Cultural Anthropology

Jonathan Saul Marion

Jonathan Saul Marion

Associate Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

(ANTH)-Anthropology

Phone: 479-575-6379

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Dr. Marion received his Ph.D. in psychological and cultural anthropology from the University of California San Diego in 2006. He conducted his research among competitive ballroom dancers across North America and Western Europe just before it gained popular notoriety through TV shows like Dancing with the Stars and You Think You Can Dance. His dissertation focused on how participation in this expressive, performative, and aesthetic activity shaped personal and collective constructions of deeply gendered meanings and identities. Ongoing research and publications continue to explore the interrelationships between performance, gender, embodiment, and identity, and he also studies, presents, and writes about visual ethics, theory, and method in social research. Recently conducting fieldwork on Brazilian Zouk in Rio de Janeiro, Dr. Marion is currently working on his fifth and sixth books, serves as President of the Anthropology Affiliate of the Southwestern Social Science Association, is a Past-president of both the Society for Humanistic Anthropology and the Society for Visual Anthropology, serves on the Editorial Boards of professional journals, is Director of the VIS (vision.image.sense) Lab, and his students regularly present their own work at a variety of national meetings. 

Performance; Embodiment; Body and Identity; Gender; Dress; Globalization; Meaning and Subjectivity; Translocality; Tourism and Travel; Apprenticeship; Ritual; Social Systems and Power Structures; Person-centered Ethnography; Media; Nonverbal Communication; Qualitative Research Methodology; Visual Literacy and Ethics; Psychological, Visual, and Medical Anthropology

ANTH 1023 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 3563 - Culture and Medicine

ANTH 3573 - Ballroom Culture and Performance in the West

ANTH 3583 - Body and Identity

ANTH 3903 - Special Topics: Anthropology of Activity & Performance

ANTH 4273 - Photography for Fieldwork

ANTH 4283 - Survey in Ethnographic Film

ANTH 482V - Applied Visual Research

ANTH 6813 - Seminar: Visual Theory

Ph.D. University of California San Diego, Psychological and Sociocultural Anthropology (2006)
M.A. University of California San Diego, Psychological and Sociocultural Anthropology (2000)
B.A. University of Redlands, Psychology and Political Philosophy (1994)

Books

  • Apprenticeship Pilgrimage: Developing Expertise through Travel and Training, with Dr. Lauren Griffith. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2018.
    • Co-winner, 2018 Edward Bruner Book Prize (Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group)
  • Ballroom Dance and Glamour. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.
  • Visual Research: A Concise Introduction to Thinking Visually, with Dr. Jerome Crowder. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.
  • Ballroom: Culture and Costume in Competitive Dance. Oxford: Berg, 2008.

Articles & Chapters

  • "Globalization" (with Dr. Lauren Miller Griffith). Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: An Open Access Textbook, N. Brown, L. Gonzalez, T. McIlwraith, and P. Stein, eds. Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges and the American Anthropological Association, 2017.
  • "Performance" (with Dr. Lauren Miller Griffith). Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: An Open Access Textbook, N. Brown, L. Gonzalez, T. McIlwraith, and P. Stein, eds. Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges and the American Anthropological Association, 2017.
  • "Becoming Popular: The Impact of Contemporary Media on the World of Competitive Ballroom Dance." Anthropology Now 8:115-24, 2016.
  • "File Naming in Digital Media Research: Examples from the Humanities and Social Sciences." Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 3(3):eP1260. (with Dr. Jerome Crowder and Michele Reilly). 2015.
  • "Seeing and Being in Contemporary Orthodox Jewish Dress."  In The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Jewish Cultures, Nadia Valman and Laurence Roth, Eds. London: Routledge, 297-307. 2014.
  • "Contextualizing Content and Conduct in the LA and West Coast Salsa Scenes."  In Salsa World: A Global Dance in Local Contexts, Sydney Hutchinson, ed. Philadephia: Temple University Press, 64-79. 2013
  • "Competitive Ballroom Dance." Update article, Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Joanne B. Eicher, ed. Berg Fashion Library Online. 2013.
  • "Snapshot: Ballroom Practice Dress." Update article, Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Joanne B. Eicher, ed. Berg Fashion Library Online. 2013.
  • “Circulation as Destination: Considerations from the Translocal Culture of Competitive Ballroom Dance”, Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement 17(2). 2012.
  • “Introduction to Photographing an Emotion”, In Dance With Me: Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy. Julia Ericksen. New York: New York University Press, 2011.
  • “State of the Ethics in Visual Anthropology?” (with Dr. Sara Perry). Visual Anthropology Review 26(2): 96-104. 2010.
  • “Photography as Ethnographic Passport”, Visual Anthropology Review 26(1): 24-30. 2010.
  • “Which Way to the Ballroom?”, Suomen Antropologi (Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society) 32 (2):110-123. 2007.
  • “Beyond Ballroom: Activity as Performance, Embodiment, and Identity”, Human Mosaic 36 (2):7-16. 2006.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • "Early Superhero Comic-book Costumes" (with James Scanlan). Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Vol. 12, Joanne B. Eicher, ed. Berg Fashion Library Online. 2017. 
  • "Snapshot: Alternative Publishers’ Superhero Comic-book Costumes" (with James Scanlan). Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Vol. 12, Joanne B. Eicher, ed. Berg Fashion Library Online. 2017.
  • "Popular Superhero Comic-book Costumes" (with James Scanlan). Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Vol. 11, Joanne B. Eicher, ed. Berg Fashion Library Online. 2017.
  • "Snapshot: Live-action Adaptations of Popular Superhero Comic-book Costumes" (with James Scanlan). Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Vol. 11, Joanne B. Eicher, ed. Berg Fashion Library Online. 2017.
  • "Competitive Ballroom Dance." Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Joanne B. Eicher, ed. Berg Fashion Library Online. 2013.
  • "Snapshot: Ballroom Practice Dress." Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Joanne B. Eicher, ed. Berg Fashion Library Online. 2013.

