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Putting A Price On Zen: The Business Of Redefining Religion For Global Consumption, Joshua A. Irizarry Jan 2015

Putting A Price On Zen: The Business Of Redefining Religion For Global Consumption, Joshua A. Irizarry

Anthropology Faculty Publications

Over the past several decades, Zen has become a mark of global cosmopolitanism. Largely divorced from its religious context, the word “zen” appears in many languages with a remarkable diversity of accepted meanings and usages. In this paper, I outline the historical and cultural factors which have contributed to the dramatic semiotic transformation of Zen in the popular imagination and international media over the past century. I demonstrate that ideas about Zen have evolved through strategic cultural and linguistic associations, and show how the resulting polysemy has led to Zen becoming an ideal marketing byword—one that is freely appropriated ...


Anthropologists And Two Spirit People: Building Bridges And Sharing Knowledge, Sandra Faiman-Silva Jan 2011

Anthropologists And Two Spirit People: Building Bridges And Sharing Knowledge, Sandra Faiman-Silva

Anthropology Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


The Queer Tourist In 'Straight'(?) Space: Sexual Citizenship In Provincetown, Sandra Faiman-Silva Jan 2007

The Queer Tourist In 'Straight'(?) Space: Sexual Citizenship In Provincetown, Sandra Faiman-Silva

Anthropology Faculty Publications

Provincetown, Massachusetts USA, a rural out-of-the-way coastal village at the tip of Cape Cod with a yearround population of approximately 3,500, has 'taken off' since the late 1980s as a popular GLBTQ tourist destination. Long tolerant of sexual minorities, Provincetown transitioned from a Portuguese-dominated fishing village to a popular 'queer' gay resort mecca, as the fishing industry deteriorated drastically over the twentieth century. Today Provincetowners rely mainly on tourists—both straight and gay—who enjoy the seaside charm, rustic ambiance, and a healthy dose of non-heternormative performance content, in this richly diverse tourist milieu. As Provincetown's popularity as ...


Indian Gaming And Tribal Sovereignty: Vulnerable, Provisional, Contested, Sandra Faiman-Silva Jan 2007

Indian Gaming And Tribal Sovereignty: Vulnerable, Provisional, Contested, Sandra Faiman-Silva

Anthropology Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


The Political Economy Of 'Gambling On Gambling' By States And Tribes: A Critical Comparative Perspective, Sandra Faiman-Silva Jan 2001

The Political Economy Of 'Gambling On Gambling' By States And Tribes: A Critical Comparative Perspective, Sandra Faiman-Silva

Anthropology Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.