Lambda Alpha Journal, v.47, 2017

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About the Lambda Alpha Journal

The Lambda Alpha Journal is a publication of student papers by members of the Lambda Alpha National Honors Society for Anthropology and is published regularly at the Wichita State University Department of Anthropology. Professional, avocational, student manuscripts, and book reviews of recent publications are welcome. The journal is made possible through the efforts of the Journal editorial staff residing at the founding chapter, Alpha of Kansas . Funding for the Journal is obtained through subscriptions and continuing sponsorship by the Student Government Association of Wichita State University.

Editor in Chief : Dr. Peer H. Moore-Jansen

Founded by Dr. Lowell D. Holmes


Recent Submissions

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    Lambda Alpha Journal, v.47 (complete version)
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2017) Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology
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    Letter from the editor
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2017) Moore-Jansen, Peer H.
    The annual Lambda Alpha Student symposium in now in its 19th year. Presenters attended from at least three different states in the U.S and included 14 undergraduate and graduate student podium presentations from a diverse spectrum of anthropology.
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    19th Annual Lambda Alpha Symposium, Wichita State University, April 15, 2017
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2017) Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology
    Abstracts of student papers delivered at the 19th Annual Lambda Alpha Symposium held on April 15, 2017, Wichita State University.
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    Analysis on the health and socio-cultural effects of female genital mutilation
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2017) Todd, Mollie
    According to the World Health Organization, over 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone the practice of female genital circumcision (FGC)n. It has also been condemned by the United Nations General Assembly as "irreparable and irresponsible abuse," a sentiment echoed by many other human rights organizations like UNICEF and Equality Now. This practice has been referred to as female genital mutilation (FGM) or female genital cutting and is the act of removing various parts of the vagina for non-medical reasons. There are various methods of female genital cutting practiced around the world, mostly in Africa and the Middle East. FGM holds profound cultural meaning that varies by society and is founded in deep rooted traditions dating back to ancient times. This operation also causes several physical and psychological traumas to the women that have undergone the procedure. Whether considered to be an abomination or a vital part of tradition, the physical and mental properties of female genital circumcision create visible effects on the status of women in societies where it is performed.
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    Navigating globalization through myth in Quechua communities of Southern Peru
    (Wichita State University. Department of Anthropology, 2017) Bridges, Ben
    My research is positioned at the convergence of myth and globalization, exploring how intercultural contact impacts myth in contemporary Peruvian Quechua communities as well as how myth aids in interpreting and shaping the meaning of that contact. In the fields of folklore and anthropology, myth is operationally defined as a sacred narrative that describes events that occurred before historical time (Dundes 1984). Myth proves to be a valuable area to study in the context of globalization due to the various functions it performs in navigating the interaction between cultures, such as providing societies and individuals with ultimate moral ground (Schrempp 2012) or serving as means of making sense of intercultural contact (Clarke 2007).