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Art after Money, Money after Art

by Max Haiven Pluto Press (August 20, 2018)

We imagine that art and money are old enemies, but this myth actually reproduces a violent system of global capitalism and prevents us from imagining and building alternatives.*BR**BR*From the chaos unleashed...

Rubbish Theory

by Michael Thompson Pluto Press (June 20, 2017)

Rubbish is something we ignore. By definition we discard it, from our lives and our minds, and it remains outside the concerns of conventional economics. However, this book explores the dynamics through which...

What is Anthropology?

by Thomas Hylland Eriksen Pluto Press (May 20, 2017)

Leading anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen shows how anthropology is a revolutionary way of thinking about the human world. Perfect for students, but also for those who have never encountered anthropology...

Footwork: Urban Outreach and Hidden Lives

by Tom Hall Pluto Press (December 20, 2016)

An original street-corner ethnography drawing on the themes of urban regeneration, lost space and the 24-hour city.

Children of the Welfare State: Civilising Practices in Schools, Childcare and Families

by Laura Gilliam & Eva Gulløv Pluto Press (December 20, 2016)

An original ethnography looking at childhood socialisation in schools and in families, under the Welfare State

For Humanism

by David Alderson & Robert Spencer Pluto Press (February 20, 2017)

Today, anti-humanism is a dominant, even definitive, feature of contemporary theory. This book sets out to challenge this by establishing the historical context that resulted in humanism’s eclipse, critiquing...

Working the Phones

by Jamie Woodcock Pluto Press (November 20, 2016)

Over a million people in the UK work in call centres, and the phrase has become synonymous with low-paid and high stress work, dictatorial supervisors and an enforced dearth of union organisation. However, rarely...

Revolution in Rojava

by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach & Ercan Ayboga Pluto Press (October 20, 2016)

A new kind of society is being built in Syria, but it’s not one you would expect. Surrounded by deadly bands of ISIS and hostile Turkish forces, the people living in Syria’s Rojava cantons are carving out...

Small Places, Large Issues - Fourth Edition

by Thomas Hylland Eriksen Pluto Press (August 20, 2015)

This concise introduction to social and cultural anthropology has become a modern classic, revealing the rich global variation in social life and culture across the world. The text provides a clear overview...

Fredrik Barth

by Thomas Hylland Eriksen Pluto Press (April 20, 2015)

Fredrik Barth is one of the towering figures of twentieth-century anthropology. This intellectual history traces the development of Barth’s ideas and explores the substance of his contributions. In an accessible...

Anthropology and Development

by Katy Gardner & David Lewis Pluto Press (February 20, 2015)

Western aid is in decline. Non-traditional development actors from the developing countries and elsewhere are in the ascendant. A new set of global economic and political processes are shaping the twenty-first...

A History of Anthropology

by Thomas Hylland Eriksen & Finn Sivert Nielsen Pluto Press (May 10, 2013)

This is a thoroughly updated and revised edition of a popular classic of modern anthropology. The authors provide summaries of ‘Enlightenment’, ‘Romantic’ and ‘Victorian’ anthropology, from the cultural...

Discordant Development

by Katy Gardner Pluto Press (February 17, 2012)

What happens when a vast multinational mining company operates a gas plant situated close to four densely populated villages in rural Bangladesh? How does its presence contribute to local processes of ‘development’?...

Ethnicity and Nationalism

by Thomas Hylland Eriksen Pluto Press (September 08, 2010)

Ethnicity and nationalism are pervasive features of the contemporary world, but how far is ethnicity a result of cultural differences, and how much is it in fact dependent on the practical use of, and belief...

Anthropology's World

by Ulf Hannerz Pluto Press (July 06, 2010)

In this masterly, state of the art work, Ulf Hannerz maps the contemporary social world of anthropologists and its relation to the wider world in which they carry out their work. Raising fundamental questions...

Herbert Marcuse

by Malcolm Miles Pluto Press (December 05, 2011)

When capitalism is clearly catastrophically out of control and its excesses cannot be sustained socially or ecologically, the ideas of Herbert Marcuse become as relevant as they were in the 1960s. This is the...

