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International Migrants Day

On December 18, the international community recognizes the rights of migrants around the world. Each year the UN invites governments, organizations, and individuals to distribute information on the human rights and migrants’ fundamental freedoms.This is the day to express our support and solidarity with all immigrants. For more information please visit http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/index.shtml With this in […]

Why Remember Margaret Mead?

  (Originally Published 12/14/2015)   To commemorate Margaret Mead’s birthday this month, we’re honored to share a short piece from her daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson. Bateson is an anthropologist and the author of many books, including Composing a Life. As she notes below, 2015 marks the 91st anniversary of Mead’s trip to Samoa in 1925, when […]

Interview with the Editors: European Anthropologies

The following is an interview with Andrés Barrera-González, Monica Heintz and Anna Horolets (editors of European Anthropologies which was recently published by Berghahn). Andrés Barrera-González is tenured Profesor Titular in Social Anthropology at Universidad Complutense, Madrid. Monica Heintz (PhD Cambridge 2002) is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Paris Nanterre. Anna Horolets is an Associate […]

Interview with Martin Holbraad on becoming editor of Social Analysis

The following is an interview with Martin Holbraad, editor of the journal Social Analysis: The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice. If you are attending AAA in Washington DC, join us on Friday, December 1st at 3:30 in the exhibit hall area for a wine reception to be held at the Berghahn stand #306, to celebrate […]

“Pockets of Hope”: Peaceful Coexistence in Israel & Palestine

by Christine Cohen Park I have just seen the play Oslo by J.T. Rogers in London. It’s a skilful rendering of the stages of the negotiations, the hopes, complexities, twists and turns on the road to a landmark agreement, the Olso Accord, between two peoples at perpetual war with one another. One (of the many) successes […]

SIMULATED SHELVES: BROWSE November 2017 NEW BOOKS

We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Gender Studies, History, Media Studies, and Urban Studies, along with our New in Paperback titles. STATEGRAPHY Toward a Relational Anthropology of the State Edited by Tatjana Thelen, Larissa Vetters, and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann NEW SERIES: Volume 4, Studies in Social […]

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Blog: EnviroSociety

New Featured Article!: “Beyond the Anthropocene”

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article—”Beyond the Anthropocene: Un-Earthing an Epoch”—comes from Volume 6 (2015). In their article, Valerie Olson and Lisa Messeri examine the Anthropocene’s emerging ... Continue reading →

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David Hamou and Ida Susser: Where to Catalonia?: Is this commoning? What for independence?

As we sit here in Barcelona, a historic center of anarchism and left resistance, the questions debated in the most recent Focaal special section “Exploring the urban commons” confront us. As demonstrators take to the streets following the unauthorized referendum for Catalonian ... Continue reading →

Blog: Museum Worlds

“Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire” is now at San Francisco’s de Young Museum

The 1,000-year-old former Mesoamerican city, Teotihuacan, is on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and, after Feb. 11, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The de Young Museum provides an interactive digital story about the major exhibition, “Teotihuacan: City of Water, ... Continue reading →

New in Paperback

Breaking Boundaries

Breaking Boundaries

Varieties of Liminality

Edited by Agnes Horvath, Bjørn Thomassen, and Harald Wydra

“In well integrated chapters, the [volume] proves the relevance of the concept across disciplines, particularly for the study of moments of instability and possibility, as well as for understanding the transformative potential of participation… In addition to helping one understand in-between experiences overall, [it] invites the reader to rethink the complicated relation between individual agency, social order and cultural transmission… a remarkable contribution to sociology, anthropology and critical theory.” · European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology

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Social Movement Studies in Europe

Social Movement Studies in Europe

The State of the Art

Edited by Olivier Fillieule and Guya Accornero

“Fillieule and Accornero have edited a timely volume for breaking down national silos in social movement research… As a sociology of sociology, the major thrust of the work is that context is of paramount importance: many factors contributed to why social movement theory has largely been more robust in the US than in Europe. Nevertheless, the material here prepares scholars around the globe for detailed, comparative studies of movements… Highly recommended.” · Choice

New in Paperback

Stategraphy

Stategraphy

Toward a Relational Anthropology of the State

Edited by Tatjana Thelen, Larissa Vetters, and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann

“Drawing on a rich set of case studies conducted across Europe, Stategraphy opens a new line of research in the growing field of the ethnographies of the state. Resolute to bridge the gap between cultural representations and actual practices, and attentive to the relational dimensions of street-level bureaucracies, the authors outline a comparative approach to contemporary states, which will be of interest for both anthropologists and political scientists.” · Didier Fassin, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, co-author of At the Heart of the State: The Moral Life of Institutions

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Peaceful Selves

Peaceful Selves

Personhood, Nationhood, and the Post-Conflict Moment in Rwanda

Laura Eramian

“This book presents a rich ethnography of urban life in Butare, Rwanda’s second biggest city and once its cultural centre, providing impressive new insights into everyday life in postgenocide Rwanda.” · Susan Thomson, Colgate University

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Bishkek Boys

Bishkek Boys

Scholarships and Transnational Circulations in the Modern World

Philipp Schröder

“Meticulously researched, theoretically strong, scrupulously annotated – in other words, this is an excellent book.” · Shirin Akiner, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University

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Cyprus and its Conflicts

Cyprus and its Conflicts

Representations, Materialities, and Cultures

Edited by Vaia Doudaki and Nico Carpentier

“While the empirical focus of this book is on the specific context of a divided Cyprus, the authors address a set of issues that extend much further. At the heart of this edited collection is a sophisticated engagement with one of the core dichotomies in social theory, namely that between the symbolic and the material. The contributions address various articulations of this tension in the context of a long-term conflict and show how an analysis of media, broadly defined, helps us to understand the intricate relationship between the two.” · Bart Cammaerts, London School of Economics

Featured Series

Vital Diplomacy

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Ethnography, Theory, Experiment

Volume: 5

Vital Diplomacy

The Ritual Everyday on a Dammed River in Amazonia

Chloe Nahum-Claudel

“…interesting, thoughtful and well-written… a fine contribution to the ethnography of native lowland South America.” · Harry Walker, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Keywords of Mobility

Keywords of Mobility

Critical Engagements

Edited by Noel B. Salazar and Kiran Jayaram

Scholars from various disciplines have used key concepts to grasp mobilities, but as of yet, a working vocabulary of these has not been fully developed. Given this context and inspired in part by Raymond Williams' Keywords (1976), this edited volume presents contributions that critically analyze mobility-related keywords: capital, cosmopolitanism, freedom, gender, immobility, infrastructure, motility, and regime. Each chapter provides an historical context, a critical analysis of how the keyword has been used in relation to mobility, and a conclusion that proposes future usage or research.

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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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