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Sex Work and the City: The Social Geography of Health and Safety in Tijuana, Mexico

by Yasmina Katsulis

A gateway at the U.S.-Mexico border, Tijuana is a complex urban center with a sizeable population of sex workers. An in-depth case study of the trade, Sex Work and the City is the first major ethnographic publication...


Hijos del Pueblo: Gender, Family, and Community in Rural Mexico, 1730-1850

by Deborah E. Kanter

The everyday lives of indigenous and Spanish families in the countryside, a previously under-explored segment of Mexican cultural history, are now illuminated through the vivid narratives presented in Hijos...


Seeing and Being Seen: The Q'eqchi' Maya of Livingston, Guatemala, and Beyond

by Hilary E. Kahn

The practice of morality and the formation of identity among an indigenous Latin American culture are framed in a pioneering ethnography of sight that attempts to reverse the trend of anthropological fieldwork...


Gender and Power in Prehispanic Mesoamerica

by Rosemary A. Joyce

Gender was a fluid potential, not a fixed category, before the Spaniards came to Mesoamerica. Childhood training and ritual shaped, but did not set, adult gender, which could encompass third genders and alternative...


Poison Arrows: North American Indian Hunting and Warfare

by David E. Jones

Biological warfare is a menacing twenty-first-century issue, but its origins extend to antiquity. While the recorded use of toxins in warfare in some ancient populations is rarely disputed (the use of arsenical...


Native North American Armor, Shields, and Fortifications

by David E. Jones

From the Chickasaw fighting the Choctaw in the Southeast to the Sioux battling the Cheyenne on the Great Plains, warfare was endemic among the North American Indians when Europeans first arrived on this continent....


Unlearning the Language of Conquest: Scholars Expose Anti-Indianism in America

by Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs)

Responding to anti-Indianism in America, the wide-ranging perspectives culled in Unlearning the Language of Conquest present a provocative account of the contemporary hegemony still at work today, whether conscious...


Mesoamerican Healers

by Brad R. Huber & Alan R. Sandstrom

Healing practices in Mesoamerica span a wide range, from traditional folk medicine with roots reaching back into the prehispanic era to westernized biomedicine. These sometimes cooperating, sometimes competing...


Chiefs, Scribes, and Ethnographers: Kuna Culture from Inside and Out

by James Howe

The Kuna of Panama, today one of the best known indigenous peoples of Latin America, moved over the course of the twentieth century from orality and isolation towards literacy and an active engagement with the...


The Great Confusion in Indian Affairs: Native Americans and Whites in the Progressive Era

by Tom Holm

The United States government thought it could make Indians "vanish." After the Indian Wars ended in the 1880s, the government gave allotments of land to individual Native Americans in order to turn them into...


Return to the Center: Culture, Public Space, and City-Building in a Global Era

by Lawrence A. Herzog

The redesign and revitalization of traditional urban centers is the cutting edge of contemporary urban planning, as evidenced by the intense public and professional attention to the rebuilding of city cores...


The Wanano Indians of the Brazilian Amazon: A Sense of Space

by Janet M. Chernela

The Wanano Indians of the northwest Amazon have a social system that differs from those of most tropical forest tribes. Neither stratified by wealth nor strictly egalitarian, Wanano society is "ranked" according...


Ethnographic Film: Revised Edition

by Karl G. Heider

Even before Robert Flaherty released Nanook of the North in 1922, anthropologists were producing films about the lifeways of native peoples for a public audience, as well as for research and teaching. Ethnographic...


Violent Acts and Urban Space in Contemporary Tel Aviv: Revisioning Moments

by Tali Hatuka & Diane E. Davis

Violent acts over the past fifteen years have profoundly altered civil rituals, cultural identity, and the meaning of place in Tel Aviv. Three events in particular have shed light on the global rule of urban...


Aztecs, Moors, and Christians: Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico and Spain

by Max Harris

In villages and towns across Spain and its former New World colonies, local performers stage mock battles between Spanish Christians and Moors or Aztecs that range from brief sword dances to massive street theatre...


Palestinians Born in Exile: Diaspora and the Search for a Homeland

by Juliane Hammer

In the decade following the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, some 100,000 diasporic Palestinians returned to the West Bank and Gaza. Among them were children and young adults who were born in exile and whose sense of...


Whose School Is It?: Women, Children, Memory, and Practice in the City

by Rhoda H. Halperin

Whose School Is It?: Women, Children, Memory, and Practice in the City is a success story with roadblocks, crashes, and detours. Rhoda Halperin uses feminist theorist and activist Gloria Anzaldúa's ideas about...


Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction

by Euan Hague, Heidi Beirich & Edward H. Sebesta

A century and a half after the conclusion of the Civil War, the legacy of the Confederate States of America continues to influence national politics in profound ways. Drawing on magazines such as Southern Partisan...


Fertile Matters: The Politics of Mexican-Origin Women's Reproduction

by Elena R. Gutiérrez

While the stereotype of the persistently pregnant Mexican-origin woman is longstanding, in the past fifteen years her reproduction has been targeted as a major social problem for the United States. Due to fear-fueled...


Ritual and Power in Stone: The Performance of Rulership in Mesoamerican Izapan Style Art

by Julia Guernsey

The ancient Mesoamerican city of Izapa in Chiapas, Mexico, is renowned for its extensive collection of elaborate stone stelae and altars, which were carved during the Late Preclassic period (300 BC-AD 250)....