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Andrew Walsh | Engaging Resources
New Anthropological Perspectives on Natural Resource Environments

Andrew Walsh

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Western Ontario
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Andrew Walsh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario.  He has conducted ethnographic research in northern Madagascar since 1992, most recently on the region’s sapphire and ecotourist trades.  He is the author of Made in Madagascar: Mining and Minding Natural Wonders on ‘The Real Treasure Island,’  forthcoming from University of Toronto Press in September 2012.

Selected Publications

2010The Commodification of Fetishes: Telling the Difference between Natural and Synthetic Sapphires. American Ethnologist, 37(1): 98-114.
2009The Grift: Getting Burned in the Northern Malagasy Sapphire Trade. In Economics and Morality: Anthropological Approaches, Kate Brown and Lynne
Milgram (eds), Altamira Press. Pp. 59-76.
2007Ethnographic Alchemy: Perspectives on Anthropological Work from Northern Madagascar. In Anthropology Put to Work, Les Field and Richard G. Fox, eds. Oxford: Berg Publishers, pp. 201-216.
2006“Nobody has a money taboo”: Situating Ethics in a Northern Malagasy Sapphire Mining Town. Anthropology Today, 22(4): 4-8.
2005The Obvious Aspects of Ecological Underprivilege in Ankarana, Northern Madagascar. American Anthropologist, 107(4): 654-665.
2004In the Wake of Things: Speculating in and about Sapphires in Northern Madagascar. American Anthropologist, 106(2): 225-237.
2003‘Hot Money’ and Daring Consumption in a Northern Malagasy Mining Town. American Ethnologist, 30(2): 290-305.
2002Saving Souls, Preserving Bodies: Religious Incongruity in a Northern Malagasy Mining Town. Journal of Religion in Africa, 32(3): 366-392.
2002Responsibility, Taboos and the ‘Freedom to do Otherwise’ in Northern Madagascar. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 8(3): 451-468.
2001What makes (the) Antankarana, Antankarana: Reckoning Group Identity in Northern Madagascar. Ethnos, 66(1): 27-48.