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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?...

Worldwide Mobilizations

by Don Kalb & Massimiliano Mollona Berghahn Books (June 11, 2018)

The past decades have seen significant urban insurrections worldwide, and this volume analyses some of them from an anthropological perspective; it argues that transformations of urban class relationships must...

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'...

Reconceiving Muslim Men

by Marcia C. Inhorn & Nefissa Naguib Berghahn Books (June 18, 2018)

Through nuanced anthropological accounts of Muslim men's everyday lives in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and diasporic communities in the West, Reconceiving Muslim Men challenges pervasive Western stereotypes...

Frontiers of Civil Society

by Marek Mikuš Berghahn Books (June 13, 2018)

In Serbia, as elsewhere in postsocialist Europe, the rise of 'civil society' was expected to support a smooth transformation to Western models of liberal democracy and capitalism. More than twenty years after...

Global Fluids

by Charlotte Kroløkke Berghahn Books (July 01, 2018)

In the fertility and cosmetics industries, women's body products – such as urine, eggs, and placentas – have moved from being seen as waste to becoming valuable ingredients. Taking a sociological and anthropological...

Travelling with the Argonauts

by Małgorzata Irek Berghahn Books (June 11, 2018)

Drawing on rich ethnographic materials from longitudinal fieldwork on informal trading routes across Europe, Travelling with the Argonauts offers a new perspective in the research of the social space, reflecting...

Honour and Violence

by Nafisa Shah Berghahn Books (October 01, 2016)

The practice of karo kari allows family, especially fathers, brothers and sons, to take the lives of their daughters, sisters and mothers if they are accused of adultery. This volume examines the central position...

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...

Moral Anthropology

by Bruce Kapferer & Marina Gold Berghahn Books (February 15, 2018)

A development in anthropological theory, characterized as the 'moral turn', is gaining popularity and should be carefully considered. In examining the context, arguments, and discourse that surrounds this trend,...

Searching for a Better Life

by Sorcha Mahony Berghahn Books (May 22, 2018)

Life in Bangkok for young people is marked by profound, interlocking changes and transitions. This book offers an ethnographic account of growing up in the city's slums, struggling to get by in a rapidly developing...

In the Best Interests of the Child

by Mili Mass Berghahn Books (May 07, 2018)

Marshalling her experience as an expert witness in court proceedings on non-consensual, confidential adoption in Israel, Mass describes legal proceedings following the Israeli state petition that declares children...

The Virago Story

by Catherine Riley Berghahn Books (April 01, 2018)

The 1970s witnessed a renaissance in women's print culture, as feminist presses and bookshops sprang up in the wake of the second-wave women's movement. At four decades' remove from that heady era, however,...

Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin

by Karin Bauer & Jennifer Ruth Hosek Berghahn Books (November 01, 2017)

Since Unification and the end of the Cold War, Berlin has witnessed a series of uncommonly intense social, political, and cultural transformations. While positioning itself as a creative center populated by...

Experimental Collaborations

by Adolfo Estalella & Tomás Sánchez Criado Berghahn Books (April 01, 2018)

Anthropology has historically consolidated its ethnographic mode of knowledge production around participant observation: a social and epistemic situation of fieldwork involvement maintaining a certain detachment...

Urban Dreams

by Claudia Roth†, Willemijn de Jong, Manfred Perlik & Noemi Steuer Berghahn Books (March 28, 2018)

Claudia Roth's work on Bobo-Dioulasso, a city of half a million residents in Burkina Faso, provides uniquely detailed insight into the evolving life-world of a West African urban population in one of the poorest...

Industrial Labor on the Margins of Capitalism

by Chris Hann & Jonathan Parry Berghahn Books (March 28, 2018)

Bringing together ethnographic case studies of industrial labor from different parts of the world, Industrial Labor on the Margins of Capitalism explores the increasing casualization of workforces and the weakening...

Difference and Sameness as Modes of Integration

by Gunther Schlee & Alexander Horstmann Berghahn Books (November 01, 2017)

What does it mean to "fit in?" In this volume of essays, editors Günther Schlee and Alexander Horstmann demystify the discourse on identity, challenging common assumptions about the role of sameness and difference...

