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Anthropology


AFTER THE PINK TIDE 
Corporate State Formation and New Egalitarianisms in Latin America 
Edited by Marina Gold and Alessandro Zagato 
Afterword by Bruce Kapferer 

Vol. 1, EGALITARIANISM 

This book analyses the emergence of corporate power within Latin America and the response of egalitarian movements across the continent trying to break open the constraints of the state. Through an ethnographically grounded and localized anthropological perspective, this book argues that at a time when the regular structures of political participation have been ruptured, the Latin American context reveals multiple expressions of egalitarian movements that strive (and sometimes momentarily manage) to break through the state’s apparatus.

DIFFICULT FOLK? 
A Political History of Social Anthropology 
David Mills 
Vol 19, METHODOLOGY & HISTORY IN ANTHROPOLOGY 
David Mills’s political history of social anthropology in the UK from the 1930s to the 1960s is increasingly valuable to British anthropologists and looks set to become a set textbook in the history of the discipline. There is much in this book that might prompt us to consider both what might have been, and what might yet be.  ·  JRAI 

CONTEXTUALIZING DISASTER 
Edited by Gregory V. Button and Mark Schuller 
Vol. 1, CATASTROPHES IN CONTEXT 
Contextualizing Disaster makes a significant contribution to a better understanding of the social construction of disasters by contextualizing them in novel and diverse ways. The eight book chapters offer new and innovative analysis of recent disasters that to varying degrees are all translocal, and each chapter is carried by its own ‘narrative.’ The book provides fresh impetus not only for disaster scholars but also for DRR institutions and media.” • Anthropos 

FROM CLANS TO CO-OPS 
Confiscated Mafia Land in Sicily 
Theodoros Rakopoulos 
Vol. 4, THE HUMAN ECONOMY 
Erudite and readable, scholarly and passionate, this stunning ethnography reveals how the Sicilian anti-mafia movement shares with the mafia deep-seated social bonds no less significant than the mutual enmity that divides and defines them.  Focusing on the anti-mafia’s cooperative movement, which credits itself with the relative peace that Sicily now enjoys, Rakopoulos whisks from the mists of sinister secrecy a detailed and riveting portrait of the pas de deux of social complicity and ethical engagement that has enabled this new configuration to emerge within the ethos of modern capitalism.” · Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University 

PATRONS OF WOMEN 
Literacy Projects and Gender Development in Rural Nepal 
Esther Hertzog 
“Hertzog has produced a valuable anthropological work, and it is a good contribution to the ongoing anthropological discourse on aid politics.” • JRAI 

SETTLING FOR LESS 
The Planned Resettlement of Israel’s Negev Bedouin 
Steven C. Dinero 
Vol. 3, SPACE AND PLACE 
The resettlement of the Negev Bedouin (Israel) has been wrought with controversy since its inception in the 1960s. Presenting evidence from a two-decade period, the author addresses how the changes that took place over the past sixty to seventy years have served the needs and interests of the State rather than those of Bedouin community at large. 

THE UPPER GUINEA COAST IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE 
Edited by Jacqueline Knörr and Christoph Kohl 
Vol. 12, INTEGRATION AND CONFLICT STUDIES 
For centuries, Africa’s Upper Guinea Coast region has been the site of regional and global interactions, with societies from different parts of the African continent and beyond engaging in economic trade, cultural exchange, and various forms of conflict. This book provides a wide-ranging look at how such encounters have continued into the present day, identifying the disruptions and continuities in religion, language, economics, and various other social phenomena that have resulted. These accounts show a region that, while still grappling with the legacies of colonialism and the slave trade, is both shaped by and an important actor within ever-denser global networks, exhibiting consistent transformation and creative adaptation. 

GOING TO PENTECOST 
An Experimental Approach to Studies in Pentecostalism 
Annelin Eriksen, Ruy Llera Blanes, and Michelle MacCarthy 
Vol. 7, ETHNOGRAPHY, THEORY, EXPERIMENT  
Co-authored by three anthropologists with long–term expertise studying Pentecostalism in Vanuatu, Angola, and Papua New Guinea/the Trobriand Islands respectively, Going to Pentecost offers a comparative study of Pentecostalism in Africa and Melanesia, focusing on key issues as economy, urban sociality, and healing. More than an ordinary comparative book, it recognizes the changing nature of religion in the contemporary world – in particular the emergence of “non-territorial” religion (which is no longer specific to places or cultures) – and represents an experimental approach to the study of global religious movements in general and Pentecostalism in particular. 

