Anthropology

Celibacy, Culture, And Society
This work is a cross-cultural inquiry into the practice of celibacy around the world and through the ages, among groups as diverse as: Kenyan villagers; US prisoners; Mazatec shamans; Buddhist nuns and monks; Shaker Church members; and anorexic...

29.08.2014

Stuff
Things make us just as much as we make things. And yet, unlike the study of languages or places, there is no discipline devoted to the study of material things. This book shows why it is time to acknowledge and confront this neglect and how much we...

07.11.2014

Senuous Scholarship
In Sensuous Scholarship Paul Stoller challenges contemporary social theorists and cultural critics who - using the notion of embodiment to critique both Eurocentric and phallocentric predispositions in scholarly thought - consider the body primarily...

20.03.2017

Conceiving the New World Order
This groundbreaking volume provides a dramatic investigation of the dynamics of reproduction. In an unusually broad spectrum of essays, a distinguished group of international feminist scholars and activists explores the complexity of contemporary...

29.01.2017

The Primate Anthology
Offers a multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspective. this anthology offers a collection of 33 readings on primate behavior, ecology, and conservation -- originally published in "Natural History Magazine.

04.07.2014

Suffering for Territory
Since 2000, black squatters have forcibly occupied white farms across Zimbabwe, reigniting questions of racialized dispossession, land rights, and legacies of liberation. Donald S. Moore probes these contentious politics by analyzing fierce disputes...

14.01.2015

Mimesis and Alterity
I read the first 150 pages or so and the last 20. Frankly, I couldn't get past Taussig's self-described "roundabout" way of writing. Many sections were fuzzy logic-wise and he enjoyed making huge jumps from one argument to the next. I liked the...

08.10.2012

Shamans and Religion
The word "shaman" has been used throughout the history of anthropology to describe indigenous healers around the world. In this outstanding text, Kehoe argues compellingly that the term is misused when applied to practitioners other than those from...

07.04.2014

Cultural Materialism
Cultural Materialism, published in 1979, was Marvin Harris's first full-length explication of the theory with which his work has been associated. While Harris has developed and modified some of his ideas over the past two decades, generations of...

05.01.2016

Commodifying Bodies
Increasingly the body is a possession that does not belong to us. It is bought and sold, bartered and stolen, marketed wholesale or in parts. The professions - especially reproductive medicine, transplant surgery, and bioethics but also journalism...

23.02.2017

Writing Women's Worlds
In 1978 Lila Abu-Lughod climbed out of a dusty van to meet members of a small Awlad 'Ali Bedouin community. Living in this Egyptian Bedouin settlement for extended periods during the following decade, Abu-Lughod took part in family life, with its...

19.03.2016

What Objects Mean
Objects, artifacts, and other forms of material culture are studied in many different parts of the university. Yet, to date, there has been no introductory book that allows students to understand the basic ways in which material culture can be...

06.11.2012

Rethinking Orientalism
During the nineteenth century, the figure of the passive, oppressed, yet highly sexualized female of the Muslim harem became the pivotal figure of Western Orientals. Despite recent challenges to orientalist thinking, however, an enduring mystique...

23.03.2015

From Mandeville to Marx
Review coming in about two weeks. :)

07.01.2014

Portraits of "The Whiteman"
'The Whiteman' is one of the most powerful and pervasive symbols in contemporary American Indian cultures. Portraits of 'the Whiteman': linguistic play and cultural symbols among the Western Apache investigates a complex form of joking in which...

18.11.2012

Culture, People, Nature
Professor Harris - the leading theorist in cultural materialism - bases this comprehensive work on the perspective of thematic and theoretical coherence, giving the book depth and continuity. Speaking directly to students, helpful chapter...

25.08.2015

Applying Cultural Anthropology
This reader offers a selection of 39 articles written in the words of those cultural anthropologists who are making their discipline useful. The readings are organized into five major sections reflecting those areas that are benefiting from the...

21.05.2013

Powhatan's Mantle
Considered a classic study of southeastern Indians, Powhatan’s Mantle demonstrates how ethnohistory, demography, archaeology, anthropology, and cartography can be brought together in fresh and meaningful ways to illuminate life in the early...

16.09.2014

From Hunting to Drinking
Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork this is a vital addition to the literature on alcohol use and problem drinking, social change and postcolonialism.From Hunting to Drinking reveals the social change witnessed over a period of 30 years by an...

09.01.2017

The Savage and the Innocent
This is a very informal and, in some aspects, provocative ethnography of Xavante and Xerente indians of central Brazil. Maybury-Lewis told us how he came to be an anthropologist in a not-so heroic way, like the old (and sacred) Fathers of...

