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America, ‘Moby Dick,’ and the Other

“John Quincy Adams warned Americans not to search abroad for monsters to destroy, yet such figures have frequently habituated the discourses of U.S. foreign policy,” offers a succinct summation of newly published U.S. Foreign Policy and the Other. Following, editors Michael Patrick Cullinane and David Ryan use Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick as a cautionary […]

Berghahn Journals: New Issues Published in December

Theoria A Journal of Social and Political Theory Volume 63, Issue 149 The articles in this issue cover a range of topics including realism of political liberalism, anxiety about the party form on the left, the debate about the nature of Afrocommunitarianism between Ifeanyi Menkiti and Kwame Gyekye, and the ‘crisis of democracy’ and current […]

The meanings of Charlie Hebdo and the value of scholarship on comics and cartoons

This post was written by European Comic Art journal editor Mark McKinney and originally published on our blog in January 2015 immediately following the tragic attacks against the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.    The assassinations in Paris last week brought sadness to many people the world over. However, far fewer have ever read the weekly satirical magazine […]

Visit Berghahn booth #315 at the American Historical Association 2017 Meeting

  We are delighted to inform you that we will be attending the 2017 AHA Annual Meeting in Denver, January 5-8, 2017. Please stop by Booth #315 to browse our latest selection of books at discounted prices and pick up free journals’ samples.   If you are unable to attend, we would like to provide […]

SIMULATED SHELVES: BROWSE December 2016 NEW BOOKS

We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, and History, along with our New in Paperback titles. Paperback Original AMERICA OBSERVED On an International Anthropology of the United States Edited by Virginia Dominguez and Jasmin Habib Afterword by Jane C. Desmond   There is surprisingly […]

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How the French New Wave Changed Cinema: Video Introduction to the Films of Godard, Truffaut & More

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New Featured Article!: “The Promise of Solutions” Available as Free PDF

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article, “The Promise of Solutions from Increasing Diversity in Ways of Knowing: Educational Lessons from Meteorology, Ethnobotany, and Systems Ecology,” comes from Volume 5 (2014). Amy ... Continue reading →

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Steven Sampson: Angry white males as suffering subjects

“They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” —Barack Obama, in a speech to donors during his 2008 campaign The above remarks, ... Continue reading →

Blog: Museum Worlds

The Black Lives Matter Movement in the National Museum of African American History and Culture

by Rod Clare, Elon University

It has been over forty years since the mostly successful conclusion of the Civil Rights movement in the United States. While some may have thought the election of an African-American president in 2008 heralded a “postracial” America, continued ... Continue reading →

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People, Money and Power in the Economic Crisis

People, Money and Power in the Economic Crisis

Perspectives from the Global South

Edited by Keith Hart and John Sharp

“A striking element of the volume is the interdisciplinarity of its textual form. While most of the contributors are in fact sociocultural anthropologists, the appropriation of templates and literary conventions within and across the fields of history, sociology, political economy and geography reflects the seriousness of the authors’ coalition building aspirations.” · Anthropological Forum

“In the new history, research has been redirected from the perpetrator to the victims, and the goal is to find the authentic Jewish voice. As a consequence, personal diaries, note books, and memoirs have gained a status that traditional historians have not previously imparted to them. Good index and select bibliography. Highly Recommended. · Choice - See more at: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/GodaJewish#sthash.KW4mDEnK.dpuf
“In the new history, research has been redirected from the perpetrator to the victims, and the goal is to find the authentic Jewish voice. As a consequence, personal diaries, note books, and memoirs have gained a status that traditional historians have not previously imparted to them. Good index and select bibliography. Highly Recommended. · Choice - See more at: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/GodaJewish#sthash.KW4mDEnK.dpuf

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Jewish Histories of the Holocaust

Jewish Histories of the Holocaust

New Transnational Approaches

Edited by Norman J. W. Goda

“In the new history, research has been redirected from the perpetrator to the victims, and the goal is to find the authentic Jewish voice. As a consequence, personal diaries, note books, and memoirs have gained a status that traditional historians have not previously imparted to them. Good index and select bibliography. Highly Recommended. · Choice

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Sounds of Modern History

Sounds of Modern History

Auditory Cultures in 19th- and 20th-Century Europe

Edited by Daniel Morat

“As a whole, this collection provides a fine introduction to Sound Studies for historians of modern Europe and, at the same time, contributes new material to the growing body of work in this field. The collective work on World War I is perhaps the most original and compelling, but there is excellent scholarship throughout.” · German History

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War Stories

War Stories

The War Memoir in History and Literature

Edited by Philip Dwyer

“The overall quality and scope of this collection are excellent. Its methodological chapters are particularly strong, its case studies are well-chosen, and it manages to cover major engagements while giving attention to long-neglected topics.”· Sönke Neitzel, London School of Economics

