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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.



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European Day of Parks

tree-3337811_1920Celebrated on May 24th, The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation. National parks are priceless for the European cultural heritage and observance of European Day of Parks is aimed at strengthening of international cooperation in protection of environment. For more information and schedule of events please visit


In recognition of the day Berghahn is pleased to offer 25% discount on any of our Environmental Studies books for a limited time. Visit our webpage and simply enter the code Parks18 at checkout. Continue Reading »

Celebrating International Museum Day


The worldwide community of museums celebrates International Museum Day on and around 18 May each year. This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the enrichment of cultures, development of society, and cooperation and peace among people. For more information on the theme and calendar of events for this year’s observance, visit the International Council of Museums webpage.
To join the celebration, we’re offering a 25% discount on all Museum Studies titles for a limited time. Just visit our webpage and enter code IMD18 at checkout.



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Anthropology in Action is now Open Access

We are delighted to announce that Anthropology in Action (AiA) will be published as an open access journal as of 2018. Thanks to the generous support that we have received from a global network of libraries as part of the Knowledge Unlatched Select programme, there are no submission charges or article-processing charges (APCs) for authors of articles published under this arrangement. The initial funding is for three years (2018–2020), and during this time we will also make the backfiles of the journal freely available. This is an exciting moment not just for the journal but for its authors, as it offers them a great opportunity to further enhance the reach of their articles. We greatly appreciate the support of Knowledge Unlatched and its Title Selection Committee in choosing AiA and would like to express our thanks to the supporting institutions whose collective resources have removed the financial burden of open access from the journal’s authors.

There are many benefits to open access, especially for a journal like AiA, whose applied approach to anthropology finds resonance in many fields outside of anthropology, where access to anthropology resources may be limited. Yet, despite the proliferation of open access mandates for research, sustainable open access models remain a challenge and ultimately a barrier for many scholars. This is especially the case for many of our authors, for whom access to APC funds are limited, as is often the case for research funding in general across the social sciences and the humanities. Therefore, we are encouraged by the collaborative efforts driven by Knowledge Unlatched, which brings together libraries to pool their resources to fund the books and journals they feel merit their support. To be selected by a community of respected scholarly librarians is a testament to the mission of AiA, and we are very pleased about the benefit that this programme will bring to our authors.

We anticipate that the open access benefit of this programme will be very attractive to many authors, and the Editors encourage you to submit your contributions accordingly for publication consideration. However, while the move to open access changes the form of distribution of the articles published starting this year, there is no change to the submission process, which will continue to be handled through our traditional route as outlined on the ‘Info for Authors’ tab on the AiA website, where you can find guidelines and instructions. Articles must be just as relevant to our remit and scope as before, and will continue to undergo the same thorough peer-review process that has long been established for our selection process. No preferential treatment or scheduling will be given to anyone for whom open access is a condition.

We look forward to continuing to bring our readers articles that foster the broader application of anthropological approaches to practical problems, now with further opportunities for the interdisciplinary exchange of research within and outside of academia that AiA advocates thanks to open access.


Christine McCourt & Berghahn Books

April 2018




Visit Berghahn Books at LASA Conference


We are delighted to inform you that we will be present at the Latin American Studies Association Conference in Barcelona, Spain, May 23-26, 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 attend, we would like to provide you with a special discount offer. For the next 30 days, receive a 25% discount on all titles listed below. At checkout, simply enter the discount code LASA18


Visit our website­ to browse our newly published interactive online Latin American Studies Catalog or use the new enhanced subject searching features­ for a complete listing of all published and forthcoming titles.


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Berghahn Journals: New Issues Published in April



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1968: Looking on 50 Years Later


The year 1968 brought a wave of anti-authoritarian political activity across Europe and beyond which may have been seen as a decisive turning point in the Western world. The protests and social movements of 1968 comprised a worldwide escalation of social and political conflicts and marked the climax of protests that simultaneously captured most industrialized Western countries.
Here, we gather a short reading list of titles that explore the effects of these protest movements on the political, social, and symbolic order of the societies they called into question:


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Anthropological Knowledge Making, the Reflexive Feedback Loop, and Conceptualizations of the Soul

The following is a guest post from Katherine Swancutt, who co-edited Animism beyond the Soul: Ontology, Reflexivity, and the Making of Anthropological Knowledge. This title is now available in hardback and paperback, and we’re offering 25% off this book with code SWA663 until June 30, 2018.

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Changes in the Uses and Meanings of Money

By Smoki Musaraj and Ivan Small


How we think about and what we think of as money is constantly changing. And in many cases, those changes are driven in locales that are not necessarily centers of global capital. Consider for the instance of the relatively recent introduction of “mobile money”. In 2007, the Kenyan mobile network operator, Safaricom, launched a mobile payment service named M-Pesa. The service enabled people with no bank accounts (and no access to bank branches) to send and receive money via their mobile phone. By 2011, the service had enlisted 17 million subscribers; by 2014, it was estimated to have double the number of people using formal financial services in Kenya (from 30 percent in 2006 to 65 percent in 2014); in 2018, Google Play started accepting payments via M-Pesa for apps bought online in Kenya. M-Pesa is routinely cast as a technological innovation from the postcolonial South that is ushering in a new wave of financial exclusion for the so-called “unbanked.” Over the last decade, leading international organizations such as The World Bank, government agencies such as USAID, industry trade bodies such as GSMA, and private philanthropic foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Mastercard Foundation have embraced (and are heavily investing in) mobile money and other electronic and digital financial instruments for the purpose of financial inclusion. The proliferation of mobile money in the global South and its embrace as a quick-fix to financial inclusion raises a number of questions of interest to scholars and policymakers of money and development: How, if at all, do new forms of money impact people’s everyday financial lives? How do these technologies intersect with other financial repertoires as well as other socio-cultural institutions? How do these technologies of financial inclusion shape the global politics and geographies of difference and inequality?


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Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

Photo by K.VrtanesyanApril 24 marks the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.  Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day is held annually to recognize and mourn more than 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide, the most tragic element of Armenian history.
For a limited time, take advantage of a special 25% discount off all of our War and Genocide Series titles by entering the code WG18 in your shopping cart.
For more information on Armenian Genocide please visit
In recognizing the significance of the occasion we would like to bring to your attention a range of Armenian Genocide titles, including our War and Genocide Series, which reflects a growing interest in the study of war and genocide within the framework of social and cultural history.  Continue Reading »