2022. Edited by Alex E. Chávez and Gina M. Pérez, with a foreword by Arlene M. Dávila
The contributors to this volume highlight the value of radical inclusion in their research and explore how Latinx ethnographers and interlocutors work together in contexts of refusal, as well as the extraordinary possibilities offered by ethnography and its role in ongoing social transformation.
2022. Edited by Shannon Lee Dawdy and Tamara Kneese
This book brings together scholars who are intrigued by today’s rapidly changing death practices and attitudes. What are the beliefs, values, and ontologies entwined with these emergent death practices? Are we witnessing a shifting relationship between the living and the dead?
2020. Edited by Anna L. Boozer, Bleda S. Düring, and Bradley J. Parker
This book demonstrates how archaeological research can contribute to our conceptualization of empires across disciplinary boundaries.
2006. Edited by Kevin A. Yelvington
This book breaks new theoretical and methodological ground in the study of the African diaspora in the Atlantic world. Leading scholars of archaeology, linguistics, and socio-cultural anthropology draw upon extensive field experiences and archival investigations of black communities in North America, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa to challenge received paradigms in Afro-American anthropology.
2003. Edited by Nancy Foner
Addressing issues of health care, education, and cultural values and practices among Mexicans, Haitians, Somalis, Afghans, and other newcomers to the United States, the authors illuminate the complex ways that immigrants adapt to life in a new land and raise serious questions about the meaning and political uses of ideas about cultural difference.
1975. Edited by Jeremy A. Sabloff and C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky
The contributors to this volume explore trade’s dynamic role in the growth of early civilizations from the vantage points of archaeology, economics, social anthropology, and cultural geography. They examine such topics as central-place theory, information flow, early state modules, long-distance trade, classes of trade, and modes of exchange.
2004. Edited by Veena Das and Deborah Poole
Drawing on fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Peru, Guatemala, India, Chad, Colombia, and South Africa, the contributors examine official documentary practices and their forms and falsifications; the problems that highly mobile mercenaries, currency, goods, arms, and diamonds pose to the state; emerging non-state regulatory authorities; and the role language plays as cultures struggle to articulate their situation.
2013. Edited by John Hartigan
Anthropology of Race confronts the challenge of formulating an effective rejoinder to new arguments and new data about race, and attempts to address the intense desire to understand race and why it matters.
2010. Edited by Lynne Sebastian and William D. Lipe
By most estimates, as much as 90 percent of the archaeology done in the United States today is carried out in the field of cultural resource management (CRM). The contributors hope that this book will serve as an impetus in American archaeology for dialogue and debate on how to make CRM projects and programs yield both better archaeology and better public policy.
2006. Edited by Stephen H. Lekson
Chaco and the people who created its monumental great houses, extensive roads, and network of outlying settlements remain an enigma in American archaeology. Two decades after the latest and largest program of field research at Chaco (the National Park Service’s Chaco Project from 1971 to 1982) the original researchers and other leading Chaco scholars convened to evaluate what they now know about Chaco in light of new theories and new data.
2005. Edited by Gil J. Stein
In this volume, ten archaeologists analyze the assumptions that have constrained previous studies of colonialism and demonstrate that colonization was common in early Old and New World state societies—an important strategy by which people gained access to critical resources.
1984. Edited by Fredrick W. Lange and Doris Z. Stone
This book provides a much-needed overview of the archaeological past, present, and future of lower Central America. It addresses questions such as why the region never produced complex societies like its neighbors to the north and south and takes up themes such as ecological adaptation and subsistence, trade, and sociopolitical development.
2010. Edited by William A. Parkinson and Michael L. Galaty
In current archaeological research the failure to find common ground between world-systems theory believers and their counterparts has resulted in a stagnation of theoretical development in regards to modeling how early state societies interacted with their neighbors. This book is an attempt to redress these issues.
1998. Edited by Gary M. Feinman and Joyce Marcus
One of the most challenging problems facing contemporary archaeology concerns the operation and diversity of ancient states. This volume addresses how ancient states were structured and how they operated, an understanding of which is key to our ability to interpret a state’s rise or fall.
