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    New Featured Article!: “Boundary Plants, the Social Production of Space, and Vegetative Agency in Agrarian Societies”

    The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article—”Boundary Plants, the Social Production of Space, and Vegetative Agency in Agrarian Societies”—comes from Volume 7 (2016). In his article, Michael Sheridan surveys botanical boundaries in classic ethnography, outlines social science approaches to boundary objects, and describes new theoretical work on space, place, and agency.

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    Cordyline fruticosa is used throughout the Eastern Caribbean on property boundaries (photograph by Mokkie via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0).



    MICHAEL SHERIDAN
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    after building water pipelines as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, received his PhD in Anthropology and African Studies from Boston University in 2001. He now teaches anthropology at Middlebury College. Much of his work concerns the culture and politics of environmental management in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2014–2015 his work on boundary plants took him to Cameroon, Tanzania, St. Vincent, Papua New Guinea, and French Polynesia.

  • FocaalBlog

    Quinn Slobodian: Against the neoliberalism taboo

    Daniel Rodgers has written the latest would-be obituary for neoliberalism as a category of analysis, hot off the press in the first 2018 issue of Dissent magazine. Like Rajesh Venugopal and Bill Dunn before him, he creates a typology of the term’s use before concluding its analytical and political uselessness. Personally, I remain invested in seeking greater precision for the term rather than discarding it. The transformations, competing definitions, and contradictions of a term like liberalism or socialism have not led us to jettison those terms, so why this one?

    Beyond that, to say that more precise terms are available fails to convince. A case in point is Rodgers’s proposal to substitute “market fundamentalism” for the intellectual project of neoliberalism. The term gives the false impression that neoliberals believed in a “free, unsteered market,” as he puts it. Yet, as every history of neoliberal thought has made clear, the project is about reengineering, not discarding, the state. In my forthcoming book, I suggest that “encasing” the market is more accurate than “liberating” it. Adopting Rodgers’s “market fundamentalism” instead misleads the critic into thinking they have found inconsistency, incoherence, or hypocrisy whenever the state appears. Yet, neoliberalism is a form of regulation, not its radical Other. Even a superficial reading of the primary texts of neoliberals makes this clear. Milton Friedman’s Economic Bill of Rights, James M. Buchanan’s fiscal constitutionalism, F. A. Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty, Gottfried Haberler’s proposals for GATT, Ernst-Joachim Mestmäcker on European competition law, William Landes and Richard Posner on intellectual property rights—the list goes on.

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    Figure 1: Mural on Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York,  July 2008 (photograph by D Huw Richardson via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

    Intellectual networks are not a Rosetta Stone to understand neoliberalism as a whole, but they can be a helpful starting point. Following the Mont Pèlerin Society (MPS) past 1947 and beyond, Hayek would lead to an encounter with much of the research Rodgers credits as the “real engine of the economic theory of neoliberalism.” He cites human capital theory (pioneered as part of the “economic way of looking at life” by Gary Becker, MPS president 1990–1992), public choice theory (developed by MPS member Gordon Tullock and Buchanan, MPS president 1984–1986). One could add the law-and-economics approach of Richard Epstein, Ronald Coase, Henry Manne, and Posner (all MPS members); the idea of “regulatory capture” developed by George Stigler (MPS president 1976–1978); or the counterrevolution in development economics pioneered by Peter Bauer and Deepak Lal (both members, the latter president from 2010–2012).

    Many if not all of these ideas were discussed collectively, not in the sense of airtight schemes hatched on Mont Pèlerin, but in the sense of forthright often critical engagement in (easily accessible) journals. The real obstacle to gaining an overview of this discourse is time, which is why it is helpful that scholars like Bernhard Walpen, Rob Van Horn, Naomi Beck, Will Davies, Werner Bonefeld, Eddie Nik-Khah, Melinda Cooper, and many others have done such a great job of synthesizing vast amounts of writing.

    As for think tanks, scholars and activists have been tracing the connections between neoliberalism as intellectual and policy project for a quarter century (Radhika Desai on “second-hand dealers in ideas” in New Left Review in 1994 was a pioneer). The list of think tanks founded by MPS members is almost a cliché at this point, but necessary to recount if one (here Rodgers) chooses to ignore it: the Institute of Economic Affairs founded by Antony Fisher in 1955; the Institute for Humane Studies founded by F. A. Harper in 1961; the Heritage Foundation founded by Ed Feulner in 1973 (MPS president 1996–1998); the Fraser Institute founded by Fisher in 1974; the Manhattan Institute founded by Fisher in 1977; the Cato Institute founded by Ed Crane, Charles Koch, and Murray Rothbard in 1977. The Atlas Network, founded by Fisher in 1981 and run under the long-time leadership of Alejandro Chafuen, now counts more than 457 member organizations in more than 96 countries. One can debate the influence of these think tanks—and one should. But to suggest that the intellectuals and the think tanks exist in different analytical silos is odd, especially since Rodgers explored some of the connections in his own Age of Fracture.

    Lastly, on the evergreen point that nobody calls themselves neoliberals—even if one opts for nominalism (would this make the NSDAP, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, a socialist worker’s party?), it’s noteworthy that the Adam Smith Institute (founded by MPS members Eammon and Stuart Butler) “came out as neoliberals” in 2016. Internally, many MPS folks (especially German-speaking) use the term without too much angst, and have done so for some time already. In my experience, what annoys them is (like their critics) the baggy imprecision of the word more than the word itself. MPS member Hans Willgerodt (Wilhelm Röpke’s nephew) offered a helpful internal self-definition in 2006: “neoliberals recognized that the fundamental task was establishing the role of the state both more clearly and differently … it was neoliberals furthermore who pointed out the extra-economic conditions for a free economic system.”

