My most recent book is entitled Reclaiming Basque: Language, Nation, and Cultural Activism with the University of Nevada Press (Spring 2012). My research has focused on the changing strategies of grassroots cultural activism, technologies of knowledge and power, the politics of popular culture, minority languages, and the semiotics of resistance. I’ve done long term ethnographic research with Basque language advocates examining such issues as language standardization, youth community media projects, music and the political uses of statistics. I’m interested in theorizing the intersecting logics of nationalism, governmentality, and late capitalism. I am co-PI for our Department's Cultural Heritage in European Societies and Spaces [CHESS] program. Funded by the National Science Foundation Grant Number OISE-0968575, CHESS is a unique field school that trains students for ethnographic research. I'm currently collaborating on a team project studying the experiences of people who are “new speakers” of Basque as part of an EU COST Action: New Speakers in Multilingual Europe. http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/isch/Actions/IS1306 I have also begun new fieldwork on collective memory and public protest by the relatives and victims of the Spanish civil war.
Linguistic Identity among New Speakers of Basque (with Ane Ortega and Estibalitz Amorrortu), International Journal of the Sociology of Language (2015)
The increase in Basque speakers in the last 30 years has been due in large...
Special Issue: New Speakers of Minority Languages: The Challenging Opportunity, International Journal of the Sociology of Language (2015)
Special Issue on new speakers of minority languages. Edited by Bernadette O'Rourke, Joan Pujolar, and...
The Ethnography of Resistance Then and Now: On Thickness and Activist Engagement in the Twenty-First Century (with Justin Helepololei), History and Anthropology (2014)
This article seeks to convey some of the theoretical frameworks and commitments that characterize how...
Review of Reclaiming Basque by Kathryn Woolard, American Ethnologist (2014)
Book Review of Reclaiming Basque by Kathryn Woolard. American Ethnologist February 2014.
Breaking all the Rules: An Interview with Frances Peters, Visual Anthropology Review (1993)
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Contributions to Books
“WE ARE ALL MALCOLM X!”: NEGU GORRIAK, HIP HOP, AND THE BASQUE POLITICAL IMAGINARY, Global Noise: Rap and Hip Hop Outside the U.S.A. (2001)
Music has been an important terrain of cultural politics for many minorities and indigenous people,...
Basque Language Revival and Popular Culture, Basque Cultural Studies (1999)
This essay argues for the value of examining popular culture as a productive site for...
The Anthropometry of Barbie: Unsettling Ideals of the Feminine Body in Popular Culture. (with Alan Swedlund), Deviant Bodies. Critical Perspectives on Difference in Science and Popular Culture (1995)
Zerain.com: cultural landscape as a framework for integrating sustainable development, heritage and language preservation, Heritage 2010 Conference Evora, Portugal (2010)
Symposium Program: War, Dictatorship & Memory In Spain, Five Colleges (2011)
Program for the Interdisciplinary Symposium, War, Dictatorship and Memory in Spain. Organizers: Justin Crumbaugh, Sara...
Book review of Reclaiming Basque published in the Council for European Studies Newsletter Sept. 2013.