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World Food Day

  October 16th is World Food Day, a day of action against hunger. This day is an opportunity to come together and put an end to hunger by learning and educating about food, farming and nutrition. Join the global movement to end hunger! For more information on events, themes, or how you can make a different please visit Food […]

Berghahn Journals: New Issues Published in September

      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 […]

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

  Monday, October 8th is Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the United States. As a counter-celebration to Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates Indigenous peoples across various localities in the United States.   With the hopes of promoting understanding of Indigenous communities around the world, we present a selection of titles below which highlight […]

German Unity Day

Two weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall, on 28 November 1989, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl announced a 10-point program calling for the two Germanys to expand their cooperation with the view toward eventual reunification. On 18 May 1990, the two German states signed a treaty agreeing on monetary, economic and social union. On October […]

Economy, Crime and Wrong in a Neoliberal Era

by James G. Carrier For those interested in the economy, by which I mean business, government economic policies, people’s work and their material well-being, the past few decades have been interesting times. Economy, Crime and Wrong in a Neoliberal Era is the result of trying to make sense of things. Those times began with the Great […]

Tribute to Roy Wagner

  Anthropology mourns one of its greatest practitioners, Roy Wagner, who died on 10 September 2018. To honour Wagner and his intellectually inexhaustible work, we are re-issuing for free access a Special Issue of Social Analysis that was first published in 2002. The eponymous “Reinventing The Invention of Culture”, edited by David Murray and Joel Robbins, sought to […]

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Blog: EnviroSociety

New Featured Article!: “The Social Life of Blame in the Anthropocene”

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month's article—”The Social Life of Blame in the Anthropocene”—comes from Volume 6 (2015). In his article, Peter Rudiak-Gould shows how life in the Anthropocene reconfigures blame in four ways—it ... Continue reading →

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Thomas Strong: Dispossession as historical allegory: Observing Dublin’s housing crisis

In Dublin today, an intensifying housing crisis is provoking a dramatic public response. Activists, spearheaded by groups like Dublin Central Housing Action, occupy empty properties, draping banners from windows sarcastically proclaiming “10,000 welcomes from 10,000 homeless.” They organize ... 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 →

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Hierarchy and Value

Hierarchy and Value

Comparative Perspectives on Moral Order

Edited by Jason Hickel and Naomi Haynes

Globalization promised to bring about a golden age of liberal individualism, breaking down hierarchies of kinship, caste, and gender around the world and freeing people to express their true, authentic agency. But in some places globalization has spurred the emergence of new forms of hierarchy—or the reemergence of old forms—as people try to reconstitute an imagined past of stable moral order. This is evident from the Islamic revival in the Middle East to visions of the 1950s family among conservatives in the United States...

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Mirrors of Passing

Mirrors of Passing

Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, Materiality, and Time

Edited by Sophie Seebach and Rane Willerslev

“Ambitious and engaging, the essays in this volume demonstrate how diverse conceptions of time, in relation to death, are present across history, geography, and media. Beginning with the first chapter’s enchanting examination of a James Joyce story, and continuing through the various ethnographies, the contributors have provided us with new ways of engaging with some familiar themes.” Barbara Graham, author of Death, Materiality, and Mediation: An Ethnography of Remembrance in Ireland

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Different Germans, Many Germanies

Different Germans, Many Germanies

New Transatlantic Perspectives

Edited by Konrad H. Jarausch, Harald Wenzel, and Karin Goihl

“Although the book is not intended as a history of modern Germany, advanced students will discover many tantalizing perspectives in what outsiders see as German as well as the German response. With this publication, Berghahn Books remains the strongest source for quality academic publications addressing all aspects of German studies… Highly Recommended.” • Choice

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The Revolt of the Provinces

The Revolt of the Provinces

Anti-Gypsyism and Right-Wing Politics in Hungary

Kristóf Szombati

“[This book] is an excellent study of the shifting economy, the rise of a far-right political movement, anti-Gypsy racism, and the dominance of a right-wing governing party. It offers a nuanced, innovative and holistic approach to this topic by engaging space, scale, history, racism/race formation, and class… The author’s command of literature and arguments is impressive.” Sharryn Kasmir, Hofstra University

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Ethnographies of Movement, Sociality and Space

Ethnographies of Movement, Sociality and Space

Place-Making in the New Northern Ireland

Edited by Milena Komarova and Maruška Svašek

“A very welcome and timely contribution… This is a book that manages to be both detailed and insightful in its elaboration of fascinating empirical data whilst also being very strong in its conceptual and methodological contribution.” • Katy Hayward, Queen's University Belfast

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An Australian Indigenous Diaspora

An Australian Indigenous Diaspora

Warlpiri Matriarchs and the Refashioning of Tradition

Paul Burke

“This is a remarkable empirical study of the Warlpiri diaspora. It concerns a fascinating and as yet untold story of those ‘exceptional’ Indigenous people from remote communities who successfully make lives in towns and cities… [It] is a delight to read and tremendously engaging.” Emma Kowal, Deakin University

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Roma Activism

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Romani Studies

Volume: 1

Roma Activism

Reimagining Power and Knowledge

Edited by Sam Beck and Ana Ivasiuc

Exploring contemporary debates and developments in Roma-related research and forms of activism, this volume argues for taking up reflexivity as practice in these fields, and advocates a necessary renewal of research sites, methods, and epistemologies. The contributors gathered here – whose professional trajectories often lie at the confluence between activism, academia, and policy or development interventions – are exceptionally well placed to reflect on mainstream practices in all these fields, and, from their particular positions, envision a reimagining of these practices.

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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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