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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...


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...


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...


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...


Vehicles

by David Lipset & Richard Handler Berghahn Books (August 01, 2014)

Metaphor, as an act of human fancy, combines ideas in improbable ways to sharpen meanings of life and experience. Theoretically, this arises from an association between a sign—for example, a cattle car—and...


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?

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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...


Re-Imagining DEFA

by Séan Allan & Sebastian Heiduschke Berghahn Books (September 01, 2016)

By the time the Berlin Wall collapsed, the cinema of the German Democratic Republic—to the extent it was considered at all—was widely regarded as a footnote to European film history, with little of enduring...


From Storeroom to Stage

by Alexandra Urdea Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

By examining how folk objects are mobilized in national ideologies, transmissions of personal and family memory, museological discourses, and artistic acts, From Storeroom to Stage explores the role that material...


Of Life and Health

by Alexis Bekyane Tengan Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

An anthropological study of the health system of the Dagara people of northern Ghana and southern Burkina Faso, Of Life and Health develops a cultural and epistemological lexicon of Dagara life by examining...


The Man Who ''Invented'' The Aztec Crystal Skulls

by Jane MacLaren Walsh & Brett Topping Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

Eugène Boban began life in humble circumstances in Paris, traveled to the California Gold Rush, and later became a recognized authority on pre-Columbian cultures.  He also invented an entire category of archaeological...


Europeanization in Sweden

by Anna Meeuwisse & Roberto Scaramuzzino Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

Notwithstanding its many successes since 1945, the project of European integration currently faces major difficulties, from financial crises and mass immigration to the impending departure of the UK from the...


Law, History, and Justice

by Annette Weinke Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

Since the nineteenth century, the development of international humanitarian law has been marked by complex entanglements of legal theory, historical trauma, criminal prosecution, historiography, and politics....


Humanitarianism and Media

by Johannes Paulmann Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

For as long as humanitarianism has been understood as a distinct human endeavor, mass media have helped to shape its forms, strategies, and contexts, whether mobilizing public sentiment over suffering in distant...


Non-Humans in Amerindian South America

by Juan Javier Rivera Andía Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

Drawing on fieldwork from diverse Amerindian societies whose lives and worlds are undergoing processes of transformation, adaptation, and deterioration, this volume offers new insights into the indigenous constitutions...


Democracy Struggles

by Theodora Vetta Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

Tracing the boom of local NGOs since the 1990s in the context of the global political economy of aid, current trends of neoliberal state restructuring, and shifting post-Cold War hegemonies, this book explores...


Transforming Study Abroad

by Neriko Musha Doerr Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

Written for study abroad practitioners, this book introduces theoretical understandings of key study abroad terms including “the global/national,” “culture,” “native speaker,” “immersion,” and...


Economy, Crime, and Wrong in a Neoliberal Era

by James G. Carrier Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

Corporate scandals since the 1990s have made it clear that economic wrong-doing is more common in Western societies than might be expected. This volume examines the relationship between such wrong-doing and...


Hierarchy and Value

by Jason Hickel & Naomi Haynes Berghahn Books (July 01, 2018)

Globalization promised to bring about a golden age of liberal individualism, breaking down hierarchies of kinship, caste, and gender around the world and freeing people to express their true, authentic agency....


Artifak

by Hugo DeBlock Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

In Vanuatu, commoditization and revitalization of culture and the arts do not necessarily work against each other; both revolve around value formation and the authentication of things. This book investigates...


Indeterminacy

by Catherine Alexander & Andrew Sanchez Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

What happens to people, places and objects that do not fit the ordering regimes and progressive narratives of modernity? Conventional understandings imply that progress leaves such things behind, and excludes...


The Global Life of Austerity

by Theodoros Rakopoulos Berghahn Books (June 01, 2018)

Austerity and structural adjustment programs are just the latest forms of neoliberal policy to have a profoundly damaging impact on the targeted populations. Yet, as the contributors to this collection argue,...


Pacific Realities

by Laurent Dousset & Mélissa Nayral Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

Throughout the Pacific region, people are faced with dramatic changes, often described as processes of “glocalization”; individuals and groups espouse multilayered forms of identity, in which global modes...


Sofia Coppola

by Anna Backman Rogers Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

All too often, the movies of Sofia Coppola have been dismissed as “all style, no substance.” But such an easy caricature, as this engaging and accessible survey of Coppola’s oeuvre demonstrates, fundamentally...


Living Under Austerity

by Evdoxios Doxiadis & Aimee Placas Berghahn Books (July 01, 2018)

Since its sovereign debt crisis in 2009, Greece has been living under austerity, with no apparent end in sight. This volume explores the effects of policies pursued by the Greek state since then (under the...


Ethnographies of Movement, Sociality and Space

by Milena Komarova & Maruska Svasek Berghahn Books (July 01, 2018)

Exploring the complex dynamics of twenty-first century spatial sociality, this volume provides a much-needed multi-dimensional perspective that undermines the dominant image of Northern Ireland as a conflict-ridden...


Sense and Essence

by Birgit Meyer & Mattijs van de Port Berghahn Books (July 01, 2018)

Contrary to popular perceptions, cultural heritage is not given, but constantly in the making: a construction subject to dynamic processes of (re)inventing culture within particular social formations and bound...


The Decisionist Imagination

by Daniel Bessner & Nicolas Guilhot Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

In the decades following World War II, the science of decision-making moved from the periphery to the center of transatlantic political theory, as part of the broader mobilization of social science during the...


Conceptualizng the World

by Helge Jordheim & Erling Sandmo Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

What is—and what was—“the world”? Though often conceived of as interchangeable with the ongoing and inexorable progress of globalization, metaphors of “world,” “globe,” or “earth” instead...


Social DNA

by M. Kay Martin Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

What set our ancestors off on a separate evolutionary trajectory was the ability to flex their reproductive and social strategies in response to changing environmental conditions. Exploring new cross-disciplinary...


The Global Age-Friendly Community Movement

by Philip B. Stafford Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

The age-friendly community movement is a global phenomenon, currently growing with the support of the WHO and multiple international and national organizations in the field of aging. Drawing on an extensive...


Competing Power

by Narmala Halstead Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

Drawing from ethnographic material based on long-term research, this volume considers competing forms of power at micro- and macro-levels in Guyana, where the local is marked by extensive migration, corruption,...


Incarceration and Regime Change

by Christian G. De Vito, Ralf Futselaar & Helen Grevers Berghahn Books (October 01, 2016)

Political instability is nearly always accompanied by fuller prisons, and this was particularly true during the "long" Second World War, when military mobilization, social disorder, wrenching political changes,...