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Simulated Shelves: Browse July 2016 New Books

We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies and History, along with our New in Paperback titles.   CREATIVITY IN TRANSITION Politics and Aesthetics of Cultural Production Across the Globe Edited by Maruška Svašek and Birgit Meyer Volume 6, Material Mediations: People and Things in a World […]

‘Is it inevitable you’ll turn into your mother?’

by Siân Pooley and Kaveri Qureshi   On the 2nd March this year, ahead of Mother’s Day, there was a thoughtful discussion on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour addressing the question: ‘is it inevitable you’ll turn into your mother?’. For counsellor Myira Khan, who was interviewed on the programme, this is a topic that comes up […]

Look for Berghahn at The EASA 2016 Conference

  We are delighted to inform you that we will be present at The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) Conference in Milan, Italy from the 20th-23rd of July 2016. Please stop by our table to browse the latest selection of books at discounted prices, pick up some free journal samples, or chat to Marion […]

Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month

  Each year since 1985, Americans have celebrated national Park and Recreation Month during the month of July to recognize the importance of parks and recreation in establishing and maintaining the quality of life for, and contributing to the physical, economic and environmental well-being of communities. To find out more please visit National Recreation and […]

Hot Off the Press – New Journal Issues Published in June

Contributions to the History of Concepts Volume 11, Issue 1 This issue investigates emotion concepts in South Asian traditions and feautres a special section titled Emotion Concepts in Urdu and Bengali.  Social Analysis The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice Volume 60, Issue 2: (De)materializing Kinship: Holding Together Mutuality and Difference This issue features a special […]

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An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. “Can they be brought together?” This is a practical question. We must get down to it. “I despise intelli ... Continue reading on Tumblr

Wilma and Georg Iggers both fled with their parents to North America in October 1938 to escape the Nazis. Throughout their long married life, they have sought as scholars and citizens to build bridges across racial, religious, national, and ideological lines. They each came from differe ... Continue reading on Tumblr

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The Art of Seeing: Grasping More-Than-Human Plant Worlds beyond Objectified “Nature”

As a Gregory Bateson scholar, I have long been fascinated with the notion that art and science might complement one another in the effort to bring forth, understand, and represent the “wholeness” of our more-than-human worlds. Far from pantheistic, Bateson’s notion of wholeness refers to the ... Continue reading →

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Alessandro Zagato: Teachers struggles and low intensity warfare in the south of Mexico

The teachers’ campaign in defense of public education and against the neoliberal reforms being introduced by the Mexican government has ignited a new cycle of social struggles and an outbreak of violent repression in Mexico. This short article was written from within the barricade/encampment of ... Continue reading →

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Museum News: May 2016

LA’s Getty Center Blends Oculus-Ready VR With Ancient Chinese Art In Virtual Reality Museum Exhibit, via International Business Times

Polish government to take control of WWII museum, via The Washington Post

Activists Occupy Brooklyn Museum in Protest of Two Exhibitions, ... Continue reading →

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Rethinking Antifascism

Rethinking Antifascism

History, Memory and Politics, 1922 to the Present

Edited by Hugo García, Mercedes Yusta, Xavier Tabet, and Cristina Clímaco

“This is an important book. Examining antifascism from the twin perspectives of historical experience and historical memory, it offers an invaluable contribution to the newly developing field of antifascist studies. An impressive work of international scholarship, its expansive range gives readers access to a succession of fascinating events and debates from the 1920s to the present.  This book makes a statement: it succeeds in ‘internationalising’ the study of anti-fascism and deserves the widest possible readership.” · Nigel Copsey, Teesside University

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Sweden after Nazism

Sweden after Nazism

Politics and Culture in the Wake of the Second World War

Johan Östling

“This study makes a generous contribution to our understanding of segments of Sweden’s intellectual and political postwar response to the catastrophe of Nazism and, with it, Europe more generally today.” · The American Historical Review

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New Uses of Bourdieu in Film and Media Studies

