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vis-à-vis, Volume 10, Issue 1, February 2010
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Applying Human Interactive and Communicative Theories to Ringtailed Lemur (Lemur catta) Communication
Laura M. Bolt
This article describes the four principal types of ringtailed lemur (Lemur catta) communication: tactile, visual, olfactory, and acoustic communication, and how lemur social interaction depends on their use. It also applies theories about human interaction from several linguistic anthropologists to lemur communicative processes.

Anthropology and Anglo-hegemonics
Rastko Cvekic
This brief article explores the tendency to publish anthropological research results and theoretical debate only in English, at the expense of contributing to anthropological traditions in other languages. It is argued that publication in languages other than English should be valued positively rather than discouraged.

From Rags to Riches, the Policing of Fashion and Identity: Governmentality and “What Not To Wear”
Sheri Gibbings and Jessica Taylor
This paper explores the Learning Channel (TLC) television show What Not to Wear (WNTW), which provides fashion advice to deviant dressers. We use Foucault's concept of governmentality to understand how WNTW engages women in their own projects of self-improvement in ways that are simultaneously disciplinary and pleasing. As the promotion for the website states, this show is all about “Stacy and Clinton reveal[ing] how to be the best possible you.” Also, "No miniskirts after 35."

Exercises of Power: Applying Foucault's Conceptions of Power to Mazahua and Inuit Enculturation Events
Joanna Rae Pearson
By applying three prominent Foucaudian concepts related to the exercise of power in terms of the individual - 'acting upon action', 'pastoral power', and the use of 'power technologies' - this paper (Exercises of Power: Applying Foucault's Conceptions of Power to Mazahua and Inuit Enculturation Events) explores the enculturation of children into the Mazahua and Inuit cultures.

Neandertal Man the Hunter: a history of Neandertal subsistence
Elspeth Ready
In this paper, the historical development of ideas about Neandertal subsistence is examined. This study suggests that research on Neandertal subsistence behaviours has been influenced by historical trends in archaeological, physical anthropological, and evolutionary theory, as well as perceptions of the relationship between Neandertals and modern humans.

Variations on a familiar theme: Reflections on advocacy journalism and the neoliberalization of mental health activism in 21st-century Canada
Eugenia Tsao
How are progressive news outlets complicit in the depoliticization of mental illness? Why does it matter when political activists participate in the commoditization of health and happiness? What's at stake when journalists are entrusted with determining and furthering the interests of marginalized populations? Using discursive analytic methods, Tsao examines these questions by unpacking the Canadian print media's penchant for identifying psychiatric diagnosis with financial crisis.

Style, Symboling and Interaction in Middle Stone Age Societies
Jayne Wilkins
This article examines the archaeological evidence in Africa for the symbolic use of projectile points during the period of time traditionally thought to pre-date the origins of modern human behaviour. The archaeological record suggests that these early humans actively used style and were involved in extensive trade networks, adding support to the more recent view that modern human behaviour can be traced to the African Middle Stone Age.