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Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography

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Human Trafficking and the Feminization of Poverty

Human Trafficking and the Feminization of Poverty

Author: Yuko Shimazaki Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2021

This book provides a comprehensive overview of human trafficking in Cambodia and the mechanisms of poverty in Southeast Asia. By examining personal narratives, the author traces trafficked women's efforts to liberate themselves from the poverty trap with the aid of external supporting organizations.

Arc of the Journeyman

Arc of the Journeyman

Author: Nichola Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2021

A monumental account of one migrant community's everyday lives, struggles, and aspirations Forty years of continuous war and conflict have made Afghans the largest refugee group in the world. In this first full-scale ethnography of Afghan migrants in England, Nichola Khan examines the imprint of violence, displacement, kinship obligations, and mobility on the lives and work of Pashtun journeyman taxi drivers in Britain. Khan's analysis is centered in the county of Sussex, site of Brighton's orientalist Royal Pavilion and the former home of colonial propagandist Rudyard Kipling. Her nearly two decades of relationships and fieldwork have given Khan a deep understanding of the everyday lives of Afghan migrants, who face unrelenting pressures to remit money to their struggling relatives in Pakistan and Afghanistan, adhere to traditional values, and resettle the wives and children they have left behind. This kaleidoscopic narrative is enriched by the migrants' own stories and dreams, which take on extra significance among sleep-deprived taxi drivers. Khan chronicles the way these men rely on Pashto poems and aphorisms to make sense of what is strange or difficult to bear. She also attests to the pleasures of local family and friends who are less demanding than kin back home-sharing connection and moments of joy in dance, excursions, picnics, and humorous banter. Khan views these men's lives through the lenses of movement-the arrival of friends and family, return visits to Pakistan, driving customers, even the journey to remit money overseas-and immobility, describing the migrants who experience stuckness caused by unresponsive bureaucracies, chronic insecurity, or struggles with depression and other mental health conditions. Arc of the Journeyman is a deeply humane portrayal that expands and complicates current perceptions of Afghan migrants, offering a finely analyzed description of their lives and communities as a moving, contingent, and fully contemporary force.

Arc of the Journeyman

Arc of the Journeyman

Author: Nichola Khan Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2021

A monumental account of one migrant community's everyday lives, struggles, and aspirations Forty years of continuous war and conflict have made Afghans the largest refugee group in the world. In this first full-scale ethnography of Afghan migrants in England, Nichola Khan examines the imprint of violence, displacement, kinship obligations, and mobility on the lives and work of Pashtun journeyman taxi drivers in Britain. Khan's analysis is centered in the county of Sussex, site of Brighton's orientalist Royal Pavilion and the former home of colonial propagandist Rudyard Kipling. Her nearly two decades of relationships and fieldwork have given Khan a deep understanding of the everyday lives of Afghan migrants, who face unrelenting pressures to remit money to their struggling relatives in Pakistan and Afghanistan, adhere to traditional values, and resettle the wives and children they have left behind. This kaleidoscopic narrative is enriched by the migrants' own stories and dreams, which take on extra significance among sleep-deprived taxi drivers. Khan chronicles the way these men rely on Pashto poems and aphorisms to make sense of what is strange or difficult to bear. She also attests to the pleasures of local family and friends who are less demanding than kin back home-sharing connection and moments of joy in dance, excursions, picnics, and humorous banter. Khan views these men's lives through the lenses of movement-the arrival of friends and family, return visits to Pakistan, driving customers, even the journey to remit money overseas-and immobility, describing the migrants who experience stuckness caused by unresponsive bureaucracies, chronic insecurity, or struggles with depression and other mental health conditions. Arc of the Journeyman is a deeply humane portrayal that expands and complicates current perceptions of Afghan migrants, offering a finely analyzed description of their lives and communities as a moving, contingent, and fully contemporary force.

Rural Livelihoods and Gendered Resistance in Botswana

Rural Livelihoods and Gendered Resistance in Botswana

Author: Rebecca L. (DePauw University, USA) Upton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

As globalization has shifted the market in tourism---dependent Botswana, women who are responsible for the production of baskets have entered a new and expanded market economy where locally made baskets carry Tswana symbols and meanings into international contexts and construct and contest the idea of sustainability and gender ideology. These objects and cultural artifacts are both an insight into Tswana culture as well as a new means through which women produce, tell and re---tell narratives of cultural and global, financial success and resistance. In this book, Rebecca Upton closely examines how women in a rural part of southern Africa give voice to contemporary issues of environment, health, economic disparity and the impact of migration on everyday lives. The 'traditional' Tswana patterns, tears of the giraffe and knees of the tortoise, have long been used by women to convey particular messages about ethnic group affiliation, meaningful cultural origin stories and cautionary morality tales. Today, these same patterns have come to take on additional meanings as a result of local interpretation of global impact on Tswana communities. Emphasizing the role that African material culture plays in mediating between social worlds, this book will be of interested to those who research in the fields of African art and anthropology, economics, gender and sustainability. .

