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Collected ethnographies

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  • Kenyan Khatby Neil Carrier

    BRILL 2007; US$ 125.00

    This detailed ethnography follows trajectories the controversial stimulant khat takes from Kenya's Nyambene Hills to consumers spread throughout the world, and highlights the great economic, social and cultural significance of this transnational commodity for those animating its 'social life' more...

  • Peace and Conflict in Ladakhby Fernanda Pirie

    BRILL 2006; US$ 151.00

    This anthropological study of Ladakh analyses the means by which small communities create spaces of order amidst the heterogeneous forces of modernity. In doing so it also filling a conspicuous gap in the secondary literature on Tibetan law. more...

  • The Life of the Longhouseby Peter Metcalf

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 46.00

    The remarkable longhouses of Borneo remain mysterious. This book describes life within them, and puts them in their historical and ethnographic context. more...

  • Partible Paternity and Anthropological Theoryby Warren Shapiro

    UPA 2009; US$ 28.50

    This book discusses the conception 'partible paternity' within Amazonian Indian communities. The author argues that fellow anthropologists Beckerman and Valentine are completely wrong in labeling the Amazonian system as one of 'group marriages' in their book Cultures of Multiple Fathers; rather, he states individual marriage and family exist nearly... more...

  • Oglala Womenby Marla N. Powers

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 32.00

    Based on interviews and life histories collected over more than twenty-five years of study on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, Marla N. Powers conveys what it means to be an Oglala woman. Despite the myth of the Euramerican that sees Oglala women as inferior to men, and the Lakota myth that seems them as superior, in reality, Powers argues,... more...

  • Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle Eastby Dawn Chatty

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 28.00

    Traces the history of refugees and migrants within a reconstructed twentieth-century Middle East. more...

  • Language, Culture, and Mindby Paul Kockelman

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 37.00

    Examines how social relationships are developed and maintained through language. more...

  • Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleansby Richard Brent Turner

    Indiana University Press 2009; US$ 18.65

    In his new book, Richard Brent Turner explores the history and contemporary significance of the popular religious traditions, identities, and performance forms celebrated in the second lines of the jazz street parades of black New Orleans. The second line is the group of dancers who follow the first... more...

  • Life Histories of the Dobe !Kungby Nancy Howell

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 34.95

    Life Histories of the Dobe !Kung re-examines an important anthropological data set for the Dobe !Kung, the well-known "Bushmen" of the Kalahari Desert, collected by Nancy Howell and colleagues. Using life history analysis, Howell reinterprets this rich material to address the question of how these hunter-gatherers maintain their notably good health... more...

  • Ethnographies of Prostitution in Contemporary Chinaby Tiantian Zheng

    Palgrave Macmillan 2009; US$ 33.00

    Based on three years of extensive fieldwork, this ethnographic study of prostitution in the metropolitan city of Dalian, China, explores the lives of rural migrant women working as karaoke bar hostesses, delving into the interplay of gender politics, nationalism, and power relationships that inhere in practices of birth control, disease control, and... more...