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Berghahn will be Attending AAA 2018 Conference !

  We are delighted to inform you that we will be attending the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting being held November 14 – 18, 2018 in San Jose, CA. Please stop by Booth #309 to browse our selection of books at discounted prices and pick up free journals samples. We are especially excited to invite […]

Berghahn Journals: New Issues Published in October

        Online First Articles Online first articles are final articles posted ahead of issue publication. The text is fully edited and finalized, but the pagination is subject to change once the issue for which the article is earmarked is complete. At that point, the article’s pagination will be updated, and it will be moved […]


  We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, and Medical Anthropology, along with our New in Paperback titles.     Anthropology   INDETERMINACY Waste, Value, and the Imagination Edited by Catherine Alexander and Andrew Sanchez Afterword by Niko Besnier and Susana Narotzky […]

World Food Day

  October 16th is World Food Day, a day of action against hunger. This day is an opportunity to come together and put an end to hunger by learning and educating about food, farming and nutrition. Join the global movement to end hunger! For more information on events, themes, or how you can make a different please visit Food […]

Berghahn Journals: New Issues Published in September

      Online First Articles Online first articles are final articles posted ahead of issue publication. The text is fully edited and finalized, but the pagination is subject to change once the issue for which the article is earmarked is complete. At that point, the article’s pagination will be updated, and it will be moved […]

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

  Monday, October 8th is Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the United States. As a counter-celebration to Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates Indigenous peoples across various localities in the United States.   With the hopes of promoting understanding of Indigenous communities around the world, we present a selection of titles below which highlight […]

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Anthea Bell, Translator of Sebald, Kafka, and Asterix, Has Died at 82

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Blog: EnviroSociety

New Featured Article!: “Extractive Conservation: Peasant Agroecological Systems as New Frontiers of Exploitation?”

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month's article—”Extractive Conservation: Peasant Agroecological Systems as New Frontiers of Exploitation?”—comes from Volume 7 (2016). In their article, Anne Cristina de la Vega-Leinert and Peter ... Continue reading →

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Cemile Gizem Dinçer and Eda Sevinin: Migration, activist research, and the politics of location: An interview with Nicholas De Genova (part 1)

In Turkey, especially after the Syrians’ arrival following 2011, the field of migration studies has more or less confined itself to mainstream discussions such as integration, social cohesion, data collection, and so on. At this point, the work of Nicholas De Genova and the wider literature on ... Continue reading →

Blog: Museum Worlds

Brazil’s 200-year-old Museu Nacional destroyed by fire

One of the largest natural history museums in the Americas was engulfed in flame on Sunday, 2 September 2018. A majority of Rio de Janeiro’s 200-year-old Museu Nacional's archive is believed to have been destroyed. The museum's collections included items brought to Brazil by Dom Pedro I, ... Continue reading →

New in Paperback

Humour, Comedy and Laughter

Humour, Comedy and Laughter

Obscenities, Paradoxes, Insights and the Renewal of Life

Edited by Lidia Dina Sciama

“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

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Making <i>Ubumwe</i>

Making Ubumwe

Power, State and Camps in Rwanda's Unity-Building Project

Andrea Purdeková

FINALIST FOR THE AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION 2016 BETHWELL A. OGOT BOOK PRIZE “This is a book that deserves to be widely read. [It] will appeal to both Rwanda and African Studies scholars and is a must-read for graduate students preparing to do fieldwork in Rwanda. Scholars working in development studies, peace and conflict studies, comparative politics and cultural anthropology will be rewarded for a careful read.” • Journal of Modern African Studies

New in Paperback

Cosmos, Gods and Madmen

Cosmos, Gods and Madmen

Frameworks in the Anthropologies of Medicine

Edited by Roland Littlewood and Rebecca Lynch

“The essays in Cosmos, Gods, and Madmen range over a wide array of topics across multiple geographic areas… Not all of the chapters touch on all three of the terms in the book’s title, but they all contain important and fascinating ethnographic material and make some useful theoretical and methodological recommendations. It will not be news to any anthropologists that religion and supernatural agency is frequently implicated in the diagnosis and cure of illness, mental or otherwise, but the case studies are a welcome addition to the literature on medical anthropology and the anthropology of religion.” • Anthropology Review Database