2015. Edited by Jeanne Simonelli, Katherine O’Donnell, and June Nash
The collaborations, cooperatives, and conundrums described in this collection reaffirm ancient traditions even as artisan production and the preservation of cultural identity interact to create a sustainable future that entails new kinds of producer-consumer relations and partnerships. Contributors to this book explore how crafts — pottery, weaving, basketmaking, storytelling — in Middle America and beyond are a means of making an intangible cultural heritage visible, material, and enduring.
2014. Edited by Nancy N. Chen and Lesley A. Sharp
Through considering the vulnerability of individuals and groups, particularly looking at how vulnerability propagates in the shadow of biosecurity, this volume challenges the acceptance of surveillance and security measures as necessities of life in the new millennium.
2000. Edited by Sue Taylor Parker, Jonas Langer, and Michael L. McKinney
An exciting new cross-disciplinary field of biocultural research is emerging at the start of the twenty-first century: developmental evolutionary biology. Looking at the behavioral ontogeny of primates, the authors-leading scholars of biological anthropology, evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, and cognitive neuroscience-pose questions that probe our fundamental understanding of the human species.
2013. Edited by John Robb and Timothy R. Pauketat
The contributors consider something archaeologists seldom think about: the intersection of micro-scale human experience with large-scale and long-term histories. Did history unfold in different ways for different people? What are the central historical processes behind such unfoldings? How are we to understand these events and their relevance to us today?
2012. Edited by Aubrey Baadsgaard, Alexis T. Boutin, and Jane E. Buikstra
Breathing New Life into the Evidence of Death showcases the vibrancy of bioarchaeological research and its potential for bringing “new life” to the field of mortuary archaeology and the study of human remains. These new trajectories challenge old stereotypes, redefine the way research of human remains should be accomplished, and erase the divide that once separated osteologists from archaeologists.
2014. Edited by Edward F. Fischer
Anthropologists have historically tended to focus on the corrosive effects of markets on traditional lifeways and the ways in which global markets disadvantage marginalized peoples. Economists often have difficulty recognizing that markets are embedded in particular social and political power structures and that “free” market transactions are often less free than we might think. If anthropologists could view markets a bit more ecumenically and if economists could view them a bit more politically, then great value—cash on the table—could be found in bringing these perspectives together.
2005. Edited by Vernon L. Scarborough
In his thirty-four years as president of the School of American Research, Douglas W. Schwartz’s far-reaching vision placed SAR on the intellectual edge of research about humans across the globe. The twelve essays in this volume celebrate his contributions by looking back at changes in the field and forward to vital questions, methods, and theories yet nascent.
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.
1991. Edited by Patricia L. Crown and W. James Judge
Synthesizing data and current thought about the regional systems of the Chacoans and the Hohokam, eleven archaeologists examine settlement patterns, subsistence economy, social organization, and trade, shedding new light on two of the most sophisticated cultures of the prehistoric Southwest.
1982. Edited by Michael E. Moseley and Kent C. Day
The fourteen essays in this book focus on the Chan Chan-Moche Valley Project and analyze its five-year archaeological study. It includes chapters on irrigation, excavation results, and sociopolitical organization during the Early Intermediate Period in Peru.
2016. Edited by Courtney L. Meehan and Alyssa N. Crittenden
This collection is the first to specifically address our current understanding of the evolution of human childhood, which in turn significantly affects our interpretations of the evolution of family formation, social organization, cultural transmission, cognition, ontogeny, and the physical and socioemotional needs of children.
1973. Edited by T. Patrick Culbert
In this book, thirteen leading scholars use new data to revise the image of ancient Maya civilization and create a new model of its collapse—a general model of sociopolitical collapse not limited to the cultural history of the Maya alone.
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.
2009. Edited by Juliet McMullin and Diane Weiner
In this book, anthropologists examine the lived experiences of individuals confronting cancer and reveal the social context in which prevention and treatment may succeed or fail.
2005. Edited by E. Wyllys Andrews and William L. Fash
This volume collects leading scholarship on one of the most important archaeological complexes in the ancient Maya world.
