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  • EnviroSociety

    Let’s Look at Work Is Working with the Environment

    Before you read this article, please take a moment to answer these questions: What is the biggest problem with environmental sustainability? What possibilities exist for environmental sustainability that we have not thought of yet? What did you notice about your feelings or thoughts as you answered these questions? Keep this in mind as you read the rest of this article.

    We experience a range of feelings and thoughts regarding the environment. These lead to technological inventions, policy development, and behavioral change solutions to address environmental sustainability challenges. Behavioral change is the most difficult of the three solutions to design and implement because human nature is dynamic and complex. Essentially, environmental sustainability is a human behavioral issue. According to Lillah and Viviers (2014), consideration for the environment has become an important aspect of our existence. Therefore, examining how we work through issues offers powerful insights into developing behavioral change initiatives.

    Efforts to change human behavior are based on a problem-solving approach. Problem solving involves identifying the problem, diagnosing the problem, and finding a solution(s). This sounds reasonable, but approaching challenges from a problem-solving perspective shines the spotlight only on what is broken. It follows mechanistic, linear process, which according to Andrew Tarvin can be misleading since not all problems follow a linear sequence. Further, the problem-solving approach assumes that each stage in the sequence must be completed before proceeding to the next stage. This can exacerbate the problem or in some cases lead to creating problems. In addition, it can also engender negative emotions, limit our thinking, and cause us to take adverse actions—all of which impacts our capacity for generating creative, positive, and sustainable solutions.

    Appreciative inquiry offers another approach for generating solutions to environmental challenges. It is a change-management approach used in organizational development initiatives. It focuses on identifying what works well, examines why it works well, and seeks to do more of it. Bringing together the two terms to appreciate and to inquire, it is the systemic discovery of what gives life to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most capable in human, economic, and ecological aspects.

    It is grounded in asking powerful questions designed to open our hearts and minds to innovative possibilities. This is known as the AI-4-D Cycle of discovery, dream, design, and destiny. The discovery phase seeks to identify and appreciate the best of what is. The dream phase involves using our imagination to envision a better future. Design, the third phase of the cycle, looks at what needs to happen to achieve the vision set forth in the dream phase. Finally, the destiny phase implements the new image(s) of the future.

    This strength-based approach to addressing issues and implementing solutions can give appreciative inquiry a Pollyanna perception that appears to ignore the bad and the ugly. It can also be difficult to grasp because it is counterintuitive to Western culture, which privileges rational process for identifying and solving challenges (Zolno 2002). Rather, it opens us up to other means of understanding of what is yet possible (Zolno 2002). This untapped potential can help us produce transformative and sustainable behavioral change.

    As you have guessed by now, the first question looks at environmental sustainability from a problem-solving approach and the second question from an appreciative inquiry approach. In looking back at the questions asked at the beginning of the article, what do you now notice about your feelings, thoughts, and ability to generate solutions to environmental sustainability? I invite you to further explore what is working well in the environment, why it is working well, and how you can do more of it through the power of appreciative inquiry to make the world a better place.



    Dr. Gigi Burke
    is a Coach, Consultant, and Researcher who helps leaders learn to use emotional intelligence to be healthier and more effective in their work lives. She is also passionate about environmental health and sustainability and has worked with environmental organizations to strengthen their leadership capability and advocacy training. She can be contacted at gigi@gigiburke.com.



    References

    Lillah, Riyaadh, and Suzette Viviers. 2014. “Does Business Education Cultivate Environmental Citizenship?” African Journal of Business Ethics 8 (1): 5–28. doi:10.15249/8-1-14.

    Zolno, Sherene. 2002. “Appreciative Inquiry: New Thinking at Work.” In The 2002 Annual: Developing Human Resources, ed. E. Biech, San Diego: Pfeiffer and Co. https://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/uploads/AI-New%20Thinking%20at%20Work.pdf (accessed 6 February 2017).



    Cite as: 
    Burke, Gigi. 2017. “Let’s Look at Work Is Working with the Environment.” EnviroSociety, 8 February. www.envirosociety.org/lets-look-at-work-is-working-with-the-environment.

  • FocaalBlog

    Stephen P. Reyna: Is Mr. Trump a legitimacy crisis?

    In the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, one US representative, John Lewis, fueled widespread media debates with a claim that he does not believe Mr. Trump to be a “legitimate” president. In a time when the many antagonizing executive orders and cabinet choices make these debates from mid-January appear like yesterday’s news, it is worth reconsidering them with a closer look at the concept of legitimacy itself.

    Rep. Lewis, a champion of civil rights struggles, is a something of a moral icon. His reminder about the alleged Russian interference with the US election results outraged Trump’s myrmidons, who rebutted him by asserting that even though Trump lost the popular ballot by a wide margin, he won the vote in the Electoral College, and in the American democracy that means you have won the presidency. Therefore, suck it up—the Donald is legit. Yet, other members of Congress maintain the need for an inquiry about potential Russian activities in the face of what has been a striking silence on the part of mainstream US media and security agencies. One way of advancing this debate is to decide what it means to be legitimate and then exploring if Trump satisfies the conditions of legitimacy.

    Broadly speaking, people’s actions are legitimate if they conform to prevailing laws or rules. Legitimacy can be found in two sorts of actions: one official, the other moral. “Official legitimacy” involves conformity to an organization’s rules. If a US political official takes bribes, she or he is not in conformity to governmental laws and is illegitimate. “Moral legitimacy” turns on conformity to moral rules. A person who steals breaks one of the Ten Commandments, is a moral reprobate, and is illegitimate. So, is Rep. Lewis’s claim concerning the Donald legitimate?

    Consider, first, the case regarding official legitimacy. US electoral rules forbid meddling with the voting process. However, three sorts of tampering occurred in the 2016 presidential election. First, the Russians conducted a campaign to reduce presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s vote. External meddling in an electoral contest by a foreign power is not legitimate. Second, Republicans have conducted voter suppression activities for decades throughout the country. Suppressing their opponent’s votes is not legitimate. Third, FBI Director James Comey interfered with Secretary of State Clinton’s campaign by announcing publically that she was under criminal investigation due to her use of a private server for government business. Comey refused to comment on any FBI investigations against Trump, saying that would be against his agency’s rules. Comey clearly interfered in the electoral campaign against Clinton and for Trump. Russian meddling, Republican voter suppression, and Comey’s intervention may, or may not, have won the election for Mr. Trump. Whether they did, or did not, they were illegitimate.

