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Berghahn Books at The Association of Social Anthropologists 2018

AGMWe are delighted to inform you that we will be present at  The Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth’s 2018 conference in Oxford, UK, from September 18-21 2018. Please stop by our table to browse the latest selection of books at discounted prices and pick up some free journal samples.


If you are unable to attend, we would like to provide you with a special discount offer in celebration of the new academic year. Receive a 50% discount on all Anthropology titles. Visit our website and enter discount code ASA18.


Below is a small selection of the titles we will have on display.

For a more comprehensive view of our Anthropology List, please view our current catalogue or visit our website.


Hierarchy and Value: Comparative Perspectives on Moral OrderHIERARCHY AND VALUE
Comparative Perspectives on Moral Order
Edited by Jason Hickel and Naomi Haynes

Volume 7, Studies in Social Analysis


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. Why does this happen and how do we make sense of this phenomenon? Why do some communities see hierarchy as desireable? In this book, leading anthropologists draw on insightful ethnographic case studies from around the world to address these trends. Together, they develop a theory of hierarchy that treats it both as a relational form and a framework for organizing ideas about the social good.

Read Introduction: Hierarchy and Value


Mirrors of Passing: Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, Materiality, and TimeMIRRORS OF PASSING
Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, Materiality, and Time
Edited by Sophie Seebach and Rane Willerslev


Mirrors of Passing offers a powerful window into this oldest of human preoccupations by investigating the interrelationships of death, materiality, and temporality across far-flung times and places. Stretching as far back as Ancient Egypt and Greece and moving through present-day locales as diverse as Western Europe, Central Asia, and the Arctic, each of the richly illustrated essays collected here draw on a range of disciplinary insights to explore some of the most fundamental, universal questions that confront us.

Read Introduction: Mirrors of Passing


Sense and Essence: Heritage and the Cultural Production of the RealSENSE AND ESSENCE
Heritage and the Cultural Production of the Real
Edited by Birgit Meyer and Mattijs van de Port

Volume 9, Material Mediations


Contrary to popular perceptions, cultural heritage is not given, but constantly in the making, subject to dynamic processes of (re)inventing culture within particular social formations and via particular forms of mediation. Through the heuristic concepts of the “politics of authentication” and “aesthetics of persuasion,” this volume explores the centrality of this tension to heritage formation worldwide.

Read Introduction: Heritage Dynamics: Politics of Authentication, Aesthetics of Persuasion and the Cultural Production of the Real


Ethnographies of Movement, Sociality and Space: Place-Making in the New Northern IrelandETHNOGRAPHIES OF MOVEMENT, SOCIALITY AND SPACE
Place-Making in the New Northern Ireland
Edited by Milena Komarova and Maruška Svašek

Volume 8, Material Mediations


Exploring the complex dynamics of twenty-first century spatial sociality, this volume provides a much-needed multi-dimensional perspective that undermines the dominant image of Northern Ireland as a conflict-ridden place.

Read Introduction: Spatiality, Movement and Place-Making


The Global Life of Austerity: Comparing Beyond EuropeTHE GLOBAL LIFE OF AUSTERITY
Comparing Beyond Europe
Edited by Theodoros Rakopoulos

Volume 17, Critical Interventions


Using historical analysis and ethnographically-grounded research, this volume shows the similarities of the European conundrum with realities outside Europe, seeing austerity in a non-Eurocentric fashion. In doing so, it offers novel insights as to how economic crises are experienced at a global level.

Read Introduction


An Australian Indigenous Diaspora: Warlpiri Matriarchs and the Refashioning of TraditionAN AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS DIASPORA
Warlpiri Matriarchs and the Refashioning of Tradition
Paul Burke


This book is a multi-sited ethnography of the migration of a minority of the aboriginal Warlpiri away from their traditional homeland to distant towns and cities. It follows a number of Warlpiri matriarchs into their new locations, exploring how they sustain their independent lives and examining their changing relationship with the traditional culture they represent.

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Global Fluids: The Cultural Politics of Reproductive Waste and ValueGLOBAL FLUIDS
The Cultural Politics of Reproductive Waste and Value
Charlotte Kroløkke

Volume 39, Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality


Taking a sociological and anthropological perspective, the author focuses in particular on the role that countries like Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, and Japan play in the reproductive products industry, and discusses the moral limits of the cultural and rhetorical trajectories that turn women’s body products into internationally mobile substances.

