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Bilinda Straight
Western Michigan University
25Publications
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#1Bilinda Straight (WMU: Western Michigan University)H-Index: 9
#2Belinda L. Needham (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 24
Last.Stephen LekalgiteleH-Index: 1
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Examining the costs and motivations of warfare is key to conundrums concerning the relevance of this troubling phenomenon to the evolution of social attachment and cooperation, particularly during adolescence and young adulthood—the developmental time period during which many participants are first recruited for warfare. The study focuses on Samburu, a pastoralist society of approximately 200,000 people occupying northern Kenya’s semi-arid and arid lands, asking what role the emotionally sensiti...
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#1Bilinda StraightH-Index: 9
#2Charles E. HiltonH-Index: 10
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Last.Charles E. HiltonH-Index: 10
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#1Bilinda Straight (WMU: Western Michigan University)H-Index: 9
War-zone mercy—sparing of one's culturally constructed enemies in the midst of organized group violence—is a political act but also a potentially empathically motivated one that has contributed to shared expressive gestures across cultural boundaries and to international laws of war. This article elucidates historical and cross-cultural norms for war-zone mercy in order to provide a theoretical framework for scholarly research examining this behavior and offers a case study with systematically c...
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#1Ivy L. Pike (UA: University of Arizona)H-Index: 7
#2Bilinda Straight (WMU: Western Michigan University)H-Index: 9
Last.Matthias ÖsterleH-Index: 1
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ABSTRACTWe present results from a collaborative project on the consequences of endemic violence in the pastoralist zone of Northern Kenya. Drawing on our ethnographically driven epidemiological approach, we examine the differential cost of violence by examining household nutrition. The case/control approach we employ draws data from six sites that are culturally similar but differ in the degree of exposure to, or relative insulation from, violence. As one of many lenses through which to examine ...
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#1Bilinda Straight (WMU: Western Michigan University)H-Index: 9
#2Paul Lane (Uppsala University)H-Index: 18
Last.Musa Letua (Grinnell College)H-Index: 2
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This paper discusses a Samburu pastoralist landscape idiom, ntoror, that encapsulates ideas about agentive pastoralist landscapes that inherently attract conflict; and passionate, place-based identities forged out of environmental and human-wrought disaster. The paper grows out of a project that experimentally integrated ethnographic self-scrutiny with a bio-archaeological excavation involving human remains, with the aim of encouraging reciprocal knowledge production. The inspiration for explori...
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#1Bilinda Straight (WMU: Western Michigan University)H-Index: 9
#2Ivy L. Pike (UA: University of Arizona)H-Index: 7
Last.Matthias Oesterle (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)H-Index: 2
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We examine cultural understandings and practices surrounding suicide in Pokot, Samburu, and Turkana pastoralists in north-central Kenya—three geographically overlapping and mutually interacting pastoralist communities. We collected our data in the context of a study of poverty, violence, and distress. In all three communities, stigma associated with suicide circumscribed individual responses to the World Health Organization’s Self-Report Questionnaire, which led to an ethnographic sub-study of s...
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#1Bilinda Straight (WMU: Western Michigan University)H-Index: 9
#2Paul Lane (Uppsala University)H-Index: 18
Last.Musa LetuaH-Index: 2
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Recent decades have witnessed a growth in approaches to research and writing across anthropology's four fields that emphasize the need to respect alternative narratives and constructions of history, and to engage with anthropology's ‘publics’. These developments have generated more ethically responsible research and more inclusive writing practices. Nevertheless, the actual doing of cross-cultural collaboration and knowledge production remains a challenge. In this three-field (cultural, biologic...
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#1Bilinda Straight (WMU: Western Michigan University)H-Index: 9
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Bilinda Straight, Western Michigan UniversityDorothy Hodgson situates the topic of her book, Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous: Postcolonial Politics in a Neoliberal World at an intersection as important as it is intriguing: claiming indigenous identity in a postcolonial African state. Although Hodgson leaves this implicit, her book's title is a play on Thomas Spear and Richard Waller's (1993) Being Maasai: Ethnicity and Identity in East Africa. Whereas those essays challenged their readers to c...
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