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The Central Asian Arabs of Afghanistan: Pastoral Nomadism in Transition

by Thomas J. Barfield

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 focused international attention on this country for the first time in nearly a century. The need for reliable information has only become been greater. Because of their...


Ancient Panama: Chiefs in Search of Power

by Mary W. Helms

Ancient Panama adds depth to our understanding of the political and religious elite ruling in Panama at the time of the European conquest. Mary W. Helms's research greatly expands knowledge of the distribution,...


Quiche Rebelde: Religious Conversion, Politics, and Ethnic Identity in Guatemala

by Ricardo Falla, Philip Berryman & Richard N. Adams

Since the arrival of the Spanish in the sixteenth century, the Maya population of Guatemala has been forced to adapt to extraordinary challenges. Under colonial rule, the Indians had to adapt enough to satisfy...


Prophets of Agroforestry: Guarani 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 Village Effect: How Face-To-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter

by Susan Pinker

In her surprising, entertaining, and persuasive new book, award-winning author and psychologist Susan Pinker shows how face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience, and longevity.

 

From...


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,...


Mediating and Remediating Death

by Dorthe Refslund Christensen & Kjetil Sandvik

Presenting rich, new interdisciplinary empirical case studies and fieldwork from the US and Europe, Asia, The Middle East, Australasia and Africa, Mediating and Remediating Death shows how different media forms...


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...


Volunteer Tourism: Popular Humanitarianism in Neoliberal Times

by Mary Mostafanezhad

This first full length treatment of volunteer tourism taking a longitudinal ethnographic approach offers a comprehensive and comparative study of the perspectives of Thai host community members, NGO practitioners...


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...


Blind Spot: How Neoliberalism Infiltrated Global Health

by Salmaan, M.D. Keshavjee

Neoliberalism has been the defining paradigm in global health since the latter part of the twentieth century. What started as an untested and unproven theory that the creation of unfettered markets would give...


Twentieth-Century America: The Intellectual and Cultural Context: 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.