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The Girl in the Text

by Ann Smith Berghahn Books (April 01, 2019)

How are girls represented in written and graphic texts, and how do these representations inform our understanding of girlhood? In this volume, contributors examine the girl in the text in order to explore a...


Lewis Henry Morgan's Comparisons

by Georg Pfeffer Berghahn Books (July 01, 2019)

About 150 years ago L. H. Morgan compared relationship terminologies, societal forms, and ideas of property to recognize the interdependence of the three domains. From a new perspective, the book will re-examine,...


Comical Modernity

by Heidi Hakkarainen Berghahn Books (July 01, 2019)

Though long associated with a small group of coffeehouse elites around the turn of the twentieth century, Viennese “modernist” culture had roots that extended much earlier, and beyond the rarefied sphere...


Articulate Necrographies

by Anastasios Panagiotopoulos & Diana Espírito Santo Berghahn Books (July 01, 2019)

Going beyond the frameworks of the anthropology of death, Articulate Necrographies offers a dramatic new way of studying the dead and its interactions with the living. Traditional anthropology has tended to...


From Bullies to Officers and Gentlemen

by Humphrey Asamoah Agyekum Berghahn Books (July 01, 2019)

Based on unprecedented access to the Ghanaian military barracks and inspired by the recent resurgence of coups in West Africa, Agyekum assesses why and how the Ghana Armed Forces were transformed from an organization...


Mobile Urbanity

by Neil Carrier & Tabea Scharrer Berghahn Books (July 01, 2019)

The increased presence of Somalis has brought much change to East African towns and cities in recent decades, change that has met with ambivalence and suspicion, especially within Kenya. This volume demystifies...


Critique of Identity Thinking

by Michael Jackson Berghahn Books (July 01, 2019)

Recent world-wide political developments have persuaded many people that we are again living in what Hannah Arendt called “dark times.” Jackson’s response to this age of uncertainty is to remind us how...


The Anti-Social Contract

by Lars Højer Berghahn Books (July 01, 2019)

Set in a remote district of villagers and nomadic pastoralists in the northernmost part of Mongolia, Højer introduces a local world, where social relationships are cast in witchcraft-like idioms of mistrust...


Market Frictions

by Kirsten W. Endres Berghahn Books (June 01, 2019)

Based on ethnographic research conducted during several years, Market Frictions examines the tensions and frictions that emerge from the interaction of global market forces, urban planning policies, and small-scale...


Food and Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century

by Paul Collinson, Iain Young, Lucy Antal & Helen Macbeth Berghahn Books (June 01, 2019)

Sustainability is one of the great problems facing food production today. Using cross-disciplinary perspectives from international scholars working in social, cultural and biological anthropology, ecology and...


Twilight of the Merkel Era

by Eric Langenbacher Berghahn Books (June 01, 2019)

Elections always have consequences, but the 2017 Bundestag election in Germany proved particularly consequential. With political upheaval across the globe—notably in Britain and the USA—it was vital to...


Money Games

by Anthony J. Pickles Berghahn Books (June 01, 2019)

Gambling in Papua New Guinea, despite being completely absent prior to the Colonial era, has come to supersede storytelling as the region’s main nighttime activity. Money Games is an ethnographic monograph...


Invisible Founders

by Lynn Rainville Berghahn Books (June 01, 2019)

Literal and metaphorical excavations at Sweet Briar College reveal how African American labor enabled the transformation of Sweet Briar Plantation into a private women’s college in 1906. This volume tells...


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...


In Pursuit of Belonging

by Susan Beth Rottmann Berghahn Books (June 01, 2019)

Belonging is a not a state that we achieve, but a struggle that we wage. The struggle for belonging is more difficult if one is returning to a homeland after many years abroad. In Pursuit of Belonging is an...


Encounters with Emotions

by Benno Gammerl, Philipp Nielsen & Margrit Pernau Berghahn Books (June 01, 2019)

Spanning Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Encounters with Emotions investigates experiences of face-to-face transcultural encounters from the seventeenth century to the present and the emotional dynamics that...