    If one reads the writings of actual neoliberals, one finds a renewed attention to culture, institutions, and values since the end of the Cold War; not endless defibrillations of homo economicus. This helps explain, for example, the new Department of Political Economy and Moral Science at the University of Arizona established through the university’s Freedom Center, which received $1.8 million in Koch Foundation funding, Charles Koch’s recent $10 million donation to relaunch the business school at the Catholic University of America and Chafuen’s new parallel position as managing director of the Acton Institute, dedicated to “integrating Judeo-Christian Truths with Free Market Principles.” The new head of the Heritage Foundation is a cultural conservative with a background in anti-abortion activism rather than economics. Cooper’s book Family Values is brilliant on this connection. It is also helps explain how certain strains of “right-wing populism,” especially in Germany and Austria, are varieties of neoliberalism rather than its opposite.

    Scholars can do better—and have done better—by using categories carefully and placing them in time and space rather than excising from the analytical dictionary. To place a taboo on categories, especially those as slippery as neoliberalism, might be the true act of mystification and obfuscation.


    Quinn Slobodian is an ACLS Frederick Burkhardt fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Initiative on Global History and an associate professor of history at Wellesley College. He is the author of Comrades of Color: East Germany in the Cold War World (Berghahn Books, 2015). His most recent book is Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism, forthcoming from Harvard University Press.


    Cite as: Slobodian, Quinn. 2018. “Against the neoliberalism taboo.” FocaalBlog, 12 January. www.focaalblog.com/2018/01/12/

  • 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

     

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    The Men of the Wannsee Conference
    Edited by Hans-Christian Jasch and Christoph Kreutzmüller
    Translated from the German by Charlotte Kreutzmüller-Hughes and Jane Paulick

     

    On 20 January 1942, fifteen senior German government officials attended a short meeting in Berlin to discuss the deportation and murder of the Jews of Nazi-occupied Europe. Despite lasting less than two hours, the Wannsee Conference is today understood as a signal episode in the history of the Holocaust, exemplifying the labor division and bureaucratization that made the “Final Solution” possible. Yet while the conference itself has been exhaustively researched, many of its attendees remain relatively obscure. Combining accessible prose with scholarly rigor, The Participants presents fascinating profiles of the all-too-human men who implemented some of the most inhuman acts in history.

    Read Introduction: The Participants: The Men of the Wannsee Conference

     

    Complicating the Picture
    Edited by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi

     

    “A refreshingly candid response to Japanese scholarship that denies or minimizes the attack on Nanking in order to advance contemporary jingoistic politics … Highly recommended.” · Choice

    First published in 2007, The Nanking Atrocity remains an essential resource for understanding the massacre committed by Japanese soldiers in Nanking, China during the winter of 1937-38. Through a series of deeply considered and empirically rigorous essays, it provides a far more complex and nuanced perspective than that found in works like Iris Chang’s bestselling The Rape of Nanking. It systematically reveals the flaws and exaggerations in Chang’s book while deflating the self-exculpatory narratives that persist in Japan even today. This second edition includes an extensive new introduction by the editor reflecting on the historiographical developments of the last decade, in advance of the 80th anniversary of the massacre.

    Read Introduction: Iris Chang Reassessed: A Polemical Introduction to the Second Edition

     

    Episodes in Mexican Social History
    Carlos Illades
    Translated by Philip Daniels

    NEW SERIES: Volume 2, Studies in Latin American and Spanish History

     

    “Unequivocally, a very timely work that expands the understanding of Mexico’s social history…Highly recommended.” • Choice

    Conflict, domination, violence—in this wide-ranging, briskly narrated volume from acclaimed Mexican historian Carlos Illades, these three phenomena register the pulse of a diverse, but inequitable and discriminatory, social order. Drawing on rich and varied historical sources, Illades guides the reader through seven signal episodes in Mexican social history, from rebellions under Porfirio Díaz’s dictatorship to the cycles of violence that have plagued the country’s deep south to the recent emergence of neo-anarchist movements. Taken together, they comprise a mosaic history of power and resistance, with artisans, rural communities, revolutionaries, students, and ordinary people confronting the forces of domination and transforming Mexican society.

    Read Chapter 1. The Historiography of Social Movements

     

    British Foreign Policy before the First World War
    Andreas Rose
    Translated from the German by Rona Johnston
    Foreword by Sir Christopher Clark, author of Sleepwalkers

    Volume 5,  Studies in British and Imperial History

     

    Prior to World War I, Britain was at the center of global relations, utilizing tactics of diplomacy as it broke through the old alliances of European states. Historians have regularly interpreted these efforts as a reaction to the aggressive foreign policy of the German Empire. However, as Between Empire and Continent demonstrates, British foreign policy was in fact driven by a nexus of intra-British, continental and imperial motivations. Recreating the often heated public sphere of London at the turn of the twentieth century, this groundbreaking study carefully tracks the alliances, conflicts, and political maneuvering from which British foreign and security policy were born.

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    Conflict and Transformation in Europe, the Middle East, and America
    Edited by Marsha L. Rozenblit and Jonathan Karp

     

    World War I utterly transformed the lives of Jews around the world: it allowed them to display their patriotism, to dispel antisemitic myths about Jewish cowardice, and to fight for Jewish rights. Yet Jews also suffered as refugees and deportees, at times catastrophically. And in the aftermath of the war, the replacement of the Habsburg Monarchy and the Russian and Ottoman Empires with a system of nation-states confronted Jews with a new set of challenges. This book provides a fascinating survey of the ways in which Jewish communities participated in and were changed by the Great War, focusing on the dramatic circumstances they faced in Europe, North America, and the Middle East during and after the conflict.

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

     

    Beyond Borders and Peripheries
    Edited by Irene Kacandes and Yuliya Komska

     

    Arguably more than any other region, the area known as Eastern Europe has been defined by its location on the map. Yet its inhabitants, from statesmen to literati and from cultural-economic elites to the poorest emigrants, have consistently forged or fathomed links to distant lands, populations, and intellectual traditions. Through a series of inventive cultural and historical explorations, Eastern Europe Unmapped dispenses with scholars’ long-time preoccupation with national and regional borders, instead raising provocative questions about the area’s non-contiguous—and frequently global or extraterritorial—entanglements.