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Momentous Mobilities: Anthropological Musings on the Meanings of TravelMOMENTOUS MOBILITIES
Anthropological Musings on the Meanings of Travel
Noel B. Salazar

Volume 4, Worlds in Motion


Grounded in scholarly analysis and personal reflection, and drawing on a multi-sited and multi-method research design, Momentous Mobilities disentangles the meanings attached to temporary travels and stays abroad and offers empirical evidence as well as novel theoretical arguments to develop an anthropology of mobility. Both focusing specifically on how various societies and cultures imagine and value boundary-crossing mobilitie

Read Introduction: Mapping Mobility

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Living Before Dying: Imagining and Remembering HomeSHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 BBC THINKING ALLOWED ETHNOGRAPHY AWARD

Imagining and Remembering Home
Janette Davies

Volume 41, New Directions in Anthropology


Living Before Dying is an important and timely contribution to a rising body of social scientific and bioethical work about dementia, including the anthropology of senility. It should be read by all those who want care to improve for older people, with and without dementia.” • Times Higher Education

Read Introduction


Humour, Comedy and Laughter: Obscenities, Paradoxes, Insights and the Renewal of LifeHUMOUR, COMEDY AND LAUGHTER
Obscenities, Paradoxes, Insights and the Renewal of Life
Edited by Lidia Dina Sciama

Volume 8, Social Identities


“This collection is like a charm bracelet. The essays are attractive and bright, but their interconnection derives largely from being gathered in one place. The general theme is anthropological—the collection presents humor as both a topic and a method in anthropological research—but the title is broad enough to permit scholarship from a wide variety of disciplines…. All the essays in this volume have something valuable to say and say it well.” · Choice

Read Introduction


Making <i>Ubumwe</i>: Power, State and Camps in Rwanda's Unity-Building ProjectFINALIST FOR THE AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION 2016 BETHWELL A. OGOT BOOK PRIZE

Power, State and Camps in Rwanda’s Unity-Building Project
Andrea Purdeková

Volume 34, Forced Migration


“Although the author focuses upon Rwanda’s unity-building project, she places her analysis within a wider social and political reflection. This makes the book a major contribution to the literature on contemporary Rwanda.” • African Affairs



Cosmos, Gods and Madmen: Frameworks in the Anthropologies of MedicineCOSMOS, GODS AND MADMEN
Frameworks in the Anthropologies of Medicine
Edited by Roland Littlewood and Rebecca Lynch


“[this book] provides an effective and timely response to the current comparative biomedical focus within medical anthropology, by reconnecting with its social origins.” · Anthropology & Medicine

Read Introduction: Divinity, Disease, Distress



Flexible Capitalism: Exchange and Ambiguity at WorkFLEXIBLE CAPITALISM
Exchange and Ambiguity at Work
Edited by Jens Kjaerulff

Volume 25, EASA Series


Approaching “work” as at heart a practice of exchange, this volume explores sociality in work environments marked by the kind of structural changes that have come to define contemporary “flexible” capitalism. It introduces anthropological exchange theory to a wider readership, and shows how the perspective offers new ways to enquire about the flexible capitalism’s social dimensions.

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World Heritage on the Ground: Ethnographic PerspectivesWORLD HERITAGE ON THE GROUND
Ethnographic Perspectives
Edited by Christoph Brumann and David Berliner

Volume 28, EASA Series


“[This volume] is offering what it promises, meaning a perfect articulation of two equally legitimate approaches: a top-down one, investigating UNESCO’s World Heritage as a global institution, and a grass-roots one, searching for local applications and implications of patrimonial decisions taken up-there.” • Anuac Journal

Read Introduction: UNESCO World Heritage – Grounded?


Healing Roots: Anthropology in Life and MedicineHEALING ROOTS
Anthropology in Life and Medicine
Julie Laplante

Volume 15, Epistemologies of Healing


“Overall, Laplante’s Healing Roots, focusing on the tensions between the biomedical and traditional healing–based ways of making a medicine is an informative and important contribution to the literature [of] intrinsic value in the classroom, primarily for graduate-level students with specific interests in South Africa and the crossroads of ethnopharmacology and biomedicine.” • Medical Anthropology Quarterly

Read Introduction: Tracing the Preclinical Trial of an Indigenous Plant

Berghahn Journals


Migration and SocietyNew in 2018!

Migration and Society

Advances in Research

Editors: Mette Louise Berg, University College London

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London
Migration and Society addresses both dynamics and drivers of migration; processes of settlement and integration; and transnational practices and diaspora formation.

Read the introduction to Volume 1 here!


Journal of Legal AnthropologyNew in 2018!

Journal of Legal Anthropology

Editor: Narmala Halstead, University of Sussex


The Journal of Legal Anthropology (JLA) is a peer-reviewed journal committed to anthropological understandings of socio-legal and cultural encounters.

Free access to all backfiles (Volume 1) on the journal page!

View the editorial for Volume 2 here!


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