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  • Pathologies of Powerby Paul Farmer

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 15.16

    Paul Farmer, a physician and anthropologist with twenty years of experience working in Haiti, Peru, and Russia, argues that promoting the social and economic rights of the world's poor is the most important human rights struggle of our time. In Pathologies of Power Farmer uses harrowing stories of life - and death - in extreme situations to link... more...

  • Empirical Futuresby Stephan Palmié; Aisha Khan; George Baca

    The University of North Carolina Press 2009; US$ 30.00

    Since the 1950s, anthropologist Sidney W. Mintz has been at the forefront of efforts to integrate the disciplines of anthropology and history. Author of Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History and other groundbreaking works, he was one of the first scholars to anticipate and critique "globalization studies." However, a strong tradition... more...

  • Popular Justice and Community Regenerationby KAYLEEN M HAZLEHURST

    ABC-CLIO 1995; US$ 168.00

    Formal justice systems have not served the human rights of native and aboriginal groups well and have led to growing natural and international pressure for equal treatment and increased political and legal autonomy. Indigenous activities in areas of community healing have created a fervor of interest as native peoples have shared experiences with programs... more...

  • Politics of Pietyby Saba Mahmood

    Princeton University Press 2004; US$ 27.95

    Politics of Piety is a groundbreaking analysis of Islamist cultural politics through the ethnography of a thriving, grassroots women's piety movement in the mosques of Cairo, Egypt. Unlike those organized Islamist activities that seek to seize or transform the state, this is a moral reform movement whose orthodox practices are commonly viewed as... more...

  • Daughters of the Earthby Carolyn Niethammer

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 18.99

    She was both guardian of the hearth and, on occasion, ruler and warrior, leading men into battle, managing the affairs of her people, sporting war paint as well as necklaces and earrings. She built houses and ground corn, wove blankets and painted pottery, played field hockey and rode racehorses. Frequently she enjoyed an open and joyous sexuality... more...

  • New Media Nation, Theby Valerie Alia

    Berghahn Books 2010; US$ 29.95

    Around the planet, Indigenous people are using old and new technologies to amplify their voices and broadcast information to a global audience. This is the first portrait of a powerful international movement that looks both inward and outward, helping to preserve ancient languages and cultures while communicating across cultural, political, and... more...

  • Person and Placeby Sabine Hess

    Berghahn Books 2009; US$ 95.00

    Concerned with contemporary notions of personhood and the relationship between persons and places, this book, presents a detailed insight into the Vanua Lavan's engagement with modernity, and examines how they relate to the past, make sense of the present and anticipate the future. Marilyn Strathern's claim that the Melanesian person is a dividual... more...

  • Melanesian Odysseysby Lisette Josephides

    Berghahn Books 2008; US$ 29.95

    In a series of epic self-narratives ranging from traditional cultural embodiments to picaresque adventures, Christian epiphanies and a host of interactive strategies and techniques for living, Kewa Highlanders (PNG) attempt to shape and control their selves and their relentlessly changing world. This lively account transcends ethnographic particularity... more...

  • The Harmless Peopleby Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.95

    A study of primitive people which, for beauty of...style and concept, would be hard to match." -- The New York Times Book Review In the 1950s Elizabeth Marshall Thomas became one of the first Westerners to live with the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Botswana and South-West Africa. Her account of these nomadic hunter-gatherers, whose way of life... more...

  • An Introduction to Hmong Cultureby Ya Po Cha

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 32.00

    Presenting a holistic perspective of the Hmong way of life, this book touches on a spectrum of the Hmong culture, including traditions, customs, values, religion, arts, politics and ceremonial rituals. The book features and explains certain Hmong words, phrases and proverbs in the Hmong Roman Popularized Alphabet and in phonetic English. Topics include... more...