New Uses of Bourdieu in Film and Media Studies

Edited by Guy Austin

“This is a really useful contribution to our understanding of the various ways in which the work of Bourdieu can be used in film and media studies, adding to and revising existing uses but also bringing his key ideas to bear on new areas such as online film reviewing and the landscapes of social and mobile media. These essays are strong and well argued.” · Geoff King, Brunel University

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The Mind of the Nation

The Mind of the Nation

Völkerpsychologie in Germany, 1851-1955

Egbert Klautke

“Klautke provides readers both with useful biographical summaries and with cogent accounts of his protagonists’ specific interpretations of Völkerpsychologie. But he also expands his narrative horizon beyond mere intellectual biography. Laudably, he pays special attention to the broader reception of their writings in an attempt to correct the misperception that Völkerpsychologie was merely ‘political propaganda dressed up as a social science’.” · German History

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Domesticating Youth

Domesticating Youth

Youth Bulges and their Socio-political Implications in Tajikistan

Sophie Roche

“…a terrifically engaging work, one that addresses a wide range of important ideas while also offering some first-rate ethnographic research. Students of Central Asia, or indeed of social institutions elsewhere, would be well advised to take a close look.” · Central Asian Affairs

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Ordinary Lives and Grand Schemes

Ordinary Lives and Grand Schemes

An Anthropology of Everyday Religion

Edited by Samuli Schielke and Liza Debevec

“Composed of eight ethnographically rich essays… [this] important, trenchant edited volume… offers a decisive intervention into the study of religion in an ‘unfixed’ world by modifying the category of religion with the analytic field of the ‘everyday’.” · American Ethnologist

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Narratives in Motion


Remapping Cultural History

Volume: 15

Narratives in Motion

Journalism and Modernist Events in 1920s Portugal

Luís Trindade

“This book is very enlightening, covering areas of thought and research which are at present clearly on a lively frontier of scholarship… The editors are well placed to take on the task of organizing and introducing this topic – as notions of “mobility” have become increasingly prominent in recent anthropology. Noel B. Salazar has an overview of the field which may well be unmatched in anthropology.” · Ulf Hannerz, Stockholm University


Civilizations Beyond Earth

Civilizations Beyond Earth

Extraterrestrial Life and Society

Edited by Douglas A. Vakoch and Albert A. Harrison

Astronomers around the world are pointing their telescopes toward the heavens, searching for signs of intelligent life. If they make contact with an advanced alien civilization, how will humankind respond? In thinking about first contact, the contributors to this volume present new empirical and theoretical research on the societal dimensions of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

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Conflict and Society

Advances in Research

Publishing peer-reviewed articles by international scholars, Conflict and Society expands the field of conflict studies by using ethnographic inquiry to establish new fields of research and interdisciplinary collaboration. An opening special section presents general articles devoted to a topic or region followed by a section featuring conceptual debates on key problems in the study of organized violence. Review articles and topical overviews offer navigational assistance across the vast and varied terrain of conflict research, and comprehensive reviews of new books round out each volume. With special attention paid to ongoing debates on the politics and ethics of conflict studies research, including military-academic cooperation, Conflict and Society will be an essential forum for scholars, researchers, and policy makers in the fields of anthropology, sociology, political science, and development studies. More Information...

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Museum Worlds

Advances in Research

Museum Worlds: Advances in Research is a multidisciplinary, refereed, annual journal that publishes work that significantly advances knowledge of global trends, case studies, and theory relevant to museum practice and scholarship around the world.

Responding to the need for a rigorous, in-depth review of current work in its field, Museum Worlds: Advances in Research contributes to the ongoing formation of Museum Studies as an academic and practical area of research that is rapidly expanding and alive with potential, opportunity, and challenge that parallels the rapid growth of museums in just about every part of the world. More Information...

Introducing the Museum Worlds companion site!

View virtual issues, online tours, museum news, events, and more. More Information...

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