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  • Polyandry and Wife-Selling in Qing Dynasty Chinaby Matthew H. Sommer

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 80.00

    This book is a study of polyandry, wife-selling, and a variety of related practices in China during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). By analyzing over 1200 legal cases from local and central court archives, Matthew Sommer explores the functions played by marriage, sex, and reproduction in the survival strategies of the rural poor under conditions of overpopulation,... more...

  • An Archaeology of the Immaterialby Victor Buchli

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 44.95

    An Archaeology of the Immaterial examines a highly significant but poorly understood aspect of material culture studies: the active rejection of the material world. Buchli argues that this is evident in a number of cultural projects, including anti-consumerism and asceticism, as well as other attempts to transcend material circumstances. Exploring... more...

  • Clothesby John Harvey

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 24.95

    Clothes protect our vulnerable skin and they keep us warm or cool. They help us show that we are young or old, rich or poor, at work or play, and whether we may be good to know. But though they are basic, much as food and shelter are - and also may be beautiful - they have long had a bad press in serious, moral and philosophical writing. The main reason... more...

  • Understanding Ethnic Conflictby Raymond Taras; Rajat Ganguly

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 106.13

    Understanding Ethnic Conflict provides all the key concepts needed to understand conflict among ethnic groups. Including approaches from both comparative politics and international relations, this text offers a model of ethnic conflict's internationalization by showing how domestic and international actors influence a country's ethnic and sectarian... more...

  • The Life of Linesby Tim Ingold

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 44.95

    To live, every being must put out a line, and in life these lines tangle with one another. This book is a study of the life of lines. Following on from Tim Ingold's groundbreaking work Lines: A Brief History , it offers a wholly original series of meditations on life, ground, weather, walking, imagination and what it means to be human. In the... more...

  • Introducing Anthropology of Religionby Jack David Eller

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    This clear and engaging guide introduces students to key areas of the field and shows how to apply an anthropological approach to the study of religion in the contemporary world. Written by an experienced teacher, it covers major traditional topics including definitions, theories and beliefs as well as symbols, myth and ritual. The book also explores... more...

  • Religion: A Humanist Interpretationby Raymond Firth

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 47.95

    Religion: A Humanist Interpretation represents a lifetime's work on the anthropology of religion from a rather unusual personal viewpoint. Raymond Firth treats religion as a human art, capable of great intellectual and artistic achievements, but also of complex manipulation to serve the human interests of those who believe in it and operate it. His... more...

  • Purity and Dangerby Professor Mary Douglas

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 24.95

    In Purity and Danger Mary Douglas identifies the concern for purity as a key theme at the heart of every society. In lively and lucid prose she explains its relevance for every reader by revealing its wide-ranging impact on our attitudes to society, values, cosmology and knowledge. The book has been hugely influential in many areas of debate - from... more...

  • Anthropology and Psychoanalysisby Ariane Deluz; Suzette Heald

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 61.95

    In Anthropology and Psychoanalysis the contributors, both practising anthropologists and psychoanalysts, explore in detail the interface between the two disciplines and locate this within the history of both anthropology and psychoanalysis. In particular, they deal with the distinctive reactions of British, French and American anthropology to psychoanalysis... more...

  • Understanding Ritualsby Daniel de Coppet

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 50.95

    Understanding Rituals explores how ritual can be understood within the framework of contemporary social anthropology, and shows that ritual is now one of the most fertile fields of anthropological research. The contributors demonstrate how rituals create and maintain - or transform - a society's cultural identity and social relations. By examining... more...