    Read Introduction: A Discontiguous Eastern Europe

     

    Transnational Connections and Cooperation between Movements and Regimes in Europe from 1918 to 1945
    Edited by Arnd Bauerkämper and Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe

     

    It is one of the great ironies of the history of fascism that, despite their fascination with ultra-nationalism, its adherents understood themselves as members of a transnational political movement. While a true “Fascist International” has never been established, European fascists shared common goals and sentiments as well as similar worldviews. They also drew on each other for support and motivation, even though relations among them were not free from misunderstandings and conflicts. Through a series of fascinating case studies, this expansive collection examines fascism’s transnational dimension, from the movements inspired by the early example of Fascist Italy to the international antifascist organizations that emerged in subsequent years.

    Read Introduction: Fascism without Borders. Transnational Connections and Cooperation between Movements and Regimes in Europe, 1918 – 1945

     

    An Anthropology of the Western Historical Imagination
    K. Patrick Fazioli

    Volume 29,  Making Sense of History

     

    Since its invention by Renaissance humanists, the myth of the “Middle Ages” has held a uniquely important place in the Western historical imagination. Whether envisioned as an era of lost simplicity or a barbaric nightmare, the medieval past has always served as a mirror for modernity. This book gives an eye-opening account of the ways various political and intellectual projects—from nationalism to the discipline of anthropology—have appropriated the Middle Ages for their own ends. Deploying an interdisciplinary toolkit, author K. Patrick Fazioli grounds his analysis in contemporary struggles over power and identity in the Eastern Alps, while also considering the broader implications for scholarly research and public memory.

    Read Introduction

     

    Kurt Forstreuter and the Historiography of Medieval Prussia
    Cordelia Hess

     

    For nearly a century, it has been a commonplace of Central European history that there were no Jews in medieval Prussia—the result, supposedly, of the ruling Teutonic Order’s attempts to create a purely Christian crusader’s state. In this groundbreaking historical investigation, however, medievalist Cordelia Hess demonstrates the very weak foundations upon which that assumption rests. In exacting detail, she traces this narrative to the work of a single, minor Nazi-era historian, revealing it to be ideologically compromised work that badly mishandles its evidence. By combining new medieval scholarship with a biographical and historiographical exploration grounded in the 20th century, The Absent Jews spans remote eras while offering a fascinating account of the construction of historical knowledge.

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    Essays across Disciplines
    Edited by Norman J. W. Goda

     

    Since the end of World War II, the ongoing efforts aimed at criminal prosecution, restitution, and other forms of justice in the wake of the Holocaust have constituted one of the most significant episodes in the history of human rights and international law. As such, they have attracted sustained attention from historians and legal scholars. This edited collection substantially enlarges the topical and disciplinary scope of this burgeoning field, exploring such varied subjects as literary analysis of Hannah Arendt’s work, the restitution case for Gustav Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze, and the ritualistic aspects of criminal trials.

     


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    East Germany in the Cold War World
    Edited by Quinn Slobodian

    Volume 15, Protest, Culture & Society

     

    “The chapters in the edited volume provide nuanced cases of East German idealism and the limitations of its practice, which belied a variety of racial prejudices and tensions… the interdisciplinary and extended geographic scope of this edited volume successfully furthers a number of interrelated fields relating to the role of the GDR and the socialist world in the Cold War, race and their continuing legacies.” · Journal of Contemporary History

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    The Destruction of Jewish Commercial Activity, 1930-1945
    Christoph Kreutzmüller
    Translated from the German by Jane Paulick and Jefferson Chase

     

    “Christoph Kreutzmüller’s book is vigorously researched, elegantly structured and well-written, and succeeds in providing new information on a subject already exhaustively studied, namely ‘Aryanization’ and the destruction of business, that extends beyond the borders of Berlin.” · H-Net

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

     

    The Anatomy of Murder itself is comprehensive, fully documented in scores of primary and secondary sources, and carefully places its findings in the context of previous historical research on the history of medicine in Germany before, during and after the Third Reich. There are extensive chapter notes and bibliographies to many archival and published sources.” · German History Review

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    A Modern History of Greed
    Jared Poley

    Volume 11,  Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association

     

    “…a thought-provoking study of a subject that is too often taken for granted, rather than subjected to critical examination.” • Financial Times

    A seeming constant in the history of capitalism, greed has nonetheless undergone considerable transformations over the last five hundred years. This multilayered account offers a fresh take on an old topic, arguing that greed was experienced as a moral phenomenon and deployed to make sense of an unjust world. Focusing specifically on the interrelated themes of religion, economics, and health—each of which sought to study and channel the power of financial desire—Jared Poley shows how evolving ideas about greed became formative elements of the modern experience.

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    The Plunder of Wealth in the Armenian Genocide
    Taner Akçam and Umit Kurt
    Translated by Aram Arkun

    Volume 21, War and Genocide

     

    “This book is a valuable addition to filling the gaps of our understanding of genocide and helps readers navigate complex terrain in the case study presented… I recommend this book as a case study to be included in graduate level courses. In addition to its thorough review of the questionable statecraft of genocidal states, it is a reminder of the merits of engaged scholarship. Akçam and Kurt, by sharing their research as an act of solidarity with citizens who continue to challenge state restraints and master narratives based on genocide, make a contribution to the ongoing process of crafting a just society.” · Histoire Sociale/Social History

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    FORTHCOMING

     

    The Balkan Wars and the Emergence of Modern Military Conflict, 1912-13
    Edited by Katrin Boeckh and Sabine Rutar

     

    Though persistently overshadowed by the Great War in historical memory, the two Balkan conflicts of 1912–1913 were among the most consequential of the early twentieth century. By pitting the states of Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Montenegro against a diminished Ottoman Empire—and subsequently against one another—they anticipated many of the horrors of twentieth-century warfare even as they produced the tense regional politics that helped spark World War I. Bringing together an international group of scholars, this volume applies the social and cultural insights of the “new military history” to revisit this critical episode with a central focus on the experiences of both combatants and civilians during wartime.