2016. Edited by Wenda R. Trevathan and Karen R. Rosenberg
The authors take a broad look at how human infants are similar to and different from the infants of other species, at how our babies have constrained our evolution over the past six million years, and at how they continue to shape the ways we live today.
1999. Edited by George E. Marcus
Building on the legacy of Writing Culture, Critical Anthropology Now vividly represents the changing nature of anthropological research practice, demonstrating how new and more complicated locations of research – from the boardrooms of multinational corporations to the chat rooms of the Internet – are giving rise to shifts in the character of fieldwork and fieldworker.
2017. Edited by Anand Pandian and Stuart McLean
Crumpled Paper Boat engages writing as a creative process of encounter, a way of making and unmaking worlds, and a material practice no less participatory and dynamic than fieldwork itself.
1998. Edited by Gary Lee Downey and Joseph Dumit
The authors explore such questions as how science gains authority to direct truth practices, the boundaries between humans and machines, and how science, technology, and medicine contribute to the fashioning of selves.
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.
2008. Edited by Julia Paley
While previous scholars of democracy have proposed one definitive model after another, the authors in this work suggest that democracy is by nature an open ended set of questions about the workings of power—questions best engaged through the dialogical processes of fieldwork and ethnographic writing.
1976. Edited by Ezra B. W. Zubrow
The articles in this book explore relationships between demographic variables and culture, emphasizing cultural and biological structures and processes connected to population trends. In addition, the book covers topics dealing with sedentism, kinship, childhood marriage association, and stable and unstable economic growth.
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.
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.
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.
1992. Edited by Barbara Tedlock
The ten contributors to this book-anthropologists and psychologists-explore the ways in which dreams are remembered, recounted, shared (or not shared), interpreted, and used by people from New Guinea to the Andes.
1980. Edited by Art Gallaher, Jr. and Harland Padfield
Developing a conceptual and theoretical framework for examining community decline and dissolution, the book looks at the relationships between the dying community and its natural resource base, the role of outside political authority, and the social and demographical processes associated with community decline.
1983. Edited by George E. Marcus
This book is a collection of essays focusing on the role that elites play in shaping modern societies. Critiquing the treatment accorded elites as subjects in recent Western social thought, the essays reflect upon past results and explore directions in the investigation of elite groups by anthropologists.
2002. Edited by Fred R. Myers
Representing a new wave of thinking about material culture studies-a topic long overdue for reevaluation – the essays in this volume take a fresh look at the relationship between material culture and exchange theory and illuminate the changing patterns of cultural flow in an increasingly global economy and the cultural differences registered in “regimes of value.”
2011. Edited by Matthew Liebmann and Melissa S. Murphy
The contributors to this volume reject the grand narrative that views this era as a clash of civilizations—a narrative produced centuries after the fact—to construct more comprehensive and complex social histories of Native American life after 1492 by employing the perspective of archaeology and focusing explicitly on the native side of the colonial equation.
1979. Edited by Sidney M. Greenfield, Arnold Strickon, and Robert T. Aubey
This book is a collection of essays on business behavior that examine the relationships between business enterprises and family networks. The essays deal with universal subjects that describe the effects of marriage, death, and birth upon the individual and corporate enterprise.
1977. Edited by James N. Hill
What is change? What is stability? How and why does each occur? Can they be predicted? The contributors discuss these questions and others about the nature of change through diverse case studies from Hawaii, Midwestern America, the American Southwest, Iran, and the Teotihuacan Valley in Mexico.
2006. Edited by Kristen Hawkes and Richard R. Paine
This volume brings together specialists in hunter-gatherer behavioral ecology and demography, human growth, development, and nutrition, paleodemography, human paleontology, primatology, and the genomics of aging. The contributors identify and explain the peculiar features of human life histories, such as the rate and timing of processes that directly influence survival and reproduction.
2010. Edited by Kevin J. Vaughn, Jelmer W. Eerkens, and John Kantner
This book, the product of an advanced seminar at the School for Advanced Research (SAR), brings together the perspectives of cultural anthropologists and archaeologists to explore why and how leadership emerges and variously becomes institutionalized among disparate small-scale and middle-range human societies.
