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Monthly Archives July 2013

The Hearth of the Home

Editors David G. Anderson, Robert P. Wishart, and Virginie Vaté look from many angles—history, cosmology, and architecture—at the idea of home in About the Hearth: Perspectives on the Home, Hearth and Household in the Circumpolar North, which will be published next month. Below, co-editor Wishart discusses the importance of home and shares a bit about […]

Knowledge, an Anthropological Commodity

Within the pages of his newly published book, An Anthropological Trompe L’Oeil for a Common World: An Essay On The Economy Of Knowledge, published by Berghahn last month, Alberto Corsín Jiménez addresses the value and framework of knowledge, theory, and scholarship. Below the author discusses the sources of inspiration for the book, the commodity of […]

Hot Off the Presses – New Journal Releases for June/July

Asia Pacific World Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2013 Includes transcripts of two keynote speeches from recent International Association for Asia Pacific Studies conferences. Sibirica Volume 12, Number 1, Spring 2013 Explores Siberia’s important role in the study of the emergence of pottery, maintaining the communal knowledge systems of the indigenous peoples of the circumpolar […]

‘Pregnancy in Practice’ and a Royal Baby

Parents preparing to welcome a new bundle of joy follow certain conventions, from decorating the nursery to deciding on baby names, explains Sallie Han in her newly released volume, Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and Experience in the Contemporary US. Below the author discusses the recent royal birth along these guidelines and explains that though they […]

Hot Off the Presses – New Paperback Releases

  Newly released paperbacks from Berghahn: Youth Gangs and Street Children: Culture, Nurture and Masculinity in Ethiopia, Paula Heinonen Funerals in Africa: Explorations of a Social Phenomenon, Michael Jindra and Joël Noret Gardening the World: Agency, Identity and the Ownership of Water, Veronica Strang Growing Up in Central Australia: New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Children and […]

Hot Off the Presses – New Book Releases

Newly released titles from Berghahn’s Anthropology, Colonialism, Economics, Politics, and History lists: Creating a Nation with Cloth: Women, Wealth, and Tradition in the Tongan Diaspora, Ping-Ann Addo Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire, Josep M. Fradera and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara An Anthropological Trompe L’Oeil for a Common World: An Essay on the Economy of Knowledge, Alberto […]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Mount Sinai

In this excerpt from his new book The Bedouin of Mount Sinai: An Anthropological Study of their Political Economy, published June 2013, Emmanuel Marx reflects on how a short visit led to a decade-long study of the Bedouin people of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.  ________________________   Soon after the Israeli forces occupied Sinai in 1967 the […]

David Émile Durkheim, Father of Mind

Commonly credited as the father of modern sociology, David Émile Durkheim (1858-1917) drew on the philosophies of Karl Marx and Auguste Compte to create his own. In turn, his philosophy inspired Marcel Mauss, Claude Lévi-Strauss, and Michel Foucault, among many others, including Alexander Tristan Riley, W.S.F. Pickering, and William Watts Miller, whose edited collection Durkheim, the […]

Writing the Wrongs of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire, published June 2013, offers a wide-ranging view of the Spanish slave trade, from Caribbean trafficking to Spanish antislavery protests. Editors Josep M. Fradera and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara speak to the trials and rewards of editing the collection of work, their influences, and a prediction of what will be the […]

Research & Reward in Central Australia

Called a “timely collection” and a “worthwhile contribution” to the discourse of Aboriginal life, Growing up in Central Australia: New Anthropological Studies of Aboriginal Childhood and Adolescence was first published in June 2011 and was published last month in paperback. Editor Ute Eikelkamp revisits the volume and describes the joy and reward of fieldwork that […]