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The Berlin Wall Is Built

On August 13, 1961, Berlin woke up to a shock: the East German Army had begun construction on the infamous Berlin Wall. The Wall was initially constructed in the middle of Berlin, and expanded over the following months. It entirely cut off West Berlin from the surrounding East Germany, prohibiting East Germans to pass into West […]

Visit Berghahn Books at EASA 2018!

We are delighted to inform you that we will be present at the 15th EASA Biennial Conference at Stockholm University, Sweden, August 14-17, 2018. Please stop by our table to browse the latest selection of books at discounted prices & pick up some free journal samples. Come along to our stand at 16.30 on Thursday 16th for our […]

Berghahn Journals: New Issues Published in July

         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 […]

Revisiting Imperial History

by Benno Gammerl, author of Subjects, Citizens, and Others: Administering Ethnic Heterogeneity in the British and Habsburg Empires, 1867-1918. Get 50% off this book with code GAM093 through the end of August 2018. British nostalgia for an imperial past imagined as heroic and fabulous has been a persistent feature of culture and politics in the UK since the 1960s, […]

World Breastfeeding Week 2018

  World Breastfeeding Week is held yearly from 1st to 7th of August in more than 120 countries. Being organized by WABA, WHO and UNICEF, the goal is to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life which yields tremendous health benefits, providing critical nutrients, protection from deadly diseases and fostering growth. To learn […]

Celebrate EASA 2018 with Berghahn Journals!

  Berghahn Journals will be present at European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) 2018: Staying, Moving, Settling! To celebrate, we are delighted to offer EASA conference attendees free access to our complete Anthropology collection for the month of August! To access all the journals in the collection, login to our website and use the code EASA2018 (valid through August 31, 2018). View […]

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New Featured Article!: “Shared Meals and Food Fights: Geographical Indications, Rural Development, and the Environment”

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article—”Shared Meals and Food Fights: Geographical Indications, Rural Development, and the Environment”—comes from Volume 2 (2011). In their article, Fabio Parasecoli and Aya ... Continue reading →

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Maddalena Gretel Cammelli and Jonathan Friedman: PC Worlds: Political Correctness and Rising Elites at the End of Hegemony

Maddalena Gretel Cammelli interviews Jonathan Friedman on his new book, PC Worlds. A version of this interview has also been published in Italian on Il Lavoro Culturale. MGC: In your text, you describe “a moral regime” called Political Correctness (PC) that would be ... Continue reading →

Blog: Museum Worlds

“Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire” is now at San Francisco’s de Young Museum

The 1,000-year-old former Mesoamerican city, Teotihuacan, is on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and, after Feb. 11, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The de Young Museum provides an interactive digital story about the major exhibition, “Teotihuacan: City of Water, ... Continue reading →

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An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games

Andrew Reinhard

“This is a stellar piece of work that moves beyond disciplines and worlds.” Anna Foka, Umeå University

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Designing Worlds

Designing Worlds

National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization

Edited by Kjetil Fallan and Grace Lees-Maffei

“This is a lively, spirited, and imaginative volume whose editors have assembled an impressive range of contributions. It is likely to be embraced not just within design history but also by scholars working in comparative history, art history, spatial theory, and material culture.” Peter McNeil, University of Technology, Sydney

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Migration by Boat

Migration by Boat

Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion and Survival

Edited by Lynda Mannik

"Migration by Boat offers its readers a diverse and rich collection of essays, centred on migration, borders, identities, and humanitarian ideals, pushing its readers to see transnational flows of people away from the clear-cut juxtapositions of citizen/stranger, land/water and victim/threat. This makes the book an important and interesting read for a broad audience." Border Criminologies

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Memorializing the GDR

Memorializing the GDR

Monuments and Memory after 1989

Anna Saunders

“This is a consistently high-quality monograph, founded on a thorough awareness of memory politics. It reaches persuasive conclusions that challenge established theoretical positions in the field, especially in the way it highlights the dynamic two-way relationship between communicative and cultural memory in the evolution of post-unification memorials.” Dennis Tate, University of Bath

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Capturing Quicksilver

Capturing Quicksilver

The Position, Power, and Plasticity of Chinese Medicine in Singapore

Arielle A. Smith

“Lucid and beautifully written… A refreshing look at Chinese medicine and ‘medicine’ more broadly speaking.” Mei Zhan, University of California, Irvine

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The Experience of Neoliberal Education

The Experience of Neoliberal Education

Edited by Bonnie Urciuoli

“[An] excellent and very significant volume….a remarkably interesting, well-argued, ethnographically rich book of real weight and consequence...A highlight is the combination of more ethnographic, analytical chapters by faculty scholars and quite telling and affecting reflections by undergraduates (or recent graduates).” Don Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Dreams Made Small


ASAO Studies in Pacific Anthropology

Volume: 9

Dreams Made Small

The Education of Papuan Highlanders in Indonesia

Jenny Munro

“This excellent ethnography of the racialization of education in Indonesia describes and analyzes the prejudices suffered by Papuan Dani students with great sensitivity and empathy, weaving a very careful and intricate image of the life of students.” Christine Jourdan, Concordia University



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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