05.11.2015

Why Nothing Works
This book is from 1987 and comments on the problems facing America in that time. I thought it would be outdated but it's not, it's an incredibly well researched and very easy to read history of the changes of the US after WW2 leading to the...

15.10.2015

Shaman
Joan Halifax is a Zen Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and the author of several books on Buddhism and spirituality. She currently serves as abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico....

11.06.2014

What Kinship Is-And Is Not
In this pithy two-part essay, Marshall Sahlins reinvigorates the debates on what constitutes kinship, building on some of the best scholarship in the field to produce an original and creative outlook on the deepest bond humans can have. Covering...

07.10.2014

Invented Eden
In 1971 Manual Elizalde, a Philippine government minister with a dubious background, discovered a band of twenty-six “Stone Age” rain-forest dwellers living in total isolation. The tribe was soon featured in American newscasts and graced the cover...

28.12.2015

The Savage Mind
"Every word, like a sacred object, has its place. No précis is possible. This extraordinary book must be read."—Edmund Carpenter, NY Times Book Review "No outline is possible; I can only say that reading this book is a...

16.07.2016

Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology
This is the only encyclopedia of social and cultural anthropology to cover fully the many important areas of overlap between anthropology and related disciplines. This work also covers key terms, ideas and people, thus eliminating the need to refer...

05.08.2013

On the Road of the Winds
The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth's surface and encompasses many thousands of islands, the home to numerous human societies and cultures. Among these indigenous Oceanic cultures are the intrepid Polynesian double-hulled canoe...

02.01.2016

The Anthropology of Development and Globalization
"The Anthropology of Development and Globalization" is a collection of readings that provides an unprecedented overview of this field that ranges from the field's classical origins to today's debates about the "magic" of the free market....

26.12.2014

Margaret Mead Made Me Gay
Anthropologist Esther Newton, second-wave feminist, butch from birth, and author of the groundbreaking 1972 study of drag, Mother Camp, here presents 20 engaged and engaging essays and book excerpts from the past three decades, ranging from...

23.02.2013

Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge
This benchmark collection of cross-cultural essays on reproduction and childbirth extends and enriches the work of Brigitte Jordan, who helped generate and define the field of the anthropology of birth. The authors' focus on authoritative...

08.07.2013

Transforming Culture
Employs case studies alongwith extra material on conflict resolution and specific applications on how to transform culture from the mission field.

13.12.2016

Out of Our Minds
Explorers and ethnographers in Africa during the period of colonial expansion are usually assumed to have been guided by rational aims such as the desire for scientific knowledge, fame, or financial gain. This book, the culmination of many years of...

17.01.2013

Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
This comparative reader takes an anthropological approach to the study of religious beliefs, both strange and familiar. The engaging articles on all key issues related to the anthropology of religion grab the attention of students, while giving them...

30.07.2016

Anthropological Futures
In Anthropological Futures, Michael M. J. Fischer explores the uses of anthropology as a mode of philosophical inquiry, an evolving academic discipline, and a means for explicating the complex and shifting interweaving of human bonds and...

22.07.2017

Margaret Mead Made Me Gay
Margaret Mead Made Me Gay is the intellectual autobiography of cultural anthropologist Esther Newton, a pioneer in gay and lesbian studies. Chronicling the development of her ideas from the excitement of early feminism in the 1960s to...

13.04.2016

Defacement
Defacement asks what happens when something precious is despoiled. It begins with the notion that such activity is attractive in its very repulsion, and that it creates something sacred even in the most secular of societies and...

14.06.2013

West of the Thirties
Born in Webster Groves, Missouri, Hall taught at the University of Denver, Colorado, Bennington College in Vermont, Harvard Business School, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University in Illinois and others. The foundation for his...

26.10.2012

Cyborgs and Citadels
Joseph Dumit is Director of Science and Technology Studies and Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health, Picturing Personhood:...

03.06.2017

Sacred Realms
This comprehensive and engaging introduction to the anthropology of religion brings together a rich and balanced collection of classic and contemporary readings. Ideal for courses in the anthropology of religion or comparative religion, this...

29.04.2013

Myth, Ritual and the Oral
In Myth, Ritual and the Oral Jack Goody, one of the world's most distinguished anthropologists, returns to the related themes of myth, orality and literacy, subjects that have long been a touchstone in anthropological thinking. Combining classic...

18.06.2017

Understanding Culture
Are cows sacred to Indian Hindus because they stand for nature and life, as symbolic analysts explain, or because they pull plows and fertilize the land, providing people with food, as cultural materialists argue? Do Muslim Sufi Orders incorporate...

