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Sylvia Yanagisako

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Sylvia Yanagisako

Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies
Ph.D. Washington, 1975
Research Interests: 
Anthropology of capitalism, transnationalism, social and cultural theory, feminist theory. U.S., Italy.


Sylvia Yanagisako is the Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies and Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her research and publications have focused on the cultural processes through which kinship, gender, capitalism, and labor have been forged in Italy and the U.S. She has also written about the orthodox configuration of the discipline of anthropology in the U.S. and considered alternatives to it (Unwrapping the Sacred Bundle: Reflections on the Disciplining of Anthropology, 2005).

Professor Yanagisako’s latest book, Fabricating Transnational Capitalism: a Collaborative Ethnography of Italian-Chinese Global Fashion (Duke University Press, 2019) co-authored with Lisa Rofel, analyzes the transnational business relations forged by Italian and Chinese textile and garment manufacturers. This book builds on her monograph (Producing Culture and Capital, 2002) which examined the cultural processes through which a technologically-advanced, Italian manufacturing industry was produced.

Professor Yanagisako has served as President of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Stanford, and Chair of the Program in Feminist Studies at Stanford. She received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1992.


Selected Articles

2019   “Accumulating Family Values.”  2018 Jack Goody Lecture. Halle, Germany. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

2018   "Reconfiguring labor value and the capital-labor relation in Italian global fashion,"  special issue on Dislocating Labour, edited by Penelope Harvey and Christian Krohn-Hansen. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, volume 24 (1):

2018   "Family Firms." In: International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, ed. Hilary Callan. Wiley-Blackwell.

2015   "Households in Anthropology." In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol.11. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 228–232.

2015   "Gens: a Feminist Manifesto for the Study of Capitalism." Theorizing the Contemporary, on-line series of Cultural Anthropology. co-authors: Laura Bear, Karen Ho, Anna Tsing. and