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Celebrating International Day for Monuments and Sites

  Celebrated yearly on April 18th, the International Day for Monuments and Sites, also known as World Heritage Day, encourages local communities and individuals throughout the world to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their lives and to promote awareness of its diversity and vulnerability and the efforts required to protect and conserve it. […]

Born on April 15: Durkheim, the ‘founding father’ of sociology

“Social man…is the masterpiece of existence.” ― Émile Durkheim (April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917) David Émile Durkheim was a French sociologist, social psychologist and philosopher. Along with Karl Marx and Max Weber, he formally established the academic discipline and and is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science and father of […]

Berghahn Books at SAA 2019 Conference!

We are delighted to inform you that we will be attending the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) 84th annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 10 – 14, 2019. Please stop by our Booth #302 to browse our latest selection of books at special discounted prices and pick up free journal samples.   If […]


  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.       Anthropology   HOW MATERIALS MATTER Design, Innovation and Materiality in the Pacific Graeme […]


It is with real pleasure, but also with a little apprehension, that I introduce myself as the new editor of Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. It is a very important and critical time for gender scholars, and I want to use this piece as a general announcement of this change in, or addition to, in […]

World Water Day

World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on March 22. The day focuses attention on the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. For an opportunity to learn more about water related issues and how to take action to make a difference please visit   In recognition of this year’s […]

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New Featured Article!: “Rethinking the Food-versus-Fuel Debate”

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month's article—”Rethinking the Food-versus-Fuel Debate: An Appraisal of International Perspectives and Implications for the South African Industrial Biofuels Strategy”—comes from Volume 2 (2011). In ... Continue reading →

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Tereza Kuldova: Think before you “heart” it: NZ street gangs guarding mosques in the aftermath of terror a PR stunt

Over the past two days, my Facebook feed has been flooded with shares of articles featuring New Zealand patched street gangs and outlaw motorcycle clubs—Mongrel Mob, Black Power, King Cobras—acting in solidarity with the Muslim community and the 50 victims of the recent terrorist attack, be it ... Continue reading →

Blog: Museum Companion

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 →

Introducing the new Berghahn eBooks Library

We are pleased to announce an expanding list of eBooks available for download directly via our site. Right now we have over 700 titles online. You can use the new eBooks browse filter to view eBooks by subject - for example:

Anthropology eBooks Film Studies eBooks History eBooks Urban Studies eBooks

All eBooks purchased through our site can be downloaded to your preferred eBook reader and are also stored in your personalized login area at for easy access.

  • Wind Over Water
  • Starry Nights
  • Transgressive Sex
  • Re-orienting Cuisine
  • Death of the Father

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New in Paperback

Religion and Science as Forms of Life

Religion and Science as Forms of Life

Anthropological Insights into Reason and Unreason

Edited by Carles Salazar and Joan Bestard

“The publication of this volume marks a rich addition to long-established anthropological fields of magic, religion, and science. More importantly, however, the book is an important, much-needed injection to arguably sidelined anthropological fields of belief, disbelief, and, relatedly, unresolved contradiction.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)

New in Paperback

Anthropology and Public Service

Anthropology and Public Service

The UK Experience

Edited by Jeremy MacClancy

“A good contribution to mainstream anthropological literature. Anthropology and Public Service will be a valuable and interesting resource for applied and practicing anthropology.” Riall Nolan, Purdue University

New in Paperback

Desires for Reality

Desires for Reality

Radicalism and Revolution in Western European Film

Benjamin Halligan

“As a history of aesthetic priorities, formal shifts, and creative possibilities in broadly leftist cinema in Europe of the 1960s, the book is authoritative. The early chapters about the pre-history of the film production in question offer valuable insights into the influence of neo-realism on European post-war cinema, and the importance of concepts of Bazinian realism on the French New Wave specifically. The quality of the film analysis throughout is excellent.” • French Studies

