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  • EnviroSociety

    New Featured Article!: Adaptation—Genuine and Spurious

    The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article—”Adaptation—Genuine and Spurious: Demystifying Adaptation Processes in Relation to Climate Change”—comes from Volume 1 (2010). In their article, Thomas F. Thornton and Nadia Manasfi critically examine the concept of human adaptation by dividing it into eight fundamental processes and viewing each in a broad cultural, ecological, and evolutionary context. They focus their assessment especially on northern indigenous peoples, who exist at the edges of present-day climate governance frameworks but at the center of increasingly acute climate stress.

    Visit the featured article page to download your copy of the article today before it’s gone! A new article is featured every month.

    The massive Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is rapidly retreating. In this photo a developing forest can be seen above the glacier illustrating how the Mendenhall landscape is being dramatically altered by climate change (photograph by Durelle Scott, courtesy of the National Science Foundation, CC BY 2.0).

     is Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Environmental Change Institute, 
    School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, where he also directs the Environmental Change and Management MSc course. An anthropologist, he has written widely on human ecology, adaptation, local and traditional ecological knowledge, conservation, coastal and marine environments, conceptualizations of space and place, and the political ecology of resource management among the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest and the circumpolar North. His most recent publications include “Coastal Lakes and Lagoons as Dynamic Sites of Exchange among the Tlingit of Alaska” (2017) and Being and Place among the Tlingit (2008).

    NADIA MANASFI completed her masters degree in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford in 2009. A paper based on the results of her dissertation, “Finding the Balance: Challenges and Opportunities for Climate Change Adaptation in Different Levels of English Local Government,” co-authored with Elizabeth Greenhalgh, was published in 2011. Following graduation, she conducted research on adaptation in indigenous communities as part of an internship at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute. Her more recent work with the German International Cooperation (GIZ, formerly GTZ) has focused on climate change adaptation in developing countries, and she plays an active role in advising partner countries on climate-robust development planning.


  • FocaalBlog

    Kevin Poperl and Ida Susser: Inventing a technological commons: Confronting the engine of Macron

    This blog post represents an effort at engaged anthropology in which the anthropologist Ida Susser is working with the scholar/activist Kevin Poperl in the analysis of a new form of social intervention.

    In the face of the seemingly all-powerful neoliberal machine of Emmanuel Macron, French activists who have come together since 2016 in Nuit Debout, unions, a new alternative party (La France Insoumise), and massive demonstrations are regrouping with exciting and productive interventions. Here we discuss what we see as one new political strategy in the wars of position in contemporary capitalism. We suggest that Coopcycle, an online app invented for cooperative organizations of delivery workers, may be initiating an innovative left strategy of class struggle by activating a new form of mobilization that confronts changing work organization and technology in line with the changing subjectivities and class alliances of the current era.

    In 2016, Nuit Debout, the long-term occupation of La Place de la Republique in Paris and plazas throughout France, was initiated as a movement to prevent the deregulation of labor by the French government (Susser 2017). Nuit Debout joined a mobilization against a proposed labor law that reduced worker protection. However, Nuit Debout, combined with strikes and demonstrations organized by unions and political activists, did not succeed in blocking the threatened labor law. Indeed, in June 2017, Emmanuel Macron, an initiator of the law, was elected president of France, precisely to further deregulate the labor market. As a consequence, the question became how to address the issues of workers’ rights in a different way that might still be transformative. Coopcycle was one strategy that emerged from this dilemma. Coopcycle was developed as an alternative approach to online delivery services, promoting the cooperative organization of workers and the protection of worker rights and benefits.

    Many abstract debates about horizontalism and verticalism took place at Nuit Debout. Coopcycle provided a concrete project in which to explore cooperative relationships and to negotiate horizontal and vertical power—not possible among the constantly changing participants of Nuit Debout.

    Coopcycle is now constituted as an informal group of people, who met through Nuit Debout, working to invent and implement a cooperative, as opposed to capitalist, online strategy to provide services. Coopcycle crystallized around the development of an app. Similar to the classical technology used by capitalist start-ups, such as Uber Eats, Deliveroo, and other delivery apps, the technology put the restaurant, the delivery person, and the final customer in online contact. However, the difference was that Coopcycle inventors aimed to counteract the undermining of power and working conditions of the deliverers fundamental to capitalist start-ups. The concept was, first, to develop an app that contained within it the requirement that workers join as cooperatives.