1978. Edited by Richard A. Gould
The contributors to this book cover diverse societies and attempt to establish behavioral patterns from the study of what humans leave behind. The productive interaction between archaeology and ethnology demonstrates the effectiveness of ethnoarchaeological approaches in contexts from prehistoric to modern.
2017. Edited by Eileen P. Anderson-Fye and Alexandra Brewis
Fat Planet represents a collaborative effort to consider at a global scale what fat stigma is and what it does to people.
2008. Edited by Jennifer Cole and Deborah DurhamTo address how and why youth and children have come to seem so important to globalization, the contributors to this book look at the both the spatial relations and the temporal dimensions of globalization in places as far apart as Oakland, California, and Tamatave, Madagascar, in situations as disparate as the idealization of childhood innocence and the brutal lives of street children.
2011. Edited by Erica Bornstein and Peter Redfield
Suffering and charity have a long history. The contributors to Forces of Compassion examine this sector through the lens of anthropology, looking at dominant practices, tensions, and beliefs.
2008. Edited by Nandini Gunewardena & Ann Kingsolver
The authors in this volume employ feminist, ethnographic methods to examine what free trade and export processing zones, economic liberalization, and currency reform mean to women in Argentina, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Ghana, the United States, India, Jamaica, and many other places.
2009. Edited by Barbara Rylko-Bauer, Linda Whiteford, and Paul Farmer
By investigating the fields of violence that define our modern world, the authors are able to provide alternative global health paradigms that can be used to develop more effective policies and programs.
2005. Edited by Linda Whiteford and Scott Whiteford
Drawing on expertise in medical and ecological anthropology, the contributors challenge and deepen our understanding of the management, sale, and conceptualization of water as it affects human health. Designed for use by policymakers as well as researchers and students, the essays present complex realities in clear, accessible terms.
2012. Edited by Rachel Heiman, Carla Freeman, and Mark Liechty
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.
2019. Edited by Erica Caple James
The contributors trace the connections among piety, philanthropy, policy, and policing and seek to understand how faith and organized religious charity can be mobilized to govern populations and their practices.
2003. Edited by Philip B. Stafford
This volume features ten scholars from anthropology, nursing, sociology, gerontology, human geography, and other disciplines who provide ethnographic case studies exploring critical care decision-making, models of care for people with Alzheimer’s disease, the way residents cope with the limitations, indignities, and opportunities of nursing home life, the roles of family members and nursing home employees, and the formulation of assisted living.
1995. Melinda Elliott
In Great Excavations, journalist and researcher Melinda Elliott uncovers the crucial and exciting role played by the great archaeologists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in unearthing the Southwest’s prehistoric past.
1994. Edited by Carole L. Crumley
In this volume, the authors take a critical step toward establishing a new environmental science by deconstructing the traditional culture/nature dichotomy and placing human/environmental interaction at the center of any new attempts to deal with global environmental change.
2001. Edited by Dorothy Holland and Jean Lave
Nine ethnographers address such topics as the politically sexualized transformation of identities of women political prisoners in Northern Ireland; the changing character of political activism across generations in a Guatemala Mayan family; the cultural forms that mediate the struggles of working-class men on shop floors in England; and class and community struggles between the state and grassroots activists in New York.
2019. Edited by Sarah Besky and Alex Blanchette
The authors of this volume push ethnographic inquiry beyond the anthropocentric documentation of human work on nature in order to develop a language for thinking about how all labor is a collective ecological act.
1992. Edited by Arthur A. Demarest and Geoffrey W. Conrad
Employing data from central Mexico, the Maya area, coastal Peru, and highland Peru and Bolivia, directors of several major archaeological field projects interpret evidence of prehistoric ideology and address the question, has ideology any relevance in the reconstruction of prehistory?
