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  • 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...

  • In the Time of Oilby Mandana Limbert

    Stanford University Press 2010; US$ 25.95

    This compelling historical ethnography explores how people in Bahla, an oasis town in the interior of Oman, experienced dramatic transformation in their lives following the discovery of oil in the late 1960s, and now grapple with the prospect of this resource's future depletion. more...

  • The New Media Nationby Valerie Alia

    Berghahn Books 2011; 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...

  • 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...

  • Person And Placeby Sabine Hess

    Berghahn Books 2009; US$ 27.95

    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 2011; 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...

  • Margins of Faithby Rowena Robinson; Joseph Marianus Kujur

    SAGE India 2010; US$ 39.95

    This volume documents the ethnographies of regionally distinct Dalit and tribal Christian communities, raising new arguments pertaining to the autonomy and distinct identity of these communities, often in adverse social set-ups. Stressing upon the plurality of identities, the essays reject the idea of determining these exclusively on the basis of religion.... more...

  • Love in the Time of AIDSby Mark Hunter

    Indiana University Press 2010; US$ 21.99

    In some parts of South Africa, more than one in three people are HIV positive. Love in the Time of AIDS explores transformations in notions of gender and intimacy to try to understand the roots of this virulent epidemic. By living in an informal settlement and collecting love letters, cell phone text messages, oral histories, and archival materials,... more...