    Consider, further, the case regarding moral legitimacy. During the electoral campaign, a tape of Trump was released in which he bragged of grabbing women “by the pussy.” Seizing a woman, thrusting a hand between her legs, and squeezing her genitals is reprehensible. When the recording was released, Trump said it was just “locker room banter.” Twelve women claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Trump as of mid-October 2016. Contemplate, additionally, Trump has been something of a bully. His vulgar hectoring of Fox News’s Megyn Kelly stands out. After she interviewed him in a manner he did not like, he claimed, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” Equally disturbing was his crude physical mocking of the gestures of a journalist with a physical joint disability. He is a compulsive liar. PolitiFact awarded him its “Lie of the Year Award” in 2015. The claim that climate change was a “Chinese hoax” was certainly a whopper. It goes without saying that Mr. Trump is religiously intolerant person, who has it in for Muslims and who lends support to openly fascist, racist, and homophobic individuals and organizations.

    Consequently, Russia, the Republicans, and the FBI illegitimately manipulated the 2016 presidential contest. Trump flouts moral rules as a self-admitted sexual abuser—a religiously, racially intolerant bully—given to lying. The 2016 election and its winner are illegitimate, on official and moral grounds. In other words, there was already a rip-roaring legitimacy crisis in the United States before the recent contestations of Trump’s executive orders, his cabinet picks, and his attacks on various institutions of the US legal system. At his swearing-in ceremony, the Donald should have been denied the presidency and returned to Trump Tower—there to tweet away his remaining days.



    Stephen P. Reyna 
    is a Researcher at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute of the University of Manchester, as well as a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. His most recent book, Deadly Contradictions: The New American Empire and Global Warring, was published by Berghahn Books in 2016.



    Cite as: 
    Reyna, Stephen P. 2017. “Is Mr. Trump a legitimacy crisis?” FocaalBlog, 16 February. www.focaalblog.com/2017/02/16/stephen-p-reyna-is-mr-trump-a-legitimacy-crisis.

  • Museum Worlds

    The Black Lives Matter Movement in the National Museum of African American History and Culture

    by Rod Clare, Elon University

    museum-african-american

    It has been over forty years since the mostly successful conclusion of the Civil Rights movement in the United States. While some may have thought the election of an African-American president in 2008 heralded a “postracial” America, continued violence and oppression has brought about a rebirth of activism, embodied by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Now that nascent movement is preparing to be part of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The NMAAHC is located at 1400 Constitution Avenue NW, in Washington DC.

    The museum’s overriding goals are to make people aware of African-American history and to foster understanding and reconciliation about race in America and the world. The fact that the BLM movement is so new gives rise to concerns that the museum is collecting material that is too recent, topical, and potentially controversial. Nevertheless, as the director of the NMAAHC, Lonnie Bunch, has made clear, collecting and promoting such material helps “people to realize … that these are not isolated moments. They are part of a long history—a long history of tragedy, but also a long history of resilience and protest.”1

    Though seemingly radical, Bunch’s approach is not without precedent when it comes to museums representing African-American lives (and deaths). A recent example of this is Kehinde Wiley’s exhibit, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, presented from February to May 2015, at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Superimposing modern blacks onto classical Western art reliefs, Wiley’s work made one patron comment that “the fact that they have an exhibit like this maybe could revitalize that conversation again about Black Lives Matter.”2

    A symposium on “History, Rebellion, and Reconciliation,” held at the Smithsonian in April 2015, discussed in part the fatal shooting of an African-American youth in Ferguson, Missouri, in the previous year. A reoccurring theme at the symposium was that museums could offer neutral “‘safe,’ or even ‘sacred’ spaces, within which visitors could wrestle with difficult and complex topics.”3 Currently, there is no better example of a more controversial and nuanced topic in America than the Black Lives Matter movement.

    The BLM movement, born in 2013, was indirectly created out of decades of frustration within the African-American community over the legal system’s continual exoneration of those who had taken black lives. Often, those killed had transgressed supposed spatial boundaries, an issue in the past (for example, when a black youth “strayed” into a white section of a public beach, and responses by whites instigated the Chicago riots of 1919 that took thirty-eight lives), as much as the present. BLM’s direct genesis came as a result of the not-guilty verdict against George Zimmerman, who stalked and killed Trayvon Martin, a seventeen-year-old black youth who Zimmerman thought was in the wrong part of town in Sanford, Florida. Three black women (Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi), all activists in the African-American community, viewed the verdict with shock, anger, and an underlying belief that something had to be done. Due to their drive and to further instances of black lives being taken, with ensuing rebellions in cities like Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, the movement has quickly taken off. Currently the BLM movement has approximately two dozen chapters throughout the United States as well as chapters in Ghana and Canada.

    Implicit in the rise of BLM and its attendant demands and concerns is the long-standing issue of black mobility. That is, where can black people go and when can they go there? This question is not only relevant for African Americans currently but also in their arduous history in America. The idea of black mobility has been a fundamental query since African Americans were brought to America as enslaved people. As such, their movements and associations were always strictly monitored and in many cases, prohibited by laws, slave patrols, and other means. After the end of slavery, this remained the case in the South and indeed in other parts of the country well into the twentieth century through the implementation of Black Codes, Ku Klux Klan terrorism, sharecropping contracts, city zoning laws, segregation, and various other means.

    In fact, it can be said that blacks gained any semblance of true mobility in the country only in the early 1970s when the last host of Civil Rights laws became implemented and enforced. Two generations later, it is fitting that some have described the BLM protests as the new Civil Rights movement. In a sense, BLM seeks to answer the question of whether or not some fifty years later black lives are truly valued as equal to all others in the country. From the U.S. government’s COINTELPRO assassination and disruption programs against black activists in the late 1960s and 1970s to the “stop and frisk” police sweeps since the 1990s and incidents such as the arrest of Sandra Bland in 2015, the curtailment of black movement makes the answer decidedly mixed.

    The relevancy and emotions concerning the lasting effects of what has been labeled America’s “original sin” makes it a timely yet somewhat uncomfortable issue for a museum to embrace. This then begs the question, “what exactly is the purpose of a museum?” The International Council of Museums (ICOM) defines it as “a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.”4 Most people would tend to define a museum as a place where old, if not ancient, objects are put on display to be reviewed in a genteel fashion. This might make it seem that only the elite patronize museums but nothing could be further from the truth. According to the American Alliance of Museums, some 850 million visits occur each year in American museums, more than all major organized sports put together.5

    What Lonnie Bunch, NMAAHC’s director, wants to do is bring a current and controversial topic to the most respected of American museums, the Smithsonian. As Bunch put it in an interview with National Public Radio,

    One of the jobs of a museum is to not only look back, but to look forward. And so once I heard about [the demonstrations] I knew it was very important to make sure that we collected material that might help a curator 20 years from now or 50 years from now look back and tell the story of the changing notions of race in America.6

    Some of the items Bunch prioritizes for collection include banners, posters, gas masks, and a 4’ by 7’ panel of wood used to protect stores during the disturbances, which has printed on it “hands up,” along with cell phone videos and photos. A purpose of the NMAAHC, Bunch notes, is to place racial conflict and historical events in context, to make people realize that there are “moments of possibility,” where fundamental change and progress can be made. There will certainly be more material for the NMAAHC to collect based on the BLM’s new (as of August 2015) ten-point policy directive, Campaign Zero, directed at state and federal policing authorities.7 Though many may not link the two, the BLM movement is linked to the Constitution, for both have at their core the idea “to form a more perfect union.” This ideal, encompassing issues of life, liberty, and freedom of movement, is as radical and patriotic as the symbolism of what it means to be free in America.

