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We’re delighted to offer a selection of latest releases from our core subjects of Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, and Medical Anthropology, along with our New in Paperback titles.





Indeterminacy: Waste, Value, and the ImaginationINDETERMINACY
Waste, Value, and the Imagination
Edited by Catherine Alexander and Andrew Sanchez
Afterword by Niko Besnier and Susana Narotzky

Volume 7, WYSE Series in Social Anthropology


This volume uses the concept of indeterminacy to explore how conditions of exclusion and abandonment may give rise to new values, as well as to states of despair and alienation.

Read Introduction: The Values of Indeterminacy


Competing Power: Landscapes of Migration, Violence and the StateCOMPETING POWER
Landscapes of Migration, Violence and the State
Narmala Halstead


Drawing from ethnographic material based on long-term research, this volume considers competing forms of power at micro- and macro-levels in Guyana, where the local is marked by extensive migration, corruption, and differing levels of violence.

Read Introduction: Competing Power: Landscapes of Violence, Migration and the State


Social DNA: Rethinking Our Evolutionary PastSOCIAL DNA
Rethinking Our Evolutionary Past
M. Kay Martin


Exploring new cross-disciplinary research that links this capacity to critical changes in the organization of the primate brain, Social DNA presents a new synthesis of ideas on human social origins – challenging models that trace our beginnings to traits shaped by ancient hunting economies, or to genetic platforms shared with contemporary apes.

Read Introduction: Some Givens

Environmental Studies


Changes in the Air: Hurricanes in New Orleans from 1718 to the PresentCHANGES IN THE AIR
Hurricanes in New Orleans from 1718 to the Present
Eleonora Rohland

Volume 15, Environment in History: International Perspectives


Changes in the Air offers a rich and thoroughly researched history of how hurricanes have shaped and reshaped New Orleans from the colonial era to the present day, focusing on how its residents have adapted to a uniquely unpredictable and destructive environment across more than three centuries.

Read Introduction: Hurricane Katrina and the Future of the Past

Film Studies


Polish Cinema: A HistorySecond, Updated Edition

A History
Marek Haltof


“What makes Haltof’s book so wonderful is that, like a great filmmaker, he uses his subject to craft a much deeper and complex story of the Polish people and their search for a national identity … With clarity and fluidity he makes Poland come alive.”Film and History

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The Decisionist Imagination: Sovereignty, Social Science and Democracy in the 20th CenturyTHE DECISIONIST IMAGINATION
Sovereignty, Social Science and Democracy in the 20th Century
Edited by Daniel Bessner and Nicolas Guilhot


In the decades following World War II, the science of decision-making moved from the periphery to the center of transatlantic thought. The Decisionist Imagination explores how “decisionism” emerged from its origins in prewar political theory to become an object of intense social scientific inquiry in the new intellectual and institutional landscapes of the postwar era.

Read Introduction: Who Decides?


Ice and Snow in the Cold War: Histories of Extreme Climatic EnvironmentsICE AND SNOW IN THE COLD WAR
Histories of Extreme Climatic Environments
Edited by Julia Herzberg, Christian Kehrt, and Franziska Torma

Volume 14, Environment in History: International Perspectives


This fascinating volume demonstrates that regions such as Alaska, the polar landscapes, and the cold areas of the Soviet periphery were of no small importance during the Cold War. Through histories of these extremely cold environments, this volume makes a novel intervention in Cold War historiography, one whose global and transnational approach undermines the simple opposition of “East” and “West.”



The Politics of Authenticity: Countercultures and Radical Movements across the Iron Curtain, 1968-1989THE POLITICS OF AUTHENTICITY
Countercultures and Radical Movements across the Iron Curtain, 1968-1989
Edited by Joachim C. Häberlen, Mark Keck-Szajbel, and Kate Mahoney
Afterword by Sara Blaylock

Volume 25, Protest, Culture & Society


This volume offers a fascinating exploration of the politics of authenticity as they manifested themselves among such groups as Italian leftists, East German lesbian activists, and punks on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

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The Art of Resistance: Cultural Protest against the Austrian Far Right in the Early Twenty-First CenturyTHE ART OF RESISTANCE
Cultural Protest against the Austrian Far Right in the Early Twenty-First Century
Allyson Fiddler

Volume 21, Austrian and Habsburg Studies


The 1999 Austrian election results produced an uprising against a turn to the political right. The Art of Resistance examines artworks created in responses to the Freedom Party of Austria and analyses the styles and strategies deployed by a large range of artists who clashed against increased normalization of far-right thinking.