13.09.2016

The Predicament of Culture
The Predicament of Culture is a critical ethnography of the West in its changing relations with other societies. Analyzing cultural practices such as anthropology, travel writing, collecting, and museum displays of tribal art, Clifford...

14.09.2013

Shamans And Elders
'Shamans and Elders' is a ground-breaking study of Mongolian shamanism and society, past and present. Lavishly illustrated and containing a wealth of new information, it presents a fresh understanding of the widespread phenomenon of shamanism....

03.04.2013

Handbook of the Indians of California
This monumental work from a foremost American anthropologist includes demographics, linguistic relations, social structures, folkways, religion, material culture, and much more. Includes surveys of the Yurok, Pomo, Maidu, Yokuts, and Mohave...

23.03.2016

The Culture Struggle
One of America’s most astute and engaging political analysts, Michael Parenti shows us that culture is a changing process and the product of a dynamic interplay between a wide range of social and political interests. Drawing from cultures around the...

23.05.2016

Anthropology of Everyday Life
Born in Webster Groves, Missouri, Hall taught at the University of Denver, Colorado, Bennington College in Vermont, Harvard Business School, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University in Illinois and others. The foundation for his...

02.03.2013

Window on Humanity
Written by one of the prominent scholars in the field and recent inductee of The National Academy of Sciences, this concise, up-to-date introduction to general anthropology carefully balances coverage of core topics and contemporary changes in the...

26.10.2017

Beyond the Body Proper
Over the past several decades, scholars in both the social sciences and humanities have moved beyond the idea that there is a “body proper”: a singular, discrete biological organism with an individual psyche. They have begun to perceive embodiment...

12.07.2013

Shadows in the Sun
" One of the intense pleasures of travel is the opportunity to live among people who have not forgotten the old ways, who still feel their past in the wind, touch it in stones polished by rain, recognize its taste in the bitter leaves of plants."...

31.07.2014

Law in a Lawless Land
A modern nation in a state of total disorder, Colombia is an international flashpoint—wracked by more than half a century of civil war, political conflict, and drug-trade related violence—despite a multibillion dollar American commitment that makes...

07.09.2017

Urban Life
What does urban mean? How do places and spaces change when they become urban? Why are people drawn to cities? How do anthropologists and others study urban places and the people who occupy them? These are some of the questions explored in this...

21.11.2015

Senjatanya Orang-Orang yang Kalah
Di Barat, sebagaimana diusung Karl Marx dan berbagai aliran penganut pemikirannya, kaum buruh dan tani dianggap harus disadarkan agar bangkit menuntut hak-haknya, lewat perjuangan kelas. Dan hal itu ditunjang dengan mobilisasi massa yang rapih,...

03.03.2015

Introduction to Physical Anthropology
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY continues to present a comprehensive, well-balanced introduction to the field, combining an engaging writing style and compelling visual content to bring the study of physical anthropology to life for today's...

28.11.2017

Race et histoire
Dans ce petit opuscule, rédigé en 1952, Claude Lévi-Strauss, qui n'est pas encore un anthropologue renommé, nous livre sa conception du fait culturel. Sans polémiquer, le texte renverse bon nombre d'idées reçues :...

17.06.2013

French DNA
In 1993, an American biotechnology company and a French genetics lab developed a collaborative research plan to search for diabetes genes. But just as the project was to begin, the French government called it to a halt, barring the laboratory from...

24.01.2013

The Forest of Symbols
Collection of 10 articles previously published on various aspects of ritual symbolism among the Ndembu of Zambia; p.83-4; brief mention of C.P. Mountford on Aboriginal colour symbolism; Primarly for use in cultural comparison."This is a...

14.10.2016

Skin
We expose it, cover it, paint it, tattoo it, scar it, and pierce it. Our intimate connection with the world, skin protects us while advertising our health, our identity, and our individuality. This dazzling synthetic overview, written with a poetic...

21.06.2018

Global Pharmaceuticals
In some parts of the world spending on pharmaceuticals is astronomical. In others people do not have access to basic or life-saving drugs. Individuals struggle to afford medications; whole populations are neglected, considered too poor to constitute...

13.09.2015

A Society Without Fathers or Husbands
The Na of China, farmers in the Himalayan region, live without the institution of marriage. Na brothers and sisters live together their entire lives, sharing household responsibilities and raising the women's children. Because the Na, like all...

06.09.2017

Maid to Order in Hong Kong
As middle-class Chinese women have entered the Hong Kong work force in unprecedented numbers over the past two decades, the demand for foreign domestic workers has soared. Approximately 150,000 individuals now serve on two-year contracts, and the...

