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Berghahn Journals: New Issues Published in May

     Now Open Access! Anthropology in Action Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice Volume 25, Issue 1  We are delighted to announce that, as of 2018, Anthropology in Action will be published as an open access journal per the Knowledge Unlatched Select initiative! Read more in our related blog post. The first new Open Access issue has […]

Visit Berghahn Books at SCSMI 2018!

We are delighted to inform you that we will be present at The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) annual conference at Montana State University, in Bozeman, Montana, June 13-16, 2018. Please stop by our table to browse the latest selection of books at discounted prices & pick up some free journal […]

Anthropological Issues and US President Obama

The following is an excerpt from the article “The President’s Mother, the Anthropologist and the Anthropologist’s Son: Anthropological Issues and US President Obama” by David Lampert published in the latest issue of our journal, Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. As of 2018, this journal is Open Access per the Knowledge Unlatched Select […]

World Environment Day

World Environment Day is held each year on 5th June. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. For more information please visit   Berghahn is pleased to showcase new and forthcoming titles on our Environmental Studies […]

Visit Berghahn Books at the RAI Conference 2018!

We are delighted to inform you that we will be present at the RAI – Art, Materiality, Representation conference at the British Museum, London, June 1-3, 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 to […]


  We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Education Studies, History, Medical Anthropology,  Mobility Studies, and Sociology, along with our New in Paperback titles.     Anthropology   BEING-HERE Placemaking in a World of Movement Annika Lems Volume 35, EASA Series   Exploring the lifeworlds of Halima, […]

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Simone de Beauvoir on the Artist’s Task to Liberate the Present from the Past

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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 →

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“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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Bush Bound

Bush Bound

Young Men and Rural Permanence in Migrant West Africa

Paolo Gaibazzi

“… a readable, nuanced, and timely monograph, complemented by a glossary and by original photographs and maps. It responds to the under-theorization of emplacement in migration and transnationalism studies. It does so as a rich ethnography of rural permanence and global mobility, thus resisting, for the most part, over-theorizing on the subject.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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Tourism and Informal Encounters in Cuba

Tourism and Informal Encounters in Cuba

Valerio Simoni

“Well-written and accessible, the book will appeal to scholars and students in the disciplines of anthropology, Latin American/Caribbean studies, and tourism studies. It offers a unique view of the intimate negotiations between Cubans and tourists at a time when Cuba is in the spotlight with the pending opening to the U.S. market.” • Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

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Creating a New Public University and Reviving Democracy

Creating a New Public University and Reviving Democracy

Action Research in Higher Education

Morten Levin and Davydd J. Greenwood

“In Creating a New Public University and Reviving Democracy, Morten Levin and Davydd Greenwood add their voices to the burgeoning catalogue of critiques of the impact of neoliberal policies on the quality of higher education in Europe and the US. But unlike many such contributions, this work draws heavily on the change management literature and offers a cornucopia of compelling and well-grounded ideas for reform of the academy.” Times Higher Education

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The Virago Story

The Virago Story

Assessing the Impact of a Feminist Publishing Phenomenon

Catherine Riley

“Riley's book does a terrific job of laying out the context in which Virago first appeared and its transformations over time. Not only does it evocatively capture a historical moment, but it also serves as an important case study in business history, provides a critical intellectual history of feminism, and even alters our understanding of the book itself.” Jennifer Scanlon, Bowdoin College

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Oil and Sovereignty

Oil and Sovereignty

Petro-Knowledge and Energy Policy in the United States and Western Europe in the 1970s

Rüdiger Graf

“Succeeds in the difficult task of shedding new light on a topic that has been analysed from many different perspectives… It deserves a wide readership.” • German History

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A Global Anthropology of Place and Taste

Marion Demossier

“[This study] is clearly structured and written in the strongly personal voice of a scholar deeply immersed in her subject, which she has been researching for more than two decades. The book has the potential to become an important point of reference for future research on a range of issues beyond wine-making.” Ullrich Kockel, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

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Waiting for Elijah


Articulating Journeys: Festivals, Memorials, and HomecomingsLevinCreating

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Waiting for Elijah

Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape

Safet HadžiMuhamedović

“Safet HadžiMuhamedović’s work makes a very significant contribution to the field of phenomenological, anthropological, and historical research on Bosnia and Herzegovina in general, and to the exploration of affective landscapes in particular… The one thing that comes across to any scholar of the Balkans is the authenticity of his writing. This work had me enthralled at times, and I couldn’t put it down.” • Robert Hudson, University of Derby



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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