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Medical Anthropology


The Global Age-Friendly Community Movement: A Critical AppraisalTHE GLOBAL AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY MOVEMENT
A Critical Appraisal
Philip B. Stafford

Volume 5, Life Course, Culture and Aging: Global Transformations


The age-friendly community movement is a global phenomenon, currently growing with the support of the WHO and multiple international and national organizations in the field of aging. Drawing on an extensive collection of international case studies, this volume provides an introduction to the movement.

Read Introduction: Theorizing and Practicing Age-friendly Development

Now Available in Paperback


World War I and the Jews: Conflict and Transformation in Europe, the Middle East, and AmericaWORLD WAR I AND THE JEWS
Conflict and Transformation in Europe, the Middle East, and America
Edited by Marsha L. Rozenblit and Jonathan Karp


This book provides a fascinating survey of the ways in which Jewish communities participated in and were changed by the Great War, focusing on the dramatic circumstances they faced in Europe, North America, and the Middle East during and after the conflict.

Read Introduction: On the Significance of World War I and the Jews


Who Knows Tomorrow?: Uncertainty in North-Eastern SudanWHO KNOWS TOMORROW?
Uncertainty in North-Eastern Sudan
Sandra Calkins


“… [The text] is distinctly original in the way the research was carried out, and in its focus on the experience of uncertainty: not an easy thing to do and quite a challenge to social anthropology.”Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Read Introduction: Taming Unknowns in Sudan


Death of the Public University?: Uncertain Futures for Higher Education in the Knowledge EconomyDEATH OF THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY?
Uncertain Futures for Higher Education in the Knowledge Economy
Edited by Susan Wright and Cris Shore

Volume 3, Higher Education in Critical Perspective: Practices and Policies


“… Explorations of public universities elsewhere, which have received virtually no attention to date, may in future build on the work presented here, exposing further radical possibilities.” • Anthropological Forum

Read Introduction: Privatizing the Public University: Key Trends, Countertrends and Alternatives


Methodologies of Mobility: Ethnography and ExperimentMETHODOLOGIES OF MOBILITY
Ethnography and Experiment
Edited by Alice Elliot, Roger Norum, and Noel B. Salazar
Afterword by Simone Abram

Volume 2, Worlds in Motion


“A treasury of rich insights into methods on the move that will inspire a new generation of mobility researchers in our burgeoning field.” · Nick van Hear, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford

Read Introduction: Studying Mobilities: Theoretical Notes and Methodological Queries


Border Aesthetics: Concepts and IntersectionsBORDER AESTHETICS
Concepts and Intersections
Edited by Johan Schimanski and Stephen F. Wolfe

Volume 3, Time and the World: Interdisciplinary Studies in Cultural Transformations


Organized around six key ideas—ecology, imaginary, in/visibility, palimpsest, sovereignty and waiting—the interlocking essays collected here provide theoretical starting points for an aesthetic understanding of borders, developed in detail through interdisciplinary analyses of literature, audio-visual borderscapes, historical and contemporary ecologies, political culture, and migration.

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On Retaliation: Towards an Interdisciplinary Understanding of a Basic Human ConditionON RETALIATION
Towards an Interdisciplinary Understanding of a Basic Human Condition
Edited by Bertram Turner and Günther Schlee

Volume 15, Integration and Conflict Studies


This book derives a concept of retaliation from the overall notion of reciprocity, defining retaliation as the human disposition to strive for a reactive balancing of conflicts and injustices.

Read Introduction: On Retaliation: Conceptual Plurality, Transdisciplinary Research, Rifts, Blurrings and Translations


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