     

    Video Testimony in Memorial Museums
    Steffi de Jong

    Volume 10,  Museums and Collections

     

    In recent years, historical witnessing has emerged as a category of “museum object.” Audiovisual recordings of interviews with individuals remembering events of historical importance are now integral to the collections and research activities of museums. They have also become important components in narrative and exhibition design strategies. 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.

     

    Mediterranean Guest Workers and their Families at Work and in the Neighbourhood, 1960-1980
    Jozefien De Bock
    Foreword by Leo Lucassen

     

    Originally coined in 2001 in a report on racial tensions in the United Kingdom, the concept of “parallel lives” has become familiar in the European discourse on immigrant integration. There, it refers to what is perceived as the segregation of immigrant populations from the rest of society. However, the historical roots of this presumed segregation are rarely the focus of discussion. Combining quantitative analysis, archival research, and over one hundred oral history interviews, Parallel Lives Revisited explores the lives of immigrants from six Mediterranean countries in a postwar Belgian city to provide a fascinating account of how their experiences of integration have changed at work and in their neighborhoods across two decades.


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    German Politics and Society
    “We Must Talk about Cologne”: Race, Gender, and Reconfigurations of “Europe”

     

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    Patterns of Evenki Mobility in Eastern Siberia

     

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    Migration as a Response to Internal Colonialism in Brazil

     

     

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    International Migrants Day

    On December 18, the international community recognizes the rights of migrants around the world. Each year the UN invites governments, organizations, and individuals to distribute information on the human rights and migrants’ fundamental freedoms.This is the day to express our support and solidarity with all immigrants. For more information please visit http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/index.shtml


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    The Lives of Somali Youth Raised in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
    Catherine-Lune Grayson

     

    Chronic violence has characterized Somalia for over two decades, forcing nearly two million people to flee. A significant number have settled in camps in neighboring countries, where children were born and raised. Based on in-depth fieldwork, this book explores the experience of Somalis who grew up in Kakuma refugee camp, in Kenya, and are now young adults. This original study carefully considers how young people perceive their living environment and how growing up in exile structures their view of the past and their country of origin, and the future and its possibilities.

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    Cambodians in the United States
    Carol A. Mortland

     

    Grace after Genocide is the first comprehensive ethnography of Cambodian refugees, charting their struggle to transition from life in agrarian Cambodia to survival in post-industrial America, while maintaining their identities as Cambodians. The ethnography contrasts the lives of refugees who arrived in America after 1975, with their focus on Khmer traditions, values, and relations, with those of their children who, as descendants of the Khmer Rouge catastrophe, have struggled to become Americans in a society that defines them as different. The ethnography explores America’s mid-twentieth century involvement in Southeast Asia and its enormous consequences on multiple generations of Khmer refugees.

    Read Introduction: From Cambodians to Refugees

     


    Forced Migration Series

    This series, published in association with the Refugees Studies Centre, University of Oxford, reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the field and includes within its scope international law, anthropology, sociology, politics, international relations, geopolitics, social psychology and economics.

     

    GENDER, VIOLENCE, REFUGEES
    Edited by Susanne Buckley-Zistel and Ulrike Krause

     

    Providing nuanced accounts of how the social identities of men and women, the context of displacement and the experience or manifestation of violence interact, this collection offers conceptual analyses and in-depth case studies to illustrate how gender relations are affected by displacement, encampment and return. The essays show how these factors lead to various forms of direct, indirect and structural violence. This ranges from discussions of norms reflected in policy documents and practise, the relationship between relief structures and living conditions in camps, to forced military recruitment and forced return, and covers countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.

     

    THE MYTH OF SELF-RELIANCE
    Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp
    Naohiko Omata

     

    For many refugees, economic survival in refugee camps is extraordinarily difficult. Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative research , this volume challenges the reputation of a ‘self-reliant’ model given to Buduburam refugee camp in Ghana and sheds light on considerable economic inequality between refugee households.By following the same refugee households over several years, The Myth of Self-Reliance also provides valuable insights into refugees’ experiences of repatriation to Liberia after protracted exile and their responses to the ending of refugee status for remaining refugees in Ghana.

    Read Introduction: Buduburam: An Exemplary Refugee Camp?

     

    MIGRATION BY BOAT
    Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion and Survival
    Edited by Lynda Mannik

     

    At a time when thousands of refugees risk their lives undertaking perilous journeys by boat across the Mediterranean, this multidisciplinary volume could not be more pertinent. It offers various contemporary case studies of boat migrations undertaken by asylum seekers and refugees around the globe and shows that boats not only move people and cultural capital between places, but also fuel cultural fantasies, dreams of adventure and hope, along with fears of invasion and terrorism. The ambiguous nature of memories, media representations and popular culture productions are highlighted throughout in order to address negative stereotypes and conversely, humanize the individuals involved.

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    Germany from 1945 to the Present
    Edited by Cornelia Wilhelm
    Preface by Konrad Jarausch

    Volume 21, Contemporary European History

     

    Within Germany, policies and cultural attitudes toward migrants have been profoundly shaped by the difficult legacies of the Second World War and its aftermath. This wide-ranging volume explores the complex history of migration and diversity in Germany from 1945 to today, showing how conceptions of “otherness” developed while memories of the Nazi era were still fresh, and identifying the continuities and transformations they exhibited through the Cold War and reunification. It provides invaluable context for understanding contemporary Germany’s unique role within regional politics at a time when an unprecedented influx of immigrants and refugees present the European community with a significant challenge.