Reflecting on Reflexivity

by T. M. S. (Terry) Evens, Don Handelman & Christopher Roberts Berghahn Books (March 01, 2016)

Humanness supposes innate and profound reflexivity. This volume approaches the concept of reflexivity on two different yet related analytical planes. Whether implicitly or explicitly, both planes of thought...

The Voice of Prophecy

by Edwin Ardener† Berghahn Books (September 28, 2016)

Edwin Ardener - a new expanded edition of the collected works of one of the most important social anthroplogists in Britian of his time. Ardener worked on social, economic, demographic and political problems,...

Back to the Postindustrial Future

by Felix Ringel Berghahn Books (March 26, 2018)

How does an urban community come to terms with the loss of its future? The former socialist model city of Hoyerswerda is an extreme case of a declining postindustrial city. Built to serve the GDR coal industry,...

Selfhood and Recognition

by Anita C. Galuschek Berghahn Books (November 01, 2017)

The disciplines of philosophy and cultural anthropology have one thing in common: human behavior. Yet surprisingly, dialogue between the two fields has remained largely silent until now. Selfhood and Recognition...

Subjects, Citizens, and Others

by Benno Gammerl Berghahn Books (November 01, 2017)

Bosnian Muslims, East African Masai, Czech-speaking Austrians, North American indigenous peoples, and Jewish immigrants from across Europe-the nineteenth-century British and Habsburg Empires were characterized...

Vital Diplomacy

by Chloe Nahum-Claudel Berghahn Books (November 01, 2017)

In Brazil, where forest meets savanna, new towns, agribusiness and hydroelectricity plants form a patchwork with the indigenous territories of the Enawene-nawe people. Agricultural work, fishing, songs, feasts,...

Bishkek Boys

by Philipp Schröder Berghahn Books (November 01, 2017)

In this pioneering ethnographic study of identity, author Philipp Schröder explores integration and urban change in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek from the vantage point of young men living in the neighbourhood....

After Difference

by Paolo Heywood Berghahn Books (February 19, 2018)

Queer activism and anthropology are both fundamentally concerned with the concept of difference. Yet they are so in fundamentally different ways. The Italian queer activists in this book value difference as...

The Partial Revolution

by Michael Hoffmann Berghahn Books (January 15, 2018)

Located in the far-western Tarai region of Nepal, Kailali has been the site of dynamic social and political change in recent history. The Partial Revolution examines Kailali in the aftermath of Nepal's Maoist...

Parallel Lives Revisited

by Jozefien De Bock Berghahn Books (January 15, 2018)

Originally coined in 2001 in studies of racial tension in the United Kingdom, the concept of 'parallel lives' has become familiar in analyses of socially isolated immigrant communities. Yet even just within...

Cutting Cosmos

by Henrik Hvenegaard Mikkelsen Berghahn Books (April 01, 2018)

For the first time in over 30 years, a new ethnographic study emerges on the Bugkalot tribe, more widely known as the Ilongot of the northern Philippines. Exploring the notion of masculinity among the Bugkalot,...

Cultural Borders of Europe

by Mats Andrén, Thomas Lindkvist, Ingmar Söhrman & Katharina Vajta Berghahn Books (August 01, 2017)

The cultural borders of Europe are today more visible than ever, and with them comes a sense of uncertainty with respect to liberal democratic traditions: whether treated as abstractions or concrete realities,...

Mad Mädchen

by Margaret McCarthy Berghahn Books (July 01, 2017)

The last two decades have been transformational, often discordant ones for German feminism, as a new cohort of activists has come of age and challenged many of the movement's strategic and philosophical orthodoxies....

The Women's Liberation Movement

by Kristina Schulz Berghahn Books (July 01, 2017)

For over half a century, the countless organizations and initiatives that comprise the Women's Liberation movement have helped to reshape many aspects of Western societies, from public institutions and cultural...

Money in a Human Economy

by Keith Hart’s Berghahn Books (June 01, 2017)

A human economy puts people first in emergent world society. Money is a human universal and now takes the divisive form of capitalism. This book addresses how to think about money (from Aristotle to the daily...

The Dance of Nurture

by Penny Van Esterik & Richard A. O’Connor Berghahn Books (June 01, 2017)

Breastfeeding and child feeding at the center of nurturing practices, yet the work of nurture has escaped the scrutiny of medical and social scientists. Anthropology offers a powerful biocultural approach that...