Medical Anthropology

BORDERS ACROSS HEALTHCARE 
Moral Economies of Healthcare and Migration in Europe 
Edited by Nina Sahraoui 
Examining which actors determine undocumented migrants’ access to healthcare on the ground, this volume looks at what happens in the daily interactions between administrative personnel, healthcare professionals and migrant patients in healthcare institutions across Europe. Borders across Healthcare explores contemporary moral economies of the healthcare-migration nexus. The volume documents the many ways in which borders come to disrupt healthcare settings and illuminates how judgments of a health-related deservingness become increasingly important, producing hierarchies that undermine a universal right to healthcare. 

CYBORG MIND 
What Brain–Computer and Mind–Cyberspace Interfaces Mean for Cyberneuroethics 
Calum MacKellar 
With the development of new direct interfaces between the human brain and computer systems, the time has come for an in-depth ethical examination of the way these neuronal interfaces may support an interaction between the mind and cyberspace. In so doing, this book does not hesitate to blend disciplines including neurobiology, philosophy, anthropology and politics. It also invites society, as a whole, to seek a path in the use of these interfaces enabling humanity to prosper while avoiding the relevant risks. As such, the volume is the first extensive study in cyberneuroethics, a subject matter which is certain to have a significant impact in the 21st century and beyond.

IDENTITY POLITICS AND THE NEW GENETICS 
Re/Creating Categories of Difference and Belonging 
Edited by Katharina Schramm, David Skinner and Richard Rottenburg 
Vol. 6, STUDIES OF THE BIOSOCIAL SOCIETY 
Overall, the book successfully highlights the complex and often contradictory nature of the relationship between politics and science. It offers an original contribution to debates on identity, race and genetics…The overall strength of the collection (as the editors argue) lies in its use of a range of rich and illuminating case studies from locations across the globe.  ·  Ethnic and Racial Studies 

IMPOTENT WARRIORS 
Perspectives on Gulf War Syndrome, Vulnerability and Masculinity 
Susie Kilshaw 
“Medical dialogues are rarely solely about medical matters but serve as a proxy for feelings about the self and the way that an individual relates to others. Indeed, the inclusion of transcripts of interviews and discussions is of particular value…A brave book that challenges popular assumptions about Gulf War syndrome; her analysis of the long-term effects of military service will serve as an important record not only for those with an interest in the armed forces, but also for researchers in the field of illness perception.”  ·  The British Journal of Psychiatry 

MAKING BODIES KOSHER 
The Politics of Reproduction among Haredi Jews in England 
Ben Kasstan 
Vol. 42, FERTILITY, REPRODUCTION AND SEXUALITY: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES 
“This is a clear and engagingly written account of the experiences of Haredi Jews in the UK. It stands to be an important contribution to medical anthropology and anthropology of religions.” • Sallie HanSUNY Oneonta 

PARENTHOOD BETWEEN GENERATIONS 
Transforming Reproductive Cultures 
Edited by Siân Pooley and Kaveri Qureshi 
Vol. 32, FERTILITY, REPRODUCTION AND SEXUALITY: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES 
“This is an exemplary edited collection—it does what any edited collection should, in coming together to produce something collaborative than no scholar could achieve alone. Furthermore, it provides historians, sociologists, and other scholars a new way of thinking about generational change, continuity, and communication. Any framework such as this can be reductive and simplifying rather than instructive, but used well, as exemplified here, the nuanced nature of historical change and continuity over the individual life course and at a societal level is not lost.” · Journal of Family History 

Peace and Conflict Studies

POST-OTTOMAN COEXISTENCE 
Sharing Space in the Shadow of Conflict 
Edited by Rebecca Bryant 
Vol. 16, SPACE AND PLACE 
In Southeast Europe, the Balkans, and Middle East, scholars often refer to the “peaceful coexistence” of various religious and ethnic groups under the Ottoman Empire before ethnonationalist conflicts dissolved that shared space and created legacies of division. Post-Ottoman Coexistence interrogates ways of living together and asks what practices enabled centuries of cooperation and sharing, as well as how and when such sharing was disrupted. Contributors discuss both historical and contemporary practices of coexistence within the context of ethno-national conflict and its aftermath.

