Berghahn Books Logo

berghahn New York · Oxford

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Instagram
RSS icon

Latest Blog Articles

Berghahn Journals Open Access

Our growing collection of Open Access content is available to meet your remote learning and online teaching needs during these trying times. Berghahn Journals invites you to share this list with your students and colleagues. Berghahn Open Anthro A subscribe-to-open initiative which flipped 13 anthropology journals to open access in 2020. All 2020 volumes are open […]

Excerpt: Navigating Miscarriage

A striking feature of accounts of and literature on miscarriage is the trope of silence. The slogan of Baby Loss Awareness Week, which began in the UK sixteen years ago, is ‘Break the silence’. . . Approaches to miscarriage have changed dramatically and the silence has steadily eroded in much of Euro-America, as evidenced not […]

In Celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020

October 12, 2020 Indigenous Peoples’ Day is observed every second Monday of October in many states in the U.S. to honor the estimated 370 million indigenous people around the world. Replacing Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes that celebrating the life of Christopher Columbus is the same as celebrating the erasure of Indigenous existence. In […]

Celebrate Coming Out Day with these Archaeology Titles

In commemoration of #ComingOutDay, we are featuring titles edited by Katherine Crawford-Lackey and Megan E. Springate that emphasize the history and preservation of two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer settings in the United States. Browse the editors’ works below and read freely accessible excerpts by following the links. Winner of the 2020 UMW Center […]

In commemoration of German reunification

3 October 2020 marks the thirtieth anniversary of German Unity Day. Tag der Deutschen Einheit celebrates the 1990 reunification of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic with ceremonial acts and the citizens’ festival Bürgerfest. In commemoration, browse and read freely available introductions to our relevant titles on the ramifications of a […]

International Translation Day

According to the United Nations, International Translation Day is “an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals, which plays an important role in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation.” This International Translation Day, we’d like to celebrate the language professionals who translated the following works into English, bridging academic communities […]

Everything you need to know for #VirtualGSA2020

We are pleased to invite you to visit our virtual stand at the German Studies Association annual meeting taking place online from 30 September to 4 October 2020. Please see below for information about special offers from Berghahn Books for titles purchased through our website. For anyone who would have liked to discuss their manuscript with us at the […]

Blog: FocaalBlog

Fiona Murphy: Irish State to seal records of Mother and Baby Homes for 30 years: Urgent call for action

Tiny bodies, the remains of little children entombed without name or mercy, are uncovered in Tuam, a small Irish town in Co. Galway in the west of Ireland, at the site of a former Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in 2017. The excavation, part of a Mother’s and Baby’s Home commission of ... Continue reading →

Blog: Recollectus


EDITED BOOK IN THE BERGHAHN BOOKS “Worlds of Memory” SERIES (DE)COMMEMORATION Making sense of the contemporary calls for tearing down statues and renaming places Editors Sarah Gensburger, French National Center […] ... Continue reading →

Blog: AJEC Blog

Hitchhiking: Cultural Inroads

As a travel genre embedded in randomness and adventure, an activity which is effectively an instantiation of pure trusting, hitchhiking inverts many logic structures. That is, it resists the cultures of fear, individualism and neoliberalism. It stands as a retro survivor to the counter-culture ... Continue reading →

Berghahn eBooks Library

We are pleased to announce an expanding list of eBooks available for download directly via our site. Right now we have nearly 1000 titles online. You can use the new eBooks browse filter to view eBooks by subject - for example:

Anthropology eBooks Film Studies eBooks History eBooks Urban Studies eBooks

All eBooks purchased through our site can be downloaded to your preferred eBook reader and are also stored in your personalized login area at for easy access.

  • Singing Ideas
  • Consuming the Inedible
  • Berlin, Alexanderplatz
  • Fifty Years of Peasant Wars in Latin America
  • The Event of <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>

See the FAQ page for more details.

New in Paperback

Breaking Rocks

Breaking Rocks

Music, Ideology and Economic Collapse, from Paris to Kinshasa

Joe Trapido

“Built upon a stunningly rich ethnography, Breaking Rocks elaborates on the political entanglement of the music industry spanning across the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Congolese diaspora. A witty, fresh account, including stories and case studies rooted in a thorough period of fieldwork, Breaking Rocks is simply a must-read for anyone either professionally or amateurishly inclined to anthropology or musicology.” · Kristien Geenen, Ghent University

New in Paperback

The Mirror of the Medieval

The Mirror of the Medieval

An Anthropology of the Western Historical Imagination

K. Patrick Fazioli

“In this remarkable book, K. Patrick Fazioli performs an adroit and long-overdue unmasking…[His] spirited critique of the politics of scholarly ignorance is the real core of his compelling study, and one that has enormous resonance for those who are concerned with the persistence of racist rhetoric in Western political life today.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)

New in Paperback

Transforming Study Abroad

Transforming Study Abroad

A Handbook

Neriko Musha Doerr

“Doerr’s work makes a unique contribution to the international education scholarship by grouping together the key terms supporting the dominant discourse and putting them under the spotlight for a closer examination. For easy practical reference, the author chooses to focus on one term in each chapter. While using theories to expose the study abroad clichés, the author manages to keep her language simple and easy to understand.” • McGill Journal of Education

Featured Title

Search After Method

Search After Method

Sensing, Moving, and Imagining in Anthropological Fieldwork

Edited by Julie Laplante, Ari Gandsman, and Willow Scobie

Reigniting a tradition of learning from experience, Search After Method is a plea for livelier forms of anthropology. The anthropologists in the collection recount their experiences of working in the field, framed within a range of anthropological debates. The book thus provides accounts of lived experiences from both extensive and contemporary fieldwork as well as offering solutions for how to evolve the art of anthropological research beyond what is currently imagined.

Featured Title

On Mediation

On Mediation

Historical, Legal, Anthropological and International Perspectives

Edited by Karl Härter, Carolin Hillemanns and Günther Schlee

“A very nice compilation of interesting articles on mediation and related practices of third-party conflict regulation from various perspectives, including legal, anthropological, sociological, historical, psychological and philosophical perspective.” • Daniel Girsberger, University of Lucerne

Featured Title

Going Forward by Looking Back

Going Forward by Looking Back

Archaeological Perspectives on Socio-Ecological Crisis, Response, and Collapse

Edited by Felix Riede and Payson Sheets

“This is an important body of work which significantly pushes the boundaries of the scope of archaeology… The volume is quite diverse, thematically, geographically, and in regard to the approach and methodological and theoretical perspectives taken. They add up to a highly interesting, stimulating, thought provoking, and inspiring work.” • Christian Isendahl, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Featured Series

Heirs of the Bamboo


European Anthropology in Translation

Volume: 8

Heirs of the Bamboo

Identity and Ambivalence among the Eurasian Macanese

Marisa C. Gaspar

“Focusing on the manipulation of language and food, Marisa Gaspar’s monograph constitutes obligatory reading for anyone who is puzzled by the way in which the past challenges the future and vice versa”. • João Pina-Cabral, University of Kent


Photo Gallery

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.

... Continue reading

A subscribe-to-open (S2O) Open Access model piloted by Berghahn in partnership with Libraria and Knowledge Unlatched for 2020! The aim is to convert 13 Berghahn Anthropology journals to full Open Access on an on-going and sustainable basis. Read more

Email Newsletters

Sign up for our email newsletters to get customized updates on new Berghahn publications.

Click here to select your preferences


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.

More Information...

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...

Download our latest catalogs (PDF)

Journals Blogs