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‘More than the Sum of Our Isolated Parts’: Reflections of a Co-Author

From Virtue to Vice: Negotiating Anorexia is the result of creative and academic collaboration between Penny Van Esterik and Richard A. O’Connor. In the following post, Van Esterik reflects on the collaboration of this  pair—Van Esterik, an expert on breastfeeding, … Continue reading

Durkheim, the ‘founding father’ of sociology

“…Solidarity is, literally something which the society possesses.” - Émile Durkheim (April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917) David Émile Durkheim was a French sociologist, social psychologist and philosopher. He formally established the academic discipline and — with Karl Marx and … Continue reading

Tradition Taboo: Disagreements between Common Practice and Public Discourse

Hans Steinmüller’s Communities of Complicity: Everyday Ethics in Rural China is now available in paperback. The ethnography explores the moral uncertainties experienced by the people of the village of Zhongba in Central China as they navigate and balance the expectations … Continue reading

Hot Off the Presses – New Journal Issues Published in March

  French Politics, Culture & Society Volume 33, Issue 1 The contributions in this special issue represent a new wave of scholarship that brings the insights of recent post-Revolutionary historiography to the process of colonial transition.   Critical Survey Volume … Continue reading

World Health Day

The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). It provides an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major … Continue reading

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Germany and 'The West'

Germany and 'The West'

The History of a Modern Concept
Edited by Riccardo Bavaj and Martina Steber

“[This] volume provides an impressive overview of the history of German images and perceptions of ‘the West,’ its changing meanings and importance over a long period of time. It unites the foremost experts on this subject.” · Egbert Klautke, University College London

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Multidimensional Change in Sudan (1989–2011)

Multidimensional Change in Sudan (1989–2011)

Reshaping Livelihoods, Conflicts and Identities
Edited by Barbara Casciarri, Munzoul A.M. Assal and François Ireton

"There really is very little published on some of these topics, and genuine field research of the kind which has been conducted by [this] number of contributors is rare." · Justin Willis, University of Durham

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Music and International History in the Twentieth Century

Series: Explorations in Culture and International History

Volume: 7

Music and International History in the Twentieth Century

Edited by Jessica Gienow-Hecht

“Jessica Gienow Hecht…has immersed herself in the study of classical music and examined its history in the modern international context. But the excellent contributions to this volume suggest that she is not alone.”  ·  Akira Iriye, Harvard University

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Dynamics of Memory and Identity in Contemporary Europe

Dynamics of Memory and Identity in Contemporary Europe

Edited by Eric Langenbacher, Bill Niven, and Ruth Wittlinger

The volume is well-structured and the individual chapters are put together in a coherent fashion. The material they cover is extremely engaging and is new to the English-speaking audience, especially where the French and German literature is concerned. They also add richness to a debate already characterised by its increasing politicisation. This is, therefore, a valuable volume … [that] will appeal to a wide range of scholars and students from humanities and social sciences disciplinary backgrounds, from history to anthropology as well as memory scholars. It also provides food for thought at a time when a better understanding of Europe’s past, present and future is a political imperative and an incentive for future research.”  ·  H-France Review

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Bridging Divides

Bridging Divides

Ethno-Political Leadership among the Russian Sámi
Indra Overland and Mikkel Berg-Nordlie

“[These] excellent chapters detail the emergence of cross-border ties between Russia's Sámi communities and Nordic Sámi, and assess their contributions to cultural renewal . . . The socioeconomic and cultural portrait [drawn] will likely seem all too familiar to scholars of other Arctic and subarctic indigenous populations in northern Eurasia, but some of the information is unique to Russia's Sámi, making this an indispensable contribution to the documentation of northern peoples. Essential.” · Choice

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