VIOLENT BECOMINGS 
State Formation, Sociality, and Power in Mozambique 
Bjørn Enge Bertelsen 
Vol. 4, ETHNOGRAPHY, THEORY, EXPERIMENT 
“This is a rich book, ambitious in its arguments, sweeping in its scope, and offering the kind of comprehensive, painstaking ethnographic observation, description, and analysis of rituals that one rarely encounters anymore. This speaks to the author’s evident familiarity with and deep knowledge of the place and the people he has worked with, as well as the lasting relationships of trust he has built up over the years. This book provides a wealth of new and often fascinating empirical material on the history and social life of a largely underexplored region of Mozambique. More than that, it offers thought-provoking conceptual impetus to a readership interested in recent anthropological debates on state formation, power, and violence in postcolonial Africa.” • AmericanEthnologist 

Environmental Studies

FOOTPRINTS IN PARADISE 
Ecotourism, Local Knowledge, and Nature Therapies in Okinawa 
Andrea E. Murray 
Vol. 40, NEW DIRECTIONS IN ANTHROPOLOGY 
“A wonderful ethnographic work…As readers navigate through shared narratives and collective histories, they cannot help but feel they are immersed within the Okinawan culture. Libraries with anthropological collections focusing on Pacific Island studies (with a primary focus on Japan) or cultural heritage tourism should have a copy of this work. Highly recommended.” • Choice

Refugee and Migration Studies

ENDURING UNCERTAINTY 
Deportation, Punishment and Everyday Life 
Ines Hasselberg 
2017 PROSE AWARD FOR ANTHROPOLOGY 
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 THINKING ALLOWED AWARD FOR ETHNOGRAPHY 
Vol. 17, DISLOCATIONS 
“[Hasselberg’s] findings are rooted in complex theory, but the lengthy quotations, short sentence structures, and logical chapter sequence make the book accessible beyond academic audiences. It is recommended reading for anyone wanting to better understand what life is like at the extreme end of exclusionary citizenship practices…a deeply moving account about bodies caught in limbo by bureaucratic border policies.” · International Migration Review

Transport Studies

DRIVING MODERNITY 
Technology, Experts, Politics, and Fascist Motorways, 1922-1943 
Massimo Moraglio 
Translated from the Italian by Erin O’Loughlin 
Vol. 3, EXPLORATIONS IN MOBILITY 
“…a welcome contribution to the literature on Fascist public works, most of which focus on architecture or urban planning, few of which study road-building, one of the most prolific areas of public works under Mussolini’s regime… a much needed and valuable contribution to the history of motorway building in Europe.” • Journal of Transport History 

Girlhood Studies

GIRLHOOD AND THE POLITICS OF PLACE 
Edited by Claudia Mitchell and Carrie Rentschler 
“Firmly grounded in gender and women’s studies’ core concepts and questions, students and scholars alike will find this an important contribution Girlhood Studies, which each chapter promising various applications perhaps not yet considered.” • Canadian Women’s Studies 

Museum Studies

THE WITNESS AS OBJECT 
Video Testimony in Memorial Museums 
Steffi de Jong 
Vol. 10, MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS 
De Jong’s study is enriching and stimulating. Her strength lies in categorizing, in reflection, and taking the debate about contemporary witnesses to a new level. Whoever wants to learn about the role of eye witnesses in the Memorial Museum will not be able to ignore this study.” • H-Soz-Kult 