“This study is based on in-depth research involving a good analysis of the articulation of national identities, sense of belonging and local labour markets with the social and bodily intimacies related to care for the elderly in Japanese institutions… It is an essential contribution to the understanding of the cultural, personal and social relations in care work.” · Ratna Saptari, Leiden University varied political forces at work in a small Alpine region of Italy of which she has deep knowledge as a “native” critically distanced by long years abroad and by her calling as an anthropologist.”
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“The book is meticulously researched with great detail on the production, naming, localization, politics, and marketing of cheese in the Bergamo area of the Lombardy region of Italy.” · Carole Counihan, Millersville University - See more at: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/GrasseniHeritage#sthash.CUZx2Kfr.
“Grasseni writes with a confident hand, deftly analyzing the interplay of the richly varied political forces at work in a small Alpine region of Italy of which she has deep knowledge as a “native” critically distanced by long years abroad and by her calling as an anthropologist.”
 · Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University
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“Grasseni writes with a confident hand, deftly analyzing the interplay of the richly varied political forces at work in a small Alpine region of Italy of which she has deep knowledge as a “native” critically distanced by long years abroad and by her calling as an anthropologist.”
 · Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University
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“Grasseni writes with a confident hand, deftly analyzing the interplay of the richly varied political forces at work in a small Alpine region of Italy of which she has deep knowledge as a “native” critically distanced by long years abroad and by her calling as an anthropologist.”
 · Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University
 - See more at: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/GrasseniHeritage#sthash.CUZx2Kfr.dpuf
“Grasseni writes with a confident hand, deftly analyzing the interplay of the richly varied political forces at work in a small Alpine region of Italy of which she has deep knowledge as a “native” critically distanced by long years abroad and by her calling as an anthropologist.”
 · Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University
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Occupation in the East

Occupation in the East

The Daily Lives of German Occupiers in Warsaw and Minsk, 1939-1944

Stephan Lehnstaedt

Following their occupation by the Third Reich, Warsaw and Minsk became home to tens of thousands of Germans. In this exhaustive study, Stephan Lehnstaedt provides a nuanced, eye-opening portrait of the lives of these men and women, who constituted a surprisingly diverse population—including everyone from SS officers to civil servants, as well as ethnically German city residents—united in its self-conception as a “master race.”

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Breaking Rocks

Breaking Rocks

Music, Ideology and Economic Collapse, from Paris to Kinshasa

Joe Trapido

“This is a highly impressive, utterly original, often brilliant book on both the empirical and theoretical levels… A wonderful ethnography of music production, performance, spectacle, and deceit.” · Nancy Rose Hunt, University of Michigan

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Sustaining Russia's Arctic Cities

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Studies in the Circumpolar North

Volume: 2

Sustaining Russia's Arctic Cities

Resource Politics, Migration, and Climate Change

Edited by Robert Orttung

“Russia's Arctic Cities are definitely understudied, as are Arctic urban studies in general. Therefore the focus of this volume is timely and well chosen.” · Florian Stammer, University of Lapland

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The Changing Faces of Citizenship

The Changing Faces of Citizenship

Integration and Mobilization among Ethnic Minorities in Germany

Joyce Marie Mushaben

In contrast to most migration studies that focus on specific "foreigner" groups in Germany, this study simultaneously compares and contrasts the legal, political, social, and economic opportunity structures facing diverse categories of the ethnic minorities who have settled in the country since the 1950s. It reveals the contradictory, and usually self-defeating, nature of German policies intended to keep "migrants" out—allegedly in order to preserve a German Leitkultur (with which very few of its own citizens still identify).

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Vehicles: Cars, Canoes and other Metaphors of Moral Imagination

Vehicles

Cars, Canoes and other Metaphors of Moral Imagination

Edited by David Lipset and Richard Handler

Metaphor, as an act of human fancy, combines ideas in improbable ways to sharpen meanings of life and experience. Theoretically, this arises from an association between a sign—for example, a cattle car—and its referent, the Holocaust. These "sign-vehicles" serve as modes of semiotic transportation through conceptual space. Likewise, on-the-ground vehicles can be rich metaphors for the moral imagination. Following on this insight, Vehicles presents a collection of ethnographic essays on the metaphoric significance of vehicles in different cultures.

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Screen Bodies

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Experience, Perception, and Display

New in 2016!

Screen Bodies is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the intersection of Screen Studies and Body Studies across disciplines, institutions, and media. It is a forum promoting research on various aspects of embodiment on and in front of screens through articles, reviews, and interviews. The journal considers moving and still images, whether from the entertainment industry, information technologies, or news and media outlets, including cinema, television, the internet, and gallery spaces. It investigates the private experiences of portable and personal devices and the institutional ones of medical and surveillance imaging. Screen Bodies addresses the portrayal, function, and reception of bodies on and in front of screens from the perspectives of gender and sexuality, feminism and masculinity, trans* studies, queer theory, critical race theory, cyborg studies, and dis/ability studies.

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Boyhood Studies

An Interdisciplinary Journal

Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the discussion of boyhood, young masculinities, and boys’ lives by exploring the full scale of intricacies, challenges, and legacies that inform male and masculine developments. Boyhood Studies is committed to a critical and international scope and solicits both articles and special issue proposals from a variety of research fields including, but not limited to, the social and psychological sciences, historical and cultural studies, philosophy, and social, legal, and health studies. More Information...

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