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Berghahn will be at the German Studies Association 2018 Conference!

We are delighted to inform you that we will be attending the annual German Studies Association conference in Pittsburgh PA, on September 27th-30th, 2018. Please stop by our stand to browse our latest selection of books at discounted prices & pick up some free journal samples.   Berghahn Books is very pleased to invite you to […]

Berghahn Books at The Association of Social Anthropologists 2018

We are delighted to inform you that we will be present at  The Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth’s 2018 conference in Oxford, UK, from September 18-21 2018. Please stop by our table to browse the latest selection of books at discounted prices and pick up some free journal samples.   If […]

Visit Berghahn at the UK African Studies Association Conference

  We are delighted to inform you that Berghahn titles will be present at the 2018 UK African Studies Association Conference at the University of Birmingham from September 11-13 2018. Please stop by our table to browse the latest selection of books at discounted prices & pick up some free journal samples.   If you are unable […]


  We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Medical Anthropology, Mobility Studies, Performance Studies, and Refugee & Migration Studies, along with our New in Paperback titles.     Anthropology   ROMA ACTIVISM Reimagining Power and Knowledge Edited by Sam Beck and Ana Ivasiuc NEW SERIES: […]

Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is celebrated each year on August 26th to commemorate the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Today the observance of Women’s Equality Day has grown to mean much more than just sharing the right to the vote, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Numerous […]

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 […]

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New Volume of Environment and Society!

Berghahn Journals is pleased to announce that the latest volume of Environment and Society has recently published and is available online at Volume 9, guest edited by Jaskiran Dhillon, revolves around the theme of “Indigenous Resurgence, ... Continue reading →

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Vlad Schüler-Costa: Academic precarity and the false coin of our own dreams

A specter haunted EASA2018—the specter of precarity. Like a “frightful hobgoblin” (that, one could argue, is a more suitable, if inaccurate, translation of Marx’s Gespenst), it appeared in some instances as an explicit, publicly acknowledged political program (on some panels and ... 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

The Global Life of Austerity

The Global Life of Austerity

Comparing Beyond Europe

Edited by Theodoros Rakopoulos

Austerity and structural adjustment programs are just the latest forms of neoliberal policy to have a profoundly damaging impact on the targeted populations. Yet, as the contributors to this collection argue, the recent austerity-related European crisis is not a breach of erstwhile development schemes, but a continuation of economic policies.

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Flexible Capitalism

Flexible Capitalism

Exchange and Ambiguity at Work

Edited by Jens Kjaerulff

"This volume comprises a series of insightful essays that apply existing debates in anthropology . . . to new empirical contexts of work under flexible capitalism. While each of the chapters makes a valuable contribution in itself, taken together the essays raise a wealth of new issues and question some long-standing assumptions within economic anthropology about work and its lived experience." Geert De Neve, University of Sussex

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Living Before Dying

Living Before Dying

Imagining and Remembering Home

Janette Davies

“This is a poignant account of a yearlong observational study of a large nursing home… Overall, a practical and empathetic consideration of elder care.” • Choice

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Who are 'We'?

Who are 'We'?

Reimagining Alterity and Affinity in Anthropology

Edited by Liana Chua and Nayanika Mathur

“[This volume] raises awareness about existing inequalities in knowledge production, and at the same time contributes to the theoretical discussions on knowledge production in anthropology.” Michal Buchowski, Adam Mickiewicz University

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Frontiers of Civil Society

Frontiers of Civil Society

Government and Hegemony in Serbia

Marek Mikuš

“A significant contribution to a number of fields—postsocialist “transition” studies, the emerging forms of social organization in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, and debates about civil society. It is welcome on all those fronts, and contributes via a strong combination of very rich empirical work in Serbia and a commitment to theorizing the patterns, relations, and formations that the fieldwork reveals.” • John Clarke, The Open University

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Pilgrimage and Political Economy

Pilgrimage and Political Economy

Translating the Sacred

Edited by Simon Coleman and John Eade

“This volume is an important new step within the field of pilgrimage studies, challenging Eurocentric (and Protestant-oriented) concepts of ‘pilgrimage’, ‘religion’, and the ‘sacred’ within the field of social sciences.” • Anna Niedźwiedź, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

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The Ethos of History


Making Sense of History

Volume: 34

The Ethos of History

Time and Responsibility

Edited by Stefan Helgesson and Jayne Svenungsson

“This well-written volume offers plenty of material for cultural and literary studies as it explores how to live with the past, and how the past lives in us.” Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen, University of Oulu, Finland



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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