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Prophets of Agroforestry: Guaraní Communities and Commercial Gathering

by Richard K. Reed

For almost four centuries, the indigenous Chiripá (Guaraní) people of eastern Paraguay have maintained themselves as a distinct society and culture, despite continual and often intense relations with Paraguayan...


The Indian Christ, the Indian King: The Historical Substrate of Maya Myth and Ritual

by Victoria Reifler Bricker

Victoria Bricker shows that "history" sometimes rests on mythological foundations and that "myth" can contain valid historical information. Her book, which is a highly original critique of postconquest historiography...


The Power of Huacas: Change and Resistance in the Andean World of Colonial Peru

by Claudia Brosseder

The role of the religious specialist in Andean cultures of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries was a complicated one, balanced between local traditions and the culture of the Spanish. In The...


The Keepers of Water and Earth: Mexican Rural Social Organization and Irrigation

by Kjell I. Enge & Scott Whiteford

Agrarian reforms transformed the Mexican countryside in the late twentieth century but without, in many cases, altering fundamental power relationships. This study of the Tehuacán Valley in the state of Puebla...


Land, Livelihood, and Civility in Southern Mexico: Oaxaca Valley Communities in History

by Scott Cook

In the Valley of Oaxaca in Mexico's Southern Highland region, three facets of sociocultural life have been interconnected and interactive from colonial times to the present: first, community land as a space...


Maya Figurines: Intersections between State and Household

by Christina T. Halperin

Rather than view the contours of Late Classic Maya social life solely from towering temple pyramids or elite sculptural forms, this book considers a suite of small anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, and supernatural...


The Yanoama Indians: A Cultural Geography

by William J. Smole

The Yanoama are one of the most numerous remaining aboriginal populations of the South American tropical forests, and their large territory constitutes a significant culture region. Although other scholars (anthropologists,...


Spearheading Debate: Culture Wars & Uneasy Truces

by Steven C Dubin

As South Africa’s democracy matures, this book raises pertinent questions: How does the state mediate between traditional tribal authority and constitutional law in matters such as initiation customs or...


Sex, Science and Morality in China

by Joanna McMillan

After decades of near silence on the matter, sex is being talked about in China. But what is being said? Who is allowed to speak? And whose purposes are being served?

This ground-breaking book takes a critical...


Gender, Nation and State in Modern Japan

by Andrea Germer, Vera Mackie & Ulrike Wöhr

Gender, Nation and State in Modern Japan makes a unique contribution to the international literature on the formation of modern nation-states in its focus on the gendering of the modern Japanese nation-state...


Mosquito Trails: Ecology, Health, and the Politics of Entanglement

by Alex M. Nading

Dengue fever is the world's most prevalent mosquito-borne illness, but Alex Nading argues that people in dengue-endemic communities do not always view humans and mosquitoes as mortal enemies. Drawing on two...


Twentieth-Century America: The Intellectual and Cultural Context

by Douglas Tallack

The multi-volume Longman literature in English series aims to provide students of literature with a critical introduction to the major genres in their historical and cultural context. This book looks at cinema,...


A Scientific Theory of Culture and Other Essays: [1944]

by Bronislaw Malinowski

Published, posthumously, this volume is both a summing up and a reformulation of Malinowski's functional theory of culture.


Cinema of John Marshall

by Jay Ruby

First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


The Hour Between Dog and Wolf

by Laure-Anne Bosselaar & Charles Simic

Lyrical poetry that sings of farmers, families and nunneries in Belgium and Flanders.


Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good

by Heather Menzies

An engaging and intimate journey of personal and political discovery.


The Porcupine Hunter and Other Stories

by Ralph Maud

A selection of the best stories by Henry W. Tate (d. 1914), an important Tsimshian informant to ethnographer Franz Boas.


Interpreting Japan: Approaches and Applications for the Classroom

by Brian J. Mcveigh

Written by an experienced teacher and scholar, this book offers university students a handy "how to" guide for interpreting Japanese society and conducting their own research. Stressing the importance of an...


Understanding Aging and Diversity: Theories and Concepts

by Patricia Kolb

The demographic phenomena of increased life expectancy, increasing global population of older adults, and a larger number of older people as a proportion of the total population in nations throughout the world...


Negotiating Territoriality: Spatial Dialogues Between State and Tradition

by Allan Charles Dawson, Laura Zanotti & Ismael Vaccaro

This edited collection disrupts dominant narratives about space, states, and borders, bringing comparative ethnographic and geographic scholarship in conversation with one another to illuminate the varied ways...