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Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography

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The War on the Uyghurs

The War on the Uyghurs

Author: Sean R. Roberts, Ben Emmerson Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

The first account of one of the world's most pressing humanitarian catastrophes. This eye-opening book reveals how China has used the US-led Global War on Terror as cover for its increasingly brutal suppression of the Uyghur people. China's actions, it argues, have emboldened states around the globe to persecute ethnic minorities and severely repress domestic opposition in the name of combatting terrorism. Within weeks of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the Chinese government announced that it faced a serious terrorist threat from its largely Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority. Nearly two decades later, of the 11 million Uyghurs living in China today, more than 1 million have been detained in so-called re-education camps, victims of what has become the largest program of mass incarceration and surveillance in the world. Drawing on extensive interviews with Uyghurs in Xinjiang, as well as refugee communities and exiles, Sean Roberts tells a story that is not just about state policies, but about Uyghur responses to these devastating government programs. Providing a lucid and far-reaching analysis of China's cultural genocide, The War on the Uyghurs allows the voices of those caught up in the human tragedy to be heard for the first time. -- .

Facing the Crisis

Facing the Crisis

Author: Don Kalb Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/09/2020

Among the founding nations of the European Union, no nation has experienced a more devastating affect from the 2008 economic crisis than Italy. Although its recovery has recently begun, Italy has fallen even further behind EU economic leaders and the EU average. Looking at how and why this happened, Facing the Crisis brings together ethnographic material from anthropological research projects carried out in various Italian industrial locations. With its wide breadth of locations and industries, the volume looks at all corners of the diverse Italian manufacturing system.

Connected

Connected

Author: Roberto J. Gonzalez Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2020

This is the true story of how, against all odds, a remote Mexican pueblo built its own autonomous cell phone network-without help from telecom companies or the government. Anthropologist Roberto J. Gonzalez paints a vivid and nuanced picture of life in a Oaxaca mountain village and the collective tribulation, triumph, and tragedy the community experienced in pursuit of getting connected. In doing so, this book captures the challenges and contradictions facing Mexico's indigenous peoples today, as they struggle to wire themselves into the 21st century using mobile technologies, ingenuity, and sheer determination. It also holds a broader lesson about the great paradox of the digital age, by exploring how constant connection through virtual worlds can hinder our ability to communicate with those around us.

Connected

Connected

Author: Roberto J. Gonzalez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2020

This is the true story of how, against all odds, a remote Mexican pueblo built its own autonomous cell phone network-without help from telecom companies or the government. Anthropologist Roberto J. Gonzalez paints a vivid and nuanced picture of life in a Oaxaca mountain village and the collective tribulation, triumph, and tragedy the community experienced in pursuit of getting connected. In doing so, this book captures the challenges and contradictions facing Mexico's indigenous peoples today, as they struggle to wire themselves into the 21st century using mobile technologies, ingenuity, and sheer determination. It also holds a broader lesson about the great paradox of the digital age, by exploring how constant connection through virtual worlds can hinder our ability to communicate with those around us.

Slavery and Essentialism in Highland Madagascar

Slavery and Essentialism in Highland Madagascar

Author: Denis Regnier Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Unclean people is a widespread expression in the southern highlands of Madagascar, and refers to people of alleged slave descent who are discriminated against on a daily basis and in a variety of ways. Denis Regnier sets out to explore the prejudice against slave descendants in highland Madagascar and its persistence more than a century after the official abolition of slavery. Regnier shows that the prejudice is rooted in a strong case of psychological essentialism: free descendants think that 'slaves' have a 'dirty' essence that is impossible to cleanse.Regnier's field experiments prove the inaccuracy of the widely accepted idea that the social stigma against slavery is a legacy of pre-colonial society. Regnier argues to the contrary that the essential construal of 'slaves' is the outcome of the historical process triggered by the colonial abolition of slavery: whereas in pre-abolition times slaves could be cleansed through ritual means, the abolition of slavery meant that slaves were transformed only superficially into free persons, while their inner essence remained unchanged and became progressively constructed as 'forever unchangeable.' With fascinating implications, and based on detailed and painstaking fieldwork, Regnier's work will be of interest to anthropologists of Africa, students of international development, and those looking at the legacy of slavery.

Care of the State

Care of the State

Author: Jennifer Rasell Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2020

Care of the State blends archival, oral history, interview and ethnographic data to study the changing relationships and kinship ties of children who lived in state residential care in socialist Hungary. It advances anthropological understanding of kinship and the workings of the state by exploring how kinship was shaped by various state actors and practices. Jennifer Rasell shows that norms and processes in the Hungarian welfare system placed symbolic weight on nuclear families whilst restricting and devaluing other possible ties for children in care, in particular to siblings, friends, welfare workers and wider communities. In focussing on care practices both within and outside kin relations, Rasell shows that children valued relationships that were produced through personal attention, engagement and emotional connections. Highlighting the diversity of experiences in state care in socialist Hungary, this book's nuanced insights represent an important contribution to research on children's well-being and family policies in Central-Eastern Europe and beyond.

