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International Day of Action for Women’s Health

May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. For over 30 years, women’s rights advocates and allies in the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) movement worldwide have commemorated this day in diverse ways. Visit the campaign’s website for more information and ways to participate.

At a time when women’s human rights, particularly sexual and reproductive rights, continue to be systematically violated worldwide, our Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives series remains an important resource for understanding the complex and multifaceted issue of human reproduction. View our latest and forthcoming titles in the series below.

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Meet the Author: Gaëlle Fisher

Dr. Gaëlle Fisher’s recent monograph, Resettlers and Survivors: Bukovina and the Politics of Belonging in West Germany and Israel, 1945–1989, explores some of the more complex reverberations of World War II. It is the third volume in Berghahn’s growing Worlds of Memory series, published in collaboration with the Memory Studies Association.

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A place for sexually variant and gender non-conforming America

On May 17th 1990, the World Health Organization decided to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. 14 years later, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was established to expose the relentless violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

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An Interview with Courtney Work

Courtney Work is Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnology, National Chengchi University (Taiwan). She studied at Cornell University, and has published multiple papers on the intersections of religion, traditional practices, and the politics of land, global development, and climate change. She is the author of the forthcoming title Tides of Empire: Religion, Development, and Environment in Cambodia, a new volume in our Asian Anthropologies series.

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Marcel Mauss, a gift to the social sciences


Marcel Mauss (May 10, 1872—Feb. 10, 1950), celebrated author of The Gift and nephew of Émile Durkheim, was a French sociologist and anthropologist whose contributions include a highly original comparative study of the relation between forms of exchange and social structure. His views on the theory and method of ethnology are thought to have influenced many eminent social scientists.

In the spirit of his birthday, we are delighted to present volumes from the Publications of the Durkheim Press series, with special attention to The Nature of Sociology and Techniques, Technology, and Civilization. New in paperback, these volumes offer students an ideal introduction to Mauss’s writings and theories.

As a gift to you, all Publications of the Durkheim Press volumes are discounted 25% off with discount code GIFT20 (valid from 5/11/20 to 5/24/20).


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In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, commemorating the conclusion of World War II. On May 8, 1945, the Allies formally accepted Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender, marking the end of the war on the European continent.

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Freed from Fear and Sadness: The New Germany

Michael Meng and Adam R. Seipp

The writing of German history since 1945 has often, if not excessively, been shaped by critical and negative attitudes; or, as Baruch Spinoza would put it, by excessive fear and sadness in the face of human suffering. Ruination, mourning, absence, destruction, and failure are the leitmotifs of postwar German historiography. Amid this chorus of negativity, however, a few exceptions stand out. One of whom is our mentor, Konrad Jarausch, who over the past decade or so has written several books on Germany’s transformation into a rational democratic society––the very society that Spinoza suggests can achieve peace insofar as it frees people from the negative and divisive emotions of sadness and fear.

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Excerpt: Time and Midwifery Practice

The International Day of the Midwife (May 5) has been celebrated every year since 1992, recognizing the vital role midwives play in reproductive care. This year’s theme Celebrate. Demonstrate. Mobilize. Unite focuses on how midwives and women can partner together toward a shared goal of gender equality. To learn more and get involved, visit the International Confederation of Midwives’ official site.

In commemoration, we are delighted to offer a 25% discount on all Medical Anthropology titles until 5/19/20. Use discount code IDM20 at check out.

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An Interview with Julie Patricia Johnson

Julie Patricia Johnson is an associate researcher at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Candle and the Guillotine: Revolution and Justice in Lyon, 1789–93, published by Berghahn Books. She has presented her research at international conferences and has published work in journals such as French History and Lilith: A Feminist History Journal.

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Titles for May Day

May Day, also called International Workers’ Day, is observed in many countries on May 1. It commemorates the historic struggles and gains of worker and labor movements worldwide.

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