     


     

    This exhibit review originally appeared in volume 6, issue 1 of Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies.


     

    Notes

    1. National Public Radio (NPR), “Black Lives Matter: Coming to a Museum Near You?” 1 August 2015, http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/08/01/428085104/black-lives-matter-coming-to-a-museum-near-you. National Public Radio (accessed 12 September 2015).
    1. “At the Brooklyn Museum, Art Helps Show Why Black Lives Matter,” Aljazeera America, http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/3/2/kehinde-wiley-showat-brooklyn-museum.html (accessed 11 September 2015).
    1. “Why Museums Should be a Safe Space to Discuss Why #BlackLivesMatter,” Smithsonian.com, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whymuseums-should-be-safe-space-discuss-why-black-lives-matter-180955114/?-no-ist (accessed 12 September 2015).
    1. “Museum Defi nition,” International Council of Museums, http://icom.museum/the-vision/museum-defi nition/ (accessed 12 September 2015).
    1. “Museum Facts,” American Alliance of Museums, http://www.aam-us.org/about-museums/museum-facts (accessed 16 August 2015).NPR, “Black Lives Matter: Coming to a Museum Near You?”
    1. “Solutions Overview,” Solutions: Campaign Zero, http://www.joincampaignzero.org/solutions/#solutionsoverview (accessed 13 September 2015).

  • Berghahn Journals Blog

    World Anthropology Day

    World Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate and participate in their discipline with the public around them.  For more information on Anthropology day, visit the AAA website.

    In support of these efforts and to mark this special day, we are delighted to showcase titles from across all strands of the subject and offer a time-limited discount of 25% off all anthropology print titles ordered via our website by 24th February. Simply enter the code WAD17 at checkout.    

    Featured below are a number of new, recent and forthcoming titles from selected Series. For a full listing of all current and new anthropology titles, please see our catalog. For a complete list of all titles in the range, please visit our website.

     


     

    Books

     

    AMERICA OBSERVED
    On an International Anthropology of the United States
    Edited by Virginia Dominguez and Jasmin Habib
    Afterword by Jane C. Desmond

     

    There is surprisingly little fieldwork done on the United States by anthropologists from abroad. America Observed fills that gap by bringing into greater focus empirical as well as theoretical implications of this phenomenon. Edited by Virginia Dominguez and Jasmin Habib, the essays collected here offer a critique of such an absence, exploring its likely reasons while also illustrating the advantages of studying fieldwork-based anthropological projects conducted by colleagues from outside the U.S. This volume contains an introduction written by the editors and fieldwork-based essays written by Helena Wulff, Jasmin Habib, Limor Darash, Ulf Hannerz, and Moshe Shokeid, and reflections on the broad issue written by Geoffrey White, Keiko Ikeda, and Jane Desmond. Suitable for introductory and mid-level anthropology courses, America Observed will also be useful for American Studies courses both in the U.S. and elsewhere.

     

    HUMAN ORIGINS
    Contributions from Social Anthropology
    Edited by Camilla Power, Morna Finnegan and Hilary Callan
    Afterword by Alan Barnard

    Volume 30, Methodology & History in Anthropology

     

    Human Origins brings together new thinking by social anthropologists and other scholars on the evolution of human culture and society. No other discipline has more relevant expertise to consider the emergence of humans as the symbolic species. Yet, social anthropologists have been conspicuously absent from debates about the origins of modern humans. These contributions explore why that is, and how social anthropology can shed light on early kinship and economic relations, gender politics, ritual, cosmology, ethnobiology, medicine, and the evolution of language.

     

    VIOLENT BECOMINGS
    State Formation, Sociality, and Power in Mozambique
    Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

    Volume 4, Ethnography, Theory, Experiment

     

    Violent Becomings conceptualizes the Mozambican state not as the bureaucratically ordered polity of the nation-state, but as a continuously emergent and violently challenged mode of ordering. In doing so, this book addresses the question of why colonial and postcolonial state formation has involved violent articulations with so-called ‘traditional’ forms of sociality. The scope and dynamic nature of such violent becomings is explored through an array of contexts that include colonial regimes of forced labor and pacification, liberation war struggles and civil war, the social engineering of the post-independence state, and the popular appropriation of sovereign violence in riots and lynchings.

     

    WHOSE COSMOPOLITANISM?
    Critical Perspectives, Relationalities and Discontents
    Edited by Nina Glick Schiller and Andrew Irving

     

    “The strengths of this volume are numerous. It is interdisciplinary, contains ethnographic original data, and is extremely well organized despite its complexity and high number of chapters. It is also appealing to a large audience including the undergraduate and graduate students, and scholars in the disciplines of cultural studies, anthropology and sociology, migration, international development and religious studies…This collection, without hesitation, is an asset, a timely contribution to a number of fields.” · Anthropological Forum

     

    THE ETHNOGRAPHIC EXPERIMENT
    A.M. Hocart and W.H.R. Rivers in Island Melanesia, 1908
    Edited by Edvard Hviding and Cato Berg

     

    “[With this] very cohesive set of essays, Hviding and Berg h ave done an excellent job lifting an important expedition out of the archival oblivion where it reposed for the better part of a century. This is an appropriate volume to introduce the new Pacific Perspectives series. As such, this work appeals to readers interested in the histories of anthropology and Pacific worlds.” · Oceania

    In 1908 Arthur Maurice Hocart and William Halse Rivers Rivers brought about a turning point in modern anthropology. The two pioneers’ fieldwork in Island Melanesia brought about the development of participant observation as a methodological hallmark of social anthropology. Contributors to this volume—who have all carried out fieldwork in Melanesian locations—situate the scholars’ efforts in the contexts of colonial history, imperialism, the history of ideas and scholarly practice within and beyond anthropology.

