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International Day for Monuments and Sites

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Celebrated yearly on April 18th, the International Day for Monuments and Sites  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. Sharing stories through heritage sites is a way to transfer knowledge between generations which is a crucial step in cultural development, characterizing the human experience since time immemorial.

For more information on ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and IDMS 2018 please visit


In joining the celebration Berghahn is pleased to offer 25% discount, valid for next 30 days, on relevant History & Museum Studies titles. At checkout, simply enter the code IDMS18.

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Berghahn Journals: New Issues Published in March



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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 sociology.


To commemorate Durkheim’s 160th birthday on April 15th, Berghahn Journals would like to offer free access to the five most viewed articles* from Durkheimian Studies until April 22!

The Dualism of Human Nature and its Social Conditions

Émile Durkheim (Volume 11)


Durkheim’s Two Theories of Sacrifice: Ritual, Social Change and Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse

Melissa Ptacek (Volume 21)


Durkheim and Socialization

Guy van de Walle (Volume 14)


Durkheim’s Concept of Mechanical Solidarity – Where Did It Go?

Bjørn Schiermer (Volume 20)


Society as Representation: Durkheim, Psychology and the ‘Dualism of Human Nature’

Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi (Volume 20)


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Berghahn Books is also happy to invite you to browse some of the relevant titles:


In Paperback

Edited by Alexander Tristan Riley, W.S.F. Pickering†, and William Watts Miller
Published in Association with the Durkheim Press

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David Émile Durkheim, Father of Mind

Commonly credited as the father of modern sociology, David Émile Durkheim (born on April 15, 1858) 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 Durkheimians, and the Arts is now available in paperback. Below, Riley shares what brought him to the study of Durkheim, a prediction of the collection’s reception, and what he would ask the philosopher if given the chance. 


Durkheim and the ArtsBerghahn Books: What drew you to the study of David Émile Durkheim?

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World Health Day

Image result for universal health care symbolWorld Health Day is annually held on April 7, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO), to mark WHO’s founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. For more information and this year’s theme please visit WHO webpage.

In recognition of the day Berghahn would like to showcase a range of related titles, delivering scholarly, informed opinion. Valid through May 7th, we are pleased to offer a 25% discount on any of our Medical Anthropology titles ordered directly through Berghahn webpage. At checkout, simply enter the code WHD18.

Please note that all the titles listed below are also available as ebooks. More information is available here.


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International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

Berghahn BooksTo mark International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda on 7 April, we’re offering FREE access to these relevant journal articles from Conflict and Society, Focaal, Journeys, and Social Analysis until April 14. 

From the UN website:

On 26 January 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted draft resolution A/72/L.31, designating 7 April as the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, recalling that Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed. The new resolution amends the title of the annual observance, which was originally established on 23 December 2003 (A/RES/58/234) as International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.

The date, 7 April, marks the start of the 1994 genocide. Every year, on or around that date, the United Nations organizes commemorative events at its Headquarters in New York and at United Nations offices around the world.




Rwandan Women No More: Female Génocidaires in the Aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide

Erin Jessee
Conflict and Society (Vol. 1)

Since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the current government has arrested approximately 130,000 civilians who were suspected of criminal responsibility. An estimated 2,000 were women, a cohort that remains rarely researched through an ethnographic lens. This article begins to address this oversight by analyzing ethnographic encounters with 8 confessed or convicted female génocidaires from around Rwanda. These encounters reveal that female génocidaires believe they endure gender-based discrimination for having violated taboos that determine appropriate conduct for Rwandan women. However, only female génocidaires with minimal education, wealth, and social capital referenced this gender-based discrimination to minimize their crimes and assert claims of victimization. Conversely, female elites who helped incite the genocide framed their victimization in terms of political betrayal and victor’s justice. This difference is likely informed by the female elites’ participation in the political processes that made the genocide possible, as well as historical precedence for leniency where female elites are concerned.