01.07.2017

Cultural Mobility
Cultural Mobility is a blueprint and a model for understanding the patterns of meaning that human societies create. Drawn from a wide range of disciplines, the essays collected here under the distinguished editorial guidance of Stephen Greenblatt...

14.11.2013

Return to Nisa
An account of Marjorie Shostak's return to Botswana and her reunion with Nisa and the !Kung people, this study is the relationship between the anthropologist and the ageing Nisa.

29.11.2016

Visions of Culture
Visions of Culture: An Annotated Reader is an anthology of articles coordinated for use with Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists. Each selection is prefaced with a brief introduction about the anthropologist...

02.04.2017

God in Chinatown
I have some issues with Guest's writing - I don't find it to be as engaging as some other ethnographies I have read in the past. However, he is engaging as a public speaker, and I found his stories to come to life when he was lecturing...

24.04.2016

Inuit Morality Play
BA, Vassar College 1951MA, Boston University 1960PhD, Harvard University, 1967Looking back over the 45 years since I first made the acquaintance of Eskimoic cultures, I find two focal interests: interpersonal (social and emotional)...

10.01.2015

Cultural Anthropology
Explore cultural anthropology in an applied and fascinating way with Gary Ferraro's CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY: AN APPLIED PERSPECTIVE. This contemporary and student-relevant text gives you all the key material you need for your introductory course, plus...

10.06.2014

Anthropology and Archaeology
Anthropolgy and Archaeology provides a valuable and much-needed introduction to the theories and methods of these two inter-related subjects. This volume covers the historical relationship and contemporary interests of archaeology and...

20.03.2018

Deciphering Ancient Minds
How did ancient peoples—those living before written records—think?Were their thinking patterns fundamentally different from ours today?Researchers over the years have certainly believed so. Alongwith the Aborigines of...

01.03.2016

Origins of the Human Mind
Edward Osborne Wilson is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, a branch of entomology. A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, Wilson is known for his career as a...

23.11.2015

The Lumbee Problem
How does a group of people who have American Indian ancestry but no records of treaties, reservations, Native language, or peculiarly "Indian" customs come to be accepted—socially and legally—as Indians? Originally published in 1980, The Lumbee...

16.03.2015

The Give and Take of Everyday Life
Children everywhere are socialized through language and socialized to use language. Everyday speech activities between young children and members of their families organize and give meaning to social relationships. They are in fact socializing...

14.09.2013

Involusi Pertanian
"A remarkably interesting account of Indonesian agricultural history, primarily covering the period of Dutch control, from 1619 to 1942. Drawing on ecology, sociology, and economics, Geertz...provides an insightful and persuasive analysis."--The...

22.08.2017

Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies
First published in 1935, Sex & Temperament is a fascinating and brilliant anthropological study of the intimate lives of three New Guinea tribes from infancy to adulthood. Focusing on the gentle, mountain-dwelling Arapesh, the fierce,...

05.07.2013

Social Anthropology
Social Anthropology explains and illustrates the methods of modern anthropology, tracing its development from pre-nineteenth-century philosophical speculations and the empirical work of explorers, missionaries and colonial...

08.12.2012

Good to Eat
This is a brilliant book which has changed the way I think about how, and why, people eat animals. Harris makes convincing arguments, based on economics on biology, for the reasons behind animal food taboos and preferences in human cultures. ...

29.12.2013

The Spears of Twilight
The Spears of Twilight is the extraordinary story of three years among the legendary Jivaro Indians of South America by Philippe Descola, a student of Claude Levi-Strauss. Isolated in the jungle of the Upper Amazon on the border of Ecuador and Peru,...

22.03.2015

The Human Being
This overview of Christian anthropology by Hans Schwarz uniquely emphasizes three things: (1) the biblical testimony, (2) the historical unfolding of Christian anthropology through the centuries, and (3) the present affirmation of Christian...

13.02.2016

Talking about People
How do people learn and experience their culture? How do people make a living? What does it mean to be in a family? How do we make sense of peoples' beliefs and ritual practices? In exploring questions such as these, this cultural anthropology...

17.12.2015

Righteous Dopefiend
This powerful study immerses the reader in the world of homelessness and drug addiction in the contemporary United States. For over a decade Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg followed a social network of two dozen heroin injectors and crack...

12.04.2016

Ethnography Through Thick and Thin
In the 1980s, George Marcus spearheaded a major critique of cultural anthropology, expressed most clearly in the landmark book Writing Culture, which he coedited with James Clifford. Ethnography through Thick and Thin updates and advances that...