The Configuration of the Spanish Public Sphere

by David Jiménez Torres & Leticia Villamediana González Berghahn Books (June 01, 2019)

Since the explosion of the indignados movement beginning in 2011, there has been a renewed interest in the concept of the “public sphere” in a Spanish context: how it relates to society and to political...


The Brazilian Truth Commission

by Nina Schneider Berghahn Books (May 01, 2019)

Bringing together some of the world’s leading scholars, practitioners, and human rights activists, this groundbreaking volume provides the first systematic analysis of the 2012–2014 Brazilian National Truth...


Marketing Hope

by Leonie Schiffauer Berghahn Books (May 01, 2019)

Multilevel marketing and pyramid schemes promote the idea that participants can easily become rich. These popular economies turn ordinary people into advocates of their interests and missionaries of the American...


Engaging Evil

by William C. Olsen & Thomas J. Csordas Berghahn Books (May 01, 2019)

Anthropologists have expressed wariness about the concept of evil even in discussions of morality and ethics, in part because the concept carries its own cultural baggage and theological implications in Euro-American...


Political Networks and Social Movements

by Soledad Valdivia Rivera Berghahn Books (May 01, 2019)

After a landslide electoral victory in 2006, Evo Morales became the first indigenous President of Bolivia. Morales’s stunning ascent was mirrored by the rising fortunes of his political party, the leftist...


Magical House Protection

by Brian Hoggard Berghahn Books (April 01, 2019)

Belief in magic and particularly the power of witchcraft was a deep and enduring presence in popular culture; people created and concealed many objects to protect themselves from harmful magic.? Detailed are...


On the Geopragmatics of Anthropological Identification

by Allen Chun Berghahn Books (April 01, 2019)

We live in a transnational, multicultural world that has misunderstood many central aspects of cultural identity, from which anthropology cannot be exempt. On the Geopragmatics of Anthropological Identification...


How Materials Matter

by Graeme Were Berghahn Books (March 01, 2019)

How does design and innovation shape people's lives in the Pacific? Focusing on plant materials from the region, How Materials Matter reveals ways in which a variety of people – from craftswomen and scientists...


Gendering Post-1945 German History

by Karen Hagemann, Donna Harsch & Friederike Brühöfener Berghahn Books (April 01, 2019)

For as much as "entanglement" has become a keyword in recent German history scholarship, entangled studies of the postwar era have largely limited their scope to politics and economics across the two Germanys...


Planning Labour

by Alina-Sandra Cucu Berghahn Books (April 01, 2019)

Impoverished, indebted, and underdeveloped at the close of World War II, Romania underwent dramatic changes as part of its transition to a centrally planned economy. Like the Soviet Union, it pursued a policy...


Playing the Marginality Game

by Anita Schroven Berghahn Books (March 01, 2019)

In Guinea, situated in the background of central government struggles, rural elites use identity politics, through history and contemporary political reforms to maintain their privileges and perpetuate a generation-old...


Rethinking Civil-Military Relations

by Birgitte Refslund Sørensen & Eyal Ben-Ari Berghahn Books (April 01, 2019)

Military-civilian encounters are multiple and diverse in our times. Contributors to this volume demonstrate how military and civilian domains are constituted through entanglements undermining the classic civil-military...


Raccomandazione

by Dorothy Louise Zinn Berghahn Books (March 01, 2019)

The issue of patronage-clientelism has long been of interest in the social sciences. Based on long-term ethnographic research in southern Italy, this book examines the concept and practice of raccomandazione...


Rethinking and Unthinking Development

by Busani Mpofu & Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni Berghahn Books (March 01, 2019)

Development has remained elusive in Africa. Through theoretical contributions and case studies focusing on Southern Africa’s former white settler states, South Africa and Zimbabwe, this volume responds to...


