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Moving the Rock: Poverty and Faith in a Black Storefront Church

by Mary E. Abrums AltaMira Press (December 28, 2010)

Moving the Rock tells the stories of a group of African American women who belong to a small storefront church in central Seattle.


Designing and Conducting Ethnographic Research: An Introduction

by Margaret D. LeCompte & Jean J. Schensul AltaMira Press (September 16, 2010)

This first volume of the Ethnographer's Toolkit provides a practical, straightforward introduction to ethnography and ethnographic practice to the student and novice fieldworker.


Cinderella Story: A Scholarly Sketchbook about Race, Identity, Barack Obama, the Human Spirit, and Other Stuff that Matters

by James Haywood Rolling Jr. AltaMira Press (March 16, 2010)

Cinderella Story is an experimental autoethnography that explores critical racial issues in America through the media of language and images.


Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

by H. Russell Bernard AltaMira Press (April 16, 2011)

Research Methods in Anthropology is the standard textbook for methods classes in anthropology. Written in Russ BernardOs unmistakable conversational style, his guide has launched tens of thousands of students...


Anthropologists in Arms: The Ethics of Military Anthropology

by George R. Lucas Jr. AltaMira Press (October 15, 2009)

Anthropologists in Arms traces the troubled history of social scientists' collaboration with national military, security, and intelligence organizations and analyzes the moral and ethical debates provoked by...


Assisted Dying: An Ethnographic Murder Mystery on Florida's Gold Coast

by Serena Nanda & Joan Gregg AltaMira Press (May 16, 2011)

Assisted Dying is an ethnographically-based murder mystery that uses the unexplained deaths of elderly people on Florida's Gold Coast to examine American cultural values. Diversity, immigration and the American...


The Peoples of Southeast Asia Today: Ethnography, Ethnology, and Change in a Complex Region

by Robert L. Winzeler AltaMira Press (January 16, 2010)

This textbook explores Southeast Asia's modern peoples and their cultural ways and patterns of adaptation. It introduces the region's geography, languages, prehistory, and history, then delves into religion,...


Practicing Archaeology: An Introduction to Cultural Resources Archaeology

by Thomas W. Neumann & Robert M. Sanford AltaMira Press (October 16, 2009)

This book is an excellent reference tool for consulting firms, contractors, graduate students, and others who need to know the nuts and bolts of professional archaeology.


Death by Theory: A Tale of Mystery and Archaeological Theory

by Adrian Praetzellis AltaMira Press (January 16, 2011)

This thoroughly updated version of an archaeological classic, featuring the fictional archaeologist Hannah Green and her shovelbum nephew, allows students to learn the basics of archaeological theory while puzzling...


Sacred Games, Death, and Renewal in the Ancient Eastern Woodlands: The Ohio Hopewell System of Cult Sodality Heterarchies

by A. Martin Byers AltaMira Press (January 16, 2011)

A. Martin Byers challenges the traditional views of the Ohio Hopewell embankment earthworks, providing an interpretation of them as sites of sacred games and world renewal rituals built and used by complex alliances...


The Anthropology of Learning in Childhood

by David F. Lancy, John Bock & Suzanne Gaskins AltaMira Press (January 15, 2010)

This first major anthropological reference book on childhood learning considers the cultural aspects of learning in childhood from the points of view of psychologists, sociologists, educators, and anthropologists....


Cooperation in Economy and Society

by Robert C. Marshall, Julie Hogeland, Gracia Clark & Bruce Dahlin et al. AltaMira Press (November 16, 2010)

This book explores the burgeoning interest in human cooperation among anthropologists, political scientists, economists, evolutionary psychologists, and biologists. Though typically neglected, cooperation is...


Living Histories: Native Americans and Southwestern Archaeology

by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh AltaMira Press (November 16, 2010)

Southwestern archaeology represents the intersection of countless peoples, interests, ideas, and events. Much as archaeologists working in the Southwest have shaped the lives and histories of Native Americans,...


Polynesians in America: Pre-Columbian Contacts with the New World

by José Miguel Ramírez-Aliaga, Elizabeth A. Matisoo-Smith, Alice A. Storey & Terry L. Jones et al. AltaMira Press (January 16, 2011)

This volume presents a synthesis of over a century of academic research on the question of prehistoric trans-oceanic contacts between Polynesia and the New World. Leading experts in archaeology, botany, linguistics,...


The War Machine and Global Health

by Merrill Singer & G. Derrick Hodge AltaMira Press (January 16, 2010)

This book of essays by medical anthropologists and other health social scientists examines the full measure of the disastrous global health effects of war in the contemporary world. It provides a political economic...


The Archaeology of Art in the American Southwest

by Marit K. Munson AltaMira Press (April 16, 2011)

This book proposes an archaeology of art. Munson argues that studies of ancient artwork should be based on standard archaeological approaches to material culture, framed by theoretical insights of disciplines...