    The next question was how to survive within and even compete against capitalist platforms. Coopcycle had to invent a new form of contract for online applications that protected them from corporate buyouts. After much deliberation, the group realized that the app for Coopcycle had to be licensed and patented as a cooperative app in such a way as to avoid the possibility that it could be bought up by capitalist corporations. In contrast to many capitalist start-ups that specifically aim to be bought by international corporate investors for massive sums, Coopcycle had to invent a license that legally prevented such incorporation.

    A license for the commons
    As is the nature of most such online applications, by French law, every deliverer had a self-employment contract as if they were individual entrepreneurs and not wage workers entitled to unions and other benefits. Deliverers who were fired did not get paid when the company dissolved. In fact, the deliverers were often owed thousands of euros, as the restaurants signed their contracts with Take Eat Easy, not the deliverers. Designated legally as self-employed, the deliverers had no legal rights in relation to their employer. This self-employment contract meant that the fired deliverers could not even access unemployment benefits, never mind retirement benefits or the national health program.

    Coopcycle could represent a political tool that addresses a sector that crystallizes central questions of the epoch: labor conditions and the problem of self-employment as a status, as well as providing a new tool of information technology to promote a commons, or new forms of cooperation. Such an app could become a bridge between the past stable jobs in which workers have fought for union mobilization and the contemporary information society where workers have become casual laborers or consultants in a flexible economy. Although claiming a worldwide network, jobs organized through information technology are, paradoxically, now based on spokes of disconnected individuals with little power.

    Nuit Debout is not attached to any party or union but, instead, serves as a convergence tool or umbrella context in which many organizations could collaborate. Similarly, Coopcycle plans to be a platform that works with different left organizations but is not tied to any particular party or union. In line with this approach, Coopcycle made links with the militant union Sud and CGT, as well as with the French Communist Party and the Mélenchon party, La France Insoumise. The aim was to work with different left organizations but not to be specifically identified with any particular one: objectively partners but subjectively autonomous.

    The idea is to construct an international organization, which would share economic value and help to guarantee the competitiveness of local entities in the face of multinational business (by providing informational development of the application or political lobbying, for example). This approach could be seen as an effort to create the institutions of “the common economy.” The expectation was that the “mutualization of costs” would remunerate what was being provided initially by activists as “free labor.” Coopcycle proposes to give the application to the cooperatives and to help them to use it to free themselves from capitalist platforms. They will then invite them to join the international coordination.

    The challenge for Coopcycle was to create a mirror image of a capitalist franchise, which, in contrast to capitalist enterprises, offered cooperative and democratic organization of production and value sharing. This was difficult because traditional cooperative culture tends to be local and autonomous. Capitalist platforms are global and built on authoritarian hierarchies. To survive, cooperatives needed to have global coordination. Many cooperatives working together would be able to confront international capital. They could also raise money to keep going in relation to capital. But, they had to figure out how such a conglomeration of cooperatives might be able to function within the antitrust regulations of the EU.

    Meanwhile, Coopcycle had to limit the possibility of local cooperatives or local workers succumbing to competition among themselves or selling the app for profit. They needed to work out at what level they could organize the competition between local cooperatives but allow them to be free to make their own decisions: how to organize democratically within vertical constraints.

    Public versus private versus common
    All the issues discussed above crystallized in the battle for a new license. The classic view would consider the problem an issue of public versus private ownership. However, the state in France will not protect a cooperative platform from capitalist competition because of the governance agreements of the EU, nor could they nationalize the sector, for the same reasons. In order to allow workers to reappropriate their informational means of production, Coopcycle had to invent the protection of a new kind of cooperative rights: the property of the commons, neither public nor private but commons.

    Coopcycle recognize that any capitalist competitor could incorporate the platform as free labor in order to compete with them and annihilate the cooperative network they are building. So Coopcycle had to rethink worker relations in order to affirm worker rights as commons. For now, they use a peer-to-peer license that distinguishes lucrative from nonlucrative usage of the platform and are working on a more adapted one to IT productions and cooperatives with Lionel Maurel. The question remains how to move from the traditional approach of cooperativism in order to invent the possibility of a new hegemonic mode of production in a transformative and transitional way.

    Coopcycle see the transformative aspect of the new platform as a necessity for survival, under the massive deregulation engine of Macron, and as a contribution. In this way, a pragmatic approach may lead to political and structural claims/positioning for change. Finally, Coopcycle aims to forbid participation by Uber Eats, Deliveroo, and all capitalist disruptive platforms that endanger health care and other hard-won employee benefits by the substitution of an individual self-employment contract for unionized wage work. They see themselves as building the basis for a municipalist public service that delivers goods and information to local institutions including them in the support of commons production costs (subsidies). In other words, they want to restart the original move that emerged in the generalization of health care and other public services.

