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World Anthropology Day 2018

The 2018 Anthropology Day celebration is on Thursday, February 15. According to the AAA website, Anthropology Day “is a day for anthropologists to celebrate our discipline while sharing it with the world around us.”
In support of these efforts and to mark this special day, we are delighted to showcase titles from across all strands of the subject and offer a time-limited discount of 25% off ALL Anthropology print titles ordered via our website by the close of 24th February 2018. Simply enter the code WAD18 at checkout.      

Featured below are a number of new, recent and forthcoming titles. For a full listing of all current and new anthropology titles, please see our catalog. For a complete list of all titles in the range, please visit our website.



The Unwritten Rules of Academia
Laura Nader


Analyzing the workings of boundary maintenance in the areas of anthropology, energy, gender, and law, Nader contrasts dominant trends in academia with work that pushes the boundaries of acceptable methods and theories. Although the selections illustrate the history of one anthropologist’s work over half a century, the wider intent is to label a field as contrarian to reveal unwritten rules that sometimes hinder transformative thinking and to stimulate boundary crossing in others.

Read Introduction

New in Paperback:

Genres and Contexts in the Twenty-First Century
Edited by Helena Wulff


“This well-written collection of essays is not merely a programmatic statement about the need for anthropologists to experiment with genres, but indicates how it can be done. It succeeds in showing just as much as telling, with examples ranging from the thought-provoking to the entertaining.” · Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo

Read Introducing the Anthropologist as Writer: Across and Within Genres


Edited by Michael Jackson and Albert Piette


“Overall, this book offers fascinating insights into the potentialities of existential anthropology… it allows to step beyond some of the conceptions that have governed past edited collections in this field, without yielding to current fads in Anglophone anthropology.” · Sociologus

Read Introduction: Anthropology and the Existential Turn


Varieties of Liminality
Edited by Agnes Horvath, Bjørn Thomassen, and Harald Wydra


“In well integrated chapters, the [volume] proves the relevance of the concept across disciplines, particularly for the study of moments of instability and possibility, as well as for understanding the transformative potential of participation… In addition to helping one understand in-between experiences overall, [it] invites the reader to rethink the complicated relation between individual agency, social order and cultural transmission… a remarkable contribution to sociology, anthropology and critical theory.” · European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology

Read Introduction: Liminality and the Search for Boundaries



NEW SERIES: Studies in Social Analysis

The focus of this series is on ‘analysis’, understood not as a synonym of ‘theory’, but as the fertile meeting-ground of the empirical and the conceptual. It provides a platform for exploring anthropological approaches to social analysis in all of their variety, and in doing so seeks also to open new avenues of communication between anthropology and the humanities as well as other social sciences.

Volume 5

Entanglements, Suspensions, Suspicions
Edited by Mateusz Laszczkowski and Madeleine Reeves


In recent years, political and social theory has been transformed by the heterogeneous approaches to feeling and emotion jointly referred to as ‘affect theory’. These range from psychological and social-constructivist approaches to emotion to feminist and post-human perspectives. Covering a wide spectrum of topics and ethnographic contexts—from engineering in the Andes to household rituals in rural China, from South African land restitution to migrant living in Moscow, and from elections in El Salvador to online and offline surveillance among political refugees from Uzbekistan and Eritrea—the chapters in this volume interrogate this ‘affective turn’ through the lens of fine-grained ethnographies of the state. The volume enhances the anthropological understanding of the various ways through which the state comes to be experienced as a visceral presence in social life.

Read Introduction: Affective States: Entanglements, Suspensions, Suspicions


Volume 4

Toward a Relational Anthropology of the State
Edited by Tatjana Thelen, Larissa Vetters, and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann


Stategraphy—the ethnographic exploration of relational modes, boundary work, and forms of embeddedness of actors—offers crucial analytical avenues for researching the state. By exploring interactions and negotiations of local actors in different institutional settings, the contributors explore state transformations in relation to social security in a variety of locations spanning from Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans to the United Kingdom and France. Fusing grounded empirical studies with rigorous theorizing, the volume provides new perspectives to broader related debates in social research and political analysis.

Read Introduction to Stategraphy: Toward a Relational Anthropology of the State

For a full list of volumes please visit series webpage.



Volume 3 Forthcoming in March

The Cultural Analysis of America
Lee Drummond


American anthropologists have long advocated cultural anthropology as a tool for cultural critique, yet seldom has that approach been employed in discussions of major events and cultural productions that impact the lives of tens of millions of Americans. This collection of essays aims to refashion cultural analysis into a hard-edged tool for the study of American society and culture, addressing topics including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, abortion, sports doping, and the Jonestown massacre-suicides. Grounded in the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche, the essays advance an inquiry into the nature of culture in American society.