Indigenous Peoples and the Modern State

by Duane Champagne, Karen Jo Torjesen & Susan Steiner AltaMira Press (June 09, 2005)

Champagne and his coauthors reveal how the structure of a multinational state has the potential to create more equal and just national communities for Native peoples around the globe. In the U.S., Canada, Mexico,...


Introduction to Cultural Ecology

by Mark Q. Sutton & E. N. Anderson AltaMira Press (December 12, 2013)

Introduction to Cultural Ecology, Third Edition, familiarizes students with the foundations of the field and provides a framework for exploring what other cultures can teach us about human/environment relationships....


The Picnic: A History

by Walter Levy AltaMira Press (November 26, 2013)

This first culinary history of picnics reveals rustic outdoor dining in its more familiar and unusual forms, the history of the word itself, the cultural context of picnics and who arranged them, and, most important,...


Surface Collection: Archaeological Travels in Southeast Asia

by Denis Byrne AltaMira Press (September 16, 2007)

This travelogue tackles the pressing issues of cultural-heritage management in Southern Asia by examining archaeological sites in Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines, among other countries.


The World We Want: New Dimensions in Philanthropy and Social Change

by Peter Karoff & Jane Maddox AltaMira Press (January 19, 2007)

In The World We Want, Peter Karoff presents a collective vision of an ideal world. The book weaves together multi-sector, multidiscipline strategies, but_in large part_it is about the power of human connection,...


History in the Making: The Archaeology of the Eastern Subarctic

by Donald H. Holly Jr. AltaMira Press (October 18, 2013)

History in the Making: The Archaeology of the Eastern Subarctic offers both a critical history and historiography of the Eastern Subarctic from the point of view of the archaeologists and anthropologists who...


The Zimbabwe Culture: Origins and Decline of Southern Zambezian States

by Innocent Pikirayi AltaMira Press (July 15, 2002)

Offering a unique and original perspective on the rise and fall of indigenous states of southern Zambezia, The Zimbabwe Culture analyzes the long contentious history of the remains of the remarkable cyclopean...


Constructing the Life Course

by James A. Holstein & Jaber F. Gubrium AltaMira Press (January 01, 2000)

Constructing the Life Course offers a social constructionist perspective on personal experience through time. The text shows the variety of ways people use life course imagery in their everyday lives and makes...


Anthropology and Global History: From Tribes to the Modern World-System

by Robert M. Carmack AltaMira Press (October 11, 2013)

Anthropology and Global History explains the origin and development of human societies and cultures from their earliest beginnings to the present through an anthropological lens.


Marketing Heritage: Archaeology and the Consumption of the Past

by Yorke Rowan & Uzi Baram AltaMira Press (September 01, 2004)

Within this edited volume, original case studies from well-known sites throughout the world are presented to address the complex interaction between archaeology and nationalist, political, and commercial policies....


Ethics and Anthropology: Ideas and Practice

by Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban AltaMira Press (October 03, 2013)

Ethics and Anthropology: Ideas and Practice is the first comprehensive and up-to-date book embracing issues and dilemmas faced by anthropologists in the discipline’s four fields.


Rapid Assessment Process: An Introduction

by James Beebe AltaMira Press (July 20, 2001)

Rapid Assessment Process is the first introduction to the RAP group of ethnographic methods and techniques that provide field-based research findings for policymakers and program planners. Prepared by an international...


Ancient African Metallurgy: The Sociocultural Context

by Michael S. Bisson, Terry S. Childs, De Philip Barros & Augustin F. C. Holl et al. AltaMira Press (August 16, 2000)

Gold. Copper. Iron. Metal working in Africa has been the subject of both popular lore and extensive archaeological investigation. In this volume, four leading archaeologists attempt to provide a complete synthesis...


Contemporary Native American Cultural Issues

by Duane Champagne AltaMira Press (January 01, 2000)

While Native American communities remain culturally innovative and continue to struggle for survival, researchers, teachers, and students lack texts that both represent the breadth of contemporary experiences...


Critically Reading the Theory and Methods of Archaeology: An Introductory Guide

by Guy Gibbon AltaMira Press (September 12, 2013)

Every archaeology student needs this book to learn how to critically read and think about theory and methods.


Social Memory and History: Anthropological Perspectives

by Jacob J. Climo & Maria G. Cattell AltaMira Press (October 23, 2002)

An examination of social memory developed within communities from the perspective of anthropology. Many case studies from around the world.


Ethnographic Archaeologies: Reflections on Stakeholders and Archaeological Practices

by Christopher N. Matthews, Quetzil Castañeda, George Nicholas & Mark P. Leone et al. AltaMira Press (February 08, 2008)

Ethnographic Archaeologies examines the role of ethnography in public archaeology, offering fresh insights into theories that advocate the engagement of archaeologists and archaeological investigations with...


