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  • Yasmine Musharbash: Telling Warlpiri Dog Stories
  • Stephanie Ketterer Hobbis and Geoffrey Hobbis: Voter Integrity, Trust and the Promise of Digital Technologies: Biometric Voter Registration in Solomon Islands
  • Frederic Pain: Local versus Trans-Regional Perspectives on Southeast Asian ‘Indianness’ 


Yasmine Musharbash

Department of Anthropology, The University of Sydney

Telling Warlpiri Dog Stories

pages 95-113

Ostensibly about dingoes and dogs, this paper explores aspects of the contemporary social world of Warlpiri people in the camps of the central Australian settlement of Yuendumu (Northern Territory) through canines. Analyses of dog socialisation, kinds of domestication, and the roles that camp dogs perform (such as protector, family, and witness) provide insights into Warlpiri notions of moral personhood, and are employed to reflect about the ethical foundations of how the oppositional categories of Yapa (self, Indigenous, Black, colonised) and Kardiya (other, non-Indigenous, ‘whitefella’, coloniser) are conceptualised.



Stephanie Ketterer Hobbisand Geoffrey Hobbis2

a) University of British Columbia
b) Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, EHESS - CREDO

Voter Integrity, Trust and the Promise of Digital Technologies: Biometric Voter Registration in Solomon Islands

pages 114-134

Drawing on the anthropology of technology, this article examines the introduction of a digital biometric voter registration for Solomon Islands 2014 national election. Four perspectives on biometric voting are brought into dialogue: (1) the technological particularities, strengths and shortcomings of BVR, (2) a global and international embrace of the technology for its perceived ‘universal’ tendency to secure identities, (3) efforts by the Solomon Islands state to showcase its political stability by means of BVR and (4) the ways village-based voters come to understand, interpret and re-imagine BVR as political technology. We show how, within the ethnographic context of North Malaita, debates surrounding BVR reveal a continued distrust and uncertainty in North Malaitans’ relationship with the Solomon Islands state and its representatives. Within the context of this uncertainty BVR is re-imagined as technology that aids voter integrity within rather than beyond patronage networks.



Frederic Pain

Academia Sinica, Taipei
Laboratoire Langues et Civilisation à Tradition Orale, Paris (CNRS-LACITO, UMR 7107)

Local versus Trans-Regional Perspectives on Southeast Asian ‘Indianness’

pages 135-154

This article is an attempt to define the concept ‘(Southeast Asian) Indianness’ through a comparative approach based on a local vs. trans-regional perspective. I shall analyse the complex relationships that develop between a trans-local, urban and literate Indo-Aryan Great Tradition and a local, rural and oral Little Tradition. First, I shall tackle the question of whether literacy has any socio-religious relevance and endeavour to identify its relationship to orality. I will subsequently analyse the (re-)Indianisation process as a socio-political construct and will finally propose some re-readings of ‘Aryapheresis’ (i.e. ‘Indian [Ārya] Transplant’ [phérein]), which I believe has been applied wrongly in some cases, to some Southeast Asian Indian-based socio-cultural realities. 




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