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Philip Carl Salzman

Professor

Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1972

Salzman, Philip, Dr

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 733
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-1278
Fax: 514-398-7476
E-Mail: philip [dot] carl [dot] salzman [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Philip Salzman)

 

 

Office Hours

On leave - January - August 2015

Research Interests

My ethnographic research has been carried out primarily among nomadic and pastoral peoples, in Baluchistan (Iran), Rajasthan (India), and most recently in Sardinia (Italy). I am especially interested in exploring the similarities and differences among nomadic peoples in different places and in understanding the reasons for these differences. The ways in which particular groups have transformed over time, often in relation to multi-year environmental, economic, and political cycles, has taught me that change is part of social organization rather than extraneous to it.In my current research I am exploring "equality" and "freedom" by drawing on the many philisophical discourses on these subjects and applying their complex understanding to the rich ethnographic descriptions of specific societies and cultures.

Representative Publications

Books:

Under contract COMPARATIVE ANTHROPOLOGY, Waveland, 2011.
Submitted CAN WE BE FREE AND EQUAL TOO? , Prometheus Books.
In press THINKING ANTHROPOLOGICALLY: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR STUDENTS , Third edition, edited with Pat Rice. Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall, 2010.
2008 CULTURE AND CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST, Humanity (Prometheus).
2008 POSTCOLONIAL THEORY AND THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT , P.C. Salzman and D. R. Divine, eds. Routledge.
2007 THINKING ANTHROPOLOGICALLY: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR STUDENTS, Second Edition, edited with Pat Rice. Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall. 121 pp.
2004 PASTORALISM: EQUALITY, HIERARCHY, AND THE STATE. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
2003 THINKING ANTHROPOLOGICALLY: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR STUDENTS, edited with Pat Rice. Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall. 99 pp.
2001 UNDERSTANDING CULTURE: AN INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland. 165 pp. (Reviewed: JRAI 8 [4]:809, 2002)
2000 BLACK TENTS OF BALUCHISTAN. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. 390 pp. Winner of the Premio PitrP–Salomone Marino.
1999 THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF REAL LIFE: EVENTS IN HUMAN EXPERIENCE. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland, "Guide to Contemporary Anthropology" Series, 108 pp.
1996 ANTROPOLOGIA DELLE SOCIETA` PASTORALI TRIBALI E CONTADINE//THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF TRIBAL AND PEASANT PASTORAL SOCIETIES, U. Fabietti & P.C. Salzman, editors. Como, Italy: Ibis; Pavia, Italy: Collegio Ghislieri. 472 pp.
1992 KIN AND CONTRACT IN BALUCHI HERDING CAMPS, Baluchistan Monograph Series II. Naples: Istituto Universitario Oreintale & Istituto Italiano per Il Medeo ed Estremo Oriente. 109 pp.
1990 NOMADIC PEOPLES IN A CHANGING WORLD, P.C. Salzman and J.G. Galaty, editors, Naples: Istituto Universitario Orientale. 470 pp.
1982 CONTEMPORARY NOMADIC AND PASTORAL PEOPLES: NORTH AFRICA, ASIA, AND THE NORTH, P.C. Salzman, editor, Studies in Third World Societies, No. 18.
1982 CONTEMPORARY NOMADIC AND PASTORAL PEOPLES: AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA, P.C. Salzman, editor, studies in Third World Societies, No. 17
1981 CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT IN NOMADIC AND PASTORAL SOCIETIES, J.G. Galaty and P.C. Salzman, editors, Leiden, Brill.
1981 THE FUTURE OF PASTORAL PEOPLES, J.G. Galaty, D.R. Aronson, and P.C. Salzman, editors, Ottawa, International Development Research Centre.
1980 WHEN NOMADS SETTLE: PROCESSES OF SEDENTARIZATION AS ADAPTATION AND RESPONSE, P.C. Salzman, editor, Bergin/ Praeger.

Chapters and Articles:

