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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 […]

Commemorating World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day (June 20) honors those who leave everything behind to escape war, persecution, or terror. This day celebrates the courage and resilience of refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, stateless persons, and returnees, as the plight of those fleeing conflict is often met with overwhelming uncertainty and assault on human rights. In the […]

Voices on War and Genocide

Omer Bartov, Brown University This book is derived from research I carried out for my recent monograph, Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz (2018). In the course of looking for documents in scores of archives and libraries, as well as  seeking personal accounts that would help me reconstruct the “biography” of a […]

A Proposal for Lasting Solidarity – A Company Message from your Publisher

We wish to share the following message that we sent to our immediate community of authors, contributors, and readers. It is the result of introspective and open conversations at the press on how to join our broader academic community and publishing peers in engaging in considered work that fosters lasting solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. As a close-knit […]

International Day of Action for Women’s Health

May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. For over 30 years, women’s rights advocates and allies in the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) movement worldwide have commemorated this day in diverse ways. Visit the campaign’s website for more information and ways to participate. At a time when women’s human […]

Blog: EnviroSociety

New Featured Article!: Carbon Value between Equivalence and Differentiation

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month's article—”Carbon Value between Equivalence and Differentiation”—comes from Volume 5 (2014). In his article, Steffen Dalsgaard reviews the different understandings of value implicated in ... Continue reading →

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Richard H. Robbins: The Economy After Covid-19

Richard H. Robbins, SUNY Plattsburgh One feature of both the economic recession of 2007/2008 and the present Covid-19-induced economic collapse is increased central bank bouts of quantitative easing. The U.S. Federal Reserve, after pumping about $500 billion in the economy in 2008 is ... 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 →

Blog: AJEC Blog

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 →

Building Bridges and Scaling Spires: A Brief History of Berghahn Books

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Introducing the 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.

  • Gendering Post-1945 German History
  • Between Left and Right
  • Animism beyond the Soul
  • Cash Transfers in Context
  • Beyond Posthumanism

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New in Paperback

Shakespeare and Money

Shakespeare and Money

Edited by Graham Holderness

Though better known for his literary merits, Shakespeare made money, wrote about money and enabled money-making by countless others in his name. With chapters by leading scholars on the economic, financial and commercial ramifications of his work, this multifaceted volume connects the Bard to both early modern and contemporary economic conditions, revealing Shakespeare to have been a serious economist in his own right.

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Ours Once More

Ours Once More

Folklore, Ideology, and the Making of Modern Greece

Michael Herzfeld

“…a specially valuable contribution to the study of ethnographic theory…because it engenders discussion of the relationship of social science discourse to its subjects.” • Anthropological Quarterly

New in Paperback

States of Imitation

States of Imitation

Mimetic Governmentality and Colonial Rule

Edited by Patrice Ladwig and Ricardo Roque

“This delightful collection of studies from Lusophone and Francophone colonies finally advances us beyond the critique of colonial representations, to an ethnography of the ambiguities and risks of a reciprocal colonial presence.” • Peter Pels, Leiden University

Featured Title

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

Featured Series

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



Archaeogaming: An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games

Mixed Harvest

Stories from the Human Past

Rob Swigart

In unforgettable stories of the human journey, a combination of storytelling and dialogue underscore an excavation into the deep past of human development and its consequences. Through a first encounter between a Neanderthal woman and the Modern Human she called Traveler, to the emergence and destruction of the world’s first cities, Mixed Harvest tells the tale of the Sedentary Divide, the most significant event since modern humans emerged. Rob Swigart’s latest work humanizes the rapid transition to agriculture and pastoralism with a grounding in the archaeological record.

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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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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

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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
  • If you have any questions or want to make an appointment, please write to one of the attendees or email (UK & Europe) or (US & Rest of the World).
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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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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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