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LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology


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With over 70 volumes published since 1949, including classic works by Gell, Barth, Leach and Firth, the LSE Monographs now form one of the most prestigious series in the discipline of Anthropology. Presenting scholarly work from all branches of Social Anthropology, the series continues to build on its history with both theoretical and ethnographic studies of the contemporary world.

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Ordinary Ethics in China

Ordinary Ethics in China

1st Edition

Edited By Charles Stafford
February 14, 2013

Drawing on a wide range of anthropological case studies, this book focuses on ordinary ethics in contemporary China. The book examines the kinds of moral and ethical issues that emerge (sometimes almost unnoticed) in the flow of everyday life in Chinese communities.How are schoolchildren judged to ...

Contingent Citizens Professional Aspiration in a South African Hospital

Contingent Citizens: Professional Aspiration in a South African Hospital

1st Edition

By Elizabeth Hull
April 18, 2019

Contingent Citizens examines the ambiguous state of South Africa’s public sector workers and the implications for contemporary understandings of citizenship. It takes us inside an ethnography of the professional ethic of nurses in a rural hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, shaped by a deep history of ...

Space and Society in Central Brazil A Panará Ethnography

Space and Society in Central Brazil: A Panará Ethnography

1st Edition

By Elizabeth Ewart
November 21, 2013

Hailed once as ‘giants of the Amazon’, Panará people emerged onto a world stage in the early 1970s. What followed is a remarkable story of socio-demographic collapse, loss of territory, and subsequent recovery. Reduced to just 79 survivors in 1976, Panará people have gone on to recover and reclaim ...

Cooperation in Chinese Communities Morality and Practice

Cooperation in Chinese Communities: Morality and Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Charles Stafford, Ellen R. Judd, Eona Bell
December 13, 2018

When humans cooperate, what are the social and psychological mechanisms that enable them to do so successfully? Is cooperativeness something natural for humans, built in to our species over the course of evolution, or rather something that depends on cultural learning and social interaction? This ...

Industrial Work and Life An Anthropological Reader

Industrial Work and Life: An Anthropological Reader

1st Edition

Edited By Massimiliano Mollona, Geert De Neve, Jonathan Parry
December 01, 2009

Industrial Work and Life: An Anthropological Reader is a comprehensive anthropological overview of industrialisation in both Western and non-Western societies. Based on contemporary and historical ethnographic material, the book unpacks the 'world of industry' in the context of the shop floor, the ...

Essays on Cultural Transmission

Essays on Cultural Transmission

1st Edition

Edited By Maurice Bloch
July 01, 2005

This book brings together recent work by Maurice Bloch which explores the highly controversial territory between the cognitive and social sciences. The essays are of broad, theoretical interest and aim to combine naturalistic approaches to cognition with a recognition and respect for the cultural ...

Between China and Europe Person, Culture and Emotion in Macao

Between China and Europe: Person, Culture and Emotion in Macao

1st Edition

By João de Pina-Cabral
June 01, 2005

From the mid-1500s to December 1999, Macao was the longest-standing site of economic, religious and political contact between the Chinese and European worlds. Yet this surprising capacity for survival has resulted, ironically, form the very weakness of the Portuguese presence. In particular, since ...

The Earth Shakers of Madagascar An Anthropological Study of Authority, Fertility and Creation

The Earth Shakers of Madagascar: An Anthropological Study of Authority, Fertility and Creation

1st Edition

By Oliver Woolley
May 01, 2002

An analysis of how the complex rituals of Sahafatra culture are used to transform a once barren landscape into agricultural land....

Chinese Sociologics An Anthropological Account of the Role of Alienation in Social Reproduction

Chinese Sociologics: An Anthropological Account of the Role of Alienation in Social Reproduction

1st Edition

By P. Steven Sangren
January 01, 2000

This volume explores the links between individuals, families, communities and the state in China through ritual and myth....

The Performance of Gender An Anthropology of Everyday Life in a South Indian Fishing Village

The Performance of Gender: An Anthropology of Everyday Life in a South Indian Fishing Village

1st Edition

By Cecilia Busby
January 01, 2000

The Performance of Gender presents a vivid description of everyday life in order to explore the concept of performance for an anthropology of gender. A detailed and evocotive account of the lives of men and women in a South Indian fishing community reveals new ways of framing gender relations, the ...

Arguments with Ethnography Comparative Approaches to History, Politics and Religion Volume 70

Arguments with Ethnography: Comparative Approaches to History, Politics and Religion Volume 70

1st Edition

By Ioan Lewis
January 01, 1999

A critique of the globalisation of the culture principle, arguing that theory is dependent on the actual study of peoples....

Conceiving Persons Ethnographies of Procreation, Fertility and Growth Volume 68

Conceiving Persons: Ethnographies of Procreation, Fertility and Growth Volume 68

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Loizos
January 01, 1999

This volume provides an international analysis of the core metaphors and practices of human sexual and social reproduction in their personal, social and cosmological contexts....

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