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    Relations, Return and Belonging
    Edited by Nataša Gregorič Bon and Jaka Repič

    Volume 29, EASA Series

    Moving Places draws together contributions from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa, exploring practices and experiences of movement, non-movement, and place-making. The book centers on “moving places”: places with locations that are not fixed but relative. Locations appearing to be reasonably stable, such as home and homeland, are in fact always subject to practices, imaginaries, and politics of movement. Bringing together original ethnographic contributions with a clear theoretical focus, this volume spans the fields of anthropology, human geography, migration, and border studies, and serves as teaching material in related programs.

    Read Introduction

     

    BEING HUMAN, BEING MIGRANT
    Senses of Self and Well-Being
    Edited by Anne Sigfrid Grønseth
    Epilogue by Nigel Rapport

    Volume 23, EASA Series

     

    “The authors of this volume remind us how important it is to see migrants as humans, because human nature within them is not lost despite the economic, cultural or social limitations that they are experiencing. It is a book for scholars who are dealing with various migration issues either in quantitative or qualitative manner, which emphasises that behind numbers or labels there are individual stories, experiences and hopes.” · Anthropological Notebooks

    Migrant experiences accentuate general aspects of the human condition. Therefore, this volume explores migrant’s movements not only as geographical movements from here to there but also as movements that constitute an embodied, cognitive, and existential experience of living “in between” or on the “borderlands” between differently figured life-worlds. Focusing on memories, nostalgia, the here-and-now social experiences of daily living, and the hopes and dreams for the future, the volume demonstrates how all interact in migrants’ and refugees’ experience of identity and quest for well-being.

    Read Introduction: Being Human, Being Migrant: Senses of Self and Well-Being

     

    Edited by Jason Coy, Jared Poley, and Alexander Schunka

    Volume 13, Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association

     

    Migration to, from, and within German-speaking lands has been a dynamic force in Central European history for centuries. Exemplifying some of the most exciting recent research on historical mobility, the essays collected here reconstruct the experiences of vagrants, laborers, religious exiles, refugees, and other migrants during the last five hundred years of German history. With diverse contributions ranging from early modern martyrdom to post–Cold War commemoration efforts, this volume identifies revealing commonalities shared by different eras while also placing the German case within the broader contexts of European and global migration.

    Read Introduction: Migration in the German Lands: An Introduction

     

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 THINKING ALLOWED AWARD FOR ETHNOGRAPHY

    ENDURING UNCERTAINTY
    Deportation, Punishment and Everyday Life
    Ines Hasselberg

    Volume 17, Dislocations

    “[Hasselberg’s] findings are rooted in complex theory, but the lengthy quotations, short sentence structures, and logical chapter sequence make the book accessible beyond academic audiences. It is recommended reading for anyone wanting to better understand what life is like at the extreme end of exclusionary citizenship practices…a deeply moving account about bodies caught in limbo by bureaucratic border policies.” · International Migration Review

    Focusing on the lived experience of immigration policy and processes, this volume provides fascinating insights into the deportation process as it is felt and understood by those subjected to it. The author presents a rich and innovative ethnography of deportation and deportability experienced by migrants convicted of criminal offenses in England and Wales. The unique perspectives developed here – on due process in immigration appeals, migrant surveillance and control, social relations and sense of self, and compliance and resistance – are important for broader understandings of border control policy and human rights.

    Enduring Uncertainty: Deportation, Punishment and Everyday Life by Ines Hasselberg is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

    This edition is supported by Knowledge UnlatchedFull Text.

     

    MIGRATION, SETTLEMENT AND BELONGING IN EUROPE, 1500-1930S
    Comparative Perspectives
    Edited by Steven King and Anne Winter

    Volume 23, International Studies in Social History

     

    The issues around settlement, belonging, and poor relief have for too long been understood largely from the perspective of England and Wales. This volume offers a pan-European survey that encompasses Switzerland, Prussia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Britain. It explores how the conception of belonging changed over time and space from the 1500s onwards, how communities dealt with the welfare expectations of an increasingly mobile population that migrated both within and between states, the welfare rights that were attached to those who “belonged,” and how ordinary people secured access to welfare resources. What emerged was a sophisticated European settlement system, which on the one hand structured itself to limit the claims of the poor, and yet on the other was peculiarly sensitive to their demands and negotiations.

    Read Introduction: Settlement and Belonging in Europe, 1600-1950: Structures, Negotiations and Experiences

     

    THE STATE AND THE GRASSROOTS
    Immigrant Transnational Organizations in Four Continents
    Edited by Alejandro Portes and Patricia Fernández-Kelly

     

    The State and the Grassroots makes an important contribution. It will be of interest to all scholars and students with of all levels concerned with international migration. Select chapters would be appropriate for undergraduate course adoption.” · Contemporary Sociology

    Whereas most of the literature on migration focuses on individuals and their families, this book studies the organizations created by immigrants to protect themselves in their receiving states. Comparing eighteen of these grassroots organizations formed across the world, from India to Colombia to Vietnam to the Congo, researchers from the United States, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Spain focus their studies on the internal structure and activities of these organizations as they relate to developmental initiatives. The book outlines the principal positions in the migration and development debate and discusses the concept of transnationalism as a means of resolving these controversies.

    Read Introduction: Immigration, Transnationalism, and Development: The State of the Question

     

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

    NEW SERIES: Volume 2, Studies in the Circumpolar North

     

    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.

    Read Chapter 1. Russia’s Arctic Cities: Recent Evolution and Drivers of Change

     


     

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    Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College LondonMigration and Society is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal advancing debate about emergent trends in all types of migration.To view subscription details, please visit our website.