Introductions

  • "Introduction: Performance in Circulation—Exploring Activity, Artistry, and Itinerancy" (with Dr. Emily Wilcox). Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement 17(2). 2012.
  • "Introduction to Photographing and Emotion." Dance with Me: Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy, Julia Ericksen.  New York University Press, 1-5. 2011.

Ethnographic Visual Media

  • Sabal’s Cassava Food Products. Coffee table book for Sabal Cassava Farm and Gulisi Garifuna Museum, Dangriga, Belize. 2015.
  • "Austin Rodriguez Drum Shop." Educational poster, Dangriga, Belize. 2015.
  • "Sabal’s Cassava Food Products." Flyer for Sabal Cassava Farm, Dangriga, Belize. 2014.
  • Ballroom Bodies: A Series of Photographs. Cotexts 11(2):48-53. 2012.                      
  • 42 ethnographic photos in Dance with Me: Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy. Julia Ericksen. New York: New York University Press. 2011.
  • Ethnographic photo in Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader, Julie Malnig, ed. University of Illinois Press. 2009.
  • 19 ethnographic photos in Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry. Juliet McMains. Middleton, CT: Wesleyan University Press. 2006.

Academic Book Reviews

  • Review of Mary Strong and Laena Wilder, eds. Viewpoints: Visual Anthropologists at Work. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. 2009. xvi + 415 pp. American Anthropologist 113(4):653-4. 2011.
  • Review of Metje Postma and Peter I. Crawford, eds. Reflecting Visual Ethnography: Using the Camera in Anthropological Research. Leiden: CNWS Publications. 2006. xii + 428 pp. Visual Anthropology Review 25(1):81-3. 2009.
  • Review of Chaim Noy. A Narrative Community: Voices of Israeli Backpackers. 256 pp. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. Ethos 35(3). 2007.                      

Other Publications

  • "Posters as Multimedia Powerhouses." Anthropology News, Online. 2016.
  • "Organizing Your Digital World: Maximizing Workflow and Metadata" (with Dr. Jerome Crowder). Anthropology News 54(3-4):9-10. 2013.
  • "Translating Multisensory Experience: An Introduction" (with Dr. Julia Offen). Anthropology News, 50(4):13-4. 2009.
  • “The Ethics of Visual Data”  (with Dr. Sara Perry). Anthropology News, 49 (7):65-6. 2008.
  • "Using Visuals in Conference Papers and Panels: Showing What You Mean." Anthropology News, 49(3):62. 2008.                   
  • "Why 'Ballroom' is Bigger than the Studio Floor." Anthropology News, 46/9:20. 2005.
  • “'Where' is 'There'?: Translocal Anthropology in Competitive Ballroom Dancing." Anthropology News, 46(5):18-9. 2005.                    
  • 2018 - Edward Bruner Book Prize, Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group
  • 2014 - Teaching Commitment Commendation, TFSC, University of Arkansas

  • 2013 - Teaching Commitment Commendation, TFSC, University of Arkansas

  • 2013 - Mentoring Program Commendation, TFSC, University of Arkansas