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Viktor Frankl: 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz

TIMOTHY E. PYTELL The recent United Nations General Assembly declaration that the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – January 27 – be designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day reflects the reality that the Holocaust has become a touchstone in global memory. Given the magnitude of the “unprecendented” destruction, this is not surprising. However, the conflation […]

Over forty titles you can read for free right now

Ideal for remote learning and online teaching, Berghahn Books offers a growing number of open-access titles available for direct download from our website. We invite you to share this list with your students and colleagues. In addition, many Berghahn Journals are open access. See the frequently updated list here. For updates on Open Access and other Berghahn resources sign […]

The Children of Gregoria

Dogme Ethnography of a Mexican Family Now available, THE CHILDREN OF GREGORIA: DOGME ETHNOGRAPHY OF A MEXICAN FAMILY, by Regnar Kristensen and Claudia Adeath Villamil, is the latest volume in the ETHNOGRAPHY, THEORY, EXPERIMENT series. It portrays a struggling Mexico told through the story of the Rosales family. Regnar Kristensen expands on the authors’ process […]

World Anthropology Day

All Anthropology titles are discounted 25% from now until March 1st! 2/20/20 We are delighted to share our latest contributions to the field of Anthropology in honor of World Anthropology Day. Receive 25% off all Anthropology titles from February 20, 2020 to March 1, 2020. Use discount code ANTH20. Please consider recommending these titles to your […]

Meet the Editor: Thomas F. King

Heritage/CRM extraordinaire Thomas F. King discusses the allure of archaeology, the evolution of the Cultural Resource Management and Heritage Studies fields, and what it’s like to collaborate with fourteen contributors. What drew you to the study of archaeology?   When I was 5 years old, my mother took me to see Walt Disney’s ‘Fantasia.’ I […]

MINDS: THE ORIGINS OF MIXED HARVEST BY ROB SWIGART

Listen to Mixed Harvest Chapter 2 here. The recently published Mixed Harvest by Rob Swigart is Berghahn’s latest feat of historical fiction, digging into the deep past of human development and its consequences through a combination of storytelling and dialogue. From the first encounter between a Neanderthal woman and a Modern Human she called Traveler […]

The Emotional Language of Flowers

The following is an excerpt from Ute Frevert’s “The Emotional Language of Flowers,” a chapter found in FEELINGS MATERIALIZED: Emotions, Bodies, and Things in Germany, 1500–1950, edited by Derek Hillard, Heikki Lempa, and Russell Spinney. Learn more about the book here. Statistics tell us that the average German currently spends more than one hundred Euros […]

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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Mario Schmidt: “In Pipeline, Panic is Unnecessary” – How Poor Nairobians Deal with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic

Mario Schmidt, University of Cologne Mototaxi drivers wearing face masks, supermarkets obliging customers to wash their hands before entering, hawkers selling indigenous vegetables as prophylactics against COVID-19, and strangers running away from me shouting “Corona, Corona, ... Continue reading →

Blog: Museum Companion

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MUSEUM WORLDS A new network for the museum studies community 

In an era of increased globalization and digitization, MUSEUM WORLDS brings current museum themes, practices, and developments to the forefront. 

For updates and ... Continue reading →

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Nourishing the Nation: Food as National Identity in Catalonia

by Venetia Johannes In my ethnographic monograph, Nourishing the Nation: Food as National Identity in Catalonia (Berghahn Books, published 2019), I explore the everyday experience of national identity in Catalonia through the lens of food. As an everyday object of ... Continue reading →

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Introducing the new 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:

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Escape From Hell

Escape From Hell

The True Story of the Auschwitz Protocol

Alfred Wetzler†

“…a compelling read; a real thriller. It provides very vivid descriptions of daily life in the camp and recounts in details the miraculous escape and the escapees’ subsequent struggle to convince the unbelieving world of the happenings in Auschwitz-Birkenau.” • British Czech and Slovak Review

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Burgundy

Burgundy

The Global Story of Terroir

Marion Demossier

“Apart from those interested in the academic aspects of food and wine, this book would be beneficial to non-academics looking to learn more about the complexities of the wine world. Overall, through her rich account and transnational approach including over two decades of fieldwork, Demossier’s landmark work Burgundy further legitimizes wine as a topic of academic interest and is sure to captivate oenophiles and food scholars alike.” • Graduate Association of Food Studies

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Street Vending in the Neoliberal City

Street Vending in the Neoliberal City

A Global Perspective on the Practices and Policies of a Marginalized Economy

Edited by Kristina Graaff and Noa Ha

“The relevance and uniqueness of Graff and Ha’s edited volume makes it a must read for anyone interested in the complex intersections of social dimensions and phenomena in the study of cities from a global perspective.” • Urbanities. Journal of Urban Ethnography

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Postwar Soldiers

Postwar Soldiers

Historical Controversies and West German Democratization, 1945–1955

Jörg Echternkamp

“Echternkamp successfully applies the concept of collective representation to the three fields of conflict he has selected. His research clarifies the extent to which the collective representations of war and military have enabled and contributed to political and cultural change.” • Sehepunkte

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Not Even Past

Not Even Past

How the United States Ends Wars

Edited by David Fitzgerald, David Ryan, and John M. Thompson

“We have endless books on the origins of America’s wars, but far fewer that examine the crucial question of how the conflicts are terminated. Not Even Past is therefore hugely welcome. Featuring lucid and penetrating essays by a stellar roster of scholars, the volume provides deep insights into one of the grand puzzles of the age: why the U.S. has so often failed to exit wars on its terms.” • Fredrik Logevall, Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University

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Navigating Miscarriage

Navigating Miscarriage

Social, Medical and Conceptual Perspectives

Edited by Susie Kilshaw and Katie Borg

“This is an interesting collection of chapters developing anthropological perspectives around miscarriage and pregnancy loss from a wide variety of angles.” • Sara Randall, University College London

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After the Pink Tide

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Egalitarianism

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After the Pink Tide

Corporate State Formation and New Egalitarianisms in Latin America

Edited by Marina Gold and Alessandro Zagato

“This is a superb and timely set of studies that assess the lasting effects of a recent trend, now subsided, of left and left-leaning governments on politics and daily life for common people in a range of Latin American societies.” • George E. Marcus, University of California

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Archaeogaming: An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games

Archaeogaming

An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games

Andrew Reinhard

Video games exemplify contemporary material objects, resources, and spaces that people use to define their culture. This book serves as a general introduction to "archaeogaming"; it describes the intersection of archaeology and video games and applies archaeological method and theory into understanding game-spaces as both site and artifact.

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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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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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