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A groundbreaking study of jinn doppelgangers and the problem of evil in Akbarian Sufism.
Explores the cultural dynamics of this ancient form of Sanskrit theater.
A study of non-representational art and poetry in the work of Bataille, Klossowski, and Michaux.
Uses the intellectual encounter between Islam and modernity to explore the nature of culture, civilization, religion, and tradition.
Multifaceted exploration of the dimensions of education for climate justice.
Argues that the dairy industry in Japan has always been entwined with notions of Otherness and security seeking, notably in terms of frontiers.
A comparative study of wonder in South Asian religions.
Offers a fresh approach to the problem of the human figure in an age of digital cinema.
Explores mountain regions as cultural landscapes that have been shaped by long-term human-environment interactions.
Presents Tantra from an ethnographic vantage point, through a series of case studies grounded in diverse settings across contemporary Asia.
Takes a multicultural, interdisciplinary approach to the rhetoric of science to expand our
toolkit for the collective management of global risks like climate change and pandemics.
Details the textual and performative history of the South Asian festival of Indra and its role in the development of classical Hinduism.
Claims unconscious desire plays a constitutive role in global political economy.
This critical reader brings together both essential as well as under-recognized writings from the work of Don Ihde, one of the most important contemporary thinkers on technology and human experience.
Reveals how the persona of India's most famous emperor was constantly reinvented in ancient times to suit a variety of social visions, political agendas, and moral purposes.
Explores the delicate interplay between emigration of Jews from Israel to Germany and the construction of a new identity in the shadow of antisemitism both past and present in their new home.
Contextualizes Sabha Theatre historically, politically, and aesthetically, revealing how it expresses a Tamil Brahmin identity that is at once traditional and modern.
Provides a theoretical and practical guide to community-engaged scholarship with Indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada.
Explores how discussion of LGBTQ+ themes in a high-school literature course can foster ethical engagement among students.
Explores the duality between humans and Earth through a focus on the economic system changes that began with grain agriculture and has now reached its apogee in global capitalism.
Explores the rich diversity of narratives, rituals, and participants connected with one of the most important celebrations for Hindus in South Asia and in the diaspora.
Historical and theoretical discussions that describe and reflect on personal objects from a variety of perspectives.
Describes the profound social impact of the overthrow of the Thai absolute monarchy in 1932, and explains the importance of democracy in a country long known for authoritarian politics.
Offers a strong critique of traditional anthropological studies from an Indigenous and postcolonial perspective.
Chronicles the astonishing and counterintuitive spread of Christianity among a group of previously isolated tribes in a remote and hilly part of Northeastern India.
Ethnography situating the contemporary financial services industry in the US Virgin Islands within broader histories of racial capitalism and gender inequality.
Explores how a folk ballad in southern India transforms the landscape and embeds the deities that are its subject within the social worlds of their devotees.
Draws upon the situated work of professional coffee tasters in over a dozen countries to shed light on the methods we use to convert subjective experience into objective knowledge.
Addresses the revolutionary impact of genetics, isotopes, and data science on the study of migration and mobility in past human societies.
The first work to offer a comprehensive pragmatist anthropology focusing on sensibility, habits, and human experience as contingently yet irreversibly enlanguaged.
Pioneering essays that demonstrate the significance of the seasons for philosophy, environmental thought, anthropology, cultural studies, aesthetics, poetics, and literary criticism.
Examines the culture and chronology of increasingly complex urban societies in western Anatolia during the Early Bronze Age.
An in-depth, ethnographic study of the transnational expansion of Santo Daime, a mystical religious tradition organized around sacramental ingestion of the mind-altering ayahuasca beverage.
Articulates the relationships between kinship, racial ideology, mixed blood treaty provisions, and landscape transformation in the Great Lakes region.
Brings together archaeologists, art historians, sociologists, and classicists to explore the origins and development of unequal relationships in ancient societies.
Comparative, ethnographic study of women who migrate for marriage in rural north India.
The first in-depth study of the All World Gayatri Pariwar, a modern Indian religious movement.
Investigates the professional practices of astrologers in urban India and their popularity among the educated middle and upper classes.
The first book to offer a detailed framework, a fine-grained history, and an analytically nuanced understanding of one of the rarest branches of Hindu worship.
Essays in the field of comparative world religions and corresponding axial civilizations.
Broadens the parameters of religious studies by accounting for material acts that help shape religious worlds.
Explores the interplay of religion and food in Native American cultures.
A significant contribution to anthropology, history, and gender studies that reveals the denials of homosexuality in traditional and contemporary African societies to be rooted in colonialist ideologies.
Rethinks the role of Indigenous and non-Indigenous interactions in the production of ethnographic museum collections.
Evocative, innovative ethnography of spiritual practices and forms of queer, black, and indigenous life in the Dominican Republic.
Argues that concern with the nation and national community will be a key factor in redefining twenty-first-century politics.
Offers an in-depth ethnography of paradigm shifts in the lifestyles and values of youth in post-growth Japan.
