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Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography books

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Politics and Bureaucracy in the Norwegian Welfare State An Anthropological Approach by Halvard Vike Politics and Bureaucracy in the Norwegian Welfare State An Anthropological Approach

The book aims to explain the emergence of the Norwegian-and to some extent, the Scandinavian-welfare state in historical and anthropological terms. Halvard Vike argues that particular forms of political grassroots mobilization contributed heavily to what he calls a low level...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2017

The Agency of Eating Mediation, Food and the Body by Emma-Jayne Abbots The Agency of Eating Mediation, Food and the Body

Deciding what to eat and how to eat it are two of the most basic acts of everyday life. Yet every choice also implies a value judgement: 'good' foods versus 'bad', 'proper' and 'improper' ways of eating, and 'healthy' and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

India and the Patent Wars Pharmaceuticals in the New Intellectual Property Regime by Murphy Halliburton India and the Patent Wars Pharmaceuticals in the New Intellectual Property Regime


Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Europe Un-Imagined Nation and Culture at a French-German Television Channel by Damien Stankiewicz Europe Un-Imagined Nation and Culture at a French-German Television Channel

Damien Stankiewicz's ground-breaking ethnographic study of the various contexts of media production work at ARTE (the newsroom, the editing studio, the screening room), reveals how ideas about French, German, and European culture coalesce and circulate at the channel.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

India and the Patent Wars Pharmaceuticals in the New Intellectual Property Regime by Murphy Halliburton India and the Patent Wars Pharmaceuticals in the New Intellectual Property Regime


Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

Working the System A Political Ethnography of the New Angola by Jon Schubert Working the System A Political Ethnography of the New Angola


Format: Hardback - Released: 20/09/2017

Working the System A Political Ethnography of the New Angola by Jon Schubert Working the System A Political Ethnography of the New Angola


Format: Paperback - Released: 20/09/2017

The Mushroom at the End of the World On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing The Mushroom at the End of the World On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins

Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world--and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. Through its ability to nurture trees, matsutake helps forests to grow in daunting places. It is also an edible delicacy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/09/2017

Foucault's Orient The Conundrum of Cultural Difference, From Tunisia to Japan by Marnia Lazreg Foucault's Orient The Conundrum of Cultural Difference, From Tunisia to Japan

Using interviews with scholars from Tunisia and Japan, this book examines the manner in which Foucault experienced and explained his encounters with non-Western cultures, unraveling the anthropological implications of his unwavering commitment to cultural difference.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/09/2017

Power in Practice The Pragmatic Anthropology of Afro-Brazilian Capoeira by Sergio Gonzalez Varela Power in Practice The Pragmatic Anthropology of Afro-Brazilian Capoeira

Considering the concept of power in capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian ritual art form, Varela describes ethnographically the importance that capoeira leaders (mestres) have in the social configuration of a style called Angola in Bahia, Brazil.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/09/2017

Culture Change and Ex-Change Syncretism and Anti-Syncretism in Bena, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea by Regina Knapp Culture Change and Ex-Change Syncretism and Anti-Syncretism in Bena, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea

Analyzing perceived and performed cultural change by members of the Bena Bena language group in Papua New Guinea, Knapp offers a new understanding by conjoining traditional anthropological models as well as recent pursuits such as collaborative, reflexive and reverse anthropology.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/09/2017

A History of Anthropology as a Holistic Science by Glynn Custred A History of Anthropology as a Holistic Science

A History of Anthropology as a Holistic Science discusses the four fields of anthropology as a holistic science and the feasibility of such an approach through an examination of its history and its philosophical foundation. It elucidates the 1960s movement...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

Kinship and Human Evolution Making Culture, Becoming Human by Steen Bergendorff Kinship and Human Evolution Making Culture, Becoming Human

Kinship and Human Evolution offers an exciting new explanation of how Homo became sapiens or cultured beings capable of symbolic thought. This book argues that the key to understanding human evolution and culture lies in kinship-based exchange networks, which were...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

Wasted Wombs Navigating Reproductive Interruptions in Cameroon by Erica van der Sijpt Wasted Wombs Navigating Reproductive Interruptions in Cameroon

How women in Cameroon find pathways to their social aspirations in managing uncertain reproductive events
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

Wasted Wombs Navigating Reproductive Interruptions in Cameroon by Erica van der Sijpt Wasted Wombs Navigating Reproductive Interruptions in Cameroon

How women in Cameroon find pathways to their social aspirations in managing uncertain reproductive events
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

