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Author of ‘Jesus Reclaimed’ Earns German Decoration

The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck, honoured Rabbi Walter Homolka with the Officers Cross of the Federal Merit Order.   On February 27, 2015, the Prime Minister of the State of Brandenburg, Dr. Dietmar Woidke, handed … Continue reading

Artisan Society and Struggles in the Ottoman Empire

In recent years, there has been renewed interest in the history of the lives and work of middle eastern artisans. Bread from the Lion’s Mouth: Artisans Struggling for a Livelihood in Ottoman Cities, soon to be published, uses archival documents … Continue reading

Getting Reacquainted with The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology

  We are delighted to announce that 2015 marks the fourth volume year that the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology has been published through Berghahn. The original journal of this name was an in-house publication based at Cambridge University, with a remit … Continue reading

Honoring Polish Cinema

A Polish film “Ida” directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and written by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz wins Oscar Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The drama tells a story of a young novitiate nun Anna in 1960s Poland,  who is on … Continue reading

Identity at the Intersection of Science and Culture

Drawing on the work of medical researchers, anthropologists, historians of science, and sociologists, Identity Politics and the New Genetics: Re/Creating Categories of Difference and Belonging explores how science and culture are used to create and perpetuate ideas of race and … Continue reading


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The Neoliberal Landscape and the Rise of Islamist Capital in Turkey

The Neoliberal Landscape and the Rise of Islamist Capital in Turkey

Edited by Neşecan Balkan, Erol Balkan and Ahmet Öncü

"This is a strong and important collection. The unifying thesis throughout refers to the ascendancy of a specifically Turkish form of Islamic capitalism.  The main emphasis throughout concerns the contested character of this ascendancy at the highest levels of Turkish state and society.  These are important and intimately interwoven themes…The collection leaves a clear impression that the roots of the recent battles over Taksim Square run deep; their implications will continue to simmer throughout the country.  Nothing has been resolved."  ·  Sidney Plotkin, Vassar College

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Objects and Imagination

Objects and Imagination

Perspectives on Materialization and Meaning
Edited by Øivind Fuglerud and Leon Wainwright

“The volume offers a valuable new addition to recent publications on material culture by introducing the concept of the imaginary as a framework for the study of objects…With a variety of case studies in different regional settings it deals with the ‘enchantment of materiality’ (Naguib in the volume), the meaningfulness of objects, their sensual and emotional capacities, and the negotiation of value in their representation or movement across cultural regimes.”  ·  Barbara Plankensteiner, Weltmuseum Wien

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Cousin Marriages

Series: Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality

Volume: 28

Cousin Marriages

Between Tradition, Genetic Risk and Cultural Change
Edited by Alison Shaw and Aviad Raz

“…an engaging multi-disciplinary reflection on a common theme, namely, cross-cousin marriage. The collection offers perspectives – sociological, anthropological, historical, clinical and political – on the practice of cousin marriage and particularly as this distinctive marital strategy gains visibility.”  ·  Bob Simpson, Durham University

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Palimpsestic Memory

Palimpsestic Memory

The Holocaust and Colonialism in French and Francophone Fiction and Film
Max Silverman

"Silverman's writing is as dynamic as the memory process he describes ... I would recommend Palimpsestic Memory to quite a large audience: to those interested in Holocaust and postcolonial studies, obviously, but also to those interested in literature or history in general."  ·  Contemporary French Cinema

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The Body in Balance

The Body in Balance

Humoral Medicines in Practice
Edited by Peregrine Horden and Elisabeth Hsu

The book is a magisterial collection...In spite of the wide range of medical traditions concerned—from different continents (Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America) and at different epochs (ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary)—the book is coherently structured around a few core issues that consistently link all the chapters. Rarely will you find in a single volume so many authoritative scholars talking about the specificities of their field of research and, at the same time, constructing a comparative dialogue.  ·  Caterina Guenzi, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris

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Boyhood Studies

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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Environment & Society

Environment & Society:  

Environment and Society publishes critical reviews of the latest research literature on environmental studies, including subjects of theoretical, methodological, substantive, and applied significance. Articles also survey the literature regionally and thematically and reflect the work of anthropologists, geographers, environmental scientists, and human ecologists from all parts of the world in order to internationalize the conversations within environmental anthropology, environmental geography, and other environmentally oriented social sciences. The publication appeals to academic, research, and policy-making audiences alike. More Information...

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