2013. Edited by Patricia Spyer and Mary Margaret Steedly
This volume explores topics ranging from high art to mass media, religious iconography to pornography, and popular photography to political cartoons in a range of contexts and media including photography in early twentieth-century China, art and literature in contemporary South Africa, upscale real estate development in India, occult media images and the aesthetic of appearance in urban Indonesia, and film censorship in Nigeria.
2007. Edited by Ann Stoler, Carole McGranahan, and Peter Perdue
Recasting the study of imperial governance, forms of sovereignty, and the imperial state, the authors pay close attention to non-European empires and the active trade in ideas, practices, and technologies among empires, as well as between metropolitan regions and far-flung colonies.
2010. Edited by Sherry L. Smith and Brian Frehner
This book explores the ways people have transformed natural resources in the American Southwest into fuel supplies for human consumption. Not only do Native Americans possess a large percentage of the Southwest’s total acreage, but much of the nation’s coal, oil, and uranium resources reside on tribal lands.
2014. Edited by Elizabeth Chin
This book explores Katherine Dunham’s contribution to anthropology and the ongoing relevance of her ideas and methodologies, rejecting the idea that art and academics need to be cleanly separated from each other. Drawing from Dunham’s holistic vision, the contributors began to experiment with how to bring the practice of art back into the discipline of anthropology—and vice versa.
2012. Edited by Benedict J. Colombi and James F. Brooks
The histories and futures of Indigenous peoples and salmon are inextricably bound across the vast ocean expanse and rugged coastlines of the North Pacific. Keystone Nations addresses this enmeshment and the marriage of the biological and social sciences that have led to the research discussed in this book.
1996. Edited by T. Douglas Price and Anne Birgitte Gebauer
In case studies ranging from the Far East to the American Southwest, the authors of Last Hunters-First Farmers provide a global perspective on contemporary research into the origins of agriculture.
1986. Edited by Jeremy A. Sabloff and E. Wyllys Andrews V
In light of new and expanding research, the contributors to this volume premise that the relationship of Classic to Postclassic in the Northern and Southern Maya Lowlands is much more complex than was traditionally thought. The essays offer a useful introduction to current thought regarding the development of Lowland Maya civilization after the collapse of the Classic Period in the South.
2004. Edited by Sally Engle Merry and Donald Brenneis
Focusing on the intimate relationship between law, culture, and the production of social knowledge, these essays re-center law in social theory. The authors analyze the transition from chiefdom to capitalism, colonizers’ racial and governmental ideologies, land and labor policies, and contemporary efforts to recuperate indigenous culture and assert or maintain indigenous sovereignty.
2015. Edited by Bonnie Martin and James F. Brooks
This volume has brought together scholars from anthropology, history, psychology, and ethnic studies to share their original research into the lesser known stories of slavery in North America and reveal surprising parallels among slave cultures across the continent.
1981. Edited by Wendy Ashmore
This book is a series of essays that offers a framework for the study of lowland Maya settlement patterns, surveying the range of interpretive ideas about ancient Maya remains. Suggesting hypotheses to guide future research, the articles discuss historical, geographical, chronological, and theoretical matters.
1995. Edited by Peter R. Schmidt and Thomas C. Patterson
In Making Alternative Histories, eleven scholars from Africa, India, Latin America, North America, and Europe debate and discuss how to respond to the erasures of local histories by colonialism, neocolonial influences, and the practice of archaeology and history as we know them today in North America and much of the Western world.
1976. Edited by Keith H. Basso and Henry A. Selby
In recent years, anthropological interest in meaning and symbolism has increased and moved into new types of analysis. This book is a useful array of papers representing some of these.
1994. Edited by Rubie S. Watson
Eight anthropologists, sociologists, and historians probe the oppositional narratives created by Chinese rural intellectuals, èmigrè Croats, and organized dissenters such as the Djilas of Yugoslavia who constructed and maintained oppositional histories in state socialist societies.
2008. Edited by Barbara J. Mills and William H. Walker
In this book the authors focus on a set of case studies that illustrate how social memories were made through repeated, patterned, and engaged social practices.
1973. Edited by M. H. Crawford and P. L. Workman
This book deals with the methods and theories used to study variation within and among human populations, specifically looking at genetics research conducted in the 1960s and 1970s. It presents empirical support for many modern theories in population genetics and demography.
