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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...


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...


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...


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”...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


Food in Zones of Conflict

by Paul Collinson & Helen Macbeth Berghahn Books (September 01, 2014)

The availability of food is an especially significant issue in zones of conflict because conflict nearly always impinges on the production and the distribution of food, and causes increased competition for...


Edges, Fringes, Frontiers

by Thomas Henfrey Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

Based on an ethnographic account of subsistence use of Amazonian forests by Wapishana people in Guyana, Edges, Frontiers, Fringes examines the social, cultural and behavioral bases for sustainability and resilience...


Cash Transfers in Context

by Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan & Emmanuelle Piccoli Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

Marginal in status a decade ago, cash transfer programs have become the preferred channel for delivering emergency aid or tackling poverty in low-and middle-income countries. While these programs have had positive...


Married but Available

by Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

Elite Malay women’s polygamy narratives are multiple and varied, and their sentiments regarding the practice are conflicted, as they are often torn between personal and religious convictions. This volume...


Travelling Towards Home

by Nicola Frost & Tom Selwyn Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

As we grapple with a growing refugee crisis, a hardening of anti-immigration sentiment, and deepening communal segregation in many parts of the developed world, questions of the nature of home and homemaking...


The Rite of Urban Passage

by Reza Masoudi Berghahn Books (August 01, 2018)

The Iranian city experienced a major transformation when the Pahlavi Dynasty initiated a project of modernization in the 1920s. The Rite of Urban Passage investigates this process by focusing on the spatial...


All or None

by Alison Sánchez Hall Berghahn Books (August 01, 2018)

At once a social history and anthropological study of the world’s oldest voluntary collective farms, All or None is a story of how landless laborers joined together in Ravenna, Italy to acquire land, sometimes...


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...


Pilgrimage and Political Economy

by Simon Coleman & John Eade Berghahn Books (July 01, 2018)

Pilgrimage has always had a tendency to follow – and sometimes create – trade routes. This volume explores how wider factors behind transnational and global mobility have impacted on pilgrimage activity...


Lullabies and Battle Cries

by Jaime Rollins Berghahn Books (August 01, 2018)

Set against a volatile political landscape, Irish republican culture has struggled to maintain continuity with the past, affirm legitimacy in the present, and generate a sense of community for the future. Lullabies...


Refugee Resettlement

by 
Adèle Garnier, Liliana Lyra Jubilut & Kristin Bergtora Sandvik Berghahn Books (July 01, 2018)

Examining resettlement practices worldwide and drawing on contributions from anthropology, law, international relations, social work, and numerous other disciplines, this ground-breaking volume highlights the...


Healthcare in Motion

by Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, Ginger A. Johnson & Anne E. Pfister Berghahn Books (August 01, 2018)

How does the need to obtain and deliver health services engender particular (im)mobility forms? And how is mobility experienced and imagined when it is required for healthcare access or delivery? Guided by...


Renewing Research and Romani Activism

by Sam Beck & Ana Ivasiuc Berghahn Books (August 01, 2018)

Exploring contemporary debates and developments in Roma-related research and forms of activism, this volume argues for taking up reflexivity as practice in these fields, and advocates a necessary renewal of...


The Wheel of Autonomy

by Felix Girke Berghahn Books (August 01, 2018)

How do the Kara, a small population residing on the eastern bank of the Omo River in southern Ethiopia, manage to be neither annexed nor exterminated by any of the larger groups that surround them? Through...


Being a Sperm Donor

by Sebastian Mohr Berghahn Books (August 01, 2018)

What does it mean to be a man in our biomedical day and age? Through ethnographic explorations of the everyday lives of Danish sperm donors, Being a Sperm Donor explores how masculinity and sexuality are reconfigured...


Momentous Mobilities

by Noel B. Salazar Berghahn Books (July 01, 2018)

Grounded in scholarly analysis and personal reflection, and drawing on a multi-sited and multi-method research design, Momentous Mobilities disentangles the meanings attached to temporary travels and stays...


At Home in the Okavango

by Catie Gressier Berghahn Books (August 01, 2015)

An ethnographic portrayal 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. In response to the insecurity...


Blood and Fire

by Sharryn Kasmir & August Carbonella Berghahn Books (August 01, 2014)

Based on long-term fieldwork, six vivid ethnographies from Colombia, India, Poland, Spain and the southern and northern U.S. address the dwindling importance of labor throughout the world. The contributors...


Waterworlds

by Kirsten Hastrup & Frida Hastrup Berghahn Books (November 01, 2015)

In one form or another, water participates in the making and unmaking of people's lives, practices, and stories. Contributors' detailed ethnographic work analyzes the union and mutual shaping of water and social...


Breaking Boundaries

by Agnes Horvath, Bjørn Thomassen & Harald Wydra Berghahn Books (May 01, 2015)

Liminality has the potential to be a leading paradigm for understanding transformation in a globalizing world. As a fundamental human experience, liminality transmits cultural practices, codes, rituals, and...


The Gift of European Thought and the Cost of Living

by Vassos Argyrou Berghahn Books (September 01, 2013)

European thought is often said to be a gift to the rest of the world, but what if there is no gift as such? What if there is only an economy where every giving is also a taking, and every taking is also a giving?...


The Experience of Neoliberal Education

by Bonnie Urciuoli Berghahn Books (May 22, 2018)

The college experience is increasingly positioned to demonstrate its value as a worthwhile return on investment. Specific, definable activities, such as research experience, first-year experience, and experiential...