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Celebrating the resilience of Indigenous Peoples

August 9, 2020 The United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to honor the estimated 370 million indigenous people around the world. The day was established to recognize the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva in 1982. This year’s […]

Do Petitions matter? Rethinking Jewish Petitioning during the Holocaust

Thomas Pegelow Kaplan and Wolf Gruner Raul Hilberg’s path-breaking 1961 study The Destruction of the European Jews rightfully remains on the reading list of any serious student of the Holocaust. Nonetheless, Hilberg’s insistence on European Jews‘ alleged “almost complete lack of resistance” has been subjected to frequent scholarly criticism. He partially based this claim on […]

Series Spotlight: Forced Migration

July 30th is the United Nations’ World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The UN states that “Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking,” and that designating the day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” Learn more […]

Excerpt: Changing the Subject: How the United States Responds to Strategic Failure

Series Spotlight: Berghahn Monographs in French Studies

Celebrated on July, 14, Bastille Day is the French national day and one of the most important bank holidays in France. The day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille on the 14th July 1789, a medieval fortress and prison which was a symbol of tyrannical Bourbon authority and […]

Summer Simulated Shelves

Browse our latest in Anthropology, Archaeology, Sociology, History, Literary Studies, Film & Television Studies, and Mobility Studies/Refugee and Migration Studies below.  COVID-19 UPDATE: We have implemented a range of initiatives to support the academic community during this time, including unlimited eBook use through your library. All Berghahn eBooks available through your institution’s library are DRM-free: one library purchase […]

June is Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month recognizes the history and celebrates the cultures, traditions, and contributions of Gypsy, Roma and Traveler communities. See a growing list of digital #GRTHM2020 activities here. As we reach the end of the month, we would like to spotlight our growing Romani Studies series edited by anthropologist Sam Beck. This series aims to remove the […]

Blog: FocaalBlog

Lieke van der Veer: Group-making and distrust within the infrastructure of refugee support

In the Netherlands from 2015 onwards, the ‘spectacle’ (Casas-Cortes et al. 2015) of people arriving into Europe seeking refuge was channeled by vast media attention and political debate. These events triggered a vast response of bottom-up initiatives in the Netherlands wanting to support ... Continue reading →

Blog: Museum Companion

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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Call for Papers – Forum Edition Spring 2021

We are inviting expressions of interest for a forthcoming forum edition of the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures to be published in early 2021. The theme of this edition is ‘Cultural Heritage Across European Borders: Bridges or Walls?’ and will be edited by Philip McDermott and Sara ... Continue reading →

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Techniques, Technology and Civilization

Techniques, Technology and Civilization

Marcel Mauss

“The appearance of these two essays… in English for the first time attests to the continuing interest in Marcel Mauss and the fact that re-readings of his work still provide not only fertile ground for new interpretations of the Durkheimian school in general, but also a source of inspiration for scholars approaching Mauss as a remarkably contemporary voice still speaking in many ways to current issues in sociology and anthropology.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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Back to the Postindustrial Future

Back to the Postindustrial Future

An Ethnography of Germany's Fastest-Shrinking City

Felix Ringel

“This complex, provocative volume plunges us into the postindustrial, postsocialist world of Hoyerswerda, Germany’s ‘fastest shrinking city,’ and contemporary debates in anthropology about knowledge, time, affect, and meaning…This work speaks strongly to American Rust Belt cities and other sites of profound change in its methods, theory, and data, and should inspire further dialogues about anthropological knowledge as well the possibilities of urban action” • Choice

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Foucault's Orient

Foucault's Orient

The Conundrum of Cultural Difference, From Tunisia to Japan

Marnia Lazreg

“Written by a leading sociological theorist of gender with roots in North Africa, Foucault's Orient is the most comprehensive survey to date of the French poststructuralist's perceptions of and writings on non-Western societies… Lazreg's book is an immanent critique in the best sense of the word… Despite its generous and measured tone, Foucault's Orient offers in the end a devastating portrait of one of the most important thinkers of the last few decades, whose pioneering work on punishment and on sexuality continues to resonate.” • Contemporary Sociology