Sociology

WEARY WARRIORS 
Power, Knowledge, and the Invisible Wounds of Soldiers 
Pamela Moss and Michael J. Prince 
Weary Warriors (the tragedies of its subject-matter aside) is a deeply satisfying book to read…[It] provides an excellent example of an account of war which manages to weave the specificities of time and place of singular conflicts within a broader narrative accounting for the power and politics of a much wider and enduring set of practices around the treatment of those who carry with them the invisible marks of experience of conflict. This history of the militarised constitution of the idea of mental damage is pluralist in its sources, and the authors are unafraid of using a diversity of sources to make their case.” · Cultural Geographies

WHAT WE NOW KNOW ABOUT RACE AND ETHNICITY 
Michael Banton 
“Banton’s s book is very thought-provoking: it made me think harder about the theoretical aspects of race and ethnicity than most books I have read recently on the topic. His willingness to challenge taken-for-granted theoretical stances is very bracing. There is also a lot of interesting information in this concise book, including material on the history of race and ethnicity studies that is highly relevant to understanding the field, but is often overlooked these days. His impressive mastery of the field gives readers a very informative and synthetic long and broad view, along with a coherent critique, which while it engages specialist academic also suits the book for an undergraduate audience.” · Anthropos 

History

AFTER THE ‘SOCIALIST SPRING’ 
Collectivisation and Economic Transformation in the GDR 
George Last 
Vol. 26, MONOGRAPHS IN GERMAN HISTORY 
“I genuinely enjoyed reading this book, and would recommend it as worthwhile reading for scholars and general readers interested in the history of the GDR, the dynamics of collectivization, rural histories, and/or state formation and interactions between states and their citizens. Last’s work is tremendously useful for understanding the tools and processes that enabled socialist states to develop legitimacy and authority… [It] makes an important contribution in drawing our attention to the fascinating history of collectivization and in revealing the complex interactions between state and society that characterized collectivization in the GDR.” • German Politics & Society

BASIC AND APPLIED RESEARCH 
The Language of Science Policy in the Twentieth Century 
Edited by David Kaldewey and Désirée Schauz 
Vol. 4, EUROPEAN CONCEPTUAL HISTORY 
The distinction between basic and applied research was central to twentieth-century science and policymaking, and if this framework has been contested in recent years, it nonetheless remains ubiquitous in both scientific and public discourse. Employing a transnational, diachronic perspective informed by historical semantics, this volume traces the conceptual history of the basic–applied distinction from the nineteenth century to today, taking stock of European developments alongside comparative case studies from the United States and China. It shows how an older dichotomy of pure and applied science was reconceived in response to rapid scientific progress and then further transformed by the geopolitical circumstances of the postwar era.

BONDAGE 
Labor and Rights in Eurasia from the Sixteenth to the Early Twentieth Centuries 
Alessandro Stanziani 
Vol. 24, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN SOCIAL HISTORY 
“The strength of Stanziani’s work is his lively engagement with numerous scholars over the meaning and significance of labor around the world. Whether or not one agrees or disagrees with the many arguments he posits, his ideas deserve attention, and are sure to inspire further research and discussion… Highly recommended.” · Choice

 COMRADES IN ARMS 
Military Masculinities in East German Culture 
Tom Smith 
Without question, the East German National People’s Army was a profoundly masculine institution that emphasized traditional ideals of stoicism, sacrifice, and physical courage. Nonetheless, as this innovative study demonstrates, depictions of the military in the film and literature of the GDR were far more nuanced and ambivalent. Departing from past studies that have found in such portrayals an unchanging, idealized masculinity, Comrades in Arms shows how cultural works both before and after reunification place violence, physical vulnerability, and military theatricality, as well as conscripts’ powerful emotions and desires, at the center of soldiers’ lives and the military institution itself. 

CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN MODERN GERMANY 
Edited by Richard F. Wetzell 
Vol. 16, STUDIES IN GERMAN HISTORY 
“The history of criminal justice in modern Germany has become a vibrant field of historical research. The chapters in Crime and Criminal Justice in Modern Germany not only lay the groundwork for writing a history of crime and criminal justice from the Kaiserreich to the early postwar period, but demonstrate that research in criminal justice history can make important contributions to other areas of historical inquiry.”  ·  SirReadaLot