     
     
     
     

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    Managing and Lead Editor: Luisa Steur, University of AmsterdamFocaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology is a peer-reviewed journal advocating an approach that rests in the simultaneity of ethnography, processual analysis, local insights, and global vision.Access this article until Dec 31:
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    Studies in Social Analysis

    The focus of this series is on ‘analysis’, understood not as a synonym of ‘theory’, but as the fertile meeting-ground of the empirical and the conceptual. It provides a platform for exploring anthropological approaches to social analysis in all of their variety, and in doing so seeks also to open new avenues of communication between anthropology and the humanities as well as other social sciences.

     

    BEING GODLESS
    Ethnographies of Atheism and Non-Religion
    Edited by Ruy Llera Blanes and Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic

     

    Drawing on ethnographic inquiry and the anthropological literature on doubt and atheism, this volume explores people’s reluctance to pursue religion. The contributors capture the experiences of godless people and examine their perspectives on the role of religion in their personal and public lives. In doing so, the volume contributes to a critical understanding of the processes of disengagement from religion and reveals the challenges and paradoxes that godless people face.

    Read Introduction: Godless People, Doubt, and Atheism

     

    EMPTINESS AND FULLNESS
    Ethnographies of Lack and Desire in Contemporary China
    Edited by Susanne Bregnbæk and Mikkel Bunkenborg

     

    As critical voices question the quality, authenticity, and value of people, goods, and words in post-Mao China, accusations of emptiness render things open to new investments of meaning, substance, and value. Exploring the production of lack and desire through fine-grained ethnography, this volume examines how diagnoses of emptiness operate in a range of very different domains in contemporary China: In the ostensibly meritocratic exam system and the rhetoric of officials, in underground churches, housing bubbles, and nationalist fantasies, in bodies possessed by spirits and evaluations of jade, there is a pervasive concern with states of lack and emptiness and the contributions suggest that this play of emptiness and fullness is crucial to ongoing constructions of quality, value, and subjectivity in China.

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    STRAYING FROM THE STRAIGHT PATH
    How Senses of Failure Invigorate Lived Religion
    Edited by Daan Beekers and David Kloos

     

    “This rich collection of ethnographic studies of failure goes a long way in moving anthropological accounts of ethical and religious life beyond false dichotomies, including the very distinction between failure and success itself.” · Michael Lambek, Canada Research Chair University of Toronto Scarborough

    If piety, faith, and conviction constitute one side of the religious coin, then imperfection, uncertainty, and ambivalence constitute the other. Yet, scholars tend to separate these two domains and place experiences of inadequacy in everyday religious life – such as a wavering commitment, religious negligence or weakness in faith – outside the domain of religion ‘proper.’ Straying from the Straight Path breaks with this tendency by examining how self-perceived failure is, in many cases, part and parcel of religious practice and experience. Responding to the need for comparative approaches in the face of the largely separated fields of the anthropology of Islam and Christianity, this volume gives full attention to moral failure as a constitutive and potentially energizing force in the religious lives of both Muslims and Christians in different parts of the world.

    Read Introduction: The Productive Potential of Moral Failure in Lived Islam and Christianity

     

    STATEGRAPHY
    Toward a Relational Anthropology of the State
    Edited by Tatjana Thelen, Larissa Vetters, and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann

     

    Stategraphy—the ethnographic exploration of relational modes, boundary work, and forms of embeddedness of actors—offers crucial analytical avenues for researching the state. By exploring interactions and negotiations of local actors in different institutional settings, the contributors explore state transformations in relation to social security in a variety of locations spanning from Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans to the United Kingdom and France. Fusing grounded empirical studies with rigorous theorizing, the volume provides new perspectives to broader related debates in social research and political analysis.

     

    AFFECTIVE STATES
    Entanglements, Suspensions, Suspicions
    Edited by Mateusz Laszczkowski and Madeleine Reeves

     

    In recent years, political and social theory has been transformed by the heterogeneous approaches to feeling and emotion jointly referred to as ‘affect theory’. These range from psychological and social-constructivist approaches to emotion to feminist and post-human perspectives. Covering a wide spectrum of topics and ethnographic contexts—from engineering in the Andes to household rituals in rural China, from South African land restitution to migrant living in Moscow, and from elections in El Salvador to online and offline surveillance among political refugees from Uzbekistan and Eritrea—the chapters in this volume interrogate this ‘affective turn’ through the lens of fine-grained ethnographies of the state. The volume enhances the anthropological understanding of the various ways through which the state comes to be experienced as a visceral presence in social life.

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    STARRY NIGHTS
    Critical Structural Realism in Anthropology
    Stephen P. Reyna

     

    Starry Nights: Critical Structural Realism in Anthropology offers nothing less than a reinventing of the discipline of anthropology. In these six essays – four published here for the first time – Stephen Reyna critiques the postmodern tenets of anthropology, while devising a new strategy for conducting research. Combative and clear, Starry Nights provides an important critique of mainstream anthropology as represented by Geertz and the postmodern legacy, and envisions a mode of anthropological research that addresses social, cultural and biological questions with techniques that are theoretically rigorous and practically useful.

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    EUROPEAN ANTHROPOLOGIES
    Edited by Andrés Barrera-González, Monica Heintz and Anna Horolets

     

    In what ways did Europeans interact with the diversity of people they encountered on other continents in the context of colonial expansion, and with the peasant or ethnic ‘Other’ at home? How did anthropologists and ethnologists make sense of the mosaic of people and societies during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when their disciplines were progressively being established in academia? By assessing the diversity of European intellectual histories within sociocultural anthropology, this volume aims to sketch its intellectual and institutional portrait. It will be a useful reading for the students of anthropology, ethnology, history and philosophy of science, research and science policy makers.

