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Confronting the Present Towards a Politically Engaged Anthropology

Confronting the Present: Towards a Politically Engaged Anthropology

1st Edition

By Gavin Smith
February 01, 1999

Anthropologists study other people and worry about it. In the past this took the form of a professional desire to make our politics always somewhere else and to do with persons characterized as in some way different from ourselves. Now distances shrink and old forms of difference melt as global ...

Masculinities Football, Polo and the Tango in Argentina

Masculinities: Football, Polo and the Tango in Argentina

1st Edition

By Eduardo P. Archetti
March 01, 1999

The complex relationship between nationalism and masculinity has been explored both historically and sociologically with one consistent conclusion: male concepts of courage and virility are at the core of nationalism. In this ground-breaking book, the author questions this assumption and advances ...

Sacrifice as Terror The Rwandan Genocide of 1994

Sacrifice as Terror: The Rwandan Genocide of 1994

1st Edition

By Christopher C. Taylor
August 01, 2001

In the early months of 1994, it became clear that the government of Rwanda had not acted in good faith in signing peace accords with its adversary, the Rwandan Patriotic Front. Acts of government-sponsored violence grew more frequent. The author of this book, who at that point was conducting ...

African Images Racism and the End of Anthropology

African Images: Racism and the End of Anthropology

1st Edition

By Peter Rigby
October 01, 1996

This controversial book is an impassioned African response to the racial stereotyping of African people and people of African descent by prominent white scholars. It highlights how the media contributes to the growth of racist ideas, particularly in reporting current events in Africa, and ...

Guinea Pigs Food, Symbol and Conflict of Knowledge in Ecuador

Guinea Pigs: Food, Symbol and Conflict of Knowledge in Ecuador

1st Edition

By Eduardo P. Archetti
September 01, 2001

Guinea pigs have been reared and eaten by indigenous people in the Andes since ancient times, and it seemed rational to development planners to ‘modernize' their production. When these development projects ran into trouble, a team of anthropologists was invited to study the reasons for this lack of...

Common Denominators Ethnicity, Nation-Building and Compromise in Mauritius

Common Denominators: Ethnicity, Nation-Building and Compromise in Mauritius

1st Edition

By Thomas Hylland Eriksen
July 01, 1998

This book seeks to enhance comparative understandings of ethnicity, to refine theories of nationalism, and to contribute to ongoing debates on multiculturalism, identity politics and creolization. Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island-state with a population of about one million, provides a fascinating...

The Force of Irony Power in the Everyday Life of Mexican Tomato Workers

The Force of Irony: Power in the Everyday Life of Mexican Tomato Workers

1st Edition

By Gabriel Torres
September 01, 1997

Winner of the 'Casa Chata Award' for the Best Book of 1994 (Spanish edition)In charting the paradoxical effects of power and knowledge on the everyday life of subordinate people, this book offers a major rethinking of domination and the agricultural labor process. Challenging the belief that ...

Being All Equal Identity, Difference and Australian Cultural Practice

Being All Equal: Identity, Difference and Australian Cultural Practice

1st Edition

By Judith Kapferer
November 01, 1996

- Is there such a thing as an Australian national identity? Or is Australia just a melting pot of different peoples and cultures without a common culture? - What is distinctive and what is universal about everyday life in Australia? In a post-colonial age of globalizing economies, the political ...

The Social Production of Indifference Exploring the Symbolic Roots of Western Bureaucracy

The Social Production of Indifference: Exploring the Symbolic Roots of Western Bureaucracy

1st Edition

By Michael Herzfeld
February 20, 1992

In this fascinating book, Michael Herzfeld argues that 'modern' bureaucratically regulated societies are no more 'rational' or less 'symbolic' than the societies traditionally studied by anthropologists. Drawing primarily on the example of modern Greece and utilizing other European materials, he ...

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