    Capitalist platforms are what we could call “social” or “technological” monopolies. They propose technological services whose “social” natures imply decreasing marginal production costs and increasing returns. In the end, as the technological lynchpin that connects the two markets of labor and production, one economic actor aspires to achieve a dominant position. It may, in fact, totally subsume and organize labor and producers (like restaurants) dictating both labor conditions and prices.

    This result is not efficient, even in capitalist terms; prices will be higher and quantities and innovation will be lowered by this situation. As Marx highlighted centuries ago, we meet here a fundamental and classical contradiction in the capitalist mode of production between relations of production and the development of productive forces. This contradiction arises similarly, with intellectual property rights that limit the diffusion and development of knowledge and then productive efficiency.

    In the current context, financiers are investing in these new unprofitable apps because they foresee the attractive possibility of controlling the final monopoly as well as being afraid to lose out in the competition. This is why Deliveroo or Uber Eats continue to succeed in raising funds even as they continue to lose money. The Coopcycle strategy is to undermine this final monopoly goal. Coopcycle activists have been accustomed to provide free labor and are used to unemployment. They claim that even if they don’t succeed in building an economically viable project based on the pooling of resources, their ability to provide the new platform, already produced, freely to any cooperative that wants to use it is a serious threat to capitalist platforms, since it could destroy the final monopoly fantasy, sow doubt among investors, and encourage alternative efforts. In this sense, Coopcycle may fail, but the idea of this kind of success already changes the conditions for a common economy.

    Coopcycle has a powerful vision. It aims to operate an application that transforms and decommercializes the information technology sector: a new kind of common service that will also begin to form the basis of new kinds of political organizing and challenge the individual neoliberal subjectivities currently so hegemonic.

    Kevin Poperl is an economist whose research focuses on neoclassical and Marxist political economies. As an activist, he has been involved in several grassroots movements and took an active part in Nuit Debout in 2016. He is a founding member of the Coopcycle organization.

    Ida Susser is Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College and the City University of New York, has studied social movements in the United States and southern Africa, and is now studying progressive social movements, cities and ideas of the commons in France and Spain. Among other publications, she edited a Focaal special issue on the commons and coedited Wounded Cities: Destruction and Reconstruction in a Globalized World (2003) and Rethinking America: The Imperial Homeland in the 21st Century (2009).

    Cite as: Poperl, Kevin, and Ida Susser. 2018. “Inventing a technological commons: Confronting the engine of Macron.” FocaalBlog, 19 April.

  • Museum Worlds

    “Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire” is now at San Francisco’s de Young Museum

    House of the WaterlilyThe 1,000-year-old former Mesoamerican city, Teotihuacan, is on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and, after Feb. 11, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The de Young Museum provides an interactive digital story about the major exhibition, “Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire”. To celebrate, we’re presenting our new title: HOUSE OF THE WATERLILY: A Novel of the Ancient Maya World by Kelli Carmean


  • Berghahn Journals Blog

    International Day for Monuments and Sites


    Celebrated yearly on April 18th, the International Day for Monuments and Sites  encourages local communities and individuals throughout the world to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their lives and to promote awareness of its diversity and vulnerability and the efforts required to protect and conserve it. Sharing stories through heritage sites is a way to transfer knowledge between generations which is a crucial step in cultural development, characterizing the human experience since time immemorial.

    For more information on ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and IDMS 2018 please visit


    In joining the celebration Berghahn is pleased to offer 25% discount, valid for next 30 days, on relevant History & Museum Studies titles. At checkout, simply enter the code IDMS18.

    Monuments and Memory after 1989
    Anna Saunders


    Since unification, eastern Germany has witnessed a rapidly changing memorial landscape. Memorializing the GDR provides the first in-depth study of this key topic, investigating the individuals and groups involved in the creation or destruction of memorials while addressing the subject’s complex aesthetic, political, and historical dimensions.


    Universal Discourse, National Culture, and Local Memory
    Haiming Yan


    There is a World Heritage Craze in China. China claims to have the longest continuous civilization in the world and is seeking recognition from UNESCO. This book explores three dimensions of the UNESCO World Heritage initiative with particular relevance for China: the universal agenda, the national practices, and the local responses. With a sociological lens, this book offers comprehensive insights into World Heritage, as well as China’s deep social, cultural, and political structures.

