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SAR Press New Releases for 2011–2012SAR Press New Releases for 2011–2012SAR Press New Releases for 2011–2012

The invention of the printing press numbers among the most transformative innovations in the transmission of human knowledge. Recent decades have seen equally transformative developments in electronic communications technologies. SAR is committed to democratizing knowledge by both methods, to feeding mind and soul by sharing the results of its endeavors to ensure that knowledge held by some becomes wisdom shared by many.

SAR Press has been publishing books since 1909, including important works by SAR’s resident scholars and participants in the advanced seminar program—which began in 1969—in addition to the Arroyo Hondo, Popular Archaeology, and Global Indigenous Politics series. The Press also publishes books on the arts and aesthetics of indigenous peoples and the peoples and cultures of the American Southwest, past and present. Through the Southwest Crossroads website on the history and culture of New Mexico, the Press shares knowledge via the Internet, too.

Today SAR Press continues to publish works intended to challenge and deepen our understanding of the human experience. Four Press titles won awards this year. Becoming Indian: The Struggle over Cherokee Identity in the Twenty-first Century, written by former resident scholar Circe Sturm, is a co-winner of the 2011 James Mooney Award. Given annually by the Southern Anthropological Society, the award recognizes distinguished anthropological scholarship on the South and Southerners. ForeWord Reviews bestowed the Bronze in social sciences in its Book of the Year Awards to Joyce M. Szabo’s Imprisoned Art, Complex Patronage: Plains Drawings by Howling Wolf and Zotom at the Autry National Center. The 2011 Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Prize was awarded to The Gender of Globalization: Women Navigating Cultural and Economic Marginalities, edited by Nandini Gunewardena and Ann Kingsolver. Mimbres Lives and Landscapes, edited by Margaret C. Nelson and Michelle Hegmon, earned a 2011 New Mexico Book Award for best book in the Anthropology/Archaeology category.

2011–2012 SAR Press Publications
Remapping BoliviaRemapping Bolivia: Resources, Territory, and Indigeneity in a Plurinational StateEdited by Nicole Fabricant and Bret GustafsonIn 2005, Evo Morales became the first indigenous president elected in the Americas. His election to the presidency of Bolivia brought to an end two decades of free-market economic policies that had privatized state industries, deregulated production, increased labor flexibility, and encouraged foreign investment in natural resource extraction and exportation.

“A foundational text not simply in charting the changing contours of spatial politics in the Andean region but for the very idea of a plurinational democratic polity. A tour de force.”
—Michael Watts, University of California, Berkeley
Imprisoned Art, Complex PatronageImprisoned Art, Complex Patronage: Plains Drawings by Howling Wolf and Zotom at the Autry National CenterJoyce M. SzaboZotom (Kiowa) and Howling Wolf (Southern Cheyenne) were among seventy-two Southern Plains Indian warriors and chiefs incarcerated at Fort Marion, Florida, at the end of the Southern Plains wars. During their three years in exile, Zotom, Howling Wolf, and many of the other younger men made pictures narrating incidents of life on the Great Plains, their journey to Florida, and life at Fort Marion. The work became known as “ledger art,” because the artists frequently used accountants’ ledger books as sources of paper.

ForeWord Reviews bestowed the Bronze in social sciences in its Book of the Year Awards to Imprisoned Art, Complex Patronage.
Dangerous LiaisonsDangerous Liaisons: Anthropologists and the National Security StateEdited by Laura McNamara and Robert A. RubinsteinDangerous Liaisons addresses the precarious position that many anthropologists occupy as government agencies have sought their professional assistance in understanding terrorists’ motivations, stabilizing nascent wartime governments, and countering insurgencies. Such trends have raised fears that anthropology is under threat of colonization, that anthropologists’ moral and epistemological commitments will be subverted as they align their research priorities to meet the demands of the state.