    Read Introduction: Strength from the Margins: Restaging European Anthropologies

     

    METHODOLOGIES OF MOBILITY
    Ethnography and Experiment
    Edited by Alice Elliot, Roger Norum, and Noel B. Salazar
    Afterword by Simone Abram

     

    Research into mobility is an exciting challenge for the social sciences that raises novel social, cultural, spatial and ethical questions. At the heart of these empirical and theoretical complexities lies the question of methodology: how can we best capture and understand a planet in flux? Methodologies of Mobility speaks beyond disciplinary boundaries to the methodological challenges and possibilities of engaging with a world on the move. With scholars continuing to face different forms and scales of mobility, this volume strategically traces innovative ways of designing, applying and reflecting on both established and cutting-edge methodologies of mobility.

    Read Introduction: Studying Mobilities: Theoretical Notes and Methodological Queries



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    Feminist Perspectives on Culture, Nation, and History in the South Caucasus
    Edited by Maia Barkaia and Alisse Waterston
    Afterword by Elizabeth Cullen Dunn

     

    As Georgia seeks to reinvent itself as a nation-state in the post-Soviet period, Georgian women are maneuvering, adjusting, resisting and transforming the new economic, social and political order. In Gender in Georgia, editors Maia Barkaia and Alisse Waterston bring together an international group of feminist scholars to explore the socio-political and cultural conditions that have shaped gender dynamics in Georgia from the late 19th century to the present. In doing so, they provide the first-ever woman-centered collection of research on Georgia, offering a feminist critique of power in its many manifestations, and an assessment of women’s political agency in Georgia.

    Read Introduction: Contextualizing Gender in Georgia: Nation, Culture, Power and Politics

     

    Edited by Keith Hart

    Volume 5, The Human Economy

     

    A human economy puts people first in emergent world society. Money is a human universal and now takes the divisive form of capitalism. This book addresses how to think about money (from Aristotle to the daily news and the sexual economy of luxury goods); its contemporary evolution (banking the unbanked and remittances in the South, cross-border investment in China, the payments industry and the politics of bitcoin); and cases from 19th century India and Southern Africa to contemporary Haiti and Argentina. Money is one idea with diverse forms. As national monopoly currencies give way to regional and global federalism, money is a key to achieving economic democracy.

    Read Introduction: Money in a Human Economy

     

    Uncertain Futures for Higher Education in the Knowledge Economy
    Edited by Susan Wright and Cris Shore

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

     

    Universities have been subjected to continuous government reforms since the 1980s, to make them ‘entrepreneurial’, ‘efficient’ and aligned to the predicted needs and challenges of a global knowledge economy. Under increasing pressure to pursue ‘excellence’ and ‘innovation’, many universities are struggling to maintain their traditional mission to be inclusive, improve social mobility and equality and act as the ‘critic and conscience’ of society. Drawing on a multi-disciplinary research project, University Reform, Globalisation and Europeanisation (URGE), this collection analyses the new landscapes of public universities emerging across Europe and the Asia-Pacific, and the different ways that academics are engaging with them.

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

     

    Understanding Social Thought and Conflict
    Perri 6 and Paul Richards

     

    Mary Douglas’s innovative explanations for styles of human thought and for the dynamics of institutional change have furnished a distinctive and powerful theory of how conflicts are managed, yet her work remains astonishingly poorly appreciated in social science disciplines. This volume introduces Douglas’s theories, and outlines the ways in which her work is of continuing importance for the future of the social sciences. Mary Douglas: Understanding Human Thought and Conflict shows how Douglas laid out the agenda for revitalizing social science by reworking Durkheim’s legacy for today, and reviews the growing body of research across the social sciences which has used, tested or developed her approach.

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    Strathernian Conversations on Ethnography, Knowledge and Politics
    Edited by Ashley Lebner
    Afterword by Marilyn Strathern

     

    Marilyn Strathern is among the most creative and celebrated contemporary anthropologists, and her work draws interest from across the humanities and social sciences. Redescribing Relations brings some of Strathern’s most committed and renowned readers into conversation in her honour – especially on themes she has rarely engaged. The volume not only deepens our understanding of Strathern’s work, it also offers models of how to extend her relational insights to new terrains. With a comprehensive introduction, a complete list of Strathern’s publications and a historic interview published in English for the first time, this is an invaluable resource for Strathern’s old and new interlocutors alike.

    Read Introduction: Strathern’s Redescription of Anthropology

     

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

    Volume 37, Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives

     

    As a biological, cultural, and social entity, the human fetus is a multifaceted subject which calls for equally diverse perspectives to fully understand. Anthropology of the Fetus seeks to achieve this by bringing together specialists in biological anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology. Contributors draw on research in prehistoric, historic, and contemporary sites in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and North America to explore the biological and cultural phenomenon of the fetus, raising methodological and theoretical concerns with the ultimate goal of developing a holistic anthropology of the fetus.

    Read Introduction: Conceiving the Anthropology of the Fetus: An Introduction

     

    The Conundrum of Cultural Difference, From Tunisia to Japan
    Marnia Lazreg

     

    Foucault lived in Tunisia for two years and travelled to Japan and Iran more than once. Yet throughout his critical scholarship, he insisted that the cultures of the “Orient” constitute the “limit” of Western rationality. Using archival research supplemented by interviews with key scholars in Tunisia, Japan and France, this book examines the philosophical sources, evolution as well as contradictions of Foucault’s experience with non-Western cultures. Beyond tracing Foucault’s journey into the world of otherness, the book reveals the personal, political as well as methodological effects of a radical conception of cultural difference that extolled the local over the cosmopolitan.

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    CONTRARIAN ANTHROPOLOGY
    The Unwritten Rules of Academia
    Laura Nader

     

    Analyzing the workings of boundary maintenance in the areas of anthropology, energy, gender, and law, Nader contrasts dominant trends in academia with work that pushes the boundaries of acceptable methods and theories. Although the selections illustrate the history of one anthropologist’s work over half a century, the wider intent is to label a field as contrarian to reveal unwritten rules that sometimes hinder transformative thinking and to stimulate boundary crossing in others.