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The Fall of Gods Memory, Kinship, and Middle Classes in South India by Ester (lecturer in anthropology, University of Trento, Italy) Gallo The Fall of Gods Memory, Kinship, and Middle Classes in South India
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Rich in anthropological detail and incisive analyses, The Fall of Gods makes original contributions to the understanding of connection between gendered family relations and class mobility, and foregrounds the complex linkages between political history, memory, and the private domain of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

Style and Meaning Essays on the Anthropology of Art by Anthony Forge Style and Meaning Essays on the Anthropology of Art


Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

Style and Meaning Essays on the Anthropology of Art by Anthony Forge Style and Meaning Essays on the Anthropology of Art


Format: Paperback - Released: 28/09/2017

Ochre and Rust Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers by Philip Jones Ochre and Rust Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers

offers a fresh perspective on frontier relations between Australian Aboriginal people and European colonists.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

Korean Shamanism The Cultural Paradox by Chongho (Independent Academic, Australia) Kim Korean Shamanism The Cultural Paradox
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Title first published in 2003. Shamanism has a contradictory position within the Korean cultural system, leading to the periodical suppression of shamanism yet also, paradoxically, ensuring its survival throughout Korean history. This book examines the place of shamans within contemporary...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Debating Humankind's Place in Nature, 1860-2000 The Nature of Paleoanthropology by Richard G. Delisle Debating Humankind's Place in Nature, 1860-2000 The Nature of Paleoanthropology

This text, the only one of its kind on the market, surveys the development of the field of human evolution from its inception through today. It provides students with a broad contrast enabling them to fully understand the value and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Living Politics in South Africa's Urban Shacklands by Kerry Ryan Chance Living Politics in South Africa's Urban Shacklands

While much has been written on post-apartheid social movements in South Africa, most discussion centers on ideal forms of movements, disregarding the reality and agency of the activists themselves. In Living Politics, Kerry Ryan Chance radically flips the conversation by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Living Politics in South Africa's Urban Shacklands by Kerry Ryan Chance Living Politics in South Africa's Urban Shacklands

While much has been written on post-apartheid social movements in South Africa, most discussion centers on ideal forms of movements, disregarding the reality and agency of the activists themselves. In Living Politics, Kerry Ryan Chance radically flips the conversation by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Passing Two Publics in a Mexican Border City by Rihan Yeh Passing Two Publics in a Mexican Border City

Passing: Two Publics in a Mexican Border City is an ethnography of the public sphere in Tijuana based on intensive fieldwork in 2006 and 2007 and numerous subsequent brief visits. Its central contribution is to develop an ethnographic method for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

At Home in the Okavango White Batswana Narratives of Emplacement and Belonging by Catie Gressier At Home in the Okavango White Batswana Narratives of Emplacement and Belonging

An ethnography of the lives of white citizens of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, this book examines their relationships with the natural and social environments of the region.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Anthropology and Philosophy Dialogues on Trust and Hope by Sune Liisberg Anthropology and Philosophy Dialogues on Trust and Hope

The present book is a workroom in which anthropologists and philosophers have begun a dialogue on trust and hope. The interdisciplinary efforts of the contributors demonstrate how the collaboration of anthropologists and philosophers can result in new and challenging ways...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Breaking Boundaries Varieties of Liminality by Agnes Horvath Breaking Boundaries Varieties of Liminality

Liminality has the potential to be a leading paradigm for understanding transformation in a globalizing world. This book explores the methodological range and applicability of the concept to a variety of concrete social and political problems.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Blood and Fire Toward a Global Anthropology of Labor by Sharryn Kasmir Blood and Fire Toward a Global Anthropology of Labor

Six historical ethnographies stemming from fieldwork around the world offer a comparative perspective on the uneven consequences of and reactions to the anthropology of labor. The contributors' vivid accounts show in how dispossession was lived by local working classes illustrates...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

We Are All Cannibals And Other Essays by Claude Levi-Strauss, Maurice Olender We Are All Cannibals And Other Essays
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Levi-Strauss measures the short distance between complex and primitive societies and finds a shared madness in the ways we enact myth, ritual, and custom. Yet he also locates a pure and persistent ethics that connects the center of Western civilization...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Becoming Better Muslims Religious Authority and Ethical Improvement in Aceh, Indonesia by David Kloos Becoming Better Muslims Religious Authority and Ethical Improvement in Aceh, Indonesia

How do ordinary Muslims deal with and influence the increasingly pervasive Islamic norms set by institutions of the state and religion? Becoming Better Muslims offers an innovative account of the dynamic interactions between individual Muslims, religious authorities, and the state...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Other books in this genre

Reclaiming Civilization A Case for Optimism for the Future of Humanity by Brendan Myers Reclaiming Civilization A Case for Optimism for the Future of Humanity