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    Homes and Museums in Israel
    Judy Jaffe-Schagen

    Volume 5, Material Mediations: People and Things in a World of Movement


    Through fascinating explorations of the museums and domestic spaces of eight representative Israeli communities—Chabad, Moroccan, Iraqi, Ethiopian, Russian, Religious-Zionist, Christian Arab, and Muslim Arab—it gives a powerful account of museums’ role in state formation, proposing a new approach to collecting and categorizing particularly well-suited to societies in conflict.

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    Edited by Karin Bauer and Jennifer Ruth Hosek


    While positioning itself as a creative center populated by young and cosmopolitan global citizens, the “New Berlin” is at the same time a rich site of historical memory, defined inescapably by its past even as it articulates German and European hopes for the future. Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin presents a fascinating cross-section of life in Germany’s largest city, revealing the complex ways in which globalization, ethnicity, economics, memory, and national identity inflect how its urban spaces are inhabited and depicted.

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    Transformations of Cultural Memory
    Anne Eriksen

    Volume 1, Time and the World: Interdisciplinary Studies in Cultural Transformations


    What does it mean when runic stones or medieval churches are transformed from antiquities to monuments to heritage sites? This book argues that the transformations concern more than words alone: They reflect fundamental changes in the way we experience the past, and the way historical objects are assigned meaning and value in the present.

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    Making and Unmaking Heritage in Cyprus
    Gisela Welz


    Since the Republic of Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004, heritage-making and Europeanization are becoming intertwined in Greek-Cypriot society. The author argues that heritage emerges as an increasingly standardized economic resource — a “European product” — and that heritage policy has become infused with transnational market regulations and neoliberal property regimes.

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    Museums and Collections Series

    As houses of memory and sources of information about the world, museums function as a dynamic interface between past, present and future. This series explores the potential of museum collections to transform our knowledge of the world, and for exhibitions to influence the way in which we view and inhabit that world. It offers essential reading for those involved in all aspects of the museum sphere: curators, researchers, collectors, students and the visiting public.










    Volume 10

    Video Testimony in Memorial Museums
    Steffi de Jong

    With a focus on Holocaust museums, this study scrutinizes for the first time the new global phenomenon of the “musealization” of the witness to history, exploring the processes, prerequisites, and consequences of the transformation of video testimonies into exhibits.

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    Volume 9

    Identity and Political Education at the Jewish Museum Berlin
    Victoria Bishop Kendzia

    Visitors to the House of Memory is an intimate exploration of how young Berliners experience the Museum.

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    Volume 8

    Issues of Participation, Sustainability, Trust and Diversity
    Ana Luisa Sánchez Laws

    This volume offers a holistic picture of museum online activities that can serve as a starting point for cross-disciplinary discussion. It is a resource for museum staff, students, designers, and researchers working at the intersection of cultural institutions and digital technologies.

    Read Introduction

    Volume 7 Available in Paperback

    The Second World War in Eastern European Museums
    Zuzanna Bogumił, Joanna Wawrzyniak, Tim Buchen, Christian Ganzer and Maria Senina

    This book presents a useful methodology for examining museum images and provides a critical analysis of the role historical museums play in the contemporary world.

    Read Introduction: The Enemy on Display

    Volume 6 Available in Paperback

    Transnational Networks, Collections, Narratives, and Representations
    Wolfram Kaiser, Stefan Krankenhagen and Kerstin Poehls
    Translated from the German

    This book investigates how museums exhibit Europe.

    Read Introduction: Exhibiting Europe? Europeanisation as Cultural Practice

    Volume 5

    Experiencing History, War and Nation at a Danish Heritage Site
    Mads Daugbjerg

    This book explores how such struggles unfold in practice at a highly symbolic battlefield site in the Danish/German borderland.


    For a full selection of titles in the series please visit series webpage.


    Berghahn Journals


    In recognition of the ICOMOS International Day For Monuments and Sites, established by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference as April 18, Berghahn Journals would like to offer free access to the following articles until April 25!


