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Mutuality: Anthropology's Changing Terms of Engagement

by Roger Sanjek University of Pennsylvania Press (November 11, 2014)

In this wide-ranging volume, seventeen distinguished anthropologists draw on personal and professional histories to describe avenues to mutuality through collaborative fieldwork, community-based projects and...

Confronting Suburban School Resegregation in California

by Clayton A. Hurd University of Pennsylvania Press (September 05, 2014)

In this ethnographic study of the school district struggles in Central California, Clayton A. Hurd explores the core issues at stake in campaigns to reorganize districts into ethnically separated schools as...

Gay Voluntary Associations in New York: Public Sharing and Private Lives

by Moshe Shokeid University of Pennsylvania Press (October 14, 2014)

Gay Voluntary Associations in New York examines social groups and personal experiences in the LGBT population of New York City, including religious congregations and assemblies of senior, interracial, bisexual,...

Young and Defiant in Tehran

by Shahram Khosravi University of Pennsylvania Press (September 28, 2011)

In this ethnography of contemporary youth culture in Iran's capital, Shahram Khosravi examines the practices of everyday life through which young Tehranis demonstrate defiance against the official culture and...

Anthropology Through a Double Lens: Public and Personal Worlds in Human Theory

by Daniel Touro Linger University of Pennsylvania Press (June 15, 2013)

Anthropology Through a Double Lens calls for a renewed human theory that takes public and personal worlds seriously.

Unraveling Somalia: Race, Class, and the Legacy of Slavery

by Catherine Besteman University of Pennsylvania Press (January 27, 2014)

"Besteman's well-written and important book is a fine example of how careful scholarship can expose the realities behind widely held beliefs."—Choice

Ethnography in Today's World: Color Full Before Color Blind

by Roger Sanjek University of Pennsylvania Press (November 14, 2013)

In Ethnography in Today's World, anthropologist Roger Sanjek addresses the essential practice and purpose of ethnography in ethnically diverse settings. Drawing on decades of globe-spanning fieldwork, he examines...

Youthscapes: The Popular, the National, the Global

by Elisabeth Soep, Sunaina Maira & George Lipsitz University of Pennsylvania Press (July 20, 2013)

A study of youth culture worldwide and its influence on popular cultural practices, national ideologies, and global markets.

Masking Terror: How Women Contain Violence in Southern Sri Lanka

by Alex Argenti-Pillen University of Pennsylvania Press (July 17, 2013)

Describes the social fabric of a rural community that has become a reservoir of soldiers for the Sri Lankan nation in the brutal war against Tamil separatists.

Maoists at the Hearth: Everyday Life in Nepal's Civil War

by Judith Pettigrew & David N. Gellner University of Pennsylvania Press (May 28, 2013)

Maoists at the Hearth details the ways that inhabitants of a hill village in central Nepal managed their everyday activities following the arrival of Maoist insurgents in the late 1990s, exploring their changing...

An Imagined Geography: Sierra Leonean Muslims in America

by JoAnn D'Alisera University of Pennsylvania Press (April 19, 2013)

In An Imagined Geography, anthropologist JoAnn D'Alisera demonstrates persuasively that the long-held anthropological paradigms of separate, bounded, and unique communities, geographically located and neatly...

Female Circumcision: Multicultural Perspectives

by Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2013)

Female Circumcision brings together African activists to examine the issue within its various cultural and historical contexts, the debates on circumcision regarding African refugee and immigrant populations...

Healing Secular Life: Loss and Devotion in Modern Turkey

by Christopher Dole University of Pennsylvania Press (August 16, 2012)

Anthropologist Christopher Dole investigates the controversial position of religious healing in modern Turkey, demonstrating that the authority of the religious healer is deeply embedded within Turkey's history...

Matching Organs with Donors: Legality and Kinship in Transplants

by Marie-Andree Jacob University of Pennsylvania Press (August 16, 2012)

This sensitive ethnography reveals the methods and mindsets of doctors, patients, donors, and sellers in Israel's living kidney transplant bureaus. Matching Organs with Donors describes how these actors identify...

Everyday Life: A Poetics of Vernacular Practices

by Roger D. Abrahams University of Pennsylvania Press (June 07, 2011)

Everyday Life considers the ways Americans keep company with one another. It explores the entire range of social gatherings, from chance encounters and casual conversations to well-rehearsed performances found...

Political Blackness in Multiracial Britain

by Mohan Ambikaipaker University of Pennsylvania Press (June 29, 2018)

One evening in 1980, a group of white friends, drinking at the Duke of Edinburgh pub on East Ham High Street, made a monstrous five-pound wager. The first person to kill a "Paki" would win the bet. Ali Akhtar...

In Chocolate We Trust

by Peter Kurie University of Pennsylvania Press (February 21, 2018)

In Chocolate We Trust takes readers inside modern-day Hershey, Pennsylvania, headquarters of the iconic Hershey brand. A destination for chocolate enthusiasts since the early 1900s, Hershey has transformed from...

