Walter Little

Walter E. Little

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Cultural Anthropology
https://www.albany.edu/anthropology
Professor of Cultural Anthropology, SUNY, University at Albany, Department of Anthropology
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    PostedMonday, July 26, 2021 at 4:28 PM
    Cris Panella and I have edited the book, Norms and Illegality: Intimate Ethnographies and Politics (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781793646316/Norms-and-Illegality-Intimate-Ethnographies-and-Politics), with contributions by Florence Babb, Isabella Clough Marinaro, Michael Herzfeld, Gordon Mathews, Lorelei Mendoza, Lynne Milgram, Alan Smart, Andrew Walsh, and Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld. It explores liminal and illegal practices in relation to political control and cultural normativity. The contributors draw on years of ethnographic experiences in Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Italy, Madagascar, Mali, Philippines, and Thailand to study the contradictions of what is legal and illegal. The contributors shed light on moral economies and frames of value entailed in systems of representation that have been set up by individuals who are deemed illegal, liminal, or deviant in their confrontations with the state.
    Cris Panella and I have edited the book, Norms and Illegality: Intimate Ethnographies and Politics (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781793646316/Norms-and-Illegality-Intimate-Ethnographies-and-Politics), with contributions by Florence Babb, Isabella Clough Marinaro, Michael Herzfeld, Gordon Mathews, Lorelei Mendoza, Lynne Milgram, Alan Smart, Andrew Walsh, and Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld. It explores liminal and illegal practices in relation to political control and cultural normativity. The contributors draw on years of ethnographic experiences in Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Italy, Madagascar, Mali, Philippines, and Thailand to study the contradictions of what is legal and illegal. The contributors shed light on moral economies and frames of value entailed in systems of representation that have been set up by individuals who are deemed illegal, liminal, or deviant in their confrontations with the state.
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Interest/Specialty Areas Guatemala and Mexico. Mesoamerica. Cultural and Ethnic Identity, Cultural Performance, Gender Relations, Heritage, Marketplace and Household Economics, Transcultural Studies - Tourism, Urban Anthropology.
Biography

Walter Little studies the social and political economies of Latin American indigenous peoples, particularly, in Guatemala, Mexico, and the Albany, NY region. His multi-sited ethnographic research combines political economy and symbolic/interpretive perspectives in order to better understand the politics of identity, international aid and economic development, cultural heritage and tourism in urban places, and the everyday practices of handicrafts production and marketplace interactions.

In addition to the Department of Anthropology, he is affiliated with the Department of Latin American, U.S. Latino, and Caribbean Studies (LACS) and with the University at Albany program in Globalization Studies. In the aftermath of hurricane Stan, he co-founded the Guatemalan Emergency Relief Fund (2005-2010), a rapid response humanitarian organization to help reduce poverty and improve education in Maya communities. He is a founding board member of the Foundation for Developing Sustainable Societies, which has projects in the Yucatan. He is also a board member and previous director of the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies and a member of Triquis Sin Fronteras, a community-based organization that promotes Oaxaca Triqui culture and language in the Albany, N.Y. area.

He is the author of numerous articles, reviews, and books including Mayas in the Marketplace: Tourism, Globalization, and Cultural Identity (2004), which won Best Book of 2005 from the New England Council for Latin American Studies, and his co-edited volume, Economies in the Urban Global South (2013), which won the Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Prize in 2014. To read more about this book, "Anthropologist’s Research on Maya Street Vendors Receives Another Accolade". His most recent book is Norms and Illegality: Intimate Ethnographies and Politics (2021), co-edited with Cristiana Panella.

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Geographic Areas of Expertise United States
Northeast
New York
Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Western Hemisphere
Guatemala
Mexico
Languages
English
French
Kaqchikel
K'ichee'
Spanish
Triqui
Curriculum Vitae
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