How civilization leads us to the meaning of life, not by discovery, but by invention.
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2017

Talk About Books A Study of Reading Groups by David (Lecturer in English Language, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Hallam University, UK) Peplow Talk About Books A Study of Reading Groups
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Over the last two decades, reading groups have become increasingly popular in the UK and the USA. More and more people seem to be interested in sharing their reading experiences and hearing other readers discuss their views on books, whether...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

The Singularity of Western Innovation The Language Nexus by Leonard Dudley The Singularity of Western Innovation The Language Nexus

This book highlights the contribution of language standardization to the economic rise of the West between 1600 and 1860. Previous studies have been unable to explain why during this period almost all industrial innovation was confined to small areas around...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/08/2017

Technologies for Intuition Cold War Circles and Telepathic Rays by Alaina Lemon Technologies for Intuition Cold War Circles and Telepathic Rays

Since the Cold War, Americans and Russians alike have cultivated a special fascination with the workings and failures of communication. This book explores the ways in which people hone techniques to discern and describe channels and contacts, including those that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/08/2017

Technologies for Intuition Cold War Circles and Telepathic Rays by Alaina Lemon Technologies for Intuition Cold War Circles and Telepathic Rays

Explores the ways in which people hone techniques to discern and describe channels and contacts, including those that seem weak and failed, or blocked and invisible. This book is about stagings of communicative energy through paranormal experiments in telepathy, drills...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/08/2017

Living Before Dying Imagining and Remembering Home by Janette Davies Living Before Dying Imagining and Remembering Home

This in-depth description of life in a nursing/care home, told in a year of daily conversations with patients and staff, highlights the daily care of frail or ill residents of extreme old age, emphasising interaction with care assistants and the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/08/2017

Critical Times in Greece Anthropological Engagements with the Crisis by Dimitris Dalakoglou Critical Times in Greece Anthropological Engagements with the Crisis

This volume brings together new anthropological research on the Greek crisis. With a number of contributions from academics based both inside and outside Greece, the book addresses a number of key issues such as the refugee crisis, far-right extremism and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/08/2017

A Goddess in Motion Visual Creativity in the Cult of Maria Lionza by Roger Canals A Goddess in Motion Visual Creativity in the Cult of Maria Lionza

Shedding light on the role of visual creativity in religion, Canals explores the current practice of the cult of Maria Lionza, one of the most important and yet unexplored religious practices in Venezuela.
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/08/2017

Memory Landscapes of the Inka Carved Outcrops by Jessica Joyce Christie, Frank Meddens Memory Landscapes of the Inka Carved Outcrops
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This book investigates the Inka carved outcrops in the Andean highlands in the context of pan-Andean stone cults which predated the Inka and continue to be practiced in modified forms to the present day.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

Distortion Social Processes Beyond the Structured and Systemic by Nigel Rapport Distortion Social Processes Beyond the Structured and Systemic

Distortion occurs between the intentions of actions and their outcomes. It can also occur between thoughts and actions; between words and how they are interpreted; between a statement of law and its enactment; between a vision and its artistic representation;...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017

Pentecostalism and Witchcraft Spiritual Warfare in Africa and Melanesia by Knut Rio Pentecostalism and Witchcraft Spiritual Warfare in Africa and Melanesia

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book presents fresh ethnographic work from the regions of Africa and Melanesia-where the popularity of charismatic Christianity can be linked to a revival and transformation of witchcraft. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017

Anthropological Considerations of Production, Exchange, Vending and Tourism by Donald C. Wood Anthropological Considerations of Production, Exchange, Vending and Tourism

Volume 37 of REA features eleven original articles organized in four different sections, each focusing on a specific, popular and significant theme in economic anthropology: production, exchange, vending, and tourism.
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017

Culture as a System How We Know the Meaning and Significance of What We Do and Say by David Kronenfeld Culture as a System How We Know the Meaning and Significance of What We Do and Say

A particular culture is associated with a particular community, and thus has a social dimension. But how does culture operate and how is it to be defined? Is it to be taken as the behavioral repertoire of members of that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017

Refiguring Techniques in Digital Visual Research by Edgar Gomez Cruz Refiguring Techniques in Digital Visual Research

This book interrogates how new digital-visual techniques and technologies are being used in emergent configurations of research and intervention.
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2017

Mixed Family Life in the UK An Ethnographic Study of Japanese-British Families by M. Nakamura Lopez Mixed Family Life in the UK An Ethnographic Study of Japanese-British Families

This book offers a nuanced picture of mixed family life in the UK. Specifically, the book explores how parents from different backgrounds create a place of belonging for their children, while also negotiating difference and attempting to transmit various aspects...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2017

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