    Agonistic Interpretation: A New Paradigm in Response to Current Developments

    Nicole Deufel

    Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (Vol. 26, Issue 2)

    Land, Nation and Tourist: Moral Reckoning in Post-GFC Iceland

    Mary Hawkins and Helena Onnudottir

    Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (Vol. 26, Issue 2)

    From Global to Local Heritage: Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Role of the Museum

    Janet Blake

    Anthropology of the Middle East (Vol. 10, Issue 1)

    Obligations to Objects: Tangled Histories and Changing Contexts of the Burnett River Rock Engravings

    Brit Asmussen, Lester Michael Hill, Sean Ulm and Chantal Knowles

    Museum Worlds (Vol. 4)

    Heritage: Renovation, Relocation, Remediation, and Repositioning Museums

    Mary Bouquet

    Museum Worlds (Vol. 1)

    Two Venerated Mothers Separated by a Wall: Iconic Spaces, Territoriality, and Borders in Israel-Palestine

    Nurit Stadler and Nimrod Luz

    Religion and Society (Vol. 6)

     Showcasing Dictatorship: Memory and the Museum in Argentina and Chile

     Jens Andermann

    Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society (Vol. 4, Issue 2)

    The Transnational Turn Meets the Educational Turn: Engaging and Educating Adolescents in History Museums in Europe

     Wolfram Kaiser

    Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society (Vol. 4, Issue 2)



  • Berghahn Journals Blog

    Born on April 15: Durkheim, the ‘founding father’ of sociology


    “Social man…is the masterpiece of existence.”
    ― Émile Durkheim (April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917)

    David Émile Durkheim was a French sociologist, social psychologist and philosopher. Along with Karl Marx and Max Weber, he formally established the academic discipline and and is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science and father of sociology.


    To commemorate Durkheim’s 160th birthday on April 15th, Berghahn Journals would like to offer free access to the five most viewed articles* from Durkheimian Studies until April 22!

    The Dualism of Human Nature and its Social Conditions

    Émile Durkheim (Volume 11)


    Durkheim’s Two Theories of Sacrifice: Ritual, Social Change and Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse

    Melissa Ptacek (Volume 21)


    Durkheim and Socialization

    Guy van de Walle (Volume 14)


    Durkheim’s Concept of Mechanical Solidarity – Where Did It Go?

    Bjørn Schiermer (Volume 20)


    Society as Representation: Durkheim, Psychology and the ‘Dualism of Human Nature’

    Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi (Volume 20)


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    In Paperback

    Edited by Alexander Tristan Riley, W.S.F. Pickering†, and William Watts Miller
    Published in Association with the Durkheim Press


    “The strengths of the book are the featuring of the diversity of the [Durkheim] tradition and the many lines linking broadly Durkheimian themes to current work on the arts… [It] illustrates powerfully how Durkheimian concepts live with us today and how we can benefit by comparisons with this rich tradition. Read and be inspired.” · American Journal of Sociology

    Using a broad definition of the Durkheimian tradition, this book offers the first systematic attempt to explore the Durkheimians’ engagement with art. It focuses on both Durkheim and his contemporaries as well as later thinkers influenced by his work. The first five chapters consider Durkheim’s own exploration of art; the remaining six look at other Durkheimian thinkers, including Marcel Mauss, Henri Hubert, Maurice Halbwachs, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Michel Leiris, and Georges Bataille. The contributors—scholars from a range of theoretical orientations and disciplinary perspectives—are known for having already produced significant contributions to the study of Durkheim. This book will interest not only scholars of Durkheim and his tradition but also those concerned with aesthetic theory and the sociology and history of art.

    Read Introduction

    Please visit additional blog post where Alexander Tristan Riley shares what brought him to the study of Durkheim, a prediction of the collection’s reception, and what he would ask the philosopher if given the chance.


    In Paperback

    A Centenary Celebration of The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
    Edited by Sondra L. Hausner

    Volume 27, Methodology & History in Anthropology


    “The volume conveys the potential of Elementary Forms to inspire new areas of research in the field of cognitive studies and of collective processes and rituals more specifically. As the contributors suggest, there is much to explore in contemporary phenomena by wary of Durkheim’s original approach to the study of religion.” · Durkheimian Studies/Etudes Durkheimiennes

    One hundred years after the publication of the great sociological treatise, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, this new volume shows how aptly Durkheim¹s theories still resonate with the study of contemporary and historical religious societies. The volume applies the Durkheimian model to multiple cases, probing its resilience, wondering where it might be tweaked, and asking which aspects have best stood the test of time. A dialogue between theory and ethnography, this book shows how Durkheimian sociology has become a mainstay of social thought and theory, pointing to multiple ways in which Durkheim¹s work on religion remains relevant to our thinking about culture.

