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BROWSE THIS MONTH’S NEW BOOKS & JOURNALS

We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Environmental Studies, History, and Museum Studies along with our new in paperback titles and new Berghahn journal issues published in August.

Anthropology

MUTED MEMORIES
Heritage-Making, Bagamoyo, and the East African Caravan Trade
Jan Lindström

In the late nineteenth century, tens of thousands of porters carried ivory every year from the African interior to Bagamoyo, a port town at the Indian Ocean. In the opposite direction, they carried millions of meters of cloth, manufactured in the USA, Europe, and India. This book examines the centrality of the caravan trade, both culturally and economically, to Bagamoyo’s development and cosmopolitan character, while also exploring how this history was silenced when Bagamoyo was instead branded as a slave route town in 2006 in an attempt to qualify it for the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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FIERCE MEDICINES, FRAGILE SOCIALITIES
Grounding Global HIV Treatment in Tanzania
Dominik Mattes

Volume 18, EPISTEMOLOGIES OF HEALING

Set in Tanga, a city on the Tanzanian Swahili coast, Dominik Mattes examines the implementation of antiretroviral HIV-treatment (ART) in the area, exploring the manifold infrastructural and social fragilities of treatment provision in public HIV clinics as well as patients’ multi-layered struggles of coming to terms with ART in their everyday lives.

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MULTIPLE NATURE-CULTURES, DIVERSE ANTHROPOLOGIES
Edited by Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita

Volume 9, STUDIES IN SOCIAL ANALYSIS

Over time, the role of nature in anthropology has evolved from being a mere backdrop for social and cultural diversity to being viewed as an integral part of the ontological entanglement of human and nonhuman agents. This transformation of the role of nature offers important insight into the relationships between diverse anthropological traditions. By highlighting natural-cultural worlds alongside these traditions, Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies explores the potential for creating more sophisticated conjunctions of anthropological knowledge and practice.

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Environmental Studies

HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS
Agents of Risk and Change, 1800-2000
Edited by Ernst Homburg and Elisabeth Vaupel

Volume 17, ENVIRONMENT IN HISTORY: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

Although poisonous substances have been a hazard for the whole of human history, it is only with the development and large-scale production of new chemical substances over the last two centuries that toxic, man-made pollutants have become such a varied and widespread danger. Covering a host of both notorious and little-known chemicals, the chapters in this collection investigate the emergence of specific toxic, pathogenic, carcinogenic, and ecologically harmful chemicals as well as the scientific, cultural and legislative responses they have prompted.

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History

PERESTROIKA AND THE PARTY
National and Transnational Perspectives on European Communist Parties in the Era of Soviet Reform
Edited by Francesco Di Palma
Afterword by Silvio Pons

Countless studies have assessed the dramatic reforms of Mikhail Gorbachev, but their analysis of the impact on European communism has focused overwhelmingly on the Soviet Union and Eastern bloc nations. This ambitious collection takes a much broader view, reconstructing and evaluating the historical trajectories of glasnost and perestroika on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

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IN SEARCH OF EUROPEAN LIBERALISMS
Concepts, Languages, Ideologies
Edited by Michael Freeden, Javier Fernández-Sebastián, and Jörn Leonhard

Volume 6, EUROPEAN CONCEPTUAL HISTORY

Since the Enlightenment, liberalism as a concept has been foundational for European identity and politics, even as it has been increasingly interrogated and contested. This comprehensive study takes a fresh look at the diverse understandings and interpretations of the idea of liberalism in Europe, encompassing not just the familiar movements, doctrines, and political parties that fall under the heading of “liberal” but also the intertwined historical currents of thought behind them.

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WHEN WILL WE TALK ABOUT HITLER?
German Students and the Nazi Past
Alexandra Oeser
Translated from the French by Katharine Throssell

Volume 1, WORLDS OF MEMORY

Combining observation, interviews, and archival research, this book provides a rich survey of the perspectives and experiences of German adolescents from diverse backgrounds, revealing the extent to which social, economic, and cultural factors have conditioned how they view representations of Germany’s complex history.

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ESCAPEES
The History of Jews Who Fled Nazi Deportation Trains in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands
Tanja von Fransecky
Translated from German by Benjamin Liebelt

WINNER OF THE HERBERT STEINER PRIZE FOR SCHOLARSHIP ON RESISTANCE TO FASCISM AND NAZISM

Of the countless stories of resistance, ingenuity, and personal risk to emerge in the years following the Holocaust, among the most remarkable, yet largely overlooked, are those of the hundreds of Jewish deportees who escaped from moving trains bound for the extermination camps. Drawing upon extensive interviews and a wealth of new historical evidence, Escapees gives a fascinating collective account of this hitherto neglected form of resistance to Nazi persecution.