In press "The Yarahmadzai Baluch," in The Encyclopaedia of Persian Folklore, Tehran.
In press "Fieldwork: Collecting Information," in THINKING ANTHROPOLOGICALLY: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR STUDENTS 3rd Edition, P. C. Salzman & P. Rice, eds. Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall.
2009 "Persians and Others: Iran’s Minority Politics," Middle East Strategy at Harvard, http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2009/04/persians-and-others-irans-mino...
2008 "Politics and Change among the Baluch in Iran," Middle East Strategy at Harvard, Paper No. 2, http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/
2007 "The Middle East’s Tribal DNA," MIDDLE EAST QUARTERLY 15(1): 23-33.
2007 "Reflections on Postcolonial Theory and the Arab-Israel Conflict," Scholars for Peace in the Middle East website, http://www.spme.net/ 2 December; also SPME FACULTY FORUM, 4 December.
2007 "Making Ideas Researchable," P.C. Salzman & P. Rice, in THINKING ANTHROPOLOGICALLY: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR STUDENTS, Second Edition, edited with Pat Rice. Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall. 121 pp.
2006 "Sardinia," ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANTHROPOLOGY, James Birx, ed.Sage. Pp. 2053-2054.
2006 "Lineage Systems," ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANTHROPOLOGY, James Birx, ed.Sage. Pp. 1478-1479.
2006 "Anthropology, Characteristics of, " ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANTHROPOLOGY, James Birx, ed. Sage. Pp. 142-144.
2006 "Baluchistan," ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANTHROPOLOGY, James Birx, ed.Sage. Pp. 331-332.
2006 "Karl Popper," ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANTHROPOLOGY, James Birx, ed.Sage. Pp. 1899-1900.
2006 "Post-colonialism," ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANTHROPOLOGY, James Birx, ed.Sage. Pp. 1910-1912.
2005 "The Iron Law of Politics," POLITICS AND THE LIFE SCIENCES 23(2):20-49, August
2003 "Introduction" (with Pat Rice), in THINKING ANTHROPOLOGICALLY, Salzman and Rice, eds. Prentice Hall.
2003 "What Anthropologists Are Looking For: Patterns," in THINKING ANTHROPOLOGICALLY, Salzman and Rice, eds., Prentice Hall (2003).
2003 "Thinking Theoretically," in THINKING ANTHROPOLOGICALLY, Salzman and Rice, eds., Prentice Hall (2003).
2002 "On Reflexivity," AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST 104(3):805-813.
2002 "Pastoral Nomads: Some General Observations Based on Research in Iran", JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH 58(2):245-264.
2002 "Highland Sardinians and their Environment", in CONSERVATION AND INDIGENOUS MOBILE PEOPLES: DISPLACEMENT, FORCED SETTLEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, D. Chatty, editor. Oxford: Berghahn.
2002 "What is an Ethnography?" ANTHROPOLOGY NEWS 43(4):49.
2001 "Ethnography, Humanity, and Imagination: Seeing Culture and Society through the Eyes of an Individual", in STRATEGIES IN TEACHING ANTHROPOLOGY (Second Edition), David McCurdy and Patricia Rice, editors. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
2001 "Toward a Balanced Approach to the Study of Equality", CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY 42(2): 281-284.
2000 "Hierarchical Image and Reality: The Construction of a Tribal Chiefship", COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN SOCIETY AND HISTORY 42 (1):49-66.
1999 "Is Inequality Universal?", CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY 40 (1): 31-61.
1999 "Mobilia e nomadismo", LA RICERCA FOLKLORICA 40:37-46, special issue on SOCIETA PASTORALI D’AFRICA E D’ASIA, edited by Maria Arioti and Barbara Casciarri.

Public Service Messages:

2009 "Is Iran’s Regime Rational?" http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2009/08/is-irans-regime-rational/
2009 "Summer Reading 2009: Review of THE PERSIAN NIGHT" http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2009/07/summer-reading-2009/
2009 "Tribes and Terror in the Middle East: A Conversation with Philip Carl Salzman," Peter Baehr, SOCIETY DOI 10.1007/s12115-009-9237-2
2009 Comment on "Iran, Technology, and Revolution" http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2009/06/iran-technology-and-revolution...
2009 "Iranian Turmoil, U.S. Options" http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2009/06/iranian-turmoil-us-options/#sa...
2009 "Obama and the Muslims" http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2009/06/obama-and-the-muslims/
2009 "Obama’s Middle East Debut" http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2009/04/obamas-mideast-debut/
2009 Comment on "In the Name of Islam: A Liberal Appeal" http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2009/03/in-the-name-of-islam-a-liberal...
2009 "President Obama Speaks to Iran" http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2009/03/president-obama-speaks-to-iran/
2008 "The Bush Legacy" http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2008/10/the_bush_legacy_1/
2008 "Is Peace Normal?" http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2008/10/is_peace_normal/
2008 "Anthropology and Security Studies" http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/category/members/philip-carl-salzman
2008 Comment on "Regime Change, Iranian Style" http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/category/members/philip-carl-salzman
2008 Review of THE LEGACY OF ISLAMIC ANTISEMITISM: FROM SACRED TEXTS TO SOLEMN HISTORY, by Andrew Bostom, Middle East Strategy at Harvard, "Summer Books 2008," http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/category/members/philip-carl-salzman
2008 "Postcolonial Theory and the Arab-Israel Conflict," Middle East Strategy at Harvard, http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/category/members/philip-carl-salzman
2008 "The Rules of War," Middle East Strategy at Harvard, http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/category/members/philip-carl-salzman
2008 "Clashes in Beirut," Middle East Strategy at Harvard, http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/category/members/philip-carl-salzman
2008 "ASMEA’s Debut," Middle East Strategy at Harvard, http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/category/members/philip-carl-salzman
2008 "Uncle Sam Wants You!" Middle East Strategy at Harvard, http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/category/members/philip-carl-salzman
2008 "No Peace without Victory," Middle East Strategy at Harvard, http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/category/members/philip-carl-salzman
2008 "Culture and Conflict in the Middle East," Middle East Strategy at Harvard, http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/category/members/philip-carl-salzman
2008 "Why the ‘Return’ to Islam?" Middle East Strategy at Harvard, http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/category/members/philip-carl-salzman
2008 Why Arabs Suffer" Part III, "Islam and Tribalism," National Post, 11 January, page A
2008 "Muhammad's Tribe," Part II, "Islam and Tribalism," National Post, 10 January, page A15.
2008 "The Desert Code: Us vs. Them," Part I, "Islam and Tribalism," National Post, 9 January, page A13.
2004 "Theological Inhibitions to Peace in the Middle East," SPME (Scholars for Peace in the Middle East) FACULTY FORUM, SPME [at] yahoogroups [dot] com, 12.12.04.
2004 "Teaching the Truth about the Middle East," SPME (Scholars for Peace in the Middle East) FACULTY FORUM, SPME [at] yahoogroups [dot] com, 03.03.04.
2004 "What Lies Behind the Unrelenting Arab Rejection of Israel?" SPME (Scholars for Peace in the Middle East) FACULTY FORUM, SPME [at] yahoogroups [dot] com, 01.15.04.