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Communities and Place

Communities and Place

A Thematic Approach to the Histories of LGBTQ Communities in the United States

Edited by Katherine Crawford-Lackey and Megan E. Springate

“This is an exciting book that takes U.S. LGBTQ public history to the next level. Through careful historical research, the authors reveal how diverse spaces—urban gay neighborhoods, beaches, rural communes, legal jurisdictions, and more—have fostered or constrained an equally diverse population of LGBTQ Americans in the past and present.” • Scott De Orio, Northwestern University

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Don't Need No Thought Control

Don't Need No Thought Control

Western Culture in East Germany and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Gerd Horten

“Horten’s book is a very important new step in understanding the power that Western consumer culture—the "Imaginary West”—had in placing the GDR in a profound dilemma, one which ultimately caused its downfall. A model of cultural history, Don’t Need No Thought Control shines new light on how the GDR attempted to walk a fine line between satisfying its citizens' desire for Western consumer culture while remaining true to its socialist foundations, a task that proved to be ultimately impossible.” • Eli Rubin, Western Michigan University

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Timber, Sail, and Rail

Timber, Sail, and Rail

An Archaeology of Industry, Immigration, and the Loma Prieta Mill

Marco Meniketti

“Although archaeologists have investigated logging sites for several decades, rarely has this work found publication or broader contextualization. In Timber, Sail, and Rail, the author does just this. This book connects the technological and labor histories, and firmly situates archaeological investigations at the Loma Prieta Mill within the regional contexts of immigration and extractive industry.” • Paul White, University of Nevada, Reno

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Voices on War and Genocide


War and Genocide

Volume: 30

Voices on War and Genocide

Three Accounts of the World Wars in a Galician Town

Edited and with an Introduction by Omer Bartov

Voices on War and Genocide assembles three extraordinarily rich personal accounts covering different periods and aspects of the history of the Galician town and region of Buczacz. Such narratives are extremely rare; even rarer are ones that are as informative and illuminating as these three.” • Thomas Kühne, Clark University


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Revealing the Invisible Mine: Social Complexities of an Undeveloped Mining Project

Revealing the Invisible Mine

Social Complexities of an Undeveloped Mining Project

Emilia E. Skrzypek

Exploring the social complexities of the Frieda River Project in Papua New Guinea, this book tells the story of local stakeholder strategies on the eve of industrial development, told largely from the perspective of the Paiyamo - one of the project’s so-called ‘impact communities’. Engaging ideas of knowledge, belief and personhood, it explains how fifty years of encounters with exploration companies shaped the Paiyamo’s aspirations, made them revisit and re-examine their past, and develop new strategies to move towards a better, more prosperous future.

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  • We will be attending the following conferences with our own booth. Please stop by for a chat and to browse our books on display.
  • July 21-24, 2020  European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference (EASA)  Lisbon, Portugal  Attending:  Marion Berghahn and Vivian Berghahn
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Featured Journal

European Comic Art

European Comic Art is the first English-language scholarly publication devoted to the study of European-language graphic novels, comic strips, comic books and caricature. Published in association with the American Bande Dessinée Society and the International Bande Dessinée Society, European Comic Art builds on existing scholarship in French-language comic art and is able to draw on the scholarly activities undertaken by both organisations. However, our editorial board and consultative committee bring expertise on a wider European area of comic art production and the journal will emphasise coverage of work from across Europe, including Eastern Europe.

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Featured Journal

Journal of Legal Anthropology

The Journal of Legal Anthropology (JLA) is a peer-reviewed journal committed to anthropological understandings of socio-legal and cultural encounters. The journal develops ethnographic and theoretical approaches to a wide range of issues that reveal the significance and presence of legal phenomena in everyday life. Articles, review essays, and book reviews published in the JLA emphasize innovative work and data-led analysis across a range of socio-political and socio-cultural legal contexts. The journal also considers, in broad terms, how the legal may enter into social constructions of persons and how the 'legal' might change meaning in terms of particular 'everyday' interpretations. Together with the journal's forum section, the JLA draws on cross-disciplinary exchanges to demonstrate how anthropology can effectively contribute to the current debates on contemporary socio-legal and related issues. More Information...

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