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Jones, Carla



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  • My research focuses on the Indonesian middle class, questions of femininity, consumption and religious propriety. Broadly, my research analyzes the cultural politics of appearance and aesthetics. I work in two major cities on Java, Yogyakarta and Jakarta. In Yogyakarta, I work in two middle-class neighborhoods, one older and one newer, in which I have come to know many of the families in my research on domesticity. I have also studied the growing phenomenon of women's self-improvement seminars, and issues of dress and manners. More recently, I have turned to questions of Islamic dress as Indonesia, the largest majority-Muslim country in the world, has become a vibrant site for a global Islamic fashion industry. This growth has raised questions within Indonesia about the relationship between religion and wealth, a topic I theorize through the lens of feminist ethnography. I find that anxieties about illegitimate wealth, corruption and scandal are gendered as forms of style.


  • consumption, corruption, gender, middle class, femininity, Islam, Indonesia, appearance, manners, aesthetics, materiality, fashion


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courses taught

  • ANTH 1155 - Exploring Global Cultural Diversity
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Examines the geography, kinship, politics and religious values of various cultures globally in historical and contemporary context through an anthropological perspective. Check with department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ANTH 2100 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Covers current theories in cultural anthropology and discusses the nature of field work. Explores major schools of thought and ethnographic fieldwork in a range of cultures studied by anthropologists. Required for Anthropology majors.
  • ANTH 4525 - Global Islams
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
    Examines the historical formation of Islam in Indonesia and Southeast Asia so as to situate contemporary Islamic practices in a global context. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 2100.
  • ANTH 4720 - Departmental Honors in Anthropology 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Continuation of ANTH 4710. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 4710.
  • ANTH 4760 - Ethnography of Southeast Asia and Indonesia
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Introduces the historical, political, and cultural dimensions of Southeast Asia, focusing primarily on Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia, with some coverage of mainland Southeast Asia. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 2100. Same as ANTH 5760.
  • ANTH 5785 - Advanced Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2024
    Details the history of theory and practice in contemporary cultural anthropology, considering the development of major theoretical schools of thought and the integration of general social theory within anthropology. Required of masters students in cultural anthropology.
  • ANTH 7000 - Seminar: Current Research Topics in Cultural Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2023
    Discusses current research and theoretical issues in the field of cultural anthropology. May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours.
  • ANTH 7200 - Bridging Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Addresses important topics with current theoretical perspectives from at least two anthropological subdisciplines. This provides an interdisciplinary approach across the sub-disciplines of Anthropology: Archaeology, Biological, and Cultural enabling students to better understand and appreciate a holistic approach to anthropological inquiry. Graduate students from other departments may be allowed to take the course if room permits and they have an appropriate background by instructor's permission.


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