2014. Edited by David Griffith
Managed migration enables nation-states to regulate population movements; direct foreign nationals to specific, identified economic sectors that citizens are less likely to care about; match employers who claim labor shortages with highly motivated workers; and offer people from poorer countries higher earning potential abroad through temporary absence from their families and homelands. Unfortunately, managed migration does not always work on the ground as well as it does on paper.
2016. Edited by Adeline Masquelier and Benjamin F. Soares
This volume focuses on young Muslims in a variety of settings in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America and explores the distinct pastimes and performances, processes of civic engagement and political action, entrepreneurial and consumption practices, forms of self-fashioning, and aspirations and struggles in which they engage as they seek to understand their place and make their way in a transformed world.
2012. Edited by Catherine M. Tucker
This book is about the complicated and provocative ways nature, science, and religion intersect in real settings where people attempt to live in harmony with the physical environment. Scholars of philosophy, religious studies, and science and technology have been at the forefront of critiquing the roles of religion and science in human interactions with the natural world.
2019. Edited by Julie Armin, Nancy J. Burke, and Laura Eichelberger
The contributors in this volume explore what it means to be structurally vulnerable; how structural vulnerabilities intersect with cancer risk, diagnosis, care seeking, caregiving, clinical-trial participation, and survivorship; and how differing local, national, and global political contexts and histories inform vulnerability.
2018. Edited by Robert L. Anemone and Glenn C. Conroy
This volume brings together scholars who are currently applying state-of-the-art tools, techniques, and methods of geographical information sciences (GIScience) to diverse data sets of anthropological interest.
2008. Edited by Jane L. Collins, Micaela di Leonardo, & Brett Williams
Focusing on the United States, this volumes analyze how the globalization of newly untrammeled capitalism has exacerbated preexisting inequalities, how the retreat of the benevolent state and the rise of the punitive, imperial state are related, how neoliberal and neoconservative ideologies are melding, and how recurrent moral panics misrepresent class, race, gendered, and sexual realities on the ground.
1972. Edited by Alfonso Ortiz
This volume, the result of an advanced seminar at the School of American Research, takes a fresh look at Pueblo Indian culture, with chapters on everything from language to religion, prehistory, ecology, and from literature to music.
2008. Edited by Thomas W. Killion
In 1989–90, Congress enacted two laws, the National Museum of the American Indian Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. What effects have these laws had on anthropological practice, theory, and education in the United States?
1995. Edited by Lawrence Rosen
The authors argue that although intentionality might appear to be a wholly abstract phenomenon, it is deeply entwined with the nature and distribution of power, the portrayal of events, the assessment of personhood, the interplay of trust and deception, and the assessment of moral and legal responsibility.
1999. Edited by Barbara J. King
In this volume ten primatologists and paleoanthropologists conduct a comprehensive examination of the nonhuman primate data, discussing different views of what language is and suggesting how the primatological perspective can be used to fashion more rigorous theories of language origins and evolution.
1977. Edited by Richard E. W. Adams
The contributors to this book scrutinize the data, survey external influences on the early Maya, and consider economics, ecology, demography, and warfare – as well as social and ideological factors – in explaining the transformation of Maya culture from a village-oriented society to one centered on elite classes living in large civic centers with monumental architecture.
2011. Edited by Janis H. Jenkins
An anthropological study that examines both human suffering and its biological realities, Pharmaceutical Self focuses on the social, cultural, and political aspects of the expanding distribution of psychopharmacological drugs.
1975. Edited by Elmer Harp, Jr.
Contemporary archaeology is increasingly reliant upon photography as a working tool and as a medium for communicating the results of field research. The chapters in this book provide detailed, practical advice and information on photography in the field.
2004. Edited by John M.Watanabe and Edward F. Fischer
This volume brings together eight Maya specialists and a prominent anthropological theorist to assess the contrasting historical circumstances and emerging cultural futures of Maya in Mexico and Guatemala.