    Read Introduction: Durkheim in Disciplinary Dialogue


    In Paperback

    Solidarity and the Sacred
    William Watts Miller


    “Watts Miller provides a meticulous, conscientious, and unpretentious reading of Durkheim, rooted in deep acquaintance not only with his unpublished lectures but also with the writing of his contemporaries…The strength of Watts Miller’s book is that it harks back to a Durkheim of complexity and rich ambiguity.” · Choice

    Durkheim, in his very role as a ‘founding father’ of a new social science, sociology, has become like a figure in an old religious painting, enshrouded in myth and encrusted in layers of thick, impenetrable varnish. This book undertakes detailed, up-to-date investigations of Durkheim’s work in an effort to restore its freshness and reveal it as originally created. These investigations explore his particular ideas, within an overall narrative of his initial problematic search for solidarity, how it became a quest for the sacred and how, at the end of his life, he embarked on a project for a new great work on ethics. A theme running through this is his concern with a modern world in crisis and his hope in social and moral reform. Accordingly, the book concludes with a set of essays on modern times and on a crisis that Durkheim thought would pass but which now seems here to stay.


    The Durkheimian Legacy
    Edited by W. S. F. Pickering and Massimo Rosati†
    Published in Association with the Durkheim Press


    “…an impressive collection that makes a strong contribution to sociological theory and Durkheimian scholarship. Its particular strength is how it makes available the robustness and enduring importance of Durkheim’s rich conceptual lexicon… Theoretically sophisticates, yet relatively accessible, this volume is particularly appropriate for inclusion in advanced undergraduate theory courses or graduate level seminars.” · Canadian Journal of Sociology/Cahiers canadiens de sociologie

    Until recently the subject of suffering and evil was neglected in the sociological world and was almost absent in Durkheimian studies as well. This book aims to fill the gap, with particular reference to the Durkheimian tradition, by exploring the different meanings that the concepts of evil and suffering have in Durkheim’s works, together with the general role they play in his sociology. It also examines the meanings and roles of these concepts in relation to suffering and evil in the work of other authors within the group of the Année sociologique up until the beginning of World War II. Finally, the Durkheimian legacy in its wider aspects is assessed, with particular reference to the importance of the Durkheimian categories in understanding and conceptualizing contemporary forms of evil and suffering.


    Edited by W. S. F. Pickering
    With an introduction by Kenneth Thompson
    Published by Durkheim Press


    Taken as a whole, the collection provides a useful grounding in contemporary Durkheimian studies.” · Choice

    There has been a growing interest in Durkheim, founding father of sociology, since the 1970s. This volume takes a look at the current stage of Durkheimian studies, pointing out paths scholars are now following as they examine the various themes of study that Durkheim opened up to the academic world. They clearly demonstrate the continuing importance of Durkheim’s works and the benefits to be derived from re-reading them in the light of contemporary social developments.



    Perspectives on Education and Punishment
    Edited by Mark S. Cladis


    Education and punishment are two crucial sites of the “disciplinary society,” approached by Durkheim and Foucault from different perspectives, but also in a shared concern with what kind of society might constitute an “emancipatory” alternative. This collection of essays explores the issues that are involved and that are illuminated through a comparison and contrast of two social theorists who at first sight might seem an “unlikely couple” – Durkheim and Foucault.




    In Paperback

    The Intellectual Pursuit of the Sacred Reinvented
    Alexander Tristan Riley


    “…offers readers a tour of twentieth-century French intellectual 10 history by one of the finest Durkheimian scholars writing today. At the heart of the book is Durkheim’s concept of the sacred. Yet despite the seemingly familiar starting point, Riley’s book sparkles with creative 15 ideas, intriguing concepts, and introductions to a broad class of characters… part of the book’s (mystic) charm is its comprehensive and suggestive nature.” · Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review

    The Durkheimians have traditionally been understood as positivist, secular thinkers, fully within the Enlightenment project of limitless reason and progress. In a radical revision of this view, this book persuasively argues that the core members of the Durkheimian circle (Durkheim himself, Marcel Mauss, Henri Hubert and Robert Hertz) are significantly more complicated than this. Through his extensive analysis of large volumes of correspondence as well as historical and macro-sociological mappings of the intellectual and social worlds in which the Durkheimian project emerged, the author shows the Durkheimian project to have constituted a quasi-religious quest in ways much deeper than most interpreters have thought. Their fascination, both personal and intellectual, with the sacred is the basis on which the author reconstructs some important components of modern French intellectual history, connecting Durkheimian thought to key representatives of French poststructuralism and postmodernism: Bataille, Foucault, Derrida, Baudrillard, and Deleuze.