“Many books addressing contentious issues are polemics, battles among opposing ideas/ideologies. This book moves beyond those battles to a greater maturity in scholarship where deep explorations of all facets of an issue are presented. One of the most refreshing aspects of Dangerous Liaisons is that these many approaches, however charged the issue, are presented respectfully.”
—Carolyn Nordstrom, University of Notre Dame
Breathing New Life into the Evidence of DeathBreathing New Life into the Evidence of Death: Contemporary Approaches to BioarchaeologyEdited by Aubrey Baadsgaard, Alexis T. Boutin, and Jane E. BuikstraThis volume on bioarchaeology is an effort to breathe “new life” into the evidence of death, human remains, and associated finds from archaeological sites, to “resurrect” ancient societies—their social worlds and personae—and to give them a more complete present reality and relevance.

“This book is a robust contribution toward bringing bioarchaeology firmly into the larger sphere of anthropological approaches to the past. … The authors, while grounding their work firmly in established bioarchaeological method, also chart new—and essential—theoretical terrain that represents the future of contextualized work in the field.”
—Ann M. Kakaliouras, Whittier College
The Shape of ScriptThe Shape of Script: How and Why Writing Systems ChangeEdited by Stephen D. HoustonThis book seeks to understand the social, cultural, and historical forces that influence the course of writing systems. Editor Stephen D. Houston states, “The study of writing needs to be brought back into the fold of anthropology, not as a marginal or recondite specialty but because it is an indispensable tool by which knowledge is transmitted.”

“This collection of essays addresses a rarely treated but strategic set of questions. It shows that the study of the evolution of script systems constitutes the best way to understand how aesthetics and script use can influence the social use of language.”
—Carlo Severi, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Nature, Science, and ReligionNature, Science, and Religion: Intersections Shaping Society and the EnvironmentEdited by Catherine M. TuckerThe contributors to this book explore how scientific knowledge and spiritual beliefs are engaged to shape natural resource management, environmental activism, and political processes.

“This fascinating book admirably succeeds in navigating the complexities of a challenging and conflicted landscape. It refreshingly provides new nuanced understandings grounded in a set of penetrating case studies.”
—Leslie E. Sponsel, author of Spiritual Ecology: A Quiet Revolution
Hisat'sinomHisat’sinom: Ancient Peoples in a Land without WaterEdited by Christian E. DownumThe national monuments of Wupatki, Walnut Canyon, and Montezuma’s Castle showcase the treasures of the first people who settled and developed farms, towns, and trade routes throughout northern Arizona and beyond. In Hisat’sinom archaeologists explain how the people of this region flourished despite living in a place with very little water and extremes of heat and cold.

“A superb summary of the deep Native history in the area around Flagstaff, Arizona—the archaeological Sinagua region. This strikingly illustrated volume is the ‘go-to’ resource for Sinagua.”
—Stephen H. Lekson, author of A History of the Ancient Southwest (SAR Press)
The Global Middle ClassesThe Global Middle Classes: Theorizing Through EthnographyEdited by Rachel Heiman, Carla Freeman, and Mark LiechtyAs middle-class aspirations and anxieties surge throughout the world, “middle-classness” has become a powerful category for self-identification. Ethnographically rich and culturally particular, the essays in this volume elucidate middle-class experience and discourse and, in so doing, add critical nuance to theories of class itself.

“This book is a feast for anthropologists, sociologists, and historians concerned with globalization and with class as emergent phenomena of the world we live in.”
—Arjun Appadurai, Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU
Keystone NationsKeystone Nations: Indigenous Peoples and Salmon across the North PacificEdited by Benedict J. Colombi and James F. BrooksKeystone Nations addresses the histories and futures of indigenous peoples and salmon across the vast ocean expanse and rugged coastlines of the North Pacific. If wild salmon and indigenous peoples vanish from the North Pacific, as they largely have in the North Atlantic, their absence will herald the cascading failure of a complete marine system and will announce the failure of the world’s dominant political powers to recognize the human right to cultural expression and survival.
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