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Designs and Anthropologies: Frictions and Affinities

2021. Edited by Keith M. Murphy and Eitan Y. Wilf

This volume demonstrates the importance and power of design and its ubiquitous effects on human life. Collectively, the contributors argue that bringing design and anthropology together can transform both fields and that to tease out the implications of using design to reimagine ethnography—and of using ethnography to reimagine design—we need to consider the historical specificity of their entanglements.

Catastrophe & Culture

2002. Edited by Susanna M. Hoffman and Anthony Oliver-Smith

Using a variety of natural and technological disasters-including Mexican earthquakes, drought in the Andes and in Africa, the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Oakland firestorm, and the Bhopal gas disaster-the authors of this volume explore the potentials of disaster for ecological, political-economic, and cultural approaches to anthropology along with the perspectives of archaeology and history.

Community Building in the Twenty-First Century

2005. Edited by Stanley E. Hyland

“Community” has long been a critical concept for social scientists, and never more so amid the growing economic inequity, natural and human disasters, and warfare of the opening years of the twenty-first century. In this volume, leading scholar-activists develop a conceptual framework for both the theory and practice of building communities.

Dangerous Liaisons

2011. Edited by Laura McNamara and Robert A. Rubinstein

Throughout the first decade of the twenty-first century, anthropologists have watched with both interest and concern as government agencies — particularly those with military and intelligence functions — have sought their professional assistance in understanding terrorists’ motivations, stabilizing nascent wartime governments, and countering insurgencies.

Development & Dispossession

2009. Edited by Anthony Oliver-Smith

Because there can be no return to land submerged under a dam-created lake or to a neighborhood buried under a stadium or throughway, the solutions devised to meet the needs of people displaced by development must be durable. The contributors to this volume analyze the failures of existing resettlement policies and propose just such durable solutions.

Disturbing Bodies

2015. Edited by Zoë Crossland and Rosemary A. Joyce
As bodies are revealed, so are hidden and often incommensurate understandings of the body after death. The theme of “disturbing bodies” has a double valence, evoking both the work that anthropologists do and also the ways in which the dead can, in turn, disturb the living through their material qualities, through dreams and other forms of presence, and through the political claims often articulated around them.

The Evolution of Political Systems

1990. Edited by Steadman Upham

The contributors to this book rely on archaeological and ethnographic case studies to examine the social, economic, and political processes behind the development of these “middle-range” political systems, located on a continuum between communally organized hunter-gatherer bands and stratified, centralized chiefdoms and states.

The Fabric of Indigeneity

2016. ann-elise lewallen

The author synthesizes ethnographic field research, museum and archival research, and participation in cultural-revival and rights-based organizing to show how women craft Ainu and indigenous identities through clothwork and how they also fashion lived connections to ancestral values and lifestyles.

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