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International Day of Families

In the 1993, May 15 was declared as International Day of Families by the United Nations to provide awareness of family related issues and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. This year’s theme is Demographic Trends and Families.

In recognition of the day, Berghahn is pleased to highlight family related books and journal articles.


ASPIRATIONS OF YOUNG ADULTS IN URBAN ASIA
Values, Family, and Identity
Edited by Mariske Westendorp, Désirée Remmert and Kenneth Finis

“This collection of essays presents anthropologists’ ethnographic research on young adults’ aspirations primarily in East and Southeast Asia. The editors helpfully contextualize these studies within the broader realm of aspirations research…This work will be of greatest interest to students and scholars of anthropology and aspirations research, and to a secondary audience among those working in Asian studies.” • Choice

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FROM MISSIONARIES TO MAIN STREET
The Story of One Sgaw Karen Family in the United States
Daniel Gilhooly

The Htoo family, who are Sgaw Karen and originally from Burma, resettled in Georgia in the United States refugee resettlement program in 2007. This book chronicles their life in their new country. While the Htoo family’s story is singular, the family’s experiences in Burma, Thai refugee camps, and their experiences in the US are representative of other refugees from Burma and beyond. 

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THE CHILDREN OF GREGORIA
Dogme Ethnography of a Mexican Family
Regnar Kristensen and Claudia Adeath Villamil

“This book is remarkable. It is unique in its methodological approach to key themes in current urban anthropology… an outstanding achievement considering the staggering amount of interview transcriptions and the work to turn these ethnographic data into a readable and structured book.”Wil G. Pansters, Utrecht University

Chapter 1. The House in Ruins

RECONCEIVING MUSLIM MEN
Love and Marriage, Family and Care in Precarious Times
Edited by Marcia C. Inhorn and Nefissa Naguib

Reconceiving Muslim Men makes a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on Muslim men, an excellent companion volume to the more theoretical discussions of masculinity, which largely focus on Western contexts, and a useful reminder of the need to differentiate between discourse and practice in exploring gender issues more broadly.” • JRAI (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute)

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OPEN ACCESS! Forthcoming July 2023!
VISIONS OF MARRIAGE
Politics and Family on Kinmen, 1920-2020
Hsiao-Chiao Chiu

Grounded in multi-generational stories from Kinmen in Taiwan, Visions of Marriage explores the historical entanglements between the pursuit of new personal and national futures. Focusing on the relational and future-making aspects of marriage, the ethnography highlights the intersection of transformations across familial generations and shifting political economies in Taiwan, and more globally. 

In Paperback
AMBIGUOUS CHILDHOODS
Peer Socialisation, Schooling and Agency in a Zambian Village
Nana Clemensen

Growing up with social and economic upheaval in the peripheries of global neoliberalism, children in rural Zambia are presented with diverging social and moral protocols across homes, classrooms, church halls, and the streets. Mostly unmonitored by adults, they explore the ambiguities of adult life in playful interactions with their siblings and kin across gender and age. Drawing on rich linguistic-ethnographic details of such interactions combined with observations of school and household procedures, the author provides a rare insight into the lives, voices, and learning paths of children in a rural African setting.

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In Paperback
THE HISTORY OF THYSSEN
Family, Industry and Culture in the 20th Century
Günther Schulz and Margit Szöllösi-Janze
Translated by Christopher Reid
Foreword by Volker Berghahn

As a result of a multi-volume research project, funded by the Thyssen Foundations (Stiftung zur Industriegeschichte Thyssen and Fritz Thyssen Stiftung), ten books were published that served to greatly advance the available knowledge on the Thyssen family and their companies. The results of this project are summarized in this volume which provides both an explanation of how the project was conceptualized and executed and a detailed case study of a family and their business during the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Berghahn Journals

Open Access Articles

ANTHROPOLOGY IN ACTION
The Nuclear/Nuclear Family: Moralities of Intimacy under COVID-19
Petra Tjitske Kalshoven (Vol. 28, Issue 2)

ASPASIA
For the Father of a Newborn: Soviet Obstetrics and the Mobilization of Men as Medical Allies
Amy E. Randall (Vol. 15)

CONFLICT AND SOCIETY
Family Matters in Conflict: Displacement and the Formulation of Politics among Syrians in Lebanon and Turkey
Birgitte Stamp Holst (Vol. 9)

FOCAAL
From breadwinner to bedridden: Vulnerable tales of a labor migrant household in Italy
Sara Bonfanti (Vol. 2022, Issue 92)

SOCIAL ANALYSIS
The American Eugenics Record Office: Technologies for Terminating ‘Degenerate’ Family Lines and Purifying the Nation
Susan McKinnon (Vol. 65, Issue 4)

Berghahn Journals is offering free access to the following relevant articles until May 31, 2024.

HISTORICAL REFLECTIONS
Natural Children, Country Wives, and Country Girls in Nineteenth-Century India and Northeast Scotland
Eloise Grey (Vol. 47, Issue 1)

ISRAEL STUDIES REVIEW
Special Issue: The Family in Israel (Vol. 28, Issue 2)

SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGIE SOCIALE
‘Are you paying for somebody else’s?’ The value of secrecy in the uses of DNA paternity tests in the USA
Mélanie Gourarier (Vol. 29, Issue 2)


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