stands for the Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement.
It is an international academic journal that started in 1980. It is now
in its fourteenth volume. The purpose of the journal is to present current
research and writing and to stimulate discussion of ideas and issues that
arise from a study of human movement within social and cultural contexts.
Recognizing that there are overlaps between socio-cultural anthropological
concerns and those of other disciplines (notably philosophy, history,
linguistics, sociology, and psychology) as well as interdisciplinary investigations,
the editors of JASHM encourage contributions from members of other disciplines
who are interested in human movement as a world-wide phenomenon, in addition
to those working within the framework of socio-cultural and linguistic
What Do Anthropologist of Human Movement Study?
Human beings everywhere engage in complex structured systems of dynamically
embodied actions that are laden with social, cultural, historical, political
and economic significance. Such systems include the expressive complexities
of sacred and secular rituals, dances, sign languages, ceremonies, martial
arts, sports, and the hand and facial gestures that accompany speech in
any language, as well as myriad theatrical and performance traditions.
There are also numerous mundane bodily techniques (skills) such as ways
of eating, dressing, walking, sitting, digging, cleaning, fishing and
hunting, as well as craftsmanship of all kinds—highly skilled intelligent
activities that engage the material world, involving elaborate tool use
and the shaping of things, each of which vary according to cultural and
local conventions. Such dynamically embodied signifying acts generate
an enormous variety of forms of embodied knowledge, systematized in various
ways and to varying degrees, involving cultural conventions as well as
creative performativity. In all cases they are constitutive of human subjectivities
and inter-subjective domains that engage political economies of knowing
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