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Archaeology of Mountain Landscapes

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

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.

Mayalogue

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

Virgin Capital

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

Human Landscapes

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

Homo Migrans

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

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.

"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.

Native Foodways

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

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.

From Situated Selves to the Self

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

Urban Migrants in Rural Japan

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

The Big Thaw

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Everyday Sustainability

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

A Clan Mother's Call

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

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.

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.

Beyond Two Worlds

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

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.

A Longhouse Fragmented

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

The Dream on the Rock

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

Indigenous Bodies

An interdisciplinary exploration of indigenous bodies.

Fighting Colonialism with Hegemonic Culture

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

Emerald City

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

The Archaeology of Violence

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

Tribal Worlds

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

Tuscarora

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

Amskapi Pikuni

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

Rethinking Autonomy

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

Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge

A wide-ranging scholarly consideration of the martial arts.

Strong Hearts, Native Lands

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

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.

Reading Kant's Geography

Perspectives on Kant's teachings on geography and how they relate his understanding of the world.

Decolonizing Research in Cross-Cultural Contexts

International scholars share their experiences with the challenges inherent in representing indigenous cultures and decolonizing cross-cultural research.

Dreaming in the Classroom

The essential guide on how to teach about dreaming.

Teaching the Silk Road

Advocating a global as opposed to a Eurocentric perspective in the college classroom, discusses why and how to teach about China's Silk Road.

Unresolved Identities

Explores the ways that immigrant youth identities are shaped by dominant discourses.

Same-Sex Partners

A demographic portrait of gay and lesbian couples who live together in committed relationships.

The Failure of Civil Society?

A look at the voluntary sector in Japan, which has emerged strongly only in recent years.

Miracle as Modern Conundrum in South Asian Religious Traditions

Looks at perceptions of the miraculous in a variety of contemporary South Asian religious traditions-Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.

Imagined Families, Lived Families

An interdisciplinary look at the dramatic changes in the contemporary Japanese family, including both empirical data and analyses of popular culture.

Tamil Geographies

How perceptions of land and space influence social and aesthetic conditions in the Tamil region of India.

Beyond Representational Correctness

Argues that representational correctness can cause critics to miss the positive work that films and television shows can perform in reducing prejudice.

Transforming Emotions with Chinese Medicine

Explores how Chinese medicine deals with emotional disorders.

The Trouble with Culture

How the computer revolution can ease polarization and help calm the culture wars.

Wearing Cultural Styles in Japan

Explores how tradition and modernity coexist in regional Japan, arguing that the rural/urban dichotomy is outmoded for understanding this contemporary society.

Israeli Backpackers

Examines the backpacking trip usually taken by Israeli youth following military service.

Being Goral

Examines the Góral, a little-studied ethnic group in Poland.

Time and Society

This is the first general theory of time-consciousness and social experience ever developed.

Petty Capitalists and Globalization

Examines how small firms, like large ones, are mobilizing to compete in a global economy.

Enemies of Civilization

Looks at how foreigners were regarded in three ancient civilizations, finding that cultural, not biophysical, differences were key in distinguishing "us" from "them. "

Fanning the Flames

A fascinating look at fans of a variety of popular culture phenomena in Japan.

The Best of All Possible Islands

Uses the world's fair of 1992 to spotlight changes in the political cultures of Spain and Europe.

Let Shepherding Endure

Addresses how shepherding communities in Israel and the Middle East might be preserved.

Dreaming and the Self

Anthropological perspectives on dreams around the world.

Demographic Change and the Family in Japan's Aging Society

A demographic and ethnographic exploration of how the aging Japanese society is affecting the family.

Popular Christianity in India

Explores the lived experience of Christianity in India.

The Solidarity of Kin

Using the example of the Eastern Algonkians, this book argues that Native Americans did not convert to Christianity, but rather made sense of Christianity in their own traditional ways and for their own social purposes.

Culture, Economy, Power

Confronts major questions facing anthropology, Marxist theory, cultural studies, feminism, and history.

Stories of Change

Applies narrative analysis to the study of social movements.

An Introduction to Chinese Culture through the Family

Uses the concept of family, both literally and metaphorically to provide an introduction to Chinese culture.

The Remote Borderland

Explores how Transylvania figures in the Hungarian imagination and how this border region functions in the creation of national identity.

Men of Uncertainty

A fascinating exploration of the subculture of Japanese day laborers, whose lives depart radically from the traditions of stability Westerners associate with Japan.

The Problem of Trieste and the Italo-Yugoslav Border

Uses the history of Trieste and the Italo-Yugoslav border to examine how representations of difference have affected the politics of sovereignty during the twentieth century.

Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal

Drawing on textual and anthropological research, this book demonstrates how popular ritual texts and stories have shaped the religion and culture of the only surviving Mahayana Buddhist society, the Newars of Kathmandu.

Dancing in Damascus

These nine short stories explore love and loss in contemporary Damascus, as well as the possibilities of writing ethnography as fiction.

Wandering God

Presents an analysis of the "nomadic" consciousness of our ancestors, and the forces --religious and political --that overwhelmed it during the Neolithic era, and considers its revival in the twentieth century.

Taming Oblivion

Examines the cultural construction of senility in Japan and the moral implications of dependent behavior for older Japanese.

The Politics of Myth

Examines the political views implicit in the mythological theories of three of the most widely read popularizers of myth in the twentieth century, C. G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell.

Perspectives on Human Sexuality

Presents the first book-length examination of both the biological and cultural factors in human sexuality.

Cultivating Dissent

Explores rural resistance, class consciousness, and the politics of contemporary culture through the experience of family farmers in France's "red south."

The Citizen Factory

A vivid ethnography of a group of students training to become schoolteachers in Bolivia and the challenges they face as they try to maintain their indigenous identity.

Pigs, Profits, and Rural Communities

Using the pork production industry as an example, this book illuminates the processes and consequences of agricultural industrialization for the social, economic, human, environmental, and political health of the rural United States.

Hair

An interdisciplinary exploration of the meanings of hair in Asia from classical times to contemporary contexts.

More Than Class

Examines the changing texture of power relations in non-traditional U. S. worksites.

Coca, Cocaine, and the Bolivian Reality

Examines the impact of coca and the cocaine trade on the Latin American country most affected by it, Bolivia.

Tourism and Culture

Essays and case studies by anthropologists provide insight into what measures might be necessary to mitigate the potentially harmful effects of tourism on host communities.

Out of Place

Discusses the impact of inner city redevelopment programs and policies on the homeless and shows the methods used (civil protests, squatting, and legal advocacy) by the homeless to organize a tactical resistance to restructuring efforts. Presents case studies of two different types of homeless organized resistance groups in Chicago and San Jose.

Grasping Land

Examines the discourses and experiences associated with space and place in contemporary Israel.

Literacy for Citizenship

Describes the experiences of a group of adult Brazilian women in a literacy program with explicit emancipatory objectives.

Subcultural Mosaics and Intersubjective Realities

Examines the theory and methods by which social scientists study the human lived experienced.