An Ethnography of the Backpacking Culture

An Ethnography of the Backpacking Culture

Author: Amie (University of Western Sydney, Australia) Matthews Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

In contemporary society, tourism and other forms of travel have become increasingly common. Tales of exploration, travel and discovery are also vigorously circulated in popular culture and on social media. In keeping with this, personal narratives of transformation and growth through travel have become especially salient for young independent travelers or backpackers. With these trends and the compulsive acquisition of life experience as a backdrop, this book examines the role that leisure travel plays in the lives of young people. This volume draws on media analysis, interviews with young travellers, and extensive fieldwork observations of backpackers around the world. Adopting the structure of a journey, the book examines travel as it is imagined and then moves to providing an ethnographic account of the backpacking culture as it is lived. Finally, it reflects upon the influence that travel experiences have on individual backpackers and the communities that they pass through. Drawing attention to backpackers' ideas about travel, their in-destination behaviours, attitudes, and world and self-perceptions, Matthews provides a comprehensive, insider account of the global backpacking scene. She explores how backpacking has been constructed as a contemporary rite of passage, the influence that it has on young peoples' identities and life trajectories, and the ethical implications and ongoing effects of their travel practices.

Wild Thought A New Translation of la Pensee Sauvage

Wild Thought A New Translation of la Pensee Sauvage

Author: Claude Levi-Strauss Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Perhaps the most influential anthropologist of his generation, Claude Levi-Strauss left a profound mark on the development of twentieth-century thought, equal to that of phenomenology and existentialism. Through a fertile mixture of insights gleaned from linguistics and from sociology and ethnology, Levi-Strauss elaborated his theory of structural unity in culture and became the preeminent representative of structural anthropology. La Pensee sauvage, published in French in 1962, was his crowning achievement. Ranging over philosophies, historical periods, and human societies, it challenged the prevailing assumption of the superiority of modern Western culture and sought to explain the unity of human intellection. Unfortunately titled The Savage Mind when it first published in English in 1966, the original translation nevertheless sparked a fascination with Levi-Strauss's work among generations of Anglophone readers. Wild Thought: A New Translation of La Pensee sauvage rekindles that spark with a fresh and accessible new translation. Including critical annotations for the contemporary reader, it restores the accuracy and integrity of the book that changed the course of twentieth-century thought, making it an indispensable addition to any philosophical and anthropological library.

Ccut Vol 17.1

Ccut Vol 17.1

Author: Various Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

The Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia

The Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia

Author: Victor (University of Leeds, UK) King Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This is a comprehensive introduction to the social and cultural anthropology of South-East Asia. It provides an overview of the major theoretical issues and themes which have emerged from the engagement of anthropologists with South-East Asian communities; a succinct historical survey and analysis of the peoples and cultures of the region. Most importantly the volume reveals the vitally important role which the study of the area has occupied in the development of the concepts and methods of anthropology: from the perspectives of Edmund Leach to Clifford Geertz, Maurice Freedman to Claude Levi-Strauss; Lauriston Sharp to Melford Spiro.

Craft Entrepreneurship

Craft Entrepreneurship

Author: Annette Naudin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

What is the craft worker's experience of the challenges and opportunities afforded through entrepreneurship? This book reveals the individual experience of craft entrepreneurship, drawing on case studies from around the world, considering questions of identity, policy, community, and the digital in crafting a life. Craft practice has experienced a sharp rise in popularity since the late 2000s as demand and interest for authentic handmade products has increased in a fast paced, digitalised world. Etsy and social media platforms allow seemingly 'anyone' to become a craft entrepreneur. As part of the creative economy and regional cultural policy initiatives, craft and artisanal practices are encouraged by governments. But

Neo-Materialism

Neo-Materialism

This book describes the emergence of a new materialist orientation in social theory, driven by acknowledgement of the centrality and irreducibility of difference as a key concept in both the social and natural sciences and the problems this poses for scientific enquiry, political decision-making and collective action. Using examples from climate change to genomics to social justice movements, it examines how feedback processes between the organic, material and social realms are increasingly being revealed as determinants of our capacity to sustain planetary diversity and to shape the form and quality of human life. It argues that, as we confront the complexity and contingency of such processes, there is an ever-greater need for an ontology that re-admits the non-discursive to social theory.

Branding Gandhi

Branding Gandhi

Author: Ritu Khanduri Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Branding Gandhi renews attention to thinking about our relationship with stuff through Gandhi's politics, his image, his things, and the history of branding Gandhi. Based on archival research this book will provoke thinking about why we remain fascinated with brands. The chapters of this book will appeal to introductory anthropology students and nudge them to wonder what it means for India to claim Gandhi as their national treasure, making him their nation's brand. The book asks a simple question: what do brands mean and why do brands move us? To answer, the book takes students to Gandhi, to the past and the present, to India and the U.S, to ordinary and extraordinary things, and to the place of emotion and belief in our rational lives.

Wild Thought A New Translation of la Pensee Sauvage

Wild Thought A New Translation of la Pensee Sauvage

Author: Claude Levi-Strauss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Perhaps the most influential anthropologist of his generation, Claude Levi-Strauss left a profound mark on the development of twentieth-century thought, equal to that of phenomenology and existentialism. Through a fertile mixture of insights gleaned from linguistics and from sociology and ethnology, Levi-Strauss elaborated his theory of structural unity in culture and became the preeminent representative of structural anthropology. La Pensee sauvage, published in French in 1962, was his crowning achievement. Ranging over philosophies, historical periods, and human societies, it challenged the prevailing assumption of the superiority of modern Western culture and sought to explain the unity of human intellection. Unfortunately titled The Savage Mind when it first published in English in 1966, the original translation nevertheless sparked a fascination with Levi-Strauss's work among generations of Anglophone readers. Wild Thought: A New Translation of La Pensee sauvage rekindles that spark with a fresh and accessible new translation. Including critical annotations for the contemporary reader, it restores the accuracy and integrity of the book that changed the course of twentieth-century thought, making it an indispensable addition to any philosophical and anthropological library.