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  • Violence and Civilityby Étienne Balibar; G.M. Goshgarian

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    In this impassioned argument, Étienne Balibar boldly confronts the insidious causes of violence, racism, nationalism, and ethnic cleansing worldwide. Through a novel synthesis of theory and empirical studies of violence drawn from contemporary life, Balibar tests the limits of political philosophy to formulate new, productive conceptions of war, revolution,... more...

  • Insatiable Appetitesby Kelly L. Watson

    NYU Press 2015; US$ 34.00

    Cannibalism , for medieval and early modern Europeans, was synonymous with savagery . Humans who ate other humans, they believed, were little better than animals. The European colonizers who encountered Native Americans described them as cannibals as a matter of course, and they wrote extensively about the lurid cannibal rituals they claim to have... more...

  • Anthropology of Religion: The Basicsby James S Bielo

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 24.95

    Anthropology of Religion: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introductory text organized around key issues that all anthropologists of religion face. This book uses a wide range of historical and ethnographic examples to address not only what is studied by anthropologists of religion, but how such studies are approached. It addresses questions... more...

  • New Reproductive Technologies and Disembodimentby Carla Lam

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 109.95

    A rich exploration of birth appropriation in the West, New Reproductive Technologies and Disembodiment investigates the assimilation of women's embodied power into patriarchal systems of symbolism, culture and politics through the inversion of women's and men's reproductive roles. Contending that new reproductive technologies represent... more...

  • Objects and Imaginationby Řivind Fuglerud; Leon Wainwright

    Berghahn Books 2015; US$ 34.95

    Despite the wide interest in material culture, art, and aesthetics, few studies have considered them in light of the importance of the social imagination - the complex ways in which we conceptualize our social surroundings. This collection engages the "material turn" in the arts, humanities, and social sciences through a range of original contributions... more...

  • Cousin Marriagesby Alison Shaw; Aviad E. Raz

    Berghahn Books 2015; US$ 90.00

    "...an engaging multi-disciplinary reflection on a common theme, namely, cross-cousin marriage. The collection offers perspectives ? sociological, anthropological, historical, clinical and political ? on the practice of cousin marriage and particularly as this distinctive marital strategy gains visibility."   ·  Bob Simpson , Durham University... more...

  • Economy and Ritualby Stephen Gudeman; Chris Hann

    Berghahn Books 2015; US$ 95.00

    According to accepted wisdom, rational practices and ritual action are opposed. Rituals drain wealth from capital investment and draw on a mode of thought different from practical ideas. The studies in this volume contest this view. Comparative, historical, and contemporary, the six ethnographies extend from Macedonia to Kyrgyzstan. Each one illuminates... more...

  • Soul, Self, and Society: The New Morality and the Modern Stateby Edward L. Rubin

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 19.99

    Political and social commentators regularly bemoan the decline of morality in the modern world. They claim that the norms and values that held society together in the past are rapidly eroding, to be replaced by permissiveness and empty hedonism. But as Edward Rubin demonstrates in this powerful account of moral transformations, these prophets of doom... more...

  • Shifting Cultivation and Environmental Changeby Malcolm F. Cairns

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 67.95

    Shifting cultivation is one of the oldest forms of subsistence agriculture and is still practised by millions of poor people in the tropics. Typically it involves clearing land (often forest) for the growing of crops for a few years, and then moving on to new sites, leaving the earlier ground fallow to regain its soil fertility. This book brings together... more...

  • Food Utopiasby Paul V. Stock; Michael Carolan; Christopher Rosin

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 145.00

    Food is a contentious and emotive issue, subject to critiques from multiple perspectives. Alternative food movements ? including the different articulations of local, food miles, seasonality, food justice, food knowledge and food sovereignty ? consistently invoke themes around autonomy, sufficiency, cooperation, mutual aid, freedom, and responsibility.... more...