Yanagisako, Sylvia


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Chair and Professor
Ph.D. Washington, 1975

Sylvia Yanagisako is the Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies and Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology. Her research and publications have focused on the cultural processes through which kinship, gender, capitalism, and work have been forged in Italy and the U.S. She has also written about the orthodox configuration of the discipline of anthropology in the U.S. and considered alternatives to it (Unwrapping the Sacred Bundle: Reflections on the Disciplining of Anthropology, 2005).

Professor Yanagisako is currently writing a collaborative ethnography with Lisa Rofel on the transnational business relations forged by Italian and Chinese textile and garment manufacturers. This book builds on her monograph (Producing Culture and Capital, 2002) which examined the cultural processes through which a technologically-advanced, Italian manufacturing industry was produced.

Professor Yanagisako has served as President of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, Chair of the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford, and Chair of the Program in Feminist Studies at Stanford. She received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1992.

Contact Information: 
Office: Bldg 40, #41D
Selected Publications: 

1985   Transforming the Past: Kinship and Tradition among Japanese Americans. Stanford University Press.

1987   Gender and Kinship: Essays Toward a Unified Analysis, co-edited by Jane Collier. Stanford University Press.

1994   Naturalizing Power: Essays in Feminist Cultural Analysis. Routledge, edited with Carol Delaney.

2002   Producing Culture and Capital: Family Firms in Italy. Princeton University Press.

2002   "Households." In: International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Bales. Oxford, England: Elsevier Science. (updated version in press)

2005   unwrapping the Sacred Bundle: Reflections on the Disciplining of Anthropology. Co-edited with Dan Segal. Duke University Press.

2007   "Bringing It All Back Home: Kinship Theory in Anthropology." In: Kinship in Europe: Approaches to the Long Term Development (1300-1900), edited by David Sabean, Simon Teuscher, and Jon Mathiew. New York: Berghahn Books.

2012   "Immaterial and Industrial Labor: on false binaries in Hardt and Negri's Trilogy." Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, volume 64: 16-23. special section, edited by Ara Wilson.

2013   "Transnational Family Capitalism: Producing ‘Made in Italy’ in China.” In: Vital Relations: Modernity and the Persistent Life of Kinship, edited by Susan McKinnon and Fenella Cannell. Santa Fe: SAR Press. Pp. 63-84.