Featured Title

Carnage and Care on the Eastern Front

Carnage and Care on the Eastern Front

The War Diaries of Bernhard Bardach, 1914-1918

Bernhard Bardach†

“Bernhard Bardach’s diary is a significant historical document, in some respects recalling the German Jewish Viktor Klemperer’s famous World War II Dresden diary. In addition to its detailed account of the Eastern Front, it gives a compelling portrait of an assimilated Central European Jew who fully embraced the Habsburg concept of citizenship and strongly identified with German-Austrian language and culture, only to end his life in exile and disappointment following the Nazi era.” • Istvan Deák, Columbia University

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Lullabies and Battle Cries

Lullabies and Battle Cries

Music, Identity and Emotion among Republican Parading Bands in Northern Ireland

Jaime Rollins

“Rollins offers an insightful account of the changing landscape of republican identity politics in post–Peace Process Northern Ireland, illuminating a surprisingly neglected topic and reshaping our thoughts of what the future of Northern Ireland may look like.” • Richard Jenkins, University of Sheffield

Featured Title

Nation Branding in Modern History

Nation Branding in Modern History

Edited by Carolin Viktorin, Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht, Annika Estner, and Marcel K. Will

“With a particularly impressive range of case studies that include Eastern and non-European case studies, the contributors to this volume bring to light new and hitherto unexplored episodes in the history of cultural diplomacy and nation branding, all supported by a wealth of empirical detail.” • Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Kingston University

Featured Series

The Rite of Urban Passage


Articulating Journeys: Festivals, Memorials, and Homecomings

Volume: 2

The Rite of Urban Passage

The Spatial Ritualization of Iranian Urban Transformation

Reza Masoudi

Focusing on the spatial dynamics of Muharram processions in the Iranian city, this book offers an alternative approach to understanding the process of urban transformation, and puts forward a spatial genealogy of Muharram rituals that provides a platform for developing a fresh spatial approach to ritual studies.



Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary

Stories Make the World

Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary

Stephen Most

Since the beginning of human history, stories have helped people make sense of their lives and their world. Today, an understanding of storytelling is invaluable as we seek to orient ourselves within a flood of raw information and an unprecedented variety of supposedly true accounts. In Stories Make the World, award-winning screenwriter Stephen Most offers a captivating, refreshingly heartfelt exploration of how documentary filmmakers and other storytellers come to understand their subjects and cast light on the world through their art. Drawing on the author's decades of experience behind the scenes of television and film documentaries, this is an indispensable account of the principles and paradoxes that attend the quest to represent reality truthfully.

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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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Screen Bodies

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Experience, Perception, and Display

New in 2016!

Screen Bodies is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the intersection of Screen Studies and Body Studies across disciplines, institutions, and media. It is a forum promoting research on various aspects of embodiment on and in front of screens through articles, reviews, and interviews. The journal considers moving and still images, whether from the entertainment industry, information technologies, or news and media outlets, including cinema, television, the internet, and gallery spaces. It investigates the private experiences of portable and personal devices and the institutional ones of medical and surveillance imaging. Screen Bodies addresses the portrayal, function, and reception of bodies on and in front of screens from the perspectives of gender and sexuality, feminism and masculinity, trans* studies, queer theory, critical race theory, cyborg studies, and dis/ability studies.

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Boyhood Studies

An Interdisciplinary Journal

Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the discussion of boyhood, young masculinities, and boys’ lives by exploring the full scale of intricacies, challenges, and legacies that inform male and masculine developments. Boyhood Studies is committed to a critical and international scope and solicits both articles and special issue proposals from a variety of research fields including, but not limited to, the social and psychological sciences, historical and cultural studies, philosophy, and social, legal, and health studies. More Information...

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