Navigating the Everyday as Middle-Class British-Pakistani Women

Navigating the Everyday as Middle-Class British-Pakistani Women

Author: Noreen Mirza Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2020

This ethnographic study of middle-class British-Pakistani women in Manchester explores the sense of belonging they create through recognition and social status. Belonging in these communities is enacted through the performance of different identities-class, ethnicity, nationality, generation, age, religion, and gender-that earn them social power and status among family and friends. To prove they are model migrants, worthy of respect and recognition, these women perform various and intersecting identities to maximize status and social capital in diverse situations. Far from being passive victims of racial, religious, or cultural discrimination, middle-class British-Pakistani women challenge prejudice against Muslims and British-Pakistanis through certain practices, objects, performances, and relationships, serving as ambassadors for their religious and ethnic identity through their conduct and interaction with others in daily life.

The Absurdity of Bureaucracy

The Absurdity of Bureaucracy

Author: Nina Holm Vohnsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2020

The absurdity of bureaucracy offers a humorous ethnographic account of policy implementation set in contemporary Danish bureaucracy. Taking the reader deep into the hallways of governmental administration and municipal caseworkers' offices, the book sets out to explore what characterizes policy implementation as a mode of human agency. Using the notions of absurdity and sense-making as lenses through which to explore the dynamic relationship between a policy and its effects, the book reclaims 'implementation studies' for the qualitative sciences and emphasizes the existential dilemma that any policymaker and implementer must confront. Following step-by-step the planning and implementation of the randomized controlled trial, Active - Back Sooner, the book sets out to show that 'going wrong' is not a question of implementation failure but is in fact the only way in which implementation may happen. -- .

Anxious China

Anxious China

Author: Li Zhang Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2020

The breathless pace of China's economic reform has brought about deep ruptures in socioeconomic structures and people's inner landscape. Faced with increasing market-driven competition and profound social changes, more and more middle-class urbanites are turning to Western-style psychological counseling to grapple with their mental distress. This book offers an in-depth ethnographic account of how an unfolding inner revolution is reconfiguring selfhood, psyche, family dynamics, sociality, and the mode of governing in post-socialist times. Li Zhang shows that anxiety-broadly construed in both medical and social terms-has become a powerful indicator for the general pulse of contemporary Chinese society. It is in this particular context that Zhang traces how a new psychotherapeutic culture takes root, thrives, and transforms itself across a wide range of personal, social, and political domains.

Deporting Black Britons

Deporting Black Britons

Author: Luke de Noronha Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2020

In the last two decades, the UK has deported thousands of people to Jamaica. Many of these 'deportees' left the Caribbean as infants and have very little to return to. Deporting Black Britons traces the life stories of four men now living in this situation, men who have been banished to Jamaica and exiled from parents, partners, children and friends in the UK. What do their memories of life in Britain - defined by poverty, racist policing, and illegality - reveal about migration and citizenship in the UK? And how do 'Black Britons' survive once they are returned to Jamaica? Based on years of research with deported people and their families, Deporting Black Britons presents stories of survival and hardship in both the UK and in Jamaica. These portraits testify to the damage wrought by violent borders, but they also open up wider questions about racism, belonging and deservingness in anti-immigrant times. -- .

Anxious China

Anxious China

Author: Li Zhang Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2020

The breathless pace of China's economic reform has brought about deep ruptures in socioeconomic structures and people's inner landscape. Faced with increasing market-driven competition and profound social changes, more and more middle-class urbanites are turning to Western-style psychological counseling to grapple with their mental distress. This book offers an in-depth ethnographic account of how an unfolding inner revolution is reconfiguring selfhood, psyche, family dynamics, sociality, and the mode of governing in post-socialist times. Li Zhang shows that anxiety-broadly construed in both medical and social terms-has become a powerful indicator for the general pulse of contemporary Chinese society. It is in this particular context that Zhang traces how a new psychotherapeutic culture takes root, thrives, and transforms itself across a wide range of personal, social, and political domains.

Realising the City

Realising the City

Author: Camilla Lewis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2020

What is a city? How does it come into being? Who are the people involved? How are decisions made and what happens next? Realising the city provides multiple insider perspectives on this northern English city. Drawing on extensive fieldwork into the city's football clubs, annual civic parade and Gay Village, airport and infrastructure, parks and housing estates, these ethnographic accounts trace the multiple dynamics of a vibrant and rapidly changing post-industrial city. This book provides essential reading for researchers interested in contemporary urban dynamics. Its accessible style and material will also interest community activists, city administrators, political analysts and elected officials. The book is suitable for undergraduate reading lists for courses teaching ethnographic methods and on urban studies courses within sociology, anthropology, geography and the built environment. -- .