Monsters: Evil Beings, Mythical Beasts, and All Manner of Imaginary Terrors

by David D. Gilmore University of Pennsylvania Press (May 26, 2012)

A field guide to the world's scary creatures, along with an intriguing explanation why monsters won't go away. Gilmore considers the role of monsters in the human psyche and in society, looking at art, folktales,...

War Is Coming: Between Past and Future Violence in Lebanon

by Sami Hermez University of Pennsylvania Press (January 16, 2017)

War Is Coming is an ethnographic study that sheds light on the everyday conversations, practices, and experiences of people in Lebanon who live in between moments of political violence, remember past wars, and...

Blues for New Orleans: Mardi Gras and America's Creole Soul

by Roger D. Abrahams, John F. Szwed, Nick Spitzer & Robert Farris Thompson University of Pennsylvania Press (November 24, 2010)

"A furious, blues-tinged, erudite hymn to our greatest vernacular city. Read it and weep; read it and rejoice!"—Edward Hirsch, President, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

The Swahili

by DEREK NURSE & Thomas Spear University of Pennsylvania Press (June 10, 2017)

"As an introduction to how the history of an African society can be reconstructed from largely nonliterate sources, and to the Swahili in particular, . . . a model work."—International Journal of African Historical...

Porta Palazzo: The Anthropology of an Italian Market

by Rachel E. Black & Carlo Petrini University of Pennsylvania Press (April 16, 2012)

From the history of Porta Palazzo, Western Europe's largest open-air market, to its current growing pains, this book turns an ethnographic eye on a meeting place for trade, cultural identity, and cuisine.

The Risk of War: Everyday Sociality in the Republic of Macedonia

by Vasiliki P. Neofotistos University of Pennsylvania Press (March 14, 2012)

Focusing on interpersonal dynamics during conflict in the Republic of Macedonia, Neofotistos describes how Macedonians and Albanians in the city of Skopje responded to threatening political developments, negotiated...

Liberia: The Violence of Democracy

by Mary H. Moran University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2013)

Moran argues that democracy is not a foreign import into Africa, but that essential aspects of what we in the West consider democratic values are part of the indigenous traditions of legitimacy and political...

Sarajevo Under Siege: Anthropology in Wartime

by Ivana Macek University of Pennsylvania Press (November 17, 2016)

A richly detailed account of the lived experiences of ordinary people in this multicultural city between 1992 and 1996, during the war in the former Yugoslavia. Exploring how civilians coped with desperate circumstances,...

The Economy of Hope

by Hirokazu Miyazaki & Richard Swedberg University of Pennsylvania Press (November 29, 2016)

In The Economy of Hope, hope becomes not only a method of knowledge but also an essential framework for the sociocultural analysis of economic phenomena.

The Birth of Orientalism

by Urs App University of Pennsylvania Press (June 06, 2011)

Modern Orientalism was born in the eighteenth century after a very long gestation period defined less by economic or political motives than by religious ideology. The Birth of Orientalism presents a completely...

Crimes of Peace: Mediterranean Migrations at the World's Deadliest Border

by Maurizio Albahari University of Pennsylvania Press (August 12, 2015)

In Crimes of Peace, Maurizio Albahari investigates why the Mediterranean Sea is the world's deadliest border, and what alternatives might improve this state of affairs. Albahari transforms abstract statistics...

eFieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology in the Digital World

by Roger Sanjek & Susan W. Tratner University of Pennsylvania Press (August 12, 2015)

Sixteen scholars address the impact of digital technologies on how anthropologists do fieldwork and on what they study. Reflecting on fieldwork globally, they discuss shifting boundaries between home and field,...

Esperanto and Its Rivals: The Struggle for an International Language

by Roberto Garvia University of Pennsylvania Press (April 22, 2015)

Roberto Garvía explores the history of artificial spoken or written languages and the people who fought for them. Taking the three most prominent—Volapük, Esperanto, and Ido—Garvía investigates what drove...

Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights on Trial

by Richard Price University of Pennsylvania Press (June 06, 2011)

Rainforest Warriors is a historical, ethnographic, and documentary account of a people, their threatened rainforest, and their successful attempt to harness international human rights law in their fight to protect...

Love and Honor in the Himalayas: Coming To Know Another Culture

by Ernestine McHugh University of Pennsylvania Press (June 07, 2011)

American anthropologist Ernestine McHugh arrived in the foothills of the Annapurna mountains in Nepal, and, surrounded by terraced fields, rushing streams, and rocky paths, she began one of several sojourns...

Witchcraft and Magic: Contemporary North America

by Helen A. Berger University of Pennsylvania Press (March 19, 2011)

In original essays the book explores both religions that incorporate magical or occult beliefs and practices and contemporary responses to these religions in North America and the Caribbean.

Iraq at a Distance: What Anthropologists Can Teach Us About the War

by Antonius C. G. M. Robben University of Pennsylvania Press (November 24, 2010)

Iraq at a Distance describes the plight of the Iraqi people, caught since 2003 in the carnage between U.S. troops and Iraqi insurgents. This provocative book is a bold attempt by five distinguished anthropologists...