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Crossing Histories and Ethnographies

by Ricardo Roque & Elizabeth G. Traube Berghahn Books (June 01, 2019)

The key question for many anthropologists and historians today is not whether to cross the boundary between their disciplines, but whether the idea of a disciplinary boundary should be sustained. Reinterpreting...


Medicinal Rule

by Koen Stroeken Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

As soon as Europeans set foot on African soil, they looked for the equivalents of their kings – and found them. The resulting misunderstandings last until this day. Based on ethnography-driven regional comparison...


Who are "We"?

by Liana Chua & Nayanika Mathur Berghahn Books (June 13, 2018)

Who do 'we' anthropologists think 'we' are? And how do forms and notions of collective disciplinary identity shape the way we think, write and do anthropology? This volume explores how the anthropological 'we'...


Returning Life

by Knut Christian Myhre Berghahn Books (December 29, 2017)

A group of Chagga-speaking men descend the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to butcher animals and pour milk, beer, and blood on the ground, requesting rain for their continued existence. Returning Life explores...


Durkheim in Dialogue

by Sondra L. Hausner Berghahn Books (November 01, 2013)

One hundred years after the publication of the great sociological treatise, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, this new volume shows how aptly Durkheim¹s theories still resonate with the study of contemporary...


Expeditionary Anthropology

by Martin Thomas & Amanda Harris Berghahn Books (January 15, 2018)

The origins of anthropology lie in expeditionary journeys. But since the rise of immersive fieldwork, usually by a sole investigator, the older tradition of team-based social research has been largely eclipsed....


The Ethics of Knowledge Creation

by Lisette Josephides & Anne Sigfrid Grønseth Berghahn Books (June 01, 2017)

Anthropology lies at the heart of the human sciences, tackling questions having to do with the foundations, ethics, and deployment of the knowledge crucial to human lives. The Ethics of Knowledge-Creation focuses...


A History of Oxford Anthropology

by Peter Riviere Berghahn Books (November 01, 2007)

Informative as well as entertaining, this volume offers many interesting facets of the first hundred years of anthropology at Oxford University.


Understanding Cultural Transmission in Anthropology: A Critical Synthesis

by Roy Ellen, Stephen J. Lycett & Sarah E. Johns Berghahn Books (August 01, 2013)

The concept of "cultural transmission" is central to much contemporary anthropological theory, since successful human reproduction through social systems is essential for effective survival and for enhancing...


Human Origins

by Camilla Power, Morna Finnegan & Hilary Callan Berghahn Books (December 01, 2016)

Human Origins brings together new thinking by social anthropologists and other scholars on the evolution of human culture and society. No other discipline has more relevant expertise to consider the emergence...


<i>Anyone</i>

by Nigel Rapport Berghahn Books (July 01, 2012)

The significance that people grant to their affiliations as members of nations, religions, classes, races, ethnicities and genders is evidence of the vital need for a cosmopolitan project that originates in...


The Scope of Anthropology

by Laurent Dousset & Serge Tcherkézoff Berghahn Books (April 01, 2012)

Some of the most prominent social and cultural anthropologists have come together in this volume to discuss Maurice Godelier's work. They explore and revisit some of the highly complex practices and structures...


Up Close and Personal: On Peripheral Perspectives and the Production of Anthropological Knowledge

by Cris Shore & Susanna Trnka Berghahn Books (June 01, 2013)

Combining rich personal accounts from twelve veteran anthropologists with reflexive analyses of the state of anthropology today, this book is a treatise on theory and method offering fresh insights into the...


Human Nature as Capacity: Transcending Discourse and Classification

by Nigel Rapport Berghahn Books (March 01, 2010)

What is it to be human? What are our specifically human attributes, our capacities and liabilities? Such questions gave birth to anthropology as an Enlightenment science. This book argues that it is again appropriate...


Learning Religion: Anthropological Approaches

by David Berliner & Ramon Sarro Berghahn Books (October 01, 2007)

As we enter the 21st century, it becomes increasingly difficult to envisage a world detached from religion or an anthropology blind to its study. Yet, how people become religious is still poorly studied. This...


Holistic Anthropology: Emergence and Convergence

by David Parkin & Stanley Ulijaszek Berghahn Books (November 01, 2007)

Given the broad reach of anthropology as the science of humankind, there are times when the subject fragments into specialisms and times when there is rapprochement. Rather than just seeing them as reactions...