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Swedish Design

by Keith M. Murphy

Swedish designers are noted for producing distinctive and elegant forms; their furniture and household goods have an especially loyal following around the world. Design in Sweden has more than just an aesthetic...


Narkomania

by Jennifer J. Carroll

Against the backdrop of a post-Soviet state set aflame by geopolitical conflict and violent revolution, Narkomania considers whether substance use disorders are everywhere the same and whether our responses...


Enlightenment and the Gasping City

by Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko

With air pollution now intimately affecting every resident of Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko seeks to understand how, as a physical constant throughout the winter months, the...


Dispossessed

by Noelle Stout

How do Americans grappling with growing economic inequalities determine the debts they owe financial institutions? In Dispossessed, Noelle Stout shares the intimate stories of struggling homeowners in California’s...


Politics of waiting

by Liene Ozolina

This book is an ethnography of politics of waiting. While the global political economy is usually imagined through metaphors of acceleration and speed, this book reveals waiting as the shadow temporality of...


Marketing Hope

by Leonie Schiffauer

Multilevel marketing and pyramid schemes promote the idea that participants can easily become rich. These popular economies turn ordinary people into advocates of their interests and missionaries of the American...


The Invention of the Favela

by Licia do Prado Valladares & Robert N. Anderson

For the first time available in English, Licia do Prado Valladares's classic anthropological study of Brazil's vast, densely populated urban living environments reveals how the idea of the favela became an internationally...


The Act of Living

by Marco Di Nunzio

According to the World Bank, Ethiopia has one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, yet it is also one of the poorest African countries. Marco Di Nunzio's analysis of two street hustlers in Ethiopia offers...


Book Review: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

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As its name suggests, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind...


On the Geopragmatics of Anthropological Identification

by Allen Chun

We live in a transnational, multicultural world that has misunderstood many central aspects of cultural identity, from which anthropology cannot be exempt. On the Geopragmatics of Anthropological Identification...


Divorcing Traditions

by Katherine Lemons

Divorcing Traditions is an ethnography of Islamic legal expertise and practices in India, a secular state in which Muslims are a significant minority and where Islamic judgments are not legally binding. Katherine...


Sea People

by Christina Thompson

A blend of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Simon Winchester’s Pacific, a thrilling intellectual detective story that looks deep into the past to uncover who first settled the islands of the remote...


Playing the Marginality Game

by Anita Schroven

In Guinea, situated in the background of central government struggles, rural elites use identity politics, through history and contemporary political reforms to maintain their privileges and perpetuate a generation-old...


Raccomandazione

by Dorothy Louise Zinn

The issue of patronage-clientelism has long been of interest in the social sciences. Based on long-term ethnographic research in southern Italy, this book examines the concept and practice of raccomandazione...


Conducting Personal Network Research

by Christopher McCarty, Miranda J. Lubbers, Raffaele Vacca & Jose Luis Molina

Written at an introductory level, and featuring engaging case examples, this book reviews the theory and practice of personal and egocentric network research. This approach offers powerful tools for capturing...


Fate Calculation Experts

by Geng Li

Having long been stigmatized as an immoral and even illegal “superstition”, the popular practice of divination is experiencing a revival in contemporary China. Fate Calculation Experts explores how diviners...


Elites

by Antónia Pedroso de Lima & João de Pina Cabral

Wealth and power characterize elites, yet despite the strong cultural influences they exert, their study remains underdeveloped. Partly because of complications resulting from access, scholars have tended to...


Contradictions of Democracy

by Nicholas Rush Smith

Despite being one of the world's most vibrant democracies, police estimate between five and ten percent of the murders in South Africa result from vigilante violence. This is puzzling given the country's celebrated...


Currencies of Imagination

by Ivan V. Small

In Vietnam, international remittances from the Vietnamese diaspora are quantitatively significant and contribute important economic inputs. Yet beyond capital transfer, these diasporic remittance economies offer...


Anthropogenic Rivers

by Jerome Whitington

In the 2000s, Laos was treated as a model country for the efficacy of privatized, "sustainable" hydropower projects as viable options for World Bank-led development. By viewing hydropower as a process that creates...