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Museum Studies

THE MUSEUM OF MANKIND
Man and Boy in the British Museum Ethnography Department
Ben Burt

The Museum of Mankind was an innovative and popular showcase for minority cultures from around the non-Western world from 1970 to 1997. This memoir is a critical appreciation of its achievements in the various roles of a national museum, of the personalities of its staff and of the issues raised in the representation of exotic cultures.

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New in Paperback

LEAVING FOOTPRINTS IN THE TAIGA
Luck, Spirits and Ambivalence among the Siberian Orochen Reindeer Herders and Hunters
Donatas Brandišauskas

Volume 1, STUDIES IN THE CIRCUMPOLAR NORTH

Nowhere have recent environmental and social changes been more pronounced than in post-Soviet Siberia. Donatas Brandišauskas probes the strategies that Orochen reindeer herders of southeastern Siberia have developed to navigate these changes.

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MADE IN EGYPT
Gendered Identity and Aspiration on the Globalised Shop Floor
Leila Zaki Chakravarti

This ground-breaking ethnography of an export-orientated garment assembly factory in Egypt examines the dynamic relationships between its managers – emergent Mubarak-bizniz (business) elites who are caught in an intensely competitive globalized supply chain – and the local daily-life realities of their young, educated, and mixed-gender labour force.

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THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE FETUS
Biology, Culture, and Society
Edited by Sallie Han, Tracy K. Betsinger, and Amy B. Scott
Foreword by Rayna Rapp

Volume 37, FERTILITY, REPRODUCTION AND SEXUALITY: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES

As a biological, cultural, and social entity, the human fetus is a multifaceted subject which calls for equally diverse perspectives to fully understand. Anthropology of the Fetus seeks to achieve this by bringing together specialists in biological anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology.

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MONEY IN A HUMAN ECONOMY
Edited by Keith Hart

Volume 5, THE HUMAN ECONOMY

A human economy puts people first in emergent world society. Money is a human universal and now takes the divisive form of capitalism. This book addresses how to think about money (from Aristotle to the daily news and the sexual economy of luxury goods); its contemporary evolution (banking the unbanked and remittances in the South, cross-border investment in China, the payments industry and the politics of bitcoin); and cases from 19th century India and Southern Africa to contemporary Haiti and Argentina.

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THEORETICAL SCHOLARSHIP AND APPLIED PRACTICE
Edited by Sarah Pink, Vaike Fors, and Tom O’Dell

Volume 11, STUDIES IN PUBLIC AND APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY

Academics across the globe are being urged by universities and research councils to do research that impacts the world beyond academia. Yet to date there has been very little reflection amongst scholars and practitioners in these fields concerning the relationship between the theoretical and engaged practices that emerge through such forms of scholarship. Theoretical Scholarship and Applied Practice investigates the ways in which theoretical research has been incorporated into recent applied practices across the social sciences and humanities.

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HUNTERS, GATHERERS, AND PRACTITIONERS OF POWERLESSNESS
An Ethnography of the Degraded in Postsocialist Poland
Tomasz Rakowski
Translated from Polish by Søren Gauger
Foreword by Jan Kubik

Volume 6, EUROPEAN ANTHROPOLOGY IN TRANSLATION

The socio-economic transformations of the 1990s have forced many people in Poland into impoverishment. Hunters, Gatherers, and Practitioners of Powerlessness gives a dramatic account of life after this degradation, tracking the experiences of unemployed miners, scrap collectors, and poverty-stricken village residents.

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SPACE AND SPATIALITY IN MODERN GERMAN-JEWISH HISTORY
Edited by Simone Lässig and Miriam Rürup

Volume 8, NEW GERMAN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES

What makes a space Jewish? This wide-ranging volume revisits literal as well as metaphorical spaces in modern German history to examine the ways in which Jewishness has been attributed to them both within and outside of Jewish communities, and what the implications have been across different eras and social contexts.

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Berghahn Journals

Sibirica
Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies
Volume 18, Issue 2

Theoria
A Journal of Social and Political Theory
Special Issue: Peace and Concord from Plato to Lessing
Volume 66, Issue 159

Durkheimian Studies
Special Issue: Why Did Durkheim Have to Die?
Volume 23

Focaal
Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology
Special Issue: Counter-politics
Issue 84

Journeys
The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing
Special Issue: Pilgrimages, Ontologies, and Subjectivities
Volume 20, Issue 1

Sartre Studies International
An Interdisciplinary Journal of Existentialism and Contemporary Culture
Volume 25, Issue 1

Learning and Teaching
The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences
Volume 12, Issue 2

Environment and Society
Advances in Research
Special Issue: Megaprojects
Volume 10, Issue 1