Categories in Context

by Isabelle Berrebi-Hoffmann, Olivier Giraud, Léa Renard & Theresa Wobbe Berghahn Books (March 01, 2019)

Despite the wealth of empirical research currently available on the interrelationships of gender and labor, we still know comparatively little about the forms of classification and categorization that have...


Persistently Postwar

by Blai Guarné, Artur Lozano-Méndez & Dolores P. Martinez Berghahn Books (March 01, 2019)

From melodramas to experimental documentaries to anime, mass media in Japan constitute a key site in which the nation’s social memory is articulated, disseminated, and contested. Through a series of stimulating...


Going to Pentecost

by Annelin Eriksen, Ruy Llera Blanes & Michelle MacCarthy Berghahn Books (February 01, 2019)

Co-authored by three anthropologists with long–term expertise studying Pentecostalism in Vanuatu, Angola, and Papua New Guinea/the Trobriand Islands respectively, Going to Pentecost offers a comparative study...


Fate Calculation Experts

by Geng Li Berghahn Books (February 01, 2019)

Having long been stigmatized as an immoral and even illegal “superstition”, the popular practice of divination is experiencing a revival in contemporary China. Fate Calculation Experts explores how diviners...


Rampart Nations

by Liliya Berezhnaya & Heidi Hein-Kircher Berghahn Books (February 01, 2019)

The “bulwark” or antemurale myth—whereby a region is imagined as a defensive barrier against a dangerous Other—has been a persistent strand in the development of Eastern European nationalisms. While...


Party Responses to Social Movements

by Daniela R. Piccio Berghahn Books (February 01, 2019)

Across the West, the explosion of social movement activity since the late 1960s has constituted a “participatory revolution” that has posed profound challenges for formal political parties. Through an analysis...


From Extinct Monsters to Deep Time

by Diana E. Marsh Berghahn Books (January 01, 2019)

From Extinct Monsters to Deep Time is an ethnography that documents the growing friction between the research and outreach functions of the museum in the 21st century. Marsh describes participant observation...


Politics of Scale

by Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Suzie Thomas & Yujie Zhu Berghahn Books (January 01, 2019)

Critical Heritage Studies is a new and fast-growing interdisciplinary field of study seeking to explore power relations involved in the production and meaning-making of cultural heritage. Politics of Scale...


Monetising the Dividual Self

by Julian Hopkins Berghahn Books (January 01, 2019)

Combining theoretical and empirical discussions with shorter case studies, this book offers an anthropological exploration of the emergence in Malaysia of lifestyle bloggers – precursors to current “microcelebrities”...


The Changing Meanings of the Welfare State

by Nils Edling Berghahn Books (January 01, 2019)

In discussions of economics, governance, and society in the Nordic countries, “the welfare state” is a well-worn analytical concept. However, there has been much less scholarly energy devoted to historicizing...


Management by Seclusion

by Glynn Cochrane Berghahn Books (January 01, 2019)

50 years ago, World Bank President Robert McNamara promised to end poverty. Alleviation was to rely on economic growth, resulting in higher incomes stimulated by Bank loans processed by deskbound Washington...


Refugees Welcome?

by 
Jan-Jonathan Bock & Sharon Macdonald Berghahn Books (January 01, 2019)

The arrival in 2015 and 2016 of over one million asylum seekers and refugees in Germany had major social consequences and gave rise to extensive debate about the nature of cultural diversity and collective...


Being Bedouin Around Petra

by Mikkel Bille Berghahn Books (January 01, 2019)

Petra, Jordan became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985, and the semi-nomadic Bedouin inhabiting the area were resettled as a consequence. The Bedouin themselves paradoxically became UNESCO Masterpieces of...


PC Worlds

by Jonathan Friedman Berghahn Books (March 01, 2019)

This provocative work offers an anthropological analysis of the phenomenon of political correctness, both as a general phenomenon of communication, in which associations in space and time take precedence over...