27.01.2016

Dancing Skeletons
1995 Margaret Mead Award winner! This personal account by a biocultural anthropologist illuminates important, not-soon-forgotten messages involving the more sobering aspects of conducting fieldwork among malnourished children in West Africa. With...

06.01.2018

The Other Face of the Moon
Gathering for the first time all of Claude Levi-Strauss s writings on Japanese civilization, "The Other Face of the Moon" forms a sustained meditation into the French anthropologist s dictum that to understand one s own culture, one must regard it...

20.03.2017

Introducing Anthropology
Legitimately, it is difficult to introduce anthropology without discussing its problematic history. However, I was expecting much more of an Anthro 101 type textbook in graphic novel format. I rarely review books based on thwarted expectation, but...

26.06.2015

A Plague of Caterpillars (The Innocent Anthropologist #2)
Nigel Barley described his first research visit to the Dowayo of northern Cameroon in The Innocent...

10.07.2014

Theories of Culture in Postmodern Times
Marvin Harris is arguably the most influential, prolific anthropological theorist of our time. This book brings together many of the strands of his work of the past two decades into a unified, contemporary statement on anthropological theory and...

25.05.2017

Culture and Practical Reason
"The main thrust of this book is to deliver a major critique of materialist and rationalist explanations of social and cultural forms, but the in the process Sahlins has given us a much stronger statement of the centrality of symbols in human...

31.03.2013

The Origin of Table Manners
"The Origin of Table Manners is the third volume of a tetralogy devoted to American Indian mythology. Unlike the first two volumes (The Raw and the Cooked, From Honey to Ashes), which are devoted to South American myths, the...

22.03.2018

Lost in Transition
Lost in Transition tells of ordinary lives upended by the collapse of communism. Through ethnographic essays and short stories based on her experiences with Eastern Europe between 1989 and 2009, Kristen Ghodsee explains why it is that...

26.09.2014

Works and Lives
The illusion that ethnography is a matter of sorting strange and irregular facts into familiar and orderly categories—this is magic, that is technology—has long since been exploded. What it is instead, however, is less clear. That it might be a kind...

25.08.2016

The Religion of Java
Written with a rare combination of analysis and speculation, this comprehensive study of Javanese religion is one of the few books on the religion of a non-Western people which emphasizes variation and conflict in belief as well as similarity and...

17.04.2016

Communing with the Gods
Communing with the Gods presents the most comprehensive account of culture and dreaming available in the anthropology of dreaming, and is written by an anthropologist who is also trained in neuroscience, and who is himself a lucid dreamer and...

20.05.2015

Flexible Citizenship
Few recent phenomena have proved as emblematic of our era, and as little understood, as globalization. Are nation-states being transformed by globalization into a single globalized economy? Do global cultural forces herald a postnational millennium?...

17.10.2013

An Anthropologist at Work
Ruth Fulton Benedict (June 5, 1887 – September 17, 1948) was an American anthropologist and folklorist.She was born in New York City, attended Vassar College and graduated in 1909. She entered graduate studies at Columbia University in 1919,...

04.04.2015

Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology
This concise and affordable introduction to the basic ideas and practices of contemporary cultural anthropology addresses the needs of anthropology professors who make extensive use of ethnographies and other supplementary readings in their courses....

25.12.2015

Communities of Play
Play communities existed long before massively multiplayer online games; they have ranged from bridge clubs to sports leagues, from tabletop role-playing games to Civil War reenactments. With the emergence of digital networks, however, new varieties...

26.06.2013

Rethinking Visual Anthropology
For many years the field of visual anthropology has been dominated by a focus on the production and study of ethnographic film, leading many anthropologists to dismiss it as being of little importance to their work. This book shows that the scope of...

13.12.2012

Fraternity Gang Rape
This widely acclaimed and meticulously documented volume illustrates, in painstaking and disturbing detail, the nature of fraternity gang rape. Drawing on interviews with both victims and fraternity members, Peggy Reeves Sanday reconstructs daily...

12.05.2014

The Tourists Gaze, The Cretans Glance
As researchers bring their analytic skills to bear on contemporary archaeological tourism, they find that it is as much about the present as the past. Philip Duke’s study of tourists gazing at the remains of Bronze Age Crete highlights this nexus...

26.07.2013

On Human Being
When the author of the widely-acclaimed "Roots of Christian Mysticism" thinks about human nature, its challenges, problems, joys and fulfillment, he does so with originality. At the same time, his thought is rooted in the experience of the early...

14.10.2013