DESIGNING WORLDS 
National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization 
Edited by Kjetil Fallan and Grace Lees-Maffei 
Vol. 24, MAKING SENSE OF HISTORY 
“…the contributions are valuable beyond question and the cases studied original. This book will therefore be a referent for future studies on national design histories.” • Journal of Design History

DIAMONDS AND WAR 
State, Capital, and Labor in British-Ruled Palestine 
David De Vries 
This book, aimed at labour historians but also interesting to scholars engaged in Colonial Studies, provides a valuable account of how government and private capital became intertwined, thereby wresting the power over policy from the common people and handing it to those motivated mainly by their own profit, resulting in painful inequalities that reverberate in Israel to this very day.”  ·  European Review of History—Revue européenne d’histoire 

ENTANGLED ENTERTAINERS 
Jews and Popular Culture in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna 
Klaus Hödl 
Translated from the German by Corey Twitchell 
Vol. 24, AUSTRIAN AND HABSBURG STUDIES 
“This is an excellent book, based on fascinating primary sources, and set within a sophisticated scholarly and theoretical frame. Klaus Hödl has for many years been one of the most dedicated and interesting scholars in the field of Austrian Jewish studies, and this book shows the fruits of his efforts.” • Steven Beller, author of The Habsburg Monarchy 1815–1918 

GERMANY ON THEIR MINDS 
German Jewish Refugees in the United States and Their Relationships with Germany, 1938–1988 
Anne C. Schenderlein 
Vol. 25, STUDIES IN GERMAN HISTORY 
Throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, approximately ninety thousand German Jews fled their homeland and settled in the United States, prior to that nation closing its borders to Jewish refugees. And even though many of them wanted little to do with Germany, the circumstances of the Second World War and the postwar era meant that engagement of some kind was unavoidable—whether direct or indirect, initiated within the community itself or by political actors and the broader German public. This book carefully traces these entangled histories on both sides of the Atlantic, demonstrating the remarkable extent to which German Jews and their former fellow citizens helped to shape developments from the Allied war effort to the course of West German democratization.

JUDGING ‘PRIVILEGED’ JEWS 
Holocaust Ethics, Representation, and the ‘Grey Zone’ 
Adam Brown 
Vol. 18, WAR AND GENOCIDE 
Brown deals in detail with the touchiest aspect of the Holocaust, so-called privileged Jews, and he does so with scholarly thoroughness…Highly recommended.”  · Choice

OPTIMIZING THE GERMAN WORKFORCE 
Labor Administration from Bismarck to the Economic Miracle 
David Meskill 
Vol. 31, MONOGRAPHS IN GERMAN HISTORY 
“[A] rich and closely argued work. He shows convincingly how a bureaucracy could adapt to the specific interests of labor, employers, and the state itself under successive regimes to create such continuity. This study prompts one to ask whether other administrative areas with similar continuities quietly existed elsewhere as well, while providing the methodological tools to explore those continuities.  · German Studies Review 

REMAPPING KNOWLEDGE 
Intercultural Studies for a Global Age 
Mihai I. Spariosu 
Vol. 8, MAKING SENSE OF HISTORY 
The growing interdependence of the local and the global demand innovative approaches to human development. Such approaches, the author argues, ought to be based on the emerging ethics of global intelligence, defined as the ability to understand, respond to, and work toward what will benefit all human beings and will support and enrich all life on this planet. As no national or supranational authority can predefine or predetermine it, global intelligence involves long-term, collective learning processes and can emerge only from continuing intercultural research, dialogue, and cooperation. In this book, the author elaborates the basic principles of a new field of intercultural studies, oriented toward global intelligence.

SELLING THE ECONOMIC MIRACLE 
Economic Reconstruction and Politics in West Germany, 1949-1957 
Mark E. Spicka 
Vol. 18, MONOGRAPHS IN GERMAN HISTORY 
Spicka’s conclusions are insightful and plausible; his arguments are logical and stringent. His research foundation, comprising varied sources, is solid; he …supports his text with many instructive pictures… Also informative are the detailed and convincing explanations of how American campaigning techniques and public relations strategies were combined with older national German practices…Altogether, Spicka has produced a sound, informative study.  ·  Business History Review 