     

    INTELLECTUALS AND (COUNTER-) POLITICS
    Essays in Historical Realism
    Gavin Smith

    Volume 12, Dislocations

     

    “In this collection of intricately linked chapters, Gavin Smith continues his incisive efforts to open the boundaries between oppositions that have bedeviled anthropology almost since it began. Throughout, he refines conventional polarities the better to reveal their common origins in social being: among them are micro- and macroscales of analysis, the material production of experience and discourse, and structuralist detachment and political engagement.” · American Ethnologist

     

    TALKING STONES
    The Politics of Memorialization in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland
    Elisabetta Viggiani
    Foreword by Hastings Donnan

     

    “Viggiani’s text is a thorough examination of many of the iconic artefacts of a forty-year-long conflict that has shaped the politics and memories of generations of people from all sides of The Troubles. In addition to her text, she has developed an extensive website which more fully examines the quantitative data she has collected… her work will not only add to the compendium of extant work but expand our existing knowledge on memorialization in areas of conflict and recovery.” · Journal of Anthropological Research

     

    NIGHTTIME BREASTFEEDING
    An American Cultural Dilemma
    Cecília Tomori

    Volume 26, Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives

     

    “This work will be useful for medical anthropologists and professionals at all levels of reproductive health care and family medicine. It offers important ethnographic analysis relevant to feminist anthropology, women’s and gender studies, and cross-cultural and bio-evolutionary perspectives on kinship and family.” · Medical Anthropology Quarterly

    Through careful ethnographic study of the dilemmas raised by nighttime breastfeeding, and their examination in the context of anthropological, historical, and feminist studies, this volume unravels the cultural tensions that underlie these difficulties.

     

    BEYOND THE LENS OF CONSERVATION
    Malagasy and Swiss Imaginations of One Another
    Eva Keller

    Volume 20, Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology

     

    “This book will make a great addition to undergraduate courses on Anthropology of the Environment and/or Development or Political Ecology. Keller’s highly readable style, in turn, will satisfy both those new to the subject and scholars already familiar with the topics of conservation practice in Madagascar. It could even become an important resource for those conservation experts who are trying – and (as the study shows) failing – to establish connections between distant places and people.” · Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute


    Series:

    NEW SERIES: Anthropology of Europe

    THE FRANCE OF THE LITTLE-MIDDLES
    A Suburban Housing Development in Greater Paris
    Marie Cartier, Isabelle Coutant, Olivier Masclet, and Yasmine Siblot
    Translated by Juliette Rogers

     

    The Poplars housing development in suburban Paris is home to what one resident called the “Little-Middles” – a social group on the tenuous border between the working- and middle- classes. In the 1960s The Poplars was a site of upward social mobility, which fostered an egalitarian sense of community among residents. This feeling of collective flourishing was challenged when some residents moved away, selling their homes to a new generation of upwardly mobile neighbors from predominantly immigrant backgrounds. This volume explores the strained reception of these migrants, arguing that this is less a product of racism and xenophobia than of anxiety about social class and the loss of a sense of community that reigned before.

     

    NEW SERIES: Worlds in Motion

    KEYWORDS OF MOBILITY
    Critical Engagements
    Edited by Noel B. Salazar and Kiran Jayaram

     

    Scholars from various disciplines have used key concepts to grasp mobilities, but as of yet, a working vocabulary of these has not been fully developed. Given this context and inspired in part by Raymond Williams’ Keywords (1976), this edited volume presents contributions that critically analyze mobility-related keywords: capital, cosmopolitanism, freedom, gender, immobility, infrastructure, motility, and regime. Each chapter provides an historical context, a critical analysis of how the keyword has been used in relation to mobility, and a conclusion that proposes future usage or research.

     

    NEW SERIES: Catastrophes in Context

    CONTEXTUALIZING DISASTER
    Edited by Gregory V. Button and Mark Schuller

     

    Contextualizing Disaster offers a comparative analysis of six recent “highly visible” disasters and several slow-burning, “hidden,” crises that include typhoons, tsunamis, earthquakes, chemical spills, and the unfolding consequences of rising seas and climate change. The book argues that, while disasters are increasingly represented by the media as unique, exceptional, newsworthy events, it is a mistake to think of disasters as isolated or discrete occurrences. Rather, building on insights developed by political ecologists, this book makes a compelling argument for understanding disasters as transnational and global phenomena.

     

    NEW SERIES: The Human Economy

    PEOPLE, MONEY AND POWER IN THE ECONOMIC CRISIS
    Perspectives from the Global South
    Edited by Keith Hart and John Sharp

     

    “A striking element of the volume is the interdisciplinarity of its textual form. While most of the contributors are in fact sociocultural anthropologists, the appropriation of templates and literary conventions within and across the fields of history, sociology, political economy and geography reflects the seriousness of the authors’ coalition building aspirations.” · Anthropological Forum

    The authors of these case studies examine people’s concrete economic activities and aspirations. By looking at how people insert themselves into the actual, unequal economy, they seek to reflect human unity and diversity more fully than the narrow vision of conventional economics.

     

    NEW SERIES: Studies in the Circumpolar North

    SUSTAINING RUSSIA’S ARCTIC CITIES
    Resource Politics, Migration, and Climate Change
    Edited by Robert Orttung

     

    Urban areas in Arctic Russia are experiencing unprecedented social and ecological change. This collection outlines the key challenges that city managers will face in navigating this shifting political, economic, social, and environmental terrain. In particular, the volume examines how energy production drives a boom-bust cycle in the Arctic economy, explores how migrants from Muslim cultures are reshaping the social fabric of northern cities, and provides a detailed analysis of climate change and its impact on urban and industrial infrastructure.

     

    NEW SERIES: Higher Education in Critical Perspective: Practices and Policies

    LEARNING UNDER NEOLIBERALISM
    Ethnographies of Governance in Higher Education
    Edited by Susan Brin Hyatt, Boone W. Shear, and Susan Wright

     

    “All in all, Learning under Neoliberalism is an important contribution to the critical studies of HE transformations taking place in the Western world today. It goes some way in helping us figure out the ways the university as an institution and the student as a telling figure are changing, for better or worse, in neoliberal times. Notwithstanding the Euro-American focus, this volume has much to offer in terms of inspiring similar kinds of endeavours in other geographical and sociocultural contexts. It stands out because of the rich original ethnography and critical thoughts it offers. It is very well-edited and/or written, a delightful read, and will likely make readers feel they are taking part in an engaging conversation.” · Social Anthropology

     

    NEW SERIES: Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy

    WHEN THINGS BECOME PROPERTY
    Land Reform, Authority and Value in Postsocialist Europe and Asia
    Thomas Sikor, Stefan Dorondel, Johannes Stahl and Phuc Xuan To

     

    Governments have conferred ownership titles to many citizens throughout the world in an effort to turn things into property. Almost all elements of nature have become the target of property laws, from the classic preoccupation with land to more ephemeral material, such as air and genetic resources. When Things Become Property interrogates the mixed outcomes of conferring ownership by examining postsocialist land and forest reforms in Albania, Romania and Vietnam, and finds that property reforms are no longer, if they ever were, miracle tools available to governments for refashioning economies, politics or environments.

     

    ECONOMY AND RITUAL
    Studies in Postsocialist Transformations
    Edited by Stephen Gudeman and Chris Hann

     

    According to accepted wisdom, rational practices and ritual action are opposed. Rituals drain wealth from capital investment and draw on a mode of thought different from practical ideas. The studies in this volume contest this view. Comparative, historical, and contemporary, the six ethnographies extend from Macedonia to Kyrgyzstan. Each one illuminates the economic and ritual changes in an area as it emerged from socialism and (re-)entered market society. Cutting against the idea that economy only means markets and that market action exhausts the meaning of economy, the studies show that much of what is critical for a people’s economic life takes place outside markets and hinges on ritual, understood as the negation of the everyday world of economising.


    Research Methods for Anthropological Studies of Food and Nutrition Volume I – III

    Editors: Janet Chrzan and John A. Brett

    Published in Association with the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN) and in Collaboration with Rachel Black and Leslie Carlin

    These volumes offer a comprehensive reference for students and established scholars interested in food and nutrition research in Nutritional and Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, Socio-Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology, Food Studies and Applied Public Health.

    BUY ALL THREE VOLUMES FOR 20% DISCOUNT

    Volume I

    FOOD RESEARCH
    Nutritional Anthropology and Archaeological Methods

    Biocultural and archaeological research on food, past and present, often relies on very specific, precise, methods for data collection and analysis. These are presented here in a broad-based review.

    Volume II

    FOOD CULTURE
    Anthropology, Linguistics and Food Studies

    This volume is unique in offering food-related research methods from multiple academic disciplines, and includes methods that bridge disciplines to provide a thorough review of best practices.

    Volume III

    FOOD HEALTH
    Nutrition, Technology, and Public Health

    This volume provides in-depth analysis and comprehensive review of methods necessary to design, plan, implement and analyze public health programming related to food and nutrition using anthropological best practices.


     

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    Honoring Polish Filmmaker Andrzej Wajda

     

    Andrzej Wajda, Polish film and theatre director, passed away on October 9, 2016.

    Recipient of an Honorary Oscar and the Palme d’Or, he was a prominent member of the “Polish Film School“. He was known especially for his trilogy of war films consisting of A Generation (1954), Kanał (1956) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958).

    Four of his films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: The Promised Land (1975), The Maids of Wilko (1979), Man of Iron (1981) and Katyń (2007).

    Honor this Polish filmmaker’s monumental lifework with the New York premiere of Wajda’s final film, Afterimage, and a selection of newly-restored versions of the master’s previous films in celebration of his monumental lifework February 9–16 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Tickets now on sale: For more information, visit filmlinc.org/wajda.

    To celebrate Wajda and his contributions to Polish Cinema, we’ve highlighted relevant titles below.


     

     

    ANDRZEJ WAJDA
    History, Politics & Nostalgia In Polish Cinema
    Janina Falkowska

    Falkowska’s comprehensive survey of Wajda’s artistic evolution is a worthwhile addition to the growing critical literature on this exceptional filmmaker. In practical terms, the monographs is also useable as a textbook and…can serve as a point of departure for the continuing discourse von Andrzej Wajda and his films.”  ·  Slavic and East European Journal

    The work of Andrzej Wajda, one of the world’s most important filmmakers, shows remarkable cohesion in spite of the wide ranging scope of his films, as this study of his complete output of feature films shows. Not only do his films address crucial historical, social and political issues; the complexity of his work is reinforced by the incorporation of the elements of major film and art movements. It is the reworking of these different elements by Wajda, as the author shows, which give his films their unique visual and aural qualities.

     

    Dialogism in Man of Marble, Man of Iron, and Danton
    Janina Falkowska

    Andrzej Wajda is considered one of Poland’s – many would say the world’s – greatest film directors. During the thirty-five years of his activity in film, theatre or television, his work, whether strong or weak, always arouses strong emotions and provokes intense debates in the media. His films deal with historical and political issues concerning Polish character and the nature of political power. Controversial, painful, stimulating and cinematically beautiful, they never fail to fully engage the spectator. This is particularly true for his major political films, which form the basis of the study. Applying Bakhtin’s concept of dialogism, the author shows how a creative interaction between the image on the screen and the viewer is established through Wajda’s films. At the same time, she offers a detailed analysis of the historical events leading up to the collapse of the Socialist system in Poland.

     

     

     

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    POLISH FILM AND THE HOLOCAUST
    Politics and Memory
    Marek Haltof

    “In this excellently researched, highly informative survey of Polish films about the Holocaust, Haltof… expands on a chapter in his valuable Polish National Cinema… His measured assessments, conveyed in clear, accessible prose, are rooted in an enviable command of both the relevant production documents and important secondary literature. The select list of relevant films and television programs is very useful. The ample notes and fine bibliography incorporate many Polish sources as well as all the available literature in English.” · Choice

    This book is the first to address the representation of the Holocaust in Polish film and does so through a detailed treatment of several films, which the author frames in relation to the political, ideological, and cultural contexts of the times in which they were created. Following the chronological development of Polish Holocaust films, the book begins with two early classics: Wanda Jakubowska’s The Last Stage (1948) and Aleksander Ford’s Border Street (1949), and next explores the Polish School period, represented by Andrzej Wajda’s A Generation (1955) and Andrzej Munk’s The Passenger (1963). Between 1965 and 1980 there was an “organized silence” regarding sensitive Polish-Jewish relations resulting in only a few relevant films until the return of democracy in 1989 when an increasing number were made, among them Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Decalogue 8 (1988), Andrzej Wajda’s Korczak (1990), Jan Jakub Kolski’s Keep Away from the Window (2000), and Roman Polański’s The Pianist (2002). An important contribution to film studies, this book has wider relevance in addressing the issue of Poland’s national memory.


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    WOMEN IN POLISH CINEMA
    Ewa Mazierska and Elzbieta Ostrowska

    “… an important contribution to film studies not only in Poland, but in Eastern and Central Europe in general. The authors demonstrate that women are both revered and despised in Polish culture, a phenomenon Mazierska and Ostrowska attribute to the persistence of overt patriarchy in both social relations and culture. This system of thought, they aver, has ‘shaped and policed the lives of Polish women’ for generations.”  ·  Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

    Polish film has long enjoyed an outstanding reputation but its best known protagonists tend to be male. This book points to the important role of women as key characters in Polish films, such as the enduring female figure in Polish culture, the “Polish Mother,” female characters in socialist realistic cinema, women depicted in the films of the Polish School, Solidarity heroines, and women in the films from the postcommunist period. Not less important for the success of Polish cinema are Polish women filmmakers, four of whom are presented in this volume: Wanda Jakubowska, Agnieszka Holland, Barbara Sass and Dorota Kędzierzawska, whose work is examined.

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    The Films of Walerian Borowczyk
    Edited by Kamila Kuc, Kuba Mikurda, and Michał Oleszczyk

    There has been a recent revival of interest in the work of Polish film director Walerian Borowczyk, a label-defying auteur and “escape artist” if there ever was one. This collection serves as an introduction and a guide to Borowczyk’s complex and ambiguous body of work, including panoramic views of the director’s output, focused studies of particular movies, and more personal, impressionistic pieces. Taken together, these contributions comprise a wide-ranging survey that is markedly experimental in character, allowing scholars to gain insight into previously unnoticed aspects of Borowczyk’s oeuvre.

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    JERZY SKOLIMOWSKI
    The Cinema of a Nonconformist
    Ewa Mazierska

    Jerzy Skolimowski is one of the most original Polish directors and one of only a handful who has gained genuine recognition abroad. This is the first monograph, written in English, to be devoted to his cinema. It covers Skolimowski’s career from his early successes in Poland, such as Identification Marks: None and Barrier, through his émigré films, Deep End, Moonlighting and The Lightship, to his return to Poland where, in 2008, he made the internationally acclaimed Four Nights with Anna.

    Ewa Mazierska addresses the main features of Skolimowski’s films, such as their affinity to autobiographism and surrealism, while discussing their characters, narratives, visual style, soundtracks, and the uses of literature. She draws on a wide range of cinematic and literary texts, situating Skolimowski’s work within the context of Polish and world cinema, and drawing parallels between his work and that of two directors, with whom he tends to be compared, Roman Polański and Jean-Luc Godard.

     

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    POLISH NATIONAL CINEMA
    Marek Haltof

    “Sources in English [on Polish cinema] are especially scant … What a relief, then, to read such an informed and concise yet exhaustive account of Polish cinema.”  · Slavic Review

    In the years since World War II, Poland has developed one of Europe’s most distinguished film cultures. However, in spite of the importance of Polish cinema this is a domain in need of systematic study.

    This book is the first comprehensive study of Polish cinema from the end of the 19th century to the present. It provides not only an introduction to Polish cinema within a socio-political and economic context, but also to the complexities of East-Central European cinema and politics.

     

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    MASCULINITIES IN POLISH, CZECH AND SLOVAK CINEMA
    Black Peters and Men of Marble
    Ewa Mazierska

    Ewa Mazierska has set herself an ambitious task with this her new well researched book…[Her] study excels in the breadth of its comparison of Czech and Polish films…The volume also makes a valuable contribution to the study of how Socialist Realism was implemented in Czech and Polish cinema.  ·  Slavonic and East European Review

    Gender, especially masculinity, is a perspective rarely applied in discourses on cinema of Eastern/Central Europe. Masculinities in Polish, Czech and Slovak Cinema exposes an English-speaking audience to a large proportion of this region’s cinema that previously remained unknown, focusing on the relationship between representation of masculinity and nationality in the films of two and later three countries: Poland, Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The objective of the book is to discuss the main types of men populating Polish, Czech and Slovak films: that of soldier, father, heterosexual and homosexual lover, against a rich political, social and cultural background. Czech, Slovak and Polish cinema appear to provide excellent material for comparison as they were produced in neighbouring countries which for over forty years endured a similar political system – state socialism.

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    International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    To mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp on the 27th of January, the United Nations has recognized this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in memory of the people murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. For more information on developing educational programs to instill the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again please visit The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme webpage.

    In recognition of this year’s anniversary, Berghahn would like to showcase a range of Holocaust related titles, including our War and Genocide Series, which reflects a growing interest in the study of war and genocide within the framework of social and cultural history. We are pleased to offer a 25% discount on any of our Print Genocide Studies titles for the next 30 days . At checkout, simply enter the code IHR17.

    New and recently-published titles can be found in our latest History Catalogue.


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    MATTERS OF TESTIMONY
    Interpreting the Scrolls of Auschwitz
    Nicholas Chare and Dominic Williams

     

    “Chare and Williams have applied a multidisciplinary approach using methods drawn from history, literature, art, psychology, photography, and the study of material culture to analyze these documents, which are often referred to as the Scrolls of Auschwitz, an allusion to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Like the Dead Sea Scrolls, the damaged documents are often very difficult to read and interpret. A valuable contribution to Holocaust scholarship, the field of eyewitness testimony, and the documentation of traumatic events… Highly Recommended.” · Choice

    In 1944, members of the Sonderkommando—the “special squads,” composed almost exclusively of Jewish prisoners, who ensured the smooth operation of the gas chambers and had firsthand knowledge of the extermination process—buried on the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau a series of remarkable eyewitness accounts of Nazi genocide. This careful and penetrating study examines anew these “Scrolls of Auschwitz,” which were gradually recovered, in damaged and fragmentary form, in the years following the camp’s liberation. It painstakingly reconstructs their historical context and textual content, revealing complex literary works that resist narrow moral judgment and engage difficult questions about the limits of testimony.

    Check out Nicholas Chare and Dominic Williams’s piece on Slate’s The Vault and also Searching for Feelings: The Scrolls of Auschwitz and Son of Saul on the Berghahn Blog.

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    CHILDREN IN THE HOLOCAUST AND ITS AFTERMATH
    Historical and Psychological Studies of the Kestenberg Archive
    Edited by Eva Fogelman, Sharon Kangisser Cohen, and Dalia Ofer

     

    The testimonies of individuals who survived the Holocaust as children pose distinct emotional and intellectual challenges for researchers: as now-adult interviewees recall profound childhood experiences of suffering and persecution, they also invoke their own historical awareness and memories of their postwar lives, requiring readers to follow simultaneous, disparate narratives. This interdisciplinary volume brings together historians, psychologists, and other scholars to explore child survivors’ accounts. With a central focus on the Kestenberg Holocaust Child Survivor Archive’s over 1,500 testimonies, it not only enlarges our understanding of the Holocaust empirically but illuminates the methodological, theoretical, and institutional dimensions of this unique form of historical record.

     

    Popular Responses to the Persecution and Murder of the Jews
    Edited by Susanna Schrafstetter and Alan E. Steinweis

    Volume 6, Vermont Studies on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

     

    For decades, historians have debated how and to what extent the Holocaust penetrated the German national consciousness between 1933 and 1945. How much did “ordinary” Germans know about the subjugation and mass murder of the Jews, when did they know it, and how did they respond collectively and as individuals? This compact volume brings together six historical investigations into the subject from leading scholars employing newly accessible and previously underexploited evidence. Ranging from the roots of popular anti-Semitism to the complex motivations of Germans who hid Jews, these studies illuminate some of the most difficult questions in Holocaust historiography, supplemented with an array of fascinating primary source materials.

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    ANXIOUS HISTORIES
    Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century
    Jordana Silverstein

     

    “Anxious Histories invites scholars and educators to consider Holocaust education from a series of thought-provoking dimensions. It ought to spur further research to enrich the knowledge base at both the theoretical and practical levels. The book adds to our understanding of the contents and discontents of Holocaust education in Jewish high schools in diaspora contexts at the beginning of the 21st century. Its treatment of a crucial and timely topic in our field renders it a valuable work. For its innovative claims about the roles of both anxiety and assimilation in how Jewish educators teach the Holocaust, it merits our careful attention.” · Journal of Jewish Education

    Read Introduction: Holocaust Historiography, Anxiety and the Formulations of a Diasporic Jewishness

     

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    JEWISH MEDICAL RESISTANCE IN THE HOLOCAUST
    Edited by Michael A. Grodin
    Foreword by Joseph Polak
    Afterword by Yulian Rafes

     

    “[Grodin] compiled a fascinating series of articles documenting a little-known aspect of the Holocaust: medical resistance by Jewish physicians and health care workers… The articles cover a wide range of topics related to health care… [and] are fascinating to read. They inspire both compassion for those affected and awe of the courage of the health care professionals who risked their own lives to assist and save fellow Jews. Their sanctification of life, the core Jewish value, is duly honoured here. Libraries supporting programs in medical history, Holocaust studies, and bioethics will definitely want this book for their collections.” · Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

    Based on archival materials and featuring memoirs of Holocaust survivors, this volume offers a rich array of both tragic and inspiring studies of the sanctification of life as practiced by Jewish medical professionals. More than simply a medical story, these histories represent the finest exemplification of a humanist moral imperative during a dark hour of recent history.

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    A FATAL BALANCING ACT
    The Dilemma of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany, 1939-1945
    Beate Meyer
    Translated from the German by William Templer

     

    “One of the more remarkable things about Meyer’s study is her almost total lack of criticism of the various Jewish leaders in the RJD and the RR.… Meyer sees the work of the RJD and the RR in a very different light. She argues that these Jewish leaders worked continuously through various phases of Nazi Germany’s ever-changing policies on the “Jewish Question” to find ways to ameliorate such policies…a masterful study of a phase of the Shoah that needs further exploration.” · Holocaust and Genocide Studies

    “The author grounds her analysis in an imporessive array of sources unearthed in dozens of archives in Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic…Meyer’s work is a much needed addition to the fields of German-Jewish and Holocaust history and deserves a broad readership beyond specialists.” · German Studies Review

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    TOPOGRAPHIES OF SUFFERING
    Buchenwald, Babi Yar, Lidice
    Jessica Rapson

     

    “Jessica Rapson has written a fascinating book… that can be immensely inspiring. One may not agree with her all the time, but this makes her discourse contribution even more valuable.” · H-Soz-Kult

    Commentary on memorials to the Holocaust has been plagued with a sense of “monument fatigue”, a feeling that landscape settings and national spaces provide little opportunity for meaningful engagement between present visitors and past victims. This book examines the Holocaust via three sites of murder by the Nazis: the former concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany; the mass grave at Babi Yar, Ukraine; and the razed village of Lidice, Czech Republic. Bringing together recent scholarship from cultural memory and cultural geography, the author focuses on the way these violent histories are remembered, allowing these sites to emerge as dynamic transcultural landscapes of encounter in which difficult pasts can be represented and comprehended in the present. This leads to an examination of the role of the environment, or, more particularly, the ways in which the natural environment, co-opted in the process of killing, becomes a medium for remembrance.

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    Ethical Transgressions and Anatomical Science during the Third Reich
    Sabine Hildebrandt
    Foreword by William E. Seidelman

     

    “With this book Sabine Hildebrandt submits an important piece of work to the public, a work that is always absorbing, and needs to be taken very, very seriously. It truly presents a milestone in the research and reappraisal of one of the darkest chapters in the history of medicine. On the basis of thorough new research and a meticulous collection of existing data, it analyzes concisely, objectively, and consistently the position and development of the medical discipline of anatomy during the Third Reich…It would be more than appropriate to include this important book as a standard text in the medical curriculum on the history of medicine. Also, this work can be recommended warmly and without reservations to the general public.” · Annals of Anatomy

    Of the many medical specializations to transform themselves during the rise of National Socialism, anatomy has received relatively little attention from historians. While politics and racial laws drove many anatomists from the profession, most who remained joined the Nazi party, and some helped to develop the scientific basis for its racialist dogma. As historian and anatomist Sabine Hildebrandt reveals, however, their complicity with the Nazi state went beyond the merely ideological. They progressed through gradual stages of ethical transgression, turning increasingly to victims of the regime for body procurement, as the traditional model of working with bodies of the deceased gave way, in some cases, to a new paradigm of experimentation with the “future dead.”

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    “The Berghahn series Studies on War and Genocide has immeasurably enriched the English-language scholarship available to scholars and students of genocide and, in particular, the Holocaust.” · Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions

     

    MICROHISTORIES OF THE HOLOCAUST
    Edited by Claire Zalc and Tal Bruttmann

     

    How does scale affect our understanding of the Holocaust? In the vastness of its implementation and the sheer amount of death and suffering it produced, the genocide of Europe’s Jews presents special challenges for historians, who have responded with work ranging in scope from the world-historical to the intimate. In particular, recent scholarship has demonstrated a willingness to study the Holocaust at scales as focused as a single neighborhood, family, or perpetrator. This volume brings together an international cast of scholars to reflect on the ongoing microhistorical turn in Holocaust studies, assessing its historiographical pitfalls as well as the distinctive opportunities it affords researchers.

    Read Introduction: Towards a Microhistory of the Holocaust

     

    THE GREATER GERMAN REICH AND THE JEWS
    Nazi Persecution Policies in the Annexed Territories 1935-1945
    Edited by Wolf Gruner and Jörg Osterloh

     

    “Much remains to be learned about the Holocaust in the occupied regions, but this collection helps fill the gap.” · Holocaust and Genocide Studies

    Between 1935 and 1940, the Nazis incorporated large portions of Europe into the German Reich. The contributors to this volume analyze the evolving anti-Jewish policies in the annexed territories and their impact on the Jewish population, as well as the attitudes and actions of non-Jews, Germans, and indigenous populations. They demonstrate that diverse anti-Jewish policies developed in the different territories, which in turn affected practices in other regions and even influenced Berlin’s decisions. Having these systematic studies together in one volume enables a comparison – based on the most recent research – between anti-Jewish policies in the areas annexed by the Nazi state. The results of this prizewinning book call into question the common assumption that one central plan for persecution extended across Nazi-occupied Europe, shifting the focus onto differing regional German initiatives and illuminating the cooperation of indigenous institutions.

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    THE DARK SIDE OF NATION-STATES
    Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe
    Philipp Ther

     

    “This instructive text offers a useful analysis of ethnic cleansing that drills into acts often conflated with genocide… Neatly written in a case study style, the chapters help readers understand the complex interplay of cultural bias and the politics of nation-states… The annotated bibliography that concludes the text is excellent, providing a range of sources that touch on country-specific literature and collective memory. This well-researched text will empower readers to carefully consider the intersections and differences between ethnic cleansing and genocide. – Highly Recommended.” · Choice

    “This is a very fine book worthy of wide scholarly attention. Unlike most other scholars, who see genocide and ethnic cleansing as closely interrelated, Philipp Ther emphasizes the differences between them… I admire its clarity and succinctness and the mastery of a vast material demonstrated by its author. His erudition and courage let him make new and surprising connections and offer truly illuminating insights.” · Slavic Review

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    JUDGING ‘PRIVILEGED’ JEWS
    Holocaust Ethics, Representation, and the ‘Grey Zone’
    Adam Brown

     

    “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

    “This is a well-written, original, and important book that breaks new ground by providing a detailed analysis of this group of victims, thereby deep-ening our understanding of the Holocaust and our appreciation of the complexities of human nature in extreme circumstances.” · Jewish Book Council Review

    Brown provides an important contribution to Holocaust Studies as he carefully builds upon Primo Levi’s “grey zone” in order to explore the passing of moral judgment by writers and artists on those “privileged” Jews who served their Nazi masters…This is an extremely fine choice for any setting devoted to difficult ethical choices, whether the audience is Jewish or not, whether the reader or sponsoring group is religious or not…  a thought-provoking read. · Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

     

    THE NAZI GENOCIDE OF THE ROMA
    Reassessment and Commemoration
    Edited by Anton Weiss-Wendt

     

    “One does not usually praise the introduction to a collection of essays, whose principal function is to provide thematic continuity to a diverse body of works. But in this particular case Weiss-Wendt’s lengthy introduction goes beyond the norm, providing not only continuity but also giving the reader a very scholarly, in-depth overview of the evolution of Roma Holocaust studies…It is this introduction of fresh perspectives and new evidence that makes this book so important. Roma Holocaust studies has long suffered from a dearth of concrete evidence that more fully details the fate of this understudied group. Weiss-Wendt helps to fill this void by opening new pathways of research and discussion for this important dimension of the Holocaust.” · The Russian Review

     

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    Bridging the gap between historical theory and the study of historical memory,this series crosses the boundaries between both academic disciplines and cultural, social, political and historical contexts.

     

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    MARKING EVIL
    Holocaust Memory in the Global Age
    Edited by Amos Goldberg and Haim Hazan

     

    Talking about the Holocaust has provided an international language for ethics, victimization, political claims, and constructions of collective identity. As part of a worldwide vocabulary, that language helps set the tenor of the era of globalization. This volume addresses manifestations of Holocaust-engendered global discourse by critically examining their function and inherent dilemmas, and the ways in which Holocaust-related matters still instigate public debate and academic deliberation. It contends that the contradiction between the totalizing logic of globalization and the assumed uniqueness of the Holocaust generates continued intellectual and practical discontent.

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    JEWISH HISTORIES OF THE HOLOCAUST
    New Transnational Approaches
    Edited by Norman J. W. Goda

     

    For many years, histories of the Holocaust focused on its perpetrators, and only recently have more scholars begun to consider in detail the experiences of victims and survivors, as well as the documents they left behind. This volume contains new research from internationally established scholars. It provides an introduction to and overview of Jewish narratives of the Holocaust. The essays include new considerations of sources ranging from diaries and oral testimony to the hidden Oyneg Shabbes archive of the Warsaw Ghetto; arguments regarding Jewish narratives and how they fit into the larger fields of Holocaust and Genocide studies; and new assessments of Jewish responses to mass murder ranging from ghetto leadership to resistance and memory.

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    VANISHED HISTORY
    The Holocaust in Czech and Slovak Historical Culture
    Tomas Sniegon

     

    “Overall, this is an informative book [that]… may be especially useful for readers interested in the ongoing development of historical narratives in Europe generally, and in the Czech and Slovak Republics in particular.” · Holocaust and Genocide

    About 270,000 out of the 360,000 Czech and Slovak casualties of World War II were victims of the Holocaust. Despite these statistics, the Holocaust vanished almost entirely from post-war Czechoslovak, and later Czech and Slovak, historical cultures. The communist dictatorship carried the main responsibility for this disappearance, yet the situation has not changed much since the fall of the communist regime. The main questions of this study are how and why the Holocaust was excluded from the Czech and Slovak history.

     

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    German Politics and Society is the only American publication that explores issues in modern Germany from the combined perspectives of the social sciences, history, and cultural studies. The journal provides a forum for critical analysis and debate about politics, history, film, literature, visual arts, and popular culture in contemporary Germany. Every issue includes contributions by renowned scholars commenting on recent books about Germany.

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    Latent but Not Less Significant: The Holocaust as an Argumentative Resource in German National Identity Discourse
    Eunike Piwoni

     

     

    French Politics, Culture & Society explores modern and contemporary France from the perspectives of the social sciences, history, and cultural analysis. It also examines France’s relationship to the larger world, especially Europe, the United States, and the former French Empire.

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    Francophonie and Sephardic Difference in the Postwar United States
    Nadia Malinovich

     

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    For over 40 years, European Judaism has provided a voice for the postwar Jewish world in Europe. It has reflected the different realities of each country and helped to rebuild Jewish consciousness after the Holocaust.

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    Fetishizing the Holocaust: Comedy and Transatlantic Connections in Howard Jacobson’s Kalooki Nights
    David Brauner

     

     

    JEMMS explores perceptions of society as constituted and conveyed in processes of learning and educational media. The focus is on various types of texts (such as textbooks, museums, memorials, films) and their institutional, political, social, economic, and cultural contexts.

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    The Holocaust in the Textbooks and in the History and Citizenship Education Program of Quebec
    Sivane Hirsch and Marie McAndrew

     

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  1. Under the Shadow of Empire: Indigenous Girls' Presencing as Decolonizing Force
    Girlhood Studies, vol. 7, #1, Summer 2014
  2. Forget Dawkins: Notes toward an Ethnography of Religious Belief and Doubt
    Social Analysis, vol. 59, #2, Summer 2015
  3. Blaming Sexualization for Sexting
    Girlhood Studies, vol. 7, #1, Summer 2014
  4. Out of the Closet? German Patriotism and Soccer Mania
    German Politics & Society, vol.24, #3, Autumn 2006
  5. Rape Culture and the Feminist Politics of Social Media
    Girlhood Studies, vol. 7, #1, Summer 2014
  6. Less Than One But More Than Many: Anthropocene as Science Fiction and Scholarship-in-the-Making
    Environment and Society, vol. 6, #1, Summer 2015
  7. Staging "small, small incidents": Dissent, gender, and militarization among young people in Kashmir
    Focaal, vol. 2011, #60, Summer 2011
  8. An Inquiry into the Roots of the Modern Concept of Development
    Contributions to the History of Concepts, vol. 4, #2, Autumn 2008
  9. Misunderstood, misrepresented, contested? Anthropological knowledge production in question
    Focaal, vol. 2015, #72, Summer 2015
  10. Theatres of virtue: Collaboration, consensus, and the social life of corporate social responsibility
    Focaal, vol. 2011, #60, Summer 2011

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