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We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Development Studies, Gender Studies, History, and Media Studies, along with our new in paperback titles and new Berghahn Journal issues published in March.






How Materials Matter: Design, Innovation and Materiality in the PacificHOW MATERIALS MATTER
Design, Innovation and Materiality in the Pacific
Graeme Were


Focusing on plant materials from the region, How Materials Matter reveals ways in which a variety of people – from craftswomen and scientists to architects and politicians – work with materials to transform worlds.

Read Introduction: Materials and Design



Raccomandazione: Clientelism and Connections in ItalyRACCOMANDAZIONE
Clientelism and Connections in Italy
Dorothy Louise Zinn
Translated from the Italian

Volume 7, European Anthropology in Translation


Based on long-term ethnographic research in southern Italy, this book examines the concept and practice of raccomandazione: the omnipresent social institution of using connections to get things done.

Read Introduction: The Art of Raccomandazione


Playing the Marginality Game: Identity Politics in West AfricaPLAYING THE MARGINALITY GAME
Identity Politics in West Africa
Anita Schroven

Volume 19, Integration and Conflict Studies


Past periods of colonization, socialism and authoritarian regime are reflected in contemporary struggles to make sense of participatory democracy and the future of the embattled Guinean national state.

Read Introduction: Identity at the Margins: A Place in Guinea


Development Studies


Rethinking and Unthinking Development: Perspectives on Inequality and Poverty in South Africa and ZimbabweRETHINKING AND UNTHINKING DEVELOPMENT
Perspectives on Inequality and Poverty in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Edited by Busani Mpofu and Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni


The authors explore how Africa can adapt Western development models suited to its political, economic, social and cultural circumstances, while rejecting development practices and discourses based on exploitative capitalist and colonial tendencies.

Read Introduction: Rethinking and Unthinking Development in Africa


Gender Studies


Categories in Context: Gender and Work in France and Germany, 1900–PresentCATEGORIES IN CONTEXT
Gender and Work in France and Germany, 1900–Present
Edited by Isabelle Berrebi-Hoffmann, Olivier Giraud, Léa Renard, and Theresa Wobbe

Volume 31, International Studies in Social History


Categories in Context seeks to enrich our understanding of how cognitive categories such as status, law, and rights have been produced, comprehended, appropriated, and eventually transformed by relevant actors.

Read Introduction: Categories of Gender and Work in Context. Ways Toward a Research Agenda




Beyond the Border: Young Minorities in the Danish-German Borderlands, 1955-1971BEYOND THE BORDER
Young Minorities in the Danish-German Borderlands, 1955-1971
Tobias Haimin Wung-Sung


Beyond the Border reconstructs the experiences of both Danish and German minority youths living in the area from the 1950s to the 1970s, a period in which relations remained tense amid the broader developments of Cold War geopolitics.

Read Introduction



Negotiating the Secular and the Religious in the German Empire: Transnational ApproachesNEGOTIATING THE SECULAR AND THE RELIGIOUS IN THE GERMAN EMPIRE
Transnational Approaches
Edited by Rebekka Habermas

Volume 10, New German Historical Perspectives


In this volume, leading scholars of sociology, religious studies, and history study the interplay of secular and religious worldviews beyond the simple interrelation of practices and ideas.

Read Introduction: Negotiating the Religious and the Secular in Modern German History


Media Studies


Persistently Postwar: Media and the Politics of Memory in JapanPERSISTENTLY POSTWAR
Media and the Politics of Memory in Japan
Edited by Blai Guarné, Artur Lozano-Méndez, and Dolores P. Martinez


Through a series of stimulating case studies, this volume examines the political and cultural representations of Japan’s past, showing how they have reinforced personal and collective narratives while also formulating new cultural meanings, both on a local scale and in the context of transnational media production and consumption.

Read Introduction: The Politics of Media and Memory Representation in Japan


New in Paperback


Money at the Margins: Global Perspectives on Technology, Financial Inclusion, and DesignMONEY AT THE MARGINS
Global Perspectives on Technology, Financial Inclusion, and Design
Edited by Bill Maurer, Smoki Musaraj, and Ivan V. Small

Volume 6, The Human Economy


“Indispensable reading material for scholars as well as industry specialists interested in payment infrastructures and the questions of money and value, this book entails fruitful applications for classroom use. One can hope that this innovative volume will inspire a similarly creative following that continues to combine empirical and industry-based insights with those of anthropological theory, along with an inclusive platform of diverse collaborators.”American Ethnologist

Read Introduction: Money and Finance at the Margins


International Organizations and Environmental Protection: Conservation and Globalization in the Twentieth CenturyINTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Conservation and Globalization in the Twentieth Century
Edited by Wolfram Kaiser and Jan-Henrik Meyer

Volume 11, Environment in History: International Perspectives


This volume is the first to comprehensively explore the environmental activities of professional communities, NGOs, regional bodies, the United Nations, and other international organizations during the twentieth century.

Read Introduction: International Organizations and Environmental Protection in the Global Twentieth Century


Cycling and Recycling: Histories of Sustainable PracticesCYCLING AND RECYCLING
Histories of Sustainable Practices
Edited by Ruth Oldenziel and Helmuth Trischler

Volume 7, Environment in History: International Perspectives


“…an informative and very readable volume that offers stimulating ideas for further research.” • Technikgeschichte

Read Introduction: How Old Technologies Became Sustainable: An Introduction


Berghahn Journals




Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology

Issue 83: The anthropology of austerity

A peer-reviewed journal advocating an approach that rests in the simultaneity of ethnography, processual analysis, local insights, and global vision.




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Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology

Vol. 62, Issue 4: Matsutake Worlds

An international peer-reviewed journal devoted to exploring the analytical potentials of anthropological research.




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Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies

Vol. 8, Issue 3: Postcolonial Intersections

A peer-reviewed journal publishing cutting-edge research on the processes, structures, and consequences of the movement of people, resources, and commodities.





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