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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1998

by Jared Diamond

"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill Gates In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly...


The Sixth Extinction

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2015, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2014

by Elizabeth Kolbert

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass...


African Political Systems

by Meyer Fortes

AFRICAN POLITICAL SYSTEMS by Fortes, Meyer CONTENTS: EDITORS' NOTE. PREFACE. Professor A. R. Radcliffe-Brown, M.A. (Cantab.), Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology in the University of Oxford INTRODUCTION....


Parting Ways: New Rituals and Celebrations of Life's Passing

by Denise Carson

Parting Ways explores the emergence of new end-of-life rituals in America that celebrate the dying and reinvent the roles of family and community at the deathbed. Denise Carson contrasts her father's passing...


History Prostitution

by Scott

First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


New Directions in Anthropological Kinship

by Linda Stone

Following periods of intense debate and eventual demise, kinship studies is now seeing a revival in anthropology. New Directions in Anthropological Kinship captures these recent trends and explores new avenues...


How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human

by Eduardo Kohn

Can forests think? Do dogs dream? In this astonishing book, Eduardo Kohn challenges the very foundations of anthropology, calling into question our central assumptions about what it means to be human-and thus...


The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

by Ruth Benedict

A recognized classic of cultural anthropology, this book explores the political, religious, and economic life of Japan from the seventh century through the mid-twentieth, as well as personal family life.


The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch

by Constance Classen

From the softest caress to the harshest blow, touch lies at the heart of our experience of the world. The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch fleshes out our understanding of the past with explorations...


Telling It Straight

by Marina Mahathir

An outspoken commentator on Malaysia's social and political affairs, Marina Mahathir takes on the issues, ideas and institutions of the day in her latest book, Telling it Straight. She highlights unpalatable...


Anthropology: The Basics

by Peter Metcalf

The ultimate guide for the student encountering anthropology for the first time, Anthropology: The Basics explains and explores key anthropological concepts including:

  • what is anthropology?
  • how can we distinguish...


The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry

by Bryan Sykes

The national bestseller that reveals how we are descended from seven prehistoric women. In 1994 Bryan Sykes was called in as an expert to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern...


La Nueva California: Latinos in the Golden State

by David Hayes-Bautista

Since late 2001 more than fifty percent of the babies born in California have been Latino. When these babies reach adulthood, they will, by sheer force of numbers, influence the course of the Golden State. This...


Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People

by Jon Entine

Could our sense of who we are really turn on a sliver of DNA? In our multiethnic world, questions of individual identity are becoming increasingly unclear. Now in ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN bestselling author Jon Entine...


Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World

by Doug Saunders

Look around: the largest migration in human history is under way. For the first time ever, more people are living in cities than in rural areas. Between 2007 and 2050, the world’s cities will have absorbed...


Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia: Sexual Politics, Health, Diversity and Representations

by Linda Rae Bennett & Sharyn Graham Davies

Winner of the 2015 Ruth Benedict Prize for Outstanding Edited Volume

Sex, sexuality and sexual relationships are hotly debated in Indonesia, triggering complex and often passionate responses. This innovative...


Footbinding and Women's Labor in Sichuan

by Hill Gates

When Chinese women bound their daughters' feet, many consequences ensued, some beyond the imagination of the binders and the bound. The most obvious of these consequences was to impress upon a small child's...


Arctic Adaptations: Native Whalers and Reindeer Herders of Northern Eurasia

Markets in Oaxaca

by Martin Diskin, Scott Cook & Sidney W. Mintz

Markets in Oaxaca is a study of the regional peasant marketing system in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. It relates the marketing system to other aspects of the regional economy, to neighboring regions, and to...


Peasant Cooperation and Capitalist Expansion in Central Peru

by Norman Long & Bryan R. Roberts

This book brings together the research into regional development and social change carried out in highland Peru by a team of British and Latin American social anthropologists and sociologists. The area studied-the...