In Foreign Fields

by Thomas F. Carter Pluto Press (July 08, 2011)

In Foreign Fields examines the lives, decisions and challenges faced by transnational sport migrants - those professionals working in the sports industry who cross borders as part of their professional lives....

Reel Power

by Matthew Alford Pluto Press (August 06, 2010)

Hollywood is often characterised as a stronghold of left-liberal ideals. In Reel Power, Matthew Alford shows that it is in fact deeply complicit in serving the interests of the most regressive US corporate and...

Race and Ethnicity in Latin America

by Peter Wade Pluto Press (May 12, 2010)

For over ten years, Race and Ethnicity in Latin America has been an essential text for students studying the region. This second edition adds new material and brings the analysis up to date. Race and ethnic...

Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality

by Vered Amit & Nigel Rapport Pluto Press (June 14, 2012)

In this follow up to their widely read earlier volume, The Trouble with Community, Vered Amit and Nigel Rapport ask: 'Do notions of community remain central to our sense of who we are, in the dislocating context...

Border Watch

by Alexandra Hall Pluto Press (July 06, 2012)

Questions over immigration and asylum face almost all Western countries. Should only economically useful immigrants be allowed? What should be done with unwanted or 'illegal' immigrants? In this bold and original...

Common Ground

by Jeremy Gilbert Pluto Press (November 08, 2013)

Common Ground explores the philosophical relationship between collectivity, individuality, affect and agency in the neoliberal era. Jeremy Gilbert argues that individualism is forced upon us by neoliberal culture,...

The Aid Effect

by David Mosse & David Lewis Pluto Press (October 20, 2005)

Today international development policy is converging around ideas of neoliberal reform, democratisation and poverty reduction. What does this mean for the local and international dimensions of aid relationships?...


by Thomas Hylland Eriksen Pluto Press (June 20, 2003)

Globalisation has had a massive impact on the teaching and practice of anthropology. This important new book, edited by leading anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen, addresses the methodological problems that...

Landscape, Memory and History

by Pamela J. Stewart & Andrew Strathern Pluto Press (May 20, 2003)

How do people perceive the land around them, and how is that perception changed by history? The contributors explore this question from an anthropological angle, assessing the connections between place, space,...

Bearing Witness

by Fiona C. Ross Pluto Press (December 20, 2002)

People who witness acts of terror and violence are often called after the event to bear witness to what they saw. In cases where this violence is inflicted by the state upon its own people, the process of bearing...

The Trouble with Community

by Vered Amit & Nigel Rapport Pluto Press (August 20, 2002)

'Community' is one of social science's longest-standing concepts. The assumption, of much social science, has been that it is in communities -- and to communities -- that human individuals, as social and cultural...

On the Game

by Sophie Day Pluto Press (June 20, 2007)

***Winner of the Eileen Basker Prize and the Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems.*** On the Game is an ethnographic account of prostitutes and prostitution. Sophie Day has followed...

From Antz to Titanic

by Martin Barker & Thomas Austin Pluto Press (June 20, 2000)

Everybody analyses films. Ordinary viewers, chatting on the way home afterwards. Reviewers, telling us just enough to tempt or put off. Critics, ‘situating’ films for us. Moralists, hunting for the (harmful)...

Race, Nature and Culture

by Peter Wade Pluto Press (June 20, 2002)

Since the controversial scientific race theories of the 1930s, anthropologists have generally avoided directly addressing the issue of race, viewing it as a social construct. Challenging this tradition, Peter...

Songs At the River's Edge

by Katy Gardner Pluto Press (March 20, 1997)

'Beautifully and simply written ... the characters emerge in all their humanity, frailty and humour. Gardner's approach is refreshingly honest ... [she] neither patronizes nor glamourizes the people of Talukpar...

Anthropological Perspectives on Kinship

by Ladislav Holy Pluto Press (October 20, 1996)

‘Largely eschews polemic in favour of the balanced approach appropriate to a good lecture course.’ Social Anthropology This authoritative introductory text takes into account the changes in the conceptualisation...

Anthropology of the Self

by Brian Morris Pluto Press (September 20, 1994)

'The author demonstrates an impressive command of a wide range of literature' American Ethnologist Western society is individualised; we feel at ease talking about individuals and we study individual behaviour...