Steven Lee Rubenstein (June 10, 1962 – March 8, 2012) was an American anthropologist . He was reader in Latin American Anthropology at the University of Liverpool , and Director of Liverpool’s Research Institute of Latin American Studies. [1]

Beginning in the 1980s, Rubenstein worked with the Shuar people of Ecuador , documenting and analyzing practices of healing, the shuunken heads , and the ways in which the Shuar reacted to colonization and increasing incorporation into Ecuadorian society. [2] He frequently used life histories of individual. He was also known for his application of reflexive and autoethnographic methods when writing about experiences of intimacy and vulnerability in ethnographic fieldwork . [3] In his last work, He used the psychological theory of Jacques Lacan to analyze the ways in which the Shuar uses the hallucinogen Ayahuasca . [4]

Rubenstein Was the author of Alejandro Tsakimp: A Shuar Healer in the Margins of History (2002), based On His life history interviews with a Shuar shaman , and co-editor with Kathleen S. Fine-Dare of Border Crossings: Transnational Americanist Anthropology ( 2009). He was also a Wikipedia editor and administrator, under the username Slrubenstein . Since then, he has more than 30,000 edits to articles about anthropology and related fields. [5]

cation and career

Rubenstein was born in Brooklyn , New York, and graduated from The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, New York in 1980. He received BA degrees in anthropology from Columbia University and in philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America , both in 1984 as part of A joint program, and an MA in anthropology from Columbia in 1986. He obtained his PhD in anthropology in 1995, also from Columbia, where he studied with Michael Taussig , Eric Wolf , Morton Fried , Robert Murphy and Libbet Crandon-Malamud. The title of his thesis was “Death in a Distant Place: The Politics of Shuar Shamans of the Ecuadorian Amazon,”

Between 1993 and 1996, Rubenstein taught at the City University of New York , the New York School for Social Research , and Georgetown University , prior to obtaining a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities (1996-1997). Prior to his appointment as a Latin American anthropologist at the University of Liverpool in 2006, he taught for eight years at Ohio University as an assistant associate professor (1997-2005). [6]

He was actively involved in SALSA, the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America, serving on the executive board, as a journalist , and as a conference organizer. [7] In 2008, he was appointed to the editorial board of the Cultural Anthropology Journal . [6] In 2008-2009 he was a fellow of the National Humanities Center . [8]

Selected publications

Books
  • With Fine-Dare, Kathleen S. (eds) (2009) Border Crossings: Transnational Americanist Anthropology . University of Nebraska Press.
  • (2002) Alejandro Tsakimp: A Shuar Healer in the Margins of History . University of Nebraska Press.
Book chapters
  • (2009) “Crossing Boundaries with Shrunken Heads” , in Fine-Dare and Rubenstein, op. cit.
  • With Fine-Dare, Kathleen S. (2009) “The Lizard’s Dream,” in Fine-Dare and Rubenstein, op. cit.
  • (2006) “A Head for Adventure” , in Vivanco, Luis A. and Gordon, Robert A. (eds). Tarzan Was An Eco-Tourist … and Other Tales in the Anthropology of Adventure . Berghahn Books.
Papers
  • (February 2012) “On the importance of visions among the Amazonian Shuar”. Current Anthropology . University of Chicago Press via JSTOR. 53 (1): 39-79. JSTOR  10.1086 / 663830 . Doi : 10.1086 / 663830 .
  • (March-June 2008) “How: Interrogating the Neo-Plural Orthodoxy in American Anthropology”. Dialectical Anthropology . Springer via JSTOR. 32 (1-2): 97-106. JSTOR  29790812 .
  • (2007) “Traffic, accumulation, and the power of Shuar shrunken heads” . Cultural Anthropology . Rice University . 22 (3): 357-399.
  • (2005) “The Conversation of the Shuar” (pdf) . Íconos: Revista de Sciencias Sociales (in French). 22 : 27-48.
  • (Summer 2004) “Fieldwork and the erotic economy on the colonial frontier”. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society . University of Chicago Press via JSTOR. 29 (4): 1041-1071. JSTOR  10.1086 / 382629 . Doi : 10.1086 / 382629 . Downloadable copy.
  • (2004) Rubenstein, Steven L. “Steps to a political ecology of Amazonia” . Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America . Digital Commons . 2 (2): Article 2. Pdf.
  • (June 2004) “Shuar migrants and shrunken heads face to face in a New York museum” . Anthropology Today . Wiley . 20 (3): 15-18. Doi : 10.1111 / j.0268-540X.2004.00268.x .
  • (2001) “Colonialism, the Shuar Federation, and the Ecuadorian State” . Environment and Planning D: Society and Space . Pawn. 19 (3): 263-293. Doi : 10.1068 / d236t . Downloadable copy.
  • (2001) “Zen Marxism revisited: Tierney and false dualisms in anthropology” . Anthropology News . AnthroNiche of Douglas W. Hume. 41 (2): 7-8.
  • (March 1993) “Chain marriage among the Shuar” . The Latin American Anthropology Review . Wiley . 5 (1): 3-9. Doi : 10.1525 / jlca.1993.5.1.3 .
  • (1986) “Understanding magic” . Faces . Cobblestone Press .

References

  1. Jump up^ “Steven Rubenstein”, Department of Cultures, Languages ​​and Area Studies, University of Liverpool, accessed 9 March 2012.
    • Forsdick, Charles. “Message from the Head of CLAS: Remembering Dr. Steve Rubenstein” , Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies at the University of Liverpool, 14 March 2012.
    • “Dr. Steven Rubenstein” , Society for Latin American Studies, March 11, 2012.
    • Chernela, Janet. “In Memoriam Steven Rubenstein” , Anthropology News , May 2012.
  2. Jump up^ Rubenstein, Steven L. (2004). “Steps to a political ecology of Amazonia” . Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America . Digital Commons . 2 (2): Article 2.Pdf.
  3. Jump up^ Henry, Marsha (January-February 2007). “If the shoe fits: Authenticity, authority and agency feminist diasporic research” . Women’s Studies International Forum . ScienceDirect . 30 (1): 70-80. Doi : 10.1016 / j.wsif.2006.12.009 .
  4. Jump up^ Rubenstein, Steven L. (February 2012). “On the importance of visions among the Amazonian Shuar”. Current Anthropology . University of Chicago Press via JSTOR. 53 (1): 39-79. JSTOR  10.1086 / 663830 . Doi : 10.1086 / 663830 .
  5. Jump up^ Peluso, Daniela (2012). “Steven Lee Rubenstein (1962 – 2012)” . Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America . Digital Commons . 9 (2): Article 13.Pdf.
  6. ^ Jump up to:c Rubenstein, Steven L. “Steven Rubenstein Curriculum Vitae” . University of Liverpool. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012 . Retrieved 12 March 2012 . ( Webcite )
    • For his thesis, see Rubenstein, Steven Lee. “Death in a Distant Place,” The Politics of Shuar Shamanism, ” Columbia University, 1995.
  7. Jump up^ Chernela, Janet. “In Memory: Steven (Steve) Rubenstein 1962-2012”, Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America, to AAA SLACA [Society for Latin America and Caribbean Anthropology] ListServ, March 11, 2012.
  8. Jump up^ Register of fellows,National Humanities Center, accessed 26 March 2012.

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