“There Was No Genocide in Rwanda”: History, Politics, and Exile Identity among Rwandan Rebels in the Eastern Congo Conflict

Anna Hedlund

Conflict and Society (Vol. 1)

This article analyzes how the 1994 genocide in Rwanda is recalled and described by members of a Hutu rebel group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) whose leadership can be linked to the 1994 atrocities in Rwanda. The article explores how individuals belonging to this rebel group, currently operating in the eastern territories of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), articulate, contest, and oppose the dominant narrative of the Rwandan genocide. Based on ethnographic fieldwork with members of the FDLR in a rebel camp, this article shows how a community of exiled fighters and second-generation Hutu refugees contest the official version of genocide by constructing a counterhistory of it. Through organized practices such as political demonstrations and military performances, it further shows how political ideologies and violence are being manufactured and reproduced within a setting of military control.



Ethnicity without labels?: Ambiguity and excess in “postethnic” Rwanda

Laura Eramian

Focaal (Issue 70)

Following the 1994 genocide, the government of Rwanda embarked on a “deethnicization” campaign to outlaw Tutsi, Hutu, and Twa labels and replace them with a pan-Rwandan national identity. Since then, to use ethnic labels means risking accusations of “divisionism” or perpetuating ethnic schisms. Based on one year of ethnographic fieldwork in the university town of Butare, I argue that the absence of ethnic labels produces practical interpretive problems for Rwandans because of the excess of possible ways of interpreting what people mean when they evaluate each other’s conduct in everyday talk. I trace the historical entanglement of ethnicity with class, rural/urban, occupational, and moral distinctions such that the content of ethnic stereotypes can be evoked even without ethnic labels. In so doing, I aim to enrich understandings of both the power and danger inherent in the ambiguous place of ethnicity in Rwanda’s “postethnic” moment.



Visiting Rwanda: Accounts of Genocide in Travel Writing

Rachel Moffat

Journeys (Vol. 11, Issue 1)

The massacre sites of Rwanda have become, like Auschwitz or Ground Zero, forms of museums preserved in remembrance. In 1995, Philip Gourevitch traveled to Rwanda to see them, explaining that he wanted to gain some understanding of the recent atrocities. Gourevitch forces himself to look because this enables him to present a detailed journalistic account but, more uncomfortably, he is satisfying his own curiosity, as tourists do. Dervla Murphy’s Visiting Rwanda (1998) is a similarly intense account of time spent with NGOs, visiting survivors, and hearing excruciating accounts of the genocide. Such graphic accounts of time spent in a war zone raise issues concerning curiosity about death and sites of atrocity. The writers must address the issue of the extent of their own curiosity and also demonstrate that they have a reason to publish such sensitive matter. Gourevitch and Murphy, therefore, must be aware of a difficult paradox in their work: the intensity of events represented in their narratives makes their accounts more pressing but, as a result, they may be said to profit from the conflict.



Kings or Presidents?: War and the State in Pre- and Post-Genocidal Rwanda

Christopher C. Taylor

Social Analysis (Vol. 48, Issue 1)

For theorists of the state and war inspired by Michel Foucault, the central issue is power. For Foucault there is no individual subject constructed in the absence of power, and no social institution that does not bear the imprint of historical struggles over power (Foucault 1979). With power so pervasively infusing human experience, there appears to be little need of talking about anything else. Power is everywhere. History is the chronicle of the struggle for power among individuals and groups. Taken to its logical conclusion, this perspective on human social life ends up sounding very much like the Hobbesian “war of each against all” (cf. Sahlins 2000).





Visit Berghahn Books at the SfAA Annual Meeting 2018!


We are delighted to inform you that we will be present at The Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 3-7, 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 Anthropology titles found on our website. At checkout, simply enter the discount code SfAA18

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

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Visit Berghahn Books at ESSHC 2018!


social history titlesWe are delighted to inform you that we will be present at The European Social Science History Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 4-7, 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 a limited time, receive a 25% discount on all History titles found on our website. At checkout, simply enter the discount code ESSH18. Visit ourwebsite­ to browse our newly published interactive online International Studies in Social History Series Catalogue or use the new enhanced subject searching features­ for a complete listing of all published and forthcoming titles.


We hope to see you in Belfast!

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We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of AnthropologyArchaeology, Environmental Studies, and Theory & Methodology in Anthropology, along with our New in Paperback titles.

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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 World Water Day, Berghahn Books is happy to offer 25% discount on all relevant titles. For the next 30 days, visit our webpage and enter code WWD18 at checkout. Offer valid until April 21, 2018.
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