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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.

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.

Virgin Capital

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

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.

Mayalogue

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

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

The Big Thaw

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

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.

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

Tools of War, Tools of State

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

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Failure of Civil Society?

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

Same-Sex Partners

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

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.

Transforming Emotions with Chinese Medicine

Explores how Chinese medicine deals with emotional disorders.

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.

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.

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.

Rapt in the Name

An introduction to the Ram bhakti tradition and a fascinating account of its practice among a group of Central Indian Untouchables.

Culture, Economy, Power

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

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.

African Witchcraft and Otherness

A bold work of African philosophy and theology that brings together witchcraft and the philosophy of Levinas.

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 Korean Language

An accessible, comprehensive source of information on the Korean language--its structure and history to its cultural and sociological setting.

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.

Taking a Stand in a Postfeminist World

Ranging across contemporary culture from the academy to shopping malls, this book offers engaged cultural criticism in a postfeminist context.

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.

Woodcutters and Witchcraft

Uncovers the methodological principles that govern interpretive change.

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.