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Berghahn Journals: New Issues Published in November

      The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology Canon Fire: Decolonizing the Curriculum Volume 36, Issue 2 The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology publishes ambitious and rigorous scholarship in contemporary social and cultural anthropology. French Politics, Culture & Society Writing History and the Social Sciences with Ivan Jablonka Volume 36, Issue 3 French Politics, Culture & Society explores modern and […]

Berghahn Books will be at the ASEEES 2018 Conference

  We are delighted to inform you that we will be attending the 50th Annual ASEEES Convention held 6-9 December 2018 in Boston, MA. Please stop by our booth #319 to browse our latest selection of books at discounted prices & pick up some free journal samples.   If you are unable to attend, we […]


We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Film Studies, Genocide Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Museum Studies and Performance Studies, along with our New in Paperback titles.     Anthropology   ARTIFAK Cultural Revival, Tourism, and the Recrafting of History in Vanuatu Hugo DeBlock   Artifak investigates the […]

Berghahn will be Attending AAA 2018 Conference !

  We are delighted to inform you that we will be attending the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting being held November 14 – 18, 2018 in San Jose, CA. Please stop by Booth #309 to browse our selection of books at discounted prices and pick up free journals samples. We are especially excited to invite […]

Berghahn Journals: New Issues Published in October

        Online First Articles Online first articles are final articles posted ahead of issue publication. The text is fully edited and finalized, but the pagination is subject to change once the issue for which the article is earmarked is complete. At that point, the article’s pagination will be updated, and it will be moved […]


  We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, and Medical Anthropology, along with our New in Paperback titles.     Anthropology   INDETERMINACY Waste, Value, and the Imagination Edited by Catherine Alexander and Andrew Sanchez Afterword by Niko Besnier and Susana Narotzky […]

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What Caused the Salem Witch Trials?

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New Featured Article!: “The Metrics of Making Ecosystem Services”

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month's article—”The Metrics of Making Ecosystem Services”—comes from Volume 8 (2017). In her article, Pamela McElwee traces how definitions and metrics of ecosystem services (ES) have evolved and ... Continue reading →

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Victor Albert: Brazil’s Homeless Workers’ Movement is an assertive social work organization

On 21 October, Jair Bolsonaro, the now president-elect of Brazil, made an announcement via his smartphone that was transmitted to crowds of supporters gathered in São Paulo: “Criminals of the MST [Landless Workers’ Movement], criminals of the MTST [Homeless Workers’ Movement], your actions ... Continue reading →

Blog: Museum Worlds

Brazil’s 200-year-old Museu Nacional destroyed by fire

One of the largest natural history museums in the Americas was engulfed in flame on Sunday, 2 September 2018. A majority of Rio de Janeiro’s 200-year-old Museu Nacional's archive is believed to have been destroyed. The museum's collections included items brought to Brazil by Dom Pedro I, ... Continue reading →

New in Paperback

The Online World of Surrogacy

The Online World of Surrogacy

Zsuzsa Berend

“Berend’s insights here both contribute to and are consistent with the newer school of thought in economic sociology that views economic relations as socially embedded… [Her] work fills a crucial oversight in sociological knowledge about surrogacy and the connections between economic and personal relations…Scholars from diverse backgrounds will likely find this a useful and intriguing read. Given the concepts and approaches taken here, this book would be very suitable for undergraduate and graduate courses, either in full or through the use of select chapters.” • Contemporary Sociology

New in Paperback

'City of the Future'

'City of the Future'

Built Space, Modernity and Urban Change in Astana

Mateusz Laszczkowski

“This book truly epitomizes twenty-first century scholarship in the social sciences. From this standpoint, despite its primary focus on a Central Asian society, it can be considered a useful reference for Europeanists in the broader sense, especially those involved in post-communist studies. As a matter of fact, the book was written in English by a Polish researcher, in a German institution, with European funding, drawing on extensive fieldwork in Kazakhstan…[It] opens stimulating debates in many field…The reader is caught in the midst of fascinating stories and compelling arguments. The structure allows us to grasp multiple times, plural spaces, thus numerous modernities.” • EuropeNow

New in Paperback

Who Knows Tomorrow?

Who Knows Tomorrow?

Uncertainty in North-Eastern Sudan

Sandra Calkins

“… [The text] is distinctly original in the way the research was carried out, and in its focus on the experience of uncertainty: not an easy thing to do and quite a challenge to social anthropology.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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Gulag Memories

Gulag Memories

The Rediscovery and Commemoration of Russia's Repressive Past

Zuzanna Bogumił

Though the institution of the Gulag was nominally closed over half a decade ago, it lives on as an often hotly contested site of memory in the post-socialist era. This ethnographic study takes a holistic, comprehensive approach to understanding memories of the Gulag, and particularly the language of commemoration that surrounds it in present-day Russian society. It focuses on four regions of particular historical significance—the Solovetsky Islands, the Komi Republic, the Perm region, and Kolyma—to carefully explore how memories become a social phenomenon, how objects become heritage, and how the human need to create sites of memory has preserved the Gulag in specific ways today.

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Travelling towards Home

Travelling towards Home

Mobilities and Homemaking

Edited by Nicola Frost and Tom Selwyn

“An important contribution to migration research, especially for understanding home and homemaking in the context of lived realities.” • Nataša Rogelja, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

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Medicinal Rule

Medicinal Rule

A Historical Anthropology of Kingship in East and Central Africa

Koen Stroeken

“Admirably clearly written… [the volume exhibits] high scholarship, methodological ingenuity, and sound use of history.” • David Parkin, University of Oxford

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Screened Encounters


Film and the Global Cold War

Volume: 1

Screened Encounters

The Leipzig Documentary Film Festival, 1955-1990

Caroline Moine

Established in 1955, the Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival became a central arena for staging the cultural politics of the German Democratic Republic, both domestically and in relation to West Germany and the rest of the world. Screened Encounters represents the definitive history of this key event, recounting the political and artistic exchanges it enabled from its founding until German unification, and tracing the outsize influence it exerted on international cultural relations during the Cold War.



Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary

Stories Make the World

Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary

Stephen Most

Since the beginning of human history, stories have helped people make sense of their lives and their world. Today, an understanding of storytelling is invaluable as we seek to orient ourselves within a flood of raw information and an unprecedented variety of supposedly true accounts. In Stories Make the World, award-winning screenwriter Stephen Most offers a captivating, refreshingly heartfelt exploration of how documentary filmmakers and other storytellers come to understand their subjects and cast light on the world through their art. Drawing on the author's decades of experience behind the scenes of television and film documentaries, this is an indispensable account of the principles and paradoxes that attend the quest to represent reality truthfully.

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Ritual Retellings: Luangan Healing Performances through Practice

Ritual Retellings

Luangan Healing Performances through Practice

Isabell Herrmans

Belian is an exceptionally lively tradition of shamanistic curing rituals performed by the Luangans, a politically marginalized population of Indonesian Borneo. This volume explores the significance of these rituals in practice and asks what belian rituals do — socially, politically, and existentially — for particular people in particular circumstances...

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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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