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The Festival of Indra

Details the textual and performative history of the South Asian festival of Indra and its role in the development of classical Hinduism.

Global Libidinal Economy

Claims unconscious desire plays a constitutive role in global political economy.

Archaeology of Mountain Landscapes

Explores mountain regions as cultural landscapes that have been shaped by long-term human-environment interactions.

The Critical Ihde

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.

Searching for Ashoka

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.

A Double Burden

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.

Honeymoon Couples and Jurassic Babies

Contextualizes Sabha Theatre historically, politically, and aesthetically, revealing how it expresses a Tamil Brahmin identity that is at once traditional and modern.

Moving across Differences

Explores how discussion of LGBTQ+ themes in a high-school literature course can foster ethical engagement among students.

Replanting Cultures

Provides a theoretical and practical guide to community-engaged scholarship with Indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada.

Bitter Harvest

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.

Virgin Capital

Ethnography situating the contemporary financial services industry in the US Virgin Islands within broader histories of racial capitalism and gender inequality.

The Cultural Power of Personal Objects

Edited by Jared Kemling
Subjects: Philosophy

Historical and theoretical discussions that describe and reflect on personal objects from a variety of perspectives.

Amnesia

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.

Nine Nights of Power

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.

Mayalogue

Offers a strong critique of traditional anthropological studies from an Indigenous and postcolonial perspective.

Christianity and Politics in Tribal India

Chronicles the astonishing and counterintuitive spread of Christianity among a group of previously isolated tribes in a remote and hilly part of Northeastern India.

Singing the Goddess into Place

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.

Tasting Coffee

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.

Homo Migrans

Addresses the revolutionary impact of genetics, isotopes, and data science on the study of migration and mobility in past human societies.

Human Landscapes

The first work to offer a comprehensive pragmatist anthropology focusing on sensibility, habits, and human experience as contingently yet irreversibly enlanguaged.

The Archaeology of Inequality

Brings together archaeologists, art historians, sociologists, and classicists to explore the origins and development of unequal relationships in ancient societies.

The Early Bronze Age in Western Anatolia

Examines the culture and chronology of increasingly complex urban societies in western Anatolia during the Early Bronze Age.

Christ Returns from the Jungle

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.

"Our Relations…the Mixed Bloods"

Articulates the relationships between kinship, racial ideology, mixed blood treaty provisions, and landscape transformation in the Great Lakes region.

The Seasons

Edited by Luke Fischer & David Macauley
Subjects: Philosophy

Pioneering essays that demonstrate the significance of the seasons for philosophy, environmental thought, anthropology, cultural studies, aesthetics, poetics, and literary criticism.

Moving for Marriage

Comparative, ethnographic study of women who migrate for marriage in rural north India.

From World Religions to Axial Civilizations and Beyond

Essays in the field of comparative world religions and corresponding axial civilizations.

Native Foodways

Explores the interplay of religion and food in Native American cultures.

Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds

Broadens the parameters of religious studies by accounting for material acts that help shape religious worlds.

The Science of Satyug

The first in-depth study of the All World Gayatri Pariwar, a modern Indian religious movement.

Till Kingdom Come

By Lokesh Ohri
Subjects: Asian Studies

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.

Words of Destiny

Investigates the professional practices of astrologers in urban India and their popularity among the educated middle and upper classes.

Boy-Wives and Female Husbands

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.

Ceremony Men

Rethinks the role of Indigenous and non-Indigenous interactions in the production of ethnographic museum collections.

Queer Freedom : Black Sovereignty

Evocative, innovative ethnography of spiritual practices and forms of queer, black, and indigenous life in the Dominican Republic.

Bringing the Nation Back In

Argues that concern with the nation and national community will be a key factor in redefining twenty-first-century politics.

Urban Migrants in Rural Japan

Offers an in-depth ethnography of paradigm shifts in the lifestyles and values of youth in post-growth Japan.

From Situated Selves to the Self

Argues for an important transformation in the construction of the self among Japanese converts to Roman Catholicism.

Teacher Education Reform as Political Theater

By Elena Aydarova
Subjects: Education

An ethnography of Russian teacher education reforms as scripted performances of political theater.

The Big Thaw

Explores the unprecedented and rapid climate changes occurring in the Arctic environment.

Personal Religion and Spiritual Healing

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.

Literate Community in Early Imperial China

Through an examination of archaeologically recovered texts from China’s northwestern border regions, argues for widespread interaction with texts in the Han period.

Power, Political Economy, and Historical Landscapes of the Modern World

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.

Postnormal Conservation

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.

Coming Together

Archaeologists, anthropologists, and classicists discuss how urbanization first emerged in strikingly different sociopolitical contexts in North America, Europe, and the Near East.

The Spiritual Transformation of Jews Who Become Orthodox

A psychological study, based on extensive interview data, of Jewish adults who take on a devout lifestyle.

Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism

A multidisciplinary approach to the study of veganism, vegetarianism, and meat avoidance among Jews, both historical and contemporary.

Ghost Fleet Awakened

Chronicles the history and archaeological study of Lake George, New York’s sunken bateaux of 1758.

Refugeehood and the Postconflict Subject

Examines the effects of culturally specific interpretations of refugeehood with an ethnographic focus on Cyprus

The Future of (Post)Socialism

Explores the current and future trajectories of the paradigm of postsocialism.

