Anthropology: Book Series

Routledge Studies in Anthropology

  • Surfaces

    Transformations of Body, Materials and Earth, 1st Edition

    Edited by Mike Anusas, Cristián Simonetti

    In attending to surfaces, as they wrap, layer and grow within sentient bodies, material formations and cosmological sates, this volume presents a series of ten anthropological studies stretching across five continents and in observation of earthly practices of making, knowing, living and dying.…

    Hardback – 2020-03-20 
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  • Amerindian Socio-Cosmologies between the Andes, Amazonia and Mesoamerica

    Toward an Anthropological Understanding of the Isthmo-Colombian Area, 1st Edition

    Edited by Ernst Halbmayer

    This book offers a new anthropological understanding of the socio-cosmological and ontological characteristics of the Isthmo-Colombian Area, beyond established theories for Amazonia, the Andes and Mesoamerica. It focuses on a core region that has been largely neglected by comparative anthropology…

    Hardback – 2020-01-29 
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  • The Biometric Border World

    Technology, Bodies and Identities on the Move, 1st Edition

    By Karen Fog Olwig, Kristina Grünenberg, Perle Møhl, Anja Simonsen

    Since the 1990s, biometric border control has attained key importance throughout Europe. Employing digital images of, for example, fingerprints, DNA, bones, faces or irises, biometric technologies use bodies to identify, categorize, and regulate individuals’ cross-border movements. Based on…

    Hardback – 2019-11-18 
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  • Human Extinction and the Pandemic Imaginary

    1st Edition

    By Christos Lynteris

    This book develops an examination and critique of human extinction as a result of the ‘next pandemic’ and turns attention towards the role of pandemic catastrophe in the renegotiation of what it means to be human. Nested in debates in anthropology, philosophy, social theory and global health, the…

    Hardback – 2019-09-26
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  • Guatemalan Vigilantism and the Global (Re)Production of Collective Violence

    A Tale of Two Lynchings, 1st Edition

    By Gavin Weston

    This book grounds an understanding of lynching as an increasingly globalised phenomenon through an examination of two cases in Guatemala. The chapters cover issues of migration, tourism, gangs, inter-generational conflict, media, gossip, and rumour to understand national and global patterns of…

    Hardback – 2019-08-29
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  • Everyday Faith in Sufi Senegal

    1st Edition

    By Laura L. Cochrane

    Everyday Faith in Sufi Senegal explores the historical, religious, cultural and economic contexts of Islam in Senegal through the narrative first-hand accounts of people’s everyday lives. Drawing on rich ethnographic fieldwork conducted by the author over a period of seven years, the result is a…

    Paperback – 2019-05-20
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  • Cultural Models of Nature

    Primary Food Producers and Climate Change, 1st Edition

    Edited by Giovanni Bennardo

    Drawing on the ethnographic experience of the contributors, this volume explores the Cultural Models of Nature found in a range of food-producing communities located in climate-change affected areas. These Cultural Models represent specific organizations of the etic categories underlying the…

    Hardback – 2019-04-02
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  • Security Blurs

    The Politics of Plural Security Provision, 1st Edition

    Edited by Tessa Diphoorn, Erella Grassiani

    Security Blurs makes an important contribution to anthropological work on security. It introduces the notion of “security blurs” to analyse manifestations of security that are visible and identifi able, yet constructed and made up of a myriad and overlapping set of actors, roles, motivations,…

    Hardback – 2018-12-11
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  • Slogans

    Subjection, Subversion, and the Politics of Neoliberalism, 1st Edition

    Edited by Nicolette Makovicky, Anne-Christine Trémon, Sheyla S. Zandonai

    Focusing on contexts of accelerated economic and political reform, this volume critically examines the role of slogans in the contemporary projects of populist mobilization, neoliberal governance, and civic subversion. Bringing together a collection of ethnographic studies from Greece, Slovakia,…

    Hardback – 2018-11-07
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  • Bureaucracy, Integration and Suspicion in the Welfare State

    1st Edition

    By Mark Graham

    This book explores how the often well-meaning routines and assumptions of a generous welfare state can reflect and even contribute to the stigmatisation of refugees and Muslims in Europe today. While the main cases are from Sweden, examples are included from the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany and…

    Hardback – 2018-10-05
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  • Hybrid Communities

    Biosocial Approaches to Domestication and Other Trans-species Relationships, 1st Edition

    Edited by Charles Stépanoff, Jean-Denis Vigne

    Domestication challenges our understanding of human-environment relationships because it blurs the dichotomy between what is artificial and what is natural. In domestication, biological evolution, environmental change, techniques and practices, anthropological trajectories and sociocultural…

    Hardback – 2018-08-14
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  • Work and Livelihoods

    History, Ethnography and Models in Times of Crisis, 1st Edition

    Edited by Susana Narotzky, Victoria Goddard

    Winner of the Society for the Anthropology of Work book prize 2017 This volume presents a global range of ethnographic case studies to explore the ways in which - in the context of the restructuring of industrial work, the ongoing financial crisis, and the surge in unemployment and precarious…

    Paperback – 2018-07-31
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  • Orthodox Christian Material Culture

    Of People and Things in the Making of Heaven, 1st Edition

    By Timothy Carroll

    Although much has been written on the making of art objects as a means of engaging in creative productions of the self (most famously Alfred Gell’s work), there has been very little written on Orthodox Christianity and its use of material within religious self-formation. Eastern Orthodox…