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Screening Art

Screening Art

Modernist Aesthetics and the Socialist Imaginary in East German Cinema

Seán Allan

Screening Art is deeply grounded in larger cultural questions that have had little discussion in English-language scholarship. Allan’s efforts, both the archival work and the visual analysis, are impressive, and his comprehensive treatment of the most significant cultural-political debates and policies of the GDR is balanced and engaging.” • Heather E. Mathews, Pacific Lutheran University

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At Home on the Waves

At Home on the Waves

Human Habitation of the Sea from the Mesolithic to Today

Edited by Tanya J. King and Gary Robinson

“A very ambitious project which engages critically with a timely topic… It crucially brings to the fore the voices and ways of life of those often marginalized or otherwise left out.” • Fiona McCormack, University of Waikato

Featured Title

Public Engagement and Education

Public Engagement and Education

Developing and Fostering Stewardship for an Archaeological Future

Edited by Katherine M. Erdman

Contributors to this volume share effective approaches for engaging and educating learners of all ages about archaeology and how one can encourage them to become stewards of the past. They offer applied examples that are not bound to specific geographies or cultures, but rather, are approaches that can be implemented almost anywhere.

Featured Series

Going to Pentecost


Ethnography, Theory, Experiment

Volume: 7

Going to Pentecost

An Experimental Approach to Studies in Pentecostalism

Annelin Eriksen, Ruy Llera Blanes, and Michelle MacCarthy

“Well-written, accessible, and groundbreaking… this book offers to rejuvenate the anthropology of Pentecostalism.” • Jon Bialecki, University of Edinburgh



Archaeogaming: An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games


An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games

Andrew Reinhard

Video games exemplify contemporary material objects, resources, and spaces that people use to define their culture. This book serves as a general introduction to "archaeogaming"; it describes the intersection of archaeology and video games and applies archaeological method and theory into understanding game-spaces as both site and artifact.

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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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  • We will be attending the following conferences with our own booth. Please stop by for a chat and to browse our books on display.
  • September 3-6, 2019  Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth (ASA)  Norwich, UK  Attending: Ben Parker-Jones
  • October 16-20, 2019  Frankfurt Book Fair  Frankfurt am Main, Germany  Attending: Vivian Berghahn and Leigh Waite
  • Berghahn Titles will be on display at the following conferences:
  • June 25-28, 2019  Memory Studies Association  Madrid, Spain
  • August 21-25, 2019  European Society for Environmental History (ESEH)  Tallin, Estonia
  • If you have any questions or want to make an appointment, please write to one of the attendees or email (UK & Europe) or (US & Rest of the World).
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Featured Journal

European Comic Art

European Comic Art is the first English-language scholarly publication devoted to the study of European-language graphic novels, comic strips, comic books and caricature. Published in association with the American Bande Dessinée Society and the International Bande Dessinée Society, European Comic Art builds on existing scholarship in French-language comic art and is able to draw on the scholarly activities undertaken by both organisations. However, our editorial board and consultative committee bring expertise on a wider European area of comic art production and the journal will emphasise coverage of work from across Europe, including Eastern Europe.

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Featured Journal

Journal of Legal Anthropology

The Journal of Legal Anthropology (JLA) is a peer-reviewed journal committed to anthropological understandings of socio-legal and cultural encounters. The journal develops ethnographic and theoretical approaches to a wide range of issues that reveal the significance and presence of legal phenomena in everyday life. Articles, review essays, and book reviews published in the JLA emphasize innovative work and data-led analysis across a range of socio-political and socio-cultural legal contexts. The journal also considers, in broad terms, how the legal may enter into social constructions of persons and how the 'legal' might change meaning in terms of particular 'everyday' interpretations. Together with the journal's forum section, the JLA draws on cross-disciplinary exchanges to demonstrate how anthropology can effectively contribute to the current debates on contemporary socio-legal and related issues. More Information...

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