A STATE OF PEACE IN EUROPE 
West Germany and the CSCE, 1966-1975 
Petri Hakkarainen 
Vol. 10, CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN HISTORY 
Hakkarainen’s monograph derives from a prize-winning dissertation, and the accolades are well deserved. The research base is admirably wide-ranging…[This is] an excellent study that constitutes essential reading for historians of détente in Europe…One can only hope that other researchers will write as fluidly and skillfully about those conferences—or about that other grindingly slow multilateral framework of the 1970s and 1980s: the talks on MBFR (Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions). Hakkarainen’s book provides a worthy model.  ·  German Studies Review

SUBMERGED ON THE SURFACE 
The Not-So-Hidden Jews of Nazi Berlin, 1941–194
Richard N. Lutjens Jr. 
“The topic of Jews hiding in Germany has long been neglected on the assumption that historical evidence was too scarce. That makes it all the more remarkable that Richard N. Lutjens Jr. has been able to combine new archival materials with a large sample of survivor testimonies to provide a thoughtful analysis of the act of hiding, its changing conditions, and its impact on the people involved.” • Wolf GrunerUniversity of Southern California

THE SURPLUS WOMAN 
Unmarried in Imperial Germany, 1871-1918 
Catherine L. Dollard 
Vol. 30, MONOGRAPHS IN GERMAN HISTORY 
Dollard’s work makes important contributions to German cultural history, social history, and gender history, focusing attention on the construction of the stereotype of single women as abnormal, a problem to be solved, in Imperial Germany, and the way that the German women’s movement co-opted this icon for its own purposes of reform. She also brings to attention several lesser-known German female activists who have often been overlooked.”  ·  German Studies Review 

THE TRAIN JOURNEY 
Transit, Captivity, and Witnessing in the Holocaust 
Simone Gigliotti 
Vol. 13, WAR AND GENOCIDE 
NOMINATED FOR THE RAPHAEL LEMKIN AWARD BY THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF GENOCIDE 
“…an important and, at times, harrowing book. By tackling a much-neglected topic and giving the deportees a voice in her use and analysis of their testimonies, the author does indeed succeed in finding ‘a place for them in the history of victims suffering during the Holocaust’.  · Journal of Contemporary History

Film Studies

A FOREIGN AFFAIR 
Billy Wilder’s American Films 
Gerd Gemünden 
Vol. 5, FILM EUROPA 
“…provides a hugely readable, insightful examination of Billy Wilder’s American films as the product of transnational cultural exchange.”  ·  Monatshefte 

FROM SELF-FULFILMENT TO SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST 
Work in European Cinema from the 1960s to the Present 
Ewa Mazierska 
“What Mazierska’s invaluable book demonstrates…[is] the importance of expanding our investigations of work into unemployment, leisure and idleness, in order to help us understand the ongoing privileging of precarisation by capital, as well as to help us dismantle the unquestioned edification of today’s ‘labour idols.’” • Studies in European Cinema 

LESSONS IN PERCEPTION 
The Avant-Garde Filmmaker as Practical Psychologist 
Paul Taberham 
“This intense, compact book examines avant-garde and experimental film in an entirely new light…Armed with an authoritative grasp of the subject matter and aided by numerous frame grabs throughout the volume, Taberham …[offers] something new: an exploration into the psychological terrain of the cinematic avant-garde, demonstrating how it completely abrogates the conventions of commercial cinema…Highly Recommended.” • Choice

TRANSACTIONS WITH THE WORLD 
Ecocriticism and the Environmental Sensibility of New Hollywood 
Adam O’Brien 
In their bold experimentation and bracing engagement with culture and politics, the “New Hollywood” films of the late 1960s and early 1970s are justly celebrated contributions to American cinematic history. Relatively unexplored, however, has been the profound environmental sensibility that characterized movies such as The Wild BunchChinatown, and Nashville. This brisk and engaging study explores how many hallmarks of New Hollywood filmmaking, such as the increased reliance on location shooting and the rejection of American self-mythologizing, made the era such a vividly “grounded” cinematic moment. Synthesizing a range of narrative, aesthetic, and ecocritical theories, it offers a genuinely fresh perspective on one of the most studied periods in film history.