Ethnic Studies Research: Approaches and Perspectives

by Timothy P. Fong AltaMira Press (May 02, 2008)

An invaluable resource for students and service practitioners alike, Ethnic Studies Research reflects on important trends in ethnic studies offering a breadth of understanding on critical topics pertaining to...


Saharan Rock Art: Archaeology of Tassilian Pastoralist Iconography

by Augustin F. C. Holl AltaMira Press (April 02, 2004)

The Neolithic rock images of Iheren, Algeria are the starting point for Augustin Holl's careful analysis of the iconography of Saharan rock art. Holl examines the various strands of evidence-icons, ideas, motifs,...


Images of the Recent Past: Readings in Historical Archaeology

by Charles E. Orser Jr. AltaMira Press (August 15, 1996)

Historical archaeology has been without a definitive, up-to-date collection that reflects the breadth of the field_until now. Orser's book brings together classic and contemporary articles that demonstrate the...


Presenting Archaeology to the Public: Digging for Truths

by John H. Jameson Jr. AltaMira Press (February 04, 1997)

In the face of increasing public interest and demand for information, archaeologists are collaborating with historians, museum curators, and exhibit designers to devise the best strategies for translating archaeological...


Native Americans and Archaeologists: Stepping Stones to Common Ground

by Nina Swidler, Kurt Dongoske, Roger Anyon & Alan Downer AltaMira Press (April 08, 1997)

Legal and economic factors have thrust American archaeology into a period of intellectual and methodological unrest. Issues such as reburial and repatriation, land and resource 'ownership,' and the integration...


Politics of Masculinities: Men in Movements

by Michael A. Messner AltaMira Press (September 06, 1997)

Michael A. Messner provides a sociological framework to understand the responses of men to the changes, challenges, and crises in the social organization of gender. By examining not only what certain groups...


Indigenous Archaeology: American Indian Values and Scientific Practice

by Joe Watkins AltaMira Press (January 17, 2001)

Watkins' book is an important contribution in the contemporary public debates in public archaeology, applied anthropology, cultural resources management, and Native American studies.


Ancient Maya Women

by Traci Ardren AltaMira Press (December 20, 2001)

Edited volume tracing the state of knowledge of gender in Ancient Mayan society.


In Pursuit of Gender: Worldwide Archaeological Approaches

by Sarah Milledge Nelson & Myriam Rosen-Ayalon AltaMira Press (December 22, 2001)

In Pursuit of Gender advances the study of gender in archaeology with detailed data, a world-wide scope and carefully reasoned conclusions that move into new territory, paving the way towards further research...


Economic Development: An Anthropological Approach

by Jeffrey H. Cohen & Norbert Dannhaeuser AltaMira Press (April 23, 2002)

Economic development is an important focus of anthropological work in rural and urban communities around the world, and in this volume the contributors offer expert analyses on the theory and practice of development....


Spider Woman Walks This Land: Traditional Cultural Properties and the Navajo Nation

by Kelli Carmean AltaMira Press (July 02, 2002)

Carmean's book focuses on traditional cultural properties and cultural resource management among native people in the United States. Describing her work with the Navajo Nation, she examines the specific geographical...


Religion Across Borders: Transnational Immigrant Networks

by Helen Rose Ebaugh & Janet Saltzman Chafetz AltaMira Press (October 16, 2002)

Religion Across Borders examines both personal and organizational networks that exist between members in U.S. immigrant religious communities and individuals and religious institutions left behind. Building...


Ethics and the Profession of Anthropology: Dialogue for Ethically Conscious Practice

by Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban AltaMira Press (December 24, 2002)

This revised second edition of Ethics and the Profession of Anthropology renews the challenge to anthropologists to engage in a dialogue concerning their commitment to professional ethical conduct. With a majority...


9/11 in American Culture

by Yvonna S. Lincoln & Norman K. Denzin AltaMira Press (February 04, 2003)

In response to the events following September 11, a number of leading cultural studies and interpretive qualitative researchers write from their own experiences and hearts. From the poetic to the personal, the...


Ancient Queens: Archaeological Explorations

by Sarah Milledge Nelson AltaMira Press (June 05, 2003)

Shedding new light on the division of power, the essays in this volume explore the variety of roles and assumptions about queens from the Americas to Eurasia. Together they provide a global tour of archaeological...


Totems and Teachers: Key Figures in the History of Anthropology

by Sydel Silverman AltaMira Press (November 19, 2003)

This classic volume, edited by Sydel Silverman, presents the insiders' reflection of distinguished contemporary anthropologists on nine prominent figures who helped shape the discipline. This is one of few books...


Anthropology of the Performing Arts: Artistry, Virtuosity, and Interpretation in Cross-Cultural Perspective

by Anya Peterson Royce AltaMira Press (May 05, 2004)

Anya Peterson Royce turns the anthropological gaze on the performing arts, attempting to find broad commonalities in performance, art, and artists across space, time, and culture. She asks general questions...