Anthropology of Europe Series

Volume 2

Edited by Andrés Barrera-González, Monica Heintz and Anna Horolets


In what ways did Europeans interact with the diversity of people they encountered on other continents in the context of colonial expansion, and with the peasant or ethnic ‘Other’ at home? How did anthropologists and ethnologists make sense of the mosaic of people and societies during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when their disciplines were progressively being established in academia? By assessing the diversity of European intellectual histories within sociocultural anthropology, this volume aims to sketch its intellectual and institutional portrait. It will be a useful reading for the students of anthropology, ethnology, history and philosophy of science, research and science policy makers.

Read Introduction: Strength from the Margins: Restaging European Anthropologies


Worlds in Motion Series

Volume 1 New in Paperback!

Critical Engagements
Edited by Noel B. Salazar and Kiran Jayaram

Scholars from various disciplines have used key concepts to grasp mobilities, but as of yet, a working vocabulary of these has not been fully developed. Given this context and inspired in part by Raymond Williams’ Keywords (1976), this edited volume presents contributions that critically analyze mobility-related keywords: capital, cosmopolitanism, freedom, gender, immobility, infrastructure, motility, and regime. Each chapter provides an historical context, a critical analysis of how the keyword has been used in relation to mobility, and a conclusion that proposes future usage or research.

Read Introduction: Keywords of Mobility: A Critical Introduction


Volume 3 Forthcoming

Sexual Economies, Marriage and Migration in a Disparate World
Edited by Christian Groes and Nadine T. Fernandez


As globalization and transnational encounters intensify, people’s mobility is increasingly conditioned by intimacy, ranging from love, desire, and sexual liaisons to broader family, kinship and conjugal matters. This book explores the entanglement of mobility and intimacy in various configurations throughout the world. It argues that rather than being distinct and unrelated phenomena, intimacy-related mobilities constitute variations of cross-border movements shaped by and deeply entwined with issues of gender, kinship, race and sexuality, as well as local and global powers and border restrictions in a disparate world.

For a full list of volumes please visit series webpage.


The Human Economy Series

Volume 6 Forthcoming

Global Perspectives on Technology, Financial Inclusion, and Design
Edited by Bill Maurer, Smoki Musaraj, and Ivan Small


Mobile money, e-commerce, cash cards, retail credit cards, and more—as new monetary technologies become increasingly available, the global South has cautiously embraced these mediums as a potential solution to the issue of financial inclusion. How, if at all, do new forms of dematerialized money impact people’s everyday financial lives? In what way do technologies interact with financial repertoires and other socio-cultural institutions? How do these technologies of financial inclusion shape the global politics and geographies of difference and inequality? These questions are at the heart of Money at the Margins, a groundbreaking exploration of the uses and socio-cultural impact of new forms of money and financial services.


Volume 5

Edited by Keith Hart


This book addresses how to think about money (from Aristotle to the daily news and the sexual economy of luxury goods); its contemporary evolution (banking the unbanked and remittances in the South, cross-border investment in China, the payments industry and the politics of bitcoin); and cases from 19th century India and Southern Africa to contemporary Haiti and Argentina. Money is one idea with diverse forms. As national monopoly currencies give way to regional and global federalism, money is a key to achieving economic democracy.

Read Introduction: Money in a Human Economy


Volume 4

Confiscated Mafia Land in Sicily
Theodoros Rakopoulos


From Clans to Co-ops explores the social, political, and economic relations that enable the constitution of cooperatives operating on land confiscated from mafiosi in Sicily, a project that the state hails as arguably the greatest symbolic victory over the mafia in Italian history. Rakopoulos’s ethnographic focus is on access to resources, divisions of labor, ideologies of community and food, and the material changes that cooperatives bring to people’s lives in terms of kinship, work and land management. The book contributes to broader debates about cooperativism, how labor might be salvaged from market fundamentalism, and to emergent discourses about the ‘human’ economy.

From Clans to Co-ops: Confiscated Mafia Land in Sicily by Theodoros Rakopoulos is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

This edition is supported by the University of Bergen. Full Text.

For a full list of volumes please visit the series webpage.


Higher Education in Critical Perspective: Practices and Policies Series

Volume 3

Uncertain Futures for Higher Education in the Knowledge Economy
Edited by Susan Wright and Cris Shore


Universities have been subjected to continuous government reforms since the 1980s, to make them ‘entrepreneurial’, ‘efficient’ and aligned to the predicted needs and challenges of a global knowledge economy. Under increasing pressure to pursue ‘excellence’ and ‘innovation’, many universities are struggling to maintain their traditional mission to be inclusive, improve social mobility and equality and act as the ‘critic and conscience’ of society. Drawing on a multi-disciplinary research project, University Reform, Globalisation and Europeanisation (URGE), this collection analyses the new landscapes of public universities emerging across Europe and the Asia-Pacific, and the different ways that academics are engaging with them.

