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Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia

by Azza Basarudin

In recent years, global attention has focused on how women in communities of Muslims are revitalizing Islam by linking interpretation of religious ideas to the protection of rights and freedoms. Humanizing the...

Rumor, Fear and the Madness of Crowds

by J.P. Chaplin

Martians, a reincarnated Irish woman, a dead movie star, an insane anesthetist, and an obsessed U.S. Attorney General ― these disparate characters have something in common. Each was at the center of an incident...

Eating Soup without a Spoon: Anthropological Theory and Method in the Real World

by Jeffrey H. Cohen

Significant scholarship exists on anthropological fieldwork and methodologies. Some anthropologists have also published memoirs of their research experiences. Renowned anthropologist Jeffrey Cohen's Eating Soup...

White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic

by Stephen R. Bown

As T. E. Lawrence did for the Arab world and Richard Burton did for the heart of Africa, Knud Rasmussen opened the landscape and culture of the Arctic. Stephen Bown, biographer of Roald Amundsen, follows Rasmussen's...

Ishi's Brain: In Search of the Last "Wild" Indian

by Orin Starn

From the mountains of California to a forgotten steel vat at the Smithsonian, this "eloquent and soul-searching book" (Lit) is "a compelling account of one of American anthropology's strangest, saddest chapters"...

Reinventing Chinese Tradition: The Cultural Politics of Late Socialism

by Ka-ming Wu

An eye-opening study of an evolving culture and society within contemporary China

Cape Verde, Let's Go: Creole Rappers and Citizenship in Portugal

by Derek Pardue

How Cape Verdean rappers complicate ideas of Europeanness in contemporary Portugal

The Art of the Lathe

by B.H. Fairchild

"...a contemporary classic—a passionate example of the plain style, so finely crafted..." —Los Angeles Times

Corsets and Codpieces: A Social History of Outrageous Fashion

by Karen Bowman

Have you ever wondered why we wear the type of clothes we do? Packed with outlandish outfits, this exciting history of British fashion trends reveals the flamboyant fashions adopted (and discarded) by our ancestors....

Conjuring Property: Speculation and Environmental Futures in the Brazilian Amazon

by Jeremy M Campbell

Since the 1960s, when Brazil first encouraged large-scale Amazonian colonization, violence and confusion have often accompanied national policies concerning land reform, corporate colonization, indigenous land...

The Cabaret of Plants: Botany and the Imagination

by Richard Mabey

In Richard Mabey's characteristically lyrical and informative tone, The Cabaret of Plants explores plant species which have challenged our imaginations, awoken that clichéd but real human emotion of wonder,...

Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report

by Saba Mahmood

The plight of religious minorities in the Middle East is often attributed to the failure of secularism to take root in the region. Religious Difference in a Secular Age challenges this assessment by examining...

Aboriginal Life in Australia

by K. Langloh Parker

No introduction to Mrs. Langloh Parker's book can be more than that superfluous 'bush' which, according to the proverb, good wine does not need. Our knowledge of the life, manners, and customary laws of many...

Narratives of Globalization: Reflections on the Global Condition

by Julian C H Lee

The collection brings together established and emerging scholars from the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University to reflect on the lived-experience of globalization. It uses a narrative...

What the Bones Tell Us

by Jeffrey H. Schwartz

Jeffrey Schwartz, professor of physical anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, ranges from digs in the Negev Desert through Africa and...

Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond

by Stefan Helmreich, Sophia Roosth & Michele Friedner

What is life? What is water? What is sound? In Sounding the Limits of Life, anthropologist Stefan Helmreich investigates how contemporary scientists—biologists, oceanographers, and audio engineers—are redefining...

The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains

by Thomas W. Laqueur

The Greek philosopher Diogenes said that when he died his body should be tossed over the city walls for beasts to scavenge. Why should he or anyone else care what became of his corpse? In The Work of the Dead...

Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories

by Webb Keane

The human propensity to take an ethical stance toward oneself and others is found in every known society, yet we also know that values taken for granted in one society can contradict those in another. Does ethical...

The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future

by Alexandra Brodsky & Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

What would a world that matched your values look like? Today's leaders envision the ideal future of feminism.

Aboriginal Pathways: in Southeast Queensland and the Richmond River 

by John Gladstone Steele

The first European chroniclers of Indigenous Culture in Australia looked for the sensational, often neglecting its more significant features. In his fourth book on Queensland's early history, J. G. Steele corrects...