    Related Link: Other publications from Durkheim Press



    Études Durkheimiennes

    Editor: W. Watts Miller

    Durkheimian Studies is available online.

    Durkheimian Studies / Études Durkheimiennes is the scholarly journal of the British Centre for Durkheimian Studies. It is concerned with all aspects of the work of Durkheim and his group, such as Marcel Mauss and Robert Hertz, and with the contemporary development and application of their ideas to issues in the social sciences, religion and philosophy. The journal is unique in often featuring first-time or new English translations of their French works otherwise not available to English-language scholars. Click here to access a FREE sample issue.



  • Berghahn Journals Blog

    World Health Day

    In recognition of the day Berghahn would like to showcase a range of related titles, delivering scholarly, informed opinion. Valid through May 7th, we are pleased to offer a 25% discount on any of our Medical Anthropology titles ordered directly through Berghahn webpage. At checkout, simply enter the code WHD18.

    Please note that all the titles listed below are also available as ebooks. More information is available here.


    An Ethnography of Healthcare and Decision-Making in Bhutan
    Jonathan Taee

    Volume 4, WYSE Series in Social Anthropology


    In the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, medical patients engage a variety of healing practices to seek cures for their ailments. Patients use the expanding biomedical network and a growing number of traditional healthcare units, while also seeking alternative practices, such as shamanism and other religious healing, or even more provocative practices. The Patient Multiple delves into this healthcare complexity in the context of patients’ daily lives and decision-making processes, showing how these unique mountain cultures are finding new paths to good health among a changing and multifaceted medical topography.

    Related Link: Visit the author’s website:

    Read Introduction


    Abortion Governance and Protest Logics in Europe
    Edited by Silvia De Zordo, Joanna Mishtal, and Lorena Anton

    Volume 20, Protest, Culture & Society


    This volume analyses European abortion governance and explores how social movements, political groups, and individuals use protests and resistance to influence abortion policy. Drawing on case studies from Italy, Spain, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the European Union, it analyses the strategies and discourses of groups seeking to liberalise or restrict reproductive rights. It also illuminates the ways that reproductive rights politics intersect with demographic anxieties, as well as the rising nationalisms and xenophobia related to austerity policies, mass migration and the recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

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    Imagining and Remembering Home
    Janette Davies
    Foreword by Lord Nigel Crisp

    Volume 41, New Directions in Anthropology


    Living Before Dying is an important and timely contribution to a rising body of social scientific and bioethical work about dementia, including the anthropology of senility. It should be read by all those who want care to improve for older people, with and without dementia.” • Times Higher Education

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    Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives Series

    Understanding the complex and multifaceted issue of human reproduction has been, and remains, of great interest both to academics and practitioners. This series includes studies by specialists in the field of social, cultural, medical, and biological anthropology, medical demography, psychology, and development studies. Current debates and issues of global relevance on the changing dynamics of fertility, human reproduction and sexuality are addressed.


    Anthropological Approaches to the Heterogeneity of Modern Fertility Declines
    Edited by Philip Kreager and Astrid Bochow


    Fertility transition, rather than the story of the triumphant spread of Western birth control rationality, reveals a diversity of reproductive means and ends continuing before, during, and after transition. This collection brings together anthropological case studies, placing them in a comparative framework to address how fertility is simply one element of complex social structures, in which the formation and size of families is not decided solely or primarily by reproduction.

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    Zsuzsa Berend


    Zsuzsa Berend presents a methodologically innovative ethnography of, the largest surrogacy support website in the United States. Surrogates’ views emerge from the stories, debates, and discussions that unfold online. The Online World of Surrogacy documents these collective meaning-making practices and explores their practical, emotional, and moral implications. In doing so, the book works through themes of interest across the social sciences, including definitions of parenthood, the symbolic role of money, reproductive loss, altruism, and the moral valuation of relationships.

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    Edited by Marcia C. Inhorn, Wendy Chavkin & José-Alberto Navarro


    Globalized Fatherhood, with its 16 chapters and original research on fatherhood (and related topics) from more than 20 countries comes at an opportune time. This impressive volume,… covers a lot of ground…[It] is an ambitious offering that hits the mark in most of its chapters, and advances the research in a field that is sadly lacking in it. May there be more volumes on the topic –by these authors, and many others.” · Gender & Development

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    An American Cultural Dilemma
    Cecília Tomori


    “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

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    Food, Nutrition, and Culture Series

    Taking an anthropological perspective, this book series provides a forum for thought-provoking work on the bio-cultural, cultural, and social aspects of human nutrition and food habits. The books in this series present timely food-related scholarship intended for researchers, academics, students, and those involved in food policy.