Read Introduction: Privatizing the Public University: Key Trends, Countertrends and Alternatives


Volume 2 Forthcoming in Paperback

Action Research in Higher Education
Morten Levin and Davydd J. Greenwood


Public universities are in crisis, waning in their role as central institutions within democratic societies. Denunciations are abundant, but analyses of the causes and proposals to re-create public universities are not. Based on extensive experience with Action Research-based organizational change in universities and private sector organizations, Levin and Greenwood analyze the wreckage created by neoliberal academic administrators and policymakers. The authors argue that public universities must be democratically organized to perform their educational and societal functions. The book closes by laying out Action Research processes that can transform public universities back into institutions that promote academic freedom, integrity, and democracy.

Read Introduction: Democracy and Public Universities

For a full list of volumes please visit the series page.


Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy Series

Volume 4 Forthcoming in March

Precarity, Class and the Neoliberal Subject
Edited by Chris Hann and Jonathan Parry
Afterword by Michael Burawoy


Bringing together ethnographic case studies of industrial labor from different parts of the world, Industrial Labor on the Margins of Capitalism explores the increasing casualization of workforces and the weakening power of organized labor. This division owes much to state policies and is reflected in local understandings of class. By exploring this relationship, these essays question the claim that neoliberal ideology has become the new ‘commonsense’ of our times and suggest various propositions about the conditions that create employment regimes based on flexible labor.


Volume 2 New in Paperback

Explorations in Self-Sufficiency after Socialism
Edited by Stephen Gudeman and Chris Hann


“…the volume offers possibilities for fruitfully reconsidering enduring topics and issues in economic theory that are of great interest not just to anthropologists but to other social scientists and economic philosophers.” · Anthropos

Read Introduction: Self-Sufficiency as Reality and as Myth

For a full list of volumes please visit series webpage.


Dislocations Series

Volume 21

Labour, Social Movements and the Invisible Hand of Mao in Western Nepal
Michael Hoffmann


Located in the far-western Tarai region of Nepal, Kailali has been the site of dynamic social and political change in recent history. The Partial Revolution examines Kailali in the aftermath of Nepal’s Maoist insurgency, critically examining the ways in which revolutionary political mobilization changes social relations—often unexpectedly clashing with the movement’s ideological goals. Focusing primarily on the end of Kailali’s feudal system of bonded labor, Hoffmann explores the connection between politics, labor, and Mao’s legacy, documenting the impact of changing political contexts on labor relations among former debt-bonded laborers.

Read Introduction: The Maoist Victory Rally


Volume 18 New in Paperback

Edited by Catherine Dolan and Dinah Rajak
Afterword by Robert J. Foster


“Each chapter in this important book, in one way or another, interrogates the slippery and shady partnerships forming between transnational corporations, international development agencies, and NGOs to further augment and implement CSR programmes…If you think critically about corporations, add this to your collection.” · Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Read Introduction: Towards an Anthropology of Corporate Social Responsibility


Volume 13 New in Paperback

Toward a Global Anthropology of Labor
Edited by Sharryn Kasmir and August Carbonella


“[This volume] draws upon long-term fieldwork to examine how labor struggles have faltered, become disconnected from the societal mission to advance the greater good, and the reactions and fallout from this change. Applying principles of global anthropology to the dilemma, Blood and Fire portrays an uncertain future. A thought-provoking and studious title, ideal for college library anthropology shelves.”  ·  Library Bookwatch

Read Introduction: Toward a Global Anthropology of Labor

For a full list of volumes please visit series webpage.

Anthropology Journals:

Anthropology Journals Catalog

Berghahn Journals is the journals division of Berghahn Books, an independent scholarly publisher in the humanities and social sciences. A peer-review press, Berghahn is committed to the highest academic standards and seeks to enable innovative contributions to the scholarship in its fields of specialty.

Open Access Articles:

Visions of prosperity and conspiracy in Timor-Leste
by Judith Bovensiepen
Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology
Volume: 2016 Issue: 75

Which community for cooperatives? Peasant mobilizations, the Mafia, and the problem of community participation in Sicilian co-ops
by Theodoros Rakopoulos
Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology
Volume: 2015 Issue: 71

Workshop Scribbles, Policy Work and Impact: Anthropological Sensibilities in Praxis at an FASD Workshop
by Michelle Stewart
Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice
Volume: 22 Issue: 2

Girlhood and Ethics: The Role of Bodily Integrity
by Mar Cabezas and Gottfried Schweiger
Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Volume: 9 Issue: 3

Less Than One But More Than Many: Anthropocene as Science Fiction and Scholarship-in-the-Making
by Heather Anne Swanson, Nils Bubandt and Anna Tsing
Environment and Society: Advances in Research
Volume: 6 Issue: 1

‘Ceremonies of Renewal’: Visits, Relationships, and Healing in the Museum Space
by Laura Peers
Museum Worlds: Advances in Research
Volume: 1 Issue: 1

Securitization, alterity, and the state: Human (in)security on an Amazonian frontier
Marc Brightman and Vanessa Grotti
Regions and Cohesion
Volume: 4 Issue: 3

Narratives of the Invisible: Autobiography, Kinship, and Alterity in Native Amazonia
Vanessa Elisa Grotti and Marc Brightman
Social Analysis: The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice
Volume: 60 Issue: 1

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