     

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    Genres and Contexts in the Twenty-First Century
    Edited by Helena Wulff

     

    Writing is crucial to anthropology, but which genres are anthropologists expected to master in the 21st century? This book explores how anthropological writing shapes the intellectual content of the discipline and academic careers. First, chapters identify the different writing genres and contexts anthropologists actually engage with. Second, this book argues for the usefulness and necessity of taking seriously the idea of writing as a craft and of writing across and within genres in new ways. Although academic writing is an anthropologist’s primary genre, they also write in many others, from drafting administrative texts and filing reports to composing ethnographically inspired journalism and fiction.

    Read Introducing the Anthropologist as Writer: Across and Within Genres

     

    Edited by Catherine Dolan and Dinah Rajak
    Afterword by Robert J. Foster

    Volume 18, Dislocations

     

    The Anthropology of Corporate Social Responsibility explores the meanings, practices, and impact of corporate social and environmental responsibility across a range of transnational corporations and geographical locations (Bangladesh, Cameroon, Chile, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, India, Peru, South Africa, the UK, and the USA). The contributors examine the expectations, frictions and contradictions the CSR movement is generating and addressing key issues such as  the introduction of new forms of management, control, and discipline through ethical and environmental governance or the extent to which corporate responsibility challenges existing patterns of inequality rather than generating new geographies of inclusion and exclusion.

    Read Introduction: Towards an Anthropology of Corporate Social Responsibility

     

    Edited by Keith Hart

    Volume 2, The Human Economy

     

    Political constitutions alone do not guarantee democracy; a degree of economic equality is also essential. Yet contemporary economies, dominated as they are by global finance and political rent-seekers, often block the realization of democracy. The comparative essays and case studies of this volume examine the contradictory relationship between the economy and democracy and highlight the struggles and visions needed to make things more equitable. They explore how our collective aspirations for greater democracy might be informed by serious empirical research on the human economy today. If we want a better world, we must act on existing social realities.

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    Cars, Canoes, and Other Metaphors of Moral Imagination
    Edited by David Lipset and Richard Handler

     

    Metaphor, as an act of human fancy, combines ideas in improbable ways to sharpen meanings of life and experience. Theoretically, this arises from an association between a sign—for example, a cattle car—and its referent, the Holocaust. These “sign-vehicles” serve as modes of semiotic transportation through conceptual space. Likewise, on-the-ground vehicles can be rich metaphors for the moral imagination. Following on this insight, Vehicles presents a collection of ethnographic essays on the metaphoric significance of vehicles in different cultures. Analyses include canoes in Papua New Guinea, pedestrians and airplanes in North America, lowriders among Mexican-Americans, and cars in contemporary China, Japan, and Eastern Europe, as well as among African-Americans in the South. Vehicles not only “carry people around,” but also “carry” how they are understood in relation to the dynamics of culture, politics and history.

    Read Introduction: Charon’s Boat and Other Vehicles of Moral Imagination

     

    Edited by Michael Jackson and Albert Piette

     

    What is existential anthropology, and how would you define it? What has been gained by using existential perspectives in your fieldwork and writing? Editors Michael Jackson and Albert Piette each invited anthropologists on both sides of the Atlantic to address these questions and explore how various approaches to the human condition might be brought together on the levels of method and of theory. Both editors also bring their own perspective: while Jackson has drawn on phenomenology, deploying the concepts of intersubjectivity, lifeworld, experience, existential mobility, and event, Piette has drawn on Heidegger’s Dasein-analysis, and developed a phenomenographical method for the observation and description of human beings in their singularity and ever-changing situations.

    Read Introduction: Anthropology and the Existential Turn

     

    Varieties of Liminality
    Edited by Agnes Horvath, Bjørn Thomassen, and Harald Wydra

     

    Liminality has the potential to be a leading paradigm for understanding transformation in a globalizing world. As a fundamental human experience, liminality transmits cultural practices, codes, rituals, and meanings in situations that fall between defined structures and have uncertain outcomes. Based on case studies of some of the most important crises in history, society, and politics, this volume explores the methodological range and applicability of the concept to a variety of concrete social and political problems.

    Read Introduction: Liminality and the Search for Boundaries


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    Social Analysis is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to exploring the analytical potentials of anthropological research.

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    Anthropological Journal of European Cultures engages with current debates and innovative research agendas addressing the social and cultural transformations of contemporary European societies.

    Current Issue: Volume 26, Issue 2: Changing Places, Changing People: Critical Heritages of Migration and Belonging

     

     

    Anthropology in Action is a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles, commentaries, research reports, and book reviews in applied anthropology.

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    Anthropology of the Middle East is a peer-reviewed journal provides a forum for scholarly exchange between anthropologists and other social scientists working in and on the Middle East.

    Current Issue: Volume 12, Issue 1: The Anthropology of Children in the Middle East

     

     

    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.

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    The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 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.

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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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International Migrants Day

On December 18, the international community recognizes the rights of migrants around the world. Each year the UN invites governments, organizations, and individuals to distribute information on the human rights and migrants’ fundamental freedoms.This is the day to express our support and solidarity with all immigrants. For more information please visit http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/index.shtml With this in […]

Why Remember Margaret Mead?

  (Originally Published 12/14/2015)   To commemorate Margaret Mead’s birthday this month, we’re honored to share a short piece from her daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson. Bateson is an anthropologist and the author of many books, including Composing a Life. As she notes below, 2015 marks the 91st anniversary of Mead’s trip to Samoa in 1925, when […]

Interview with the Editors: European Anthropologies

The following is an interview with Andrés Barrera-González, Monica Heintz and Anna Horolets (editors of European Anthropologies which was recently published by Berghahn). Andrés Barrera-González is tenured Profesor Titular in Social Anthropology at Universidad Complutense, Madrid. Monica Heintz (PhD Cambridge 2002) is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Paris Nanterre. Anna Horolets is an Associate […]