2018. Edited by Peter M. Whitely
The contributors draw upon the insights of archaeology, ethnology, and linguistic anthropology to examine social history and practice, including kinship groups, ritual sodalities, architectural forms, economic exchange, environmental adaptation, and political order, as well as their patterns of transmission over time and space.
2018. Edited by Nikhil Anand, Akhil Gupta, and Hannah Appel
While infrastructures promise modernity and development, their breakdowns and absences reveal the underbelly of progress, liberal equality, and economic growth. This tension, between aspiration and failure, makes infrastructure a productive location for social theory.
2019. Edited by Holly F. Mathews and Adriana M. Manago
The contributors to this volume draw upon field research and in-depth qualitative data from different parts of the world to explore the reasons for women’s varied psychological responses to patriarchy.
2013. Edited by Rodney Harrison, Sarah Byrne, and Anne Clarke
This volume considers the material networks and affective qualities of “things” alongside their representational role within the museum and explores the ways in which concepts of agency and indigeneity need to be reconfigured in light of the study of these concepts within the museum context.
1970. Edited by William A. Longacre
The chapters in this book focus on methods and theories used to systematically test hypotheses about prehistoric social organization.
1991. Edited by Richard G. Fox
The ten papers in this volume offer different versions of how and where anthropologists might work usefully in today’s world, converging on the issue of how anthropology can best recapture the progressive character its basic concepts, such as “culture,” once had.
2000. Edited by Paul V. Kroskrity
Moving beyond a preoccupation with ideologies of cultural “others,” the volume includes reflexive analyses of European language philosophy and historical linguistics, US academic ideologies of language, political discourses by US journalists and elite image advisors, and the impact of Christian missionaries on indigenous peoples in the Papua New Guinea highlands.
2003. Edited by Sarah Franklin and Margaret Lock
This volume reflects a growing international concern about issues such as organ transplantation, new reproductive and genetic technologies and embryo research, and the necessity of cross-cultural comparison.
2011. Edited by Patrick V. Kirch
This book presents the efforts of a team of social and natural scientists to understand the complex, systemic linkages between land, climate, crops, human populations, and their cultural structures. The research group has focused on what might seem to some an unlikely locale to investigate a set of problems with worldwide significance: the Hawaiian Islands.
2017. Edited by Milford Bateman and Kate Maclean, foreword by James K. Galbraith
The contributors to this multidisciplinary volume consider the origins, evolution, and outcomes of microfinance from a variety of perspectives and contend that it has been an unsuccessful approach to development.
2006. Edited by Gerald W. Creed
Moving the debate to a deeper level, the contributors to this volume aspire to understand the various ways “community” is deployed and the work it performs in different contexts. They compare the many cases where scholars and activists use “community” generically with instances in which the notion of community is less pervasive or even non-existent.
1996. Edited by Steven Feld and Keith H. Basso
In this compelling new volume, eight respected ethnographers explore and lyrically evoke the ways in which people experience, express, imagine, and know the places in which they live. Case studies range from the Apaches of Arizona’s White Mountains to the residents of backwoods “hollers” in Appalachia and the Kaluli people of New Guinea’s rainforests.
2012. Edited by Stephen D. Houston
This book builds on earlier projects about the origins and extinctions of script traditions throughout the world in an effort to address the fundamental questions of how and why writing systems change.
1983. Edited by Richard A. Gould
Historical, classical, and anthropological traditions in archaeology are all represented, as are more specialized approaches—such as ethnoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, and public archaeology—in the attempt to determine how the study of shipwrecks can inform and enlarge upon our general view of man’s relationship to his maritime environment.
1981. Edited by Jeremy A. Sabloff
This book aims to clarify the reasons for using systems models and computer simulations in seeking to understand dynamic cultural patterns. Computer simulations grow logically out of the steps taken by archaeology in the past century: from random data collection to cultural description, proceeding through chronological ordering to interest in process, and finally to systems construction.
2008. Edited by James F. Brooks, Christopher R. N. DeCorse, & John Walton
Urging the recognition of potential commonalities among archaeology, history, sociology, and anthropology, the authors propose that historical interpretation should move freely across disciplines, historical study should be held up to the present, and individual lives should be understood as the intersection of biography and history.