Tools of War, Tools of State

Examines why many governments, rebels, and terrorist organizations are using children as soldiers.

Nine Nights of the Goddess

Explores the contemporary nature and the diverse narratives, rituals, and performances of the Navarātri Festival.

Race and Rurality in the Global Economy

Essays that examine globalization's effects with an emphasis on the interplay of race and rurality as it occurs across diverse geographies and peoples.

Protestant Christianity in the Indian Diaspora

Captures how Indian Protestant Christians negotiate their religious and cultural identities within the Indian diaspora.

Water and Power in Past Societies

Examines the many ways water has contributed to power structures in the past, with insights for contemporary water management.

Religious Journeys in India

Explores how religious travel in India is transforming religious identities and self-constructions.

Anthropology and Civilizational Analysis

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.

Everyday Sustainability

Illuminates the contradictions that emerge within conscious capitalism initiatives that are designed to empower women.

Cambodian Buddhism in the United States

The first comprehensive anthropological description of the Khmer Buddhism practiced by Cambodian refugees in the United States over the past four decades.

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies

From the Nile to the Hudson, the story of how two Egyptian mummies joined an American museum collection.

Vernacular Catholicism, Vernacular Saints

A collection of Raj’s groundbreaking ethnographic studies of “vernacular” Catholic traditions in Tamil Nadu, India.

A Clan Mother's Call

Addresses the importance of Haudenosaunee women in the rebuilding of the Iroquois nation.

Report on the Aeginetan Sculptures

Tells the story of Bavaria’s acquisition of ancient Greek sculptures that rivaled those acquired by England from the Parthenon.

Undervalued Dissent

Uses two case studies to demonstrate how neoliberal reforms in India have de-democratized labor politics.

Diversity of Sacrifice

Explores sacrificial practices across a range of contexts from prehistory to the present.

The Dashing Ladies of Shiv Sena

Explores the activities and political personas of women activists in Shiv Sena, a militant Indian political party.

Looking with Robert Gardner

Assesses the range and magnitude of Robert Gardner’s achievements as a filmmaker, photographer, writer, educator, and champion of independent cinema.

The Creation of Wing Chun

Looks at southern Chinese martial arts traditions and how they have become important to local identity and narratives of resistance.

The Archaeology of Childhood

Critical interdisciplinary examination of archeaology's approach to childhood in prehistory.

BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh

A critical examination of the impact of BRAC, the world's largest NGO, on the status of women in Southern Bangladeshi cultural life.

Sweet Burdens

By Sveta Roberman
Subjects: Sociology

Examines the lives of recent Russian-Jewish immigrants in Germany.

Time to Write, Second Edition

Analyzes interviews with students, teachers, and administrators to develop a new set of literacies essential for student success in the digital age.

Desbordes

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.

Beyond Two Worlds

Examines the origins, efficacy, legacy, and consequences of envisioning both Native and non-Native “worlds.”

These Bones Shall Rise Again

David N. Keightley’s seminal essays on the origins of Chinese society are brought together in one volume.

A Longhouse Fragmented

Tells the social history of the Iroquois people of Ohio during the buildup to removal.

The Joy of Noh

Examines Japanese later life learners involved in Noh theater.

Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China

Challenges traditional views of the Qin dynasty as an oppressive regime by revealing cooperative aspects of its governance.

Living on Your Own

An ethnography of young, single women struggling to live independently in South Korea.

Indigenous Bodies

An interdisciplinary exploration of indigenous bodies.

The Dream on the Rock

Examines the relationship between rock art, shamanism, and the origins of human existence.

Figuring Religions

Offers new ways of comparing features of the world’s religions.

The Archaeology of Violence

Interdisciplinary study of the role of violence in the Mediterranean and Europe.

Indigenous North American Drama

Traces the historical dimensions of Native North American drama using a critical perspective.

Tribal Worlds

Explores how indigenous nationhood has emerged and been maintained in the face of aggressive efforts to assimilate Native peoples.

Emerald City

A fascinating study of the gemstone industry of Jaipur with special emphasis on its ownership class.

Fighting Colonialism with Hegemonic Culture

Explores how American Indian businesses and organizations are taking on images that were designed to oppress them.

Spirituality in Hospice Palliative Care

Explores the end-of-life spiritual needs of people who do not identify with traditional religions.

Amskapi Pikuni

A contemporary history of one of the best-known American Indian nations.

Tuscarora

The definitive history of the Tuscaroras and their return to western New York.

Rethinking Autonomy

Provides a critique of and alternative to the dominant paradigm used in biomedical ethics by exploring the Japanese concept of autonomy.

Strong Hearts, Native Lands

Uplifting account of the struggle between the Grassy Narrows First Nation and the Canadian logging industry.

Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge

A wide-ranging scholarly consideration of the martial arts.

Becoming an Ancestor

A striking look at the death rituals of an indigenous community in North America.

Let Spirit Speak!

Edited by Vanessa K. Valdés
Subjects: Area Studies

Interdisciplinary celebration of the cultural contributions of members of the African Diaspora in the Western hemisphere.

Encounters with Witchcraft

A renowned authority on East Africa examines the effects of witchcraft beliefs on African culture, politics, and family life.

Potent Mana

Brilliant study of the effects of colonialism on the physical, mental, and spiritual health of Native Hawaiians, and their efforts to decolonize through healing and remembering.