Argues for an important transformation in the construction of the self among Japanese converts to Roman Catholicism.
Explores the unprecedented and rapid climate changes occurring in the Arctic environment.
An ethnography of Russian teacher education reforms as scripted performances of political theater.
Archaeologists, anthropologists, and classicists discuss how urbanization first emerged in strikingly different sociopolitical contexts in North America, Europe, and the Near East.
A multidisciplinary approach to the study of veganism, vegetarianism, and meat avoidance among Jews, both historical and contemporary.
Explores the evolving role of botanic gardens from products and enablers of modernity and the nation-state, to their recent reinvention as institutions of environmental governance.
Through an examination of archaeologically recovered texts from China’s northwestern border regions, argues for widespread interaction with texts in the Han period.
A psychological study, based on extensive interview data, of Jewish adults who take on a devout lifestyle.
Reveals how the expanding world-system entangled the non-western world in global economies, yet did so in ways that were locally articulated, varied, and, often, non-European in their expression.
A unique historical study of the personal nature of religion, spirituality, and healing in the twentieth century based on the letters of ordinary people from around the world.
Chronicles the history and archaeological study of Lake George, New York’s sunken bateaux of 1758.
Examines why many governments, rebels, and terrorist organizations are using children as soldiers.
Explores the current and future trajectories of the paradigm of postsocialism.
Explores the contemporary nature and the diverse narratives, rituals, and performances of the Navarātri Festival.
Essays that examine globalization's effects with an emphasis on the interplay of race and rurality as it occurs across diverse geographies and peoples.
Examines the effects of culturally specific interpretations of refugeehood with an ethnographic focus on Cyprus
Explores how religious travel in India is transforming religious identities and self-constructions.
This volume brings social and cultural anthropologists into dialogue with historical sociology and illustrates the continued potential of the concept of civilization for all participants.
Captures how Indian Protestant Christians negotiate their religious and cultural identities within the Indian diaspora.
Examines the many ways water has contributed to power structures in the past, with insights for contemporary water management.
Illuminates the contradictions that emerge within conscious capitalism initiatives that are designed to empower women.
The first comprehensive anthropological description of the Khmer Buddhism practiced by Cambodian refugees in the United States over the past four decades.
From the Nile to the Hudson, the story of how two Egyptian mummies joined an American museum collection.
Tells the story of Bavaria’s acquisition of ancient Greek sculptures that rivaled those acquired by England from the Parthenon.
A collection of Raj’s groundbreaking ethnographic studies of “vernacular” Catholic traditions in Tamil Nadu, India.
Addresses the importance of Haudenosaunee women in the rebuilding of the Iroquois nation.
Uses two case studies to demonstrate how neoliberal reforms in India have de-democratized labor politics.
Rich case studies examining responses to climatic events in ancient Europe and the Near East.
Explores the activities and political personas of women activists in Shiv Sena, a militant Indian political party.
Explores sacrificial practices across a range of contexts from prehistory to the present.
Assesses the range and magnitude of Robert Gardner’s achievements as a filmmaker, photographer, writer, educator, and champion of independent cinema.
Explores the trend of lifelong learning in Japan as a means to deal with risk in a neoliberal era.
Critical interdisciplinary examination of archeaology's approach to childhood in prehistory.
A critical examination of the impact of BRAC, the world's largest NGO, on the status of women in Southern Bangladeshi cultural life.
Looks at southern Chinese martial arts traditions and how they have become important to local identity and narratives of resistance.
Papers of the forty-fourth Algonquian Conference held at the University of Chicago October 2012.
A sweeping study of political murder in Latin America.
Thorough exploration of the distinct culture of the Mappila Muslims of Kerala, India.
Examines the lives of recent Russian-Jewish immigrants in Germany.
Analyzes interviews with students, teachers, and administrators to develop a new set of literacies essential for student success in the digital age.
Interdisciplinary study of monumental art and architecture in human history.
Examines the intersections of “Latino,” “queer,” and “American,” to illustrate how the categories of class, race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity are directly entangled with issues of citizenship and belonging.
David N. Keightley’s seminal essays on the origins of Chinese society are brought together in one volume.
Examines the origins, efficacy, legacy, and consequences of envisioning both Native and non-Native “worlds.”
Papers of the forty-third Algonquian Conference held at University of Michigan in October 2011.
Challenges traditional views of the Qin dynasty as an oppressive regime by revealing cooperative aspects of its governance.
Tells the social history of the Iroquois people of Ohio during the buildup to removal.
Examines the relationship between rock art, shamanism, and the origins of human existence.
An interdisciplinary exploration of indigenous bodies.
Papers of the forty-second Algonquian Conference held at Memorial University of Newfoundland in October 2010.
Explores how indigenous nationhood has emerged and been maintained in the face of aggressive efforts to assimilate Native peoples.
Offers new ways of comparing features of the world’s religions.
Interdisciplinary study of the role of violence in the Mediterranean and Europe.