    Hardback – 2018-05-29
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  • An Anthropological Economy of Debt

    1st Edition

    Edited by Bernard Hours, Pepita Ould Ahmed

    Debt is often thought of as a mere economic variable governed by a simplistic mechanical logic, ignoring its other facets. Whose debt, and debt of what exactly? This volume analyzes debt as a political and social construct, with a multiplicity of purposes and agents. All of these are vectors of…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
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  • An Anthropology of Robots and AI

    Annihilation Anxiety and Machines, 1st Edition

    By Kathleen Richardson

    This book explores the making of robots in labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It examines the cultural ideas that go into the making of robots, and the role of fiction in co-constructing the technological practices of the robotic scientists. The book engages with debates in…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
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  • Anthropologies of Cancer in Transnational Worlds

    1st Edition

    Edited by Holly F. Mathews, Nancy J. Burke, Eirini Kampriani

    Cancer is a transnational condition involving the unprecedented flow of health information, technologies, and people across national borders. Such movement raises questions about the nature of therapeutic citizenship, how and where structurally vulnerable populations obtain care, and the political…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
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  • Anthropology in the Making

    Research in Health and Development, 1st Edition

    By Laurent Vidal

    In Anthropology in the Making, Laurent Vidal takes the reader into the world of research in the fields of health and development, providing a fresh and provocative perspective on the practice of anthropology. This volume investigates the “science of otherness” across four multi-disciplinary…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
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  • Diagnostic Controversy

    Cultural Perspectives on Competing Knowledge in Healthcare, 1st Edition

    Edited by Carolyn Smith-Morris

    This collection is dedicated to the diagnostic moment and its unrivaled influence on encompassment and exclusion in health care. Diagnosis is seen as both an expression and a vehicle of biomedical hegemony, yet it is also a necessary and speculative tool for the identification of and response to…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
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  • Environmentalism, Ethical Trade, and Commodification

    Technologies of Value and the Forest Stewardship Council in Chile, 1st Edition

    By Adam Henne

    This book explores the global connections between Chilean landscapes and Northern consumers embodied by the Forest Stewardship Council logo, the green seal of approval for certified sustainably-produced "good wood." How do we decide what makes good forestry? What knowledges and values are expressed…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
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  • Ethnographies in Pan Pacific Research

    Tensions and Positionings, 1st Edition

    Edited by Robert E. Rinehart, elke emerald, Rangi Matamua

    The book is about exciting ethnographic happenings in the vibrant and growing global interface which includes Australia, New Zealand, and some of the Asian geographical regions, as well as - more broadly - the global South. It explores ethnographic writing as culture(s) (re)produced,…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
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  • HIV/AIDS and the Social Consequences of Untamed Biomedicine

    Anthropological Complicities, 1st Edition

    By Graham Fordham

    Drawing on the case of HIV/AIDS in Thailand, this book examines how anthropological and other interpretative social science research has been utilized in modeling the AIDS epidemic, and in the design and implementation of interventions. It argues that much social science research has been complicit…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
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  • Magical Consciousness

    An Anthropological and Neurobiological Approach, 1st Edition

    By Susan Greenwood, Erik D. Goodwyn

    How does a mind think magically? The research documented in this book is one answer that allows the disciplines of anthropology and neurobiology to come together to reveal a largely hidden dynamic of magic. Magic gets to the very heart of some theoretical and methodological difficulties encountered…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
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  • Negotiating Territoriality

    Spatial Dialogues Between State and Tradition, 1st Edition

    Edited by Allan Charles Dawson, Laura Zanotti, Ismael Vaccaro

    This edited collection disrupts dominant narratives about space, states, and borders, bringing comparative ethnographic and geographic scholarship in conversation with one another to illuminate the varied ways in which space becomes socialized via political, economic, and cognitive appropriation.…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
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  • Student Mobility and Narrative in Europe

    The New Strangers, 1st Edition

    By Elizabeth Murphy-Lejeune

    Bringing together case studies and theory, this book is the first in-depth qualitative study of student migration within Europe. Drawing on the theory of 'the stranger' as a sociological type, the author suggests that the travelling European students can be seen as a new migratory elite. The book…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
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  • The Anthropology of Postindustrialism

    Ethnographies of Disconnection, 1st Edition

    Edited by Ismael Vaccaro, Krista Harper, Seth Murray

    This volume explores how mechanisms of postindustrial capitalism affect places and people in peripheral regions and de-industrializing cities. While studies of globalization tend to emphasize localities newly connected to global systems, this collection, in contrast, analyzes the…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
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  • An Ethnography of Global Environmentalism

    Becoming Friends of the Earth, 1st Edition

    By Caroline Gatt

    Based on nine years of research, this is the first book to offer an in-depth ethnographic study of a transnational environmentalist federation and of activists themselves. The book presents an account of the daily life and the ethical strivings of environmental activist members of Friends of the…

    Hardback – 2017-10-31
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  • Critical Times in Greece

    Anthropological Engagements with the Crisis, 1st Edition

    Edited by Dimitris Dalakoglou, Georgios Agelopoulos

    This volume brings together new anthropological research on the Greek crisis. With a number of contributions from academics based in Greece, the book addresses a number of