2014. Edited by Karen Tranberg Hansen, Walter E. Little, and B. Lynne Milgram
Although contestations over public space have a long history, this volume presents the argument that the recent conjuncture of neoliberal economic policies and unprecedented urban growth in the Global South has changed the equation.
1972. Edited by Arnold Strickon and Sidney M. Greenfield
This book provides analysis of social anthropology and approaches to the study of patronage and clientage from work done in Latin America in the late 1960s. Essays include discussions on topics as diverse as the effect of societal structures on the actions of individuals and communities wherein women play the roles of both patrons and clients.
1994. Edited by George J. Gumerman
Two dozen leading archaeologists isolate a number of themes that were central to the process of increasing complexity in prehistoric Southwestern society, including increased food production, a greater degree of sedentism, and a dramatically increasing population.
2015. Edited by Rosemary A. Joyce and Susan D. Gillespie
Complementing the concept of object biography, the contributors to this volume use the complex construct of “itineraries” to trace the places in which objects come to rest or are active, the routes through which things circulate, and the means by which they are moved.
2003. Edited by Jeremy A. Sabloff
New insights from the Tikal excavations and epigraphic breakthroughs suggest that a thriving marketplace existed in the center of the city, that foreigners comprised a significant element of its populace, and that differences in tomb form and contents signal the changing fortunes of Tikal’s rulers.
2008. Edited by Elizabeth Emma Ferry and Mandana E. Limbert
Oil is running out. What’s more, its final depletion, once relegated to a misty future, now seems imminent. In all the more or less apocalyptic discussions of oil and similar depleted resources, nature, labor, and time converge. This volume focuses on how resources, resource-making, and resource-claiming are entangled with experiences of time.
2021. Edited by Phillip B. Gonzales, Renato Rosaldo, and Mary Louise Pratt
This volume situates a new phase of presidential politics in relation to what went before and asks what new political possibilities emerged from this dramatic chapter in our history.
2001. Edited by Mitchell S. Rothman
The contributing field and theoretical archaeologists in this volume radically reassess the chronological framework for the region, assemble the basic data sets on both local and regional levels, and interpret and synthesize these data in order to put local patterns and dynamics into their widest regional context.
1976. Edited by Eric R. Wolf
The chapters in this volume present an important contemporary interpretation of the cultural and archaeological legacy of the Valley of Mexico, a rich and ancient place where the presence of the past is all around.
2004. Edited by Neil L.Whitehead
Covering wide-ranging regimes of violence, these essays examine various aspects of state violence, legitimate and illegitimate forms of violence, the impact of anticipatory violence on daily life, and its effects long after the events themselves have passed.
2013. Edited by Susan McKinnon and Fenella Cannell
For more than 150 years, theories of social evolution, development, and modernity have been unanimous in their assumption that kinship organizes simpler, “traditional,” pre-state societies but not complex, “modern,” state societies. This volume challenges these notions.
2020. Edited by Laura McAtackney and Randall H. McGuire
The contributors to this volume illuminate the roles and uses of walls around the world—in contexts ranging from historic neighborhoods to contemporary national borders.
1992. Edited by R. Brian Ferguson and Neil L.Whitehead; With a New Preface by the Editors
Finding the book’s analysis tragically prophetic in identifying the key dynamics that have produced the kinds of conflicts recently witnessed globally — as in Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, and Somalia — the editors consider the political origins and cultural meanings of ‘ethnic’ violence in our postcolonial world.
2016. Edited by Brian F. Codding and Karen L. Kramer
Through a series of detailed case studies, the contributors to this volume examine the decisions made by modern-day foragers to sustain a predominantly hunting and gathering way of life.
2001. Edited by Patricia L. Crown
This volume takes a groundbreaking look at gendered activities in prehistory and the differential access that women and men had to sources and symbols of power and prestige. The authors’ probe the time period during which Southwestern populations shifted from migratory gatherer-hunters to sedentary agriculturalists and from living in small bands to settling in large aggregated communities.