    Negotiating Infant Feeding
    Penny Van Esterik and Richard A. O’Connor


    The Dance of Nurture integrates ethnography, biology and the political economy of infant feeding into a holistic framework guided by the metaphor of dance. It includes a critique of efforts to improve infant feeding practices globally by UN agencies and advocacy groups concerned with solving global nutrition and health problems.

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    Negotiating Anorexia
    Richard A. O’ Connor and Penny van Esterik


    “I found this to be a top-notch scholarly work written in a way that will be accessible for diverse audiences including students, professional clinicians, academics, and the interested lay public.”  ·  Janet Dixon Keller, University of Illinois

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    The Meaning of Measures and the Measure of Meanings
    Edited by Megan McCullough and Jessica Hardin
    Afterword by Stephen T. McGarvey


    “This is not a book that seeks to discredit health research and leave others to do the work of finding a better way to conduct it; rather, it aims to improve health research by providing useful avenues for critique and suggestions for ways forward. In this sense, it works as a very practical guide for those working in the health professions, whether as researchers or healthcare providers, to better understand “obesity” and “overweight” and, importantly, fat people in social and environmental context… it makes a welcome and necessary intervention into the business of health research, provision, and discourse, as well as its public reception.” · Fat Studies Journal

    Epistemologies of Healing Series

    This series publishes monographs and edited volumes on indigenous (so-called traditional) medical knowledge and practice, alternative and complementary medicine, and ethnobiological studies that relate to health and illness. The emphasis of the series is on the way indigenous epistemologies inform healing, against a background of comparison with other practices, and in recognition of the fluidity between them.


    The Position, Power, and Plasticity of Chinese Medicine in Singapore
    Arielle Ann Smith


    This book examines the use and practice of Chinese medicine in Singapore, especially in everyday life, and contributes to anthropological debates regarding the post-colonial intersection of knowledge, identity, and governmentality, and to transnational studies of Chinese medicine as a permeable, plural, and fluid practice.


    Luangan Healing Performances through Practice
    Isabell Herrmans


    Departing from the conception that rituals exist as ethereal, liminal or insulated traditional domains, this volume demonstrates the importance of understanding rituals as emergent within their specific historical and social settings. It offers an analysis of a number of concrete ritual performances, exemplifying a diversity of ritual genres, stylistic modalities and sensual ambiences, from low-key, habitual affairs to drawn-out, crowd-seizing community rituals and innovative, montage-like cultural experiments.

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    Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice


    Anthropology in Action (AIA) is a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles, commentaries, research reports, and book reviews in applied anthropology. The journal provides a forum for debate and analysis for anthropologists working both inside and outside academia and aims to promote communication amongst practitioners, academics and students of anthropology in order to advance the cross-fertilisation of expertise and ideas.

    Special Issue: Negotiating Care in Uncertain Settings and Looking Beneath the Surface of Health Governance Projects



    This peer-reviewed journal provides a forum for scholarly exchange between anthropologists and other social scientists working in and on the Middle East. The journal’s aim is to disseminate, on the basis of informed analysis and insight, a better understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and thereby to achieve a greater appreciation of Middle Eastern contributions to our culturally diverse world.

    Featured Article: Women and Sexuality in Contemporary Iran: When HIV Meets Government Morality
    Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi



    The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology is an international, peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing leading scholarship in contemporary anthropology. Geographically diverse articles provide a range of theoretical or ethical perspectives, from the traditional to the mischievous or subversive, and aim to offer new insights into the worlds in which we live.

    Featured Article: “But Isn’t It the Baby that Decides When It Will Be Born?” Women’s Embodied Experiences of Giving Birth
    Joanna White


    An Interdisciplinary Journal


    Boyhood Studies is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the discussion of boyhood, young masculinities, and boys’ lives by exploring the full scale of intricacies, challenges, and legacies that inform male and masculine developments.

    Featured Article: The Biologically Vulnerable Boy: Framing Sex Differences in Childhood Infectious Disease Mortality
    Heather T. Battles


    An Interdisciplinary Journal


    Girlhood Studies is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the critical discussion of girlhood from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and for the dissemination of current research and reflections on girls’ lives to a broad, cross-disciplinary audience of scholars, researchers, practitioners in the fields of education, social service and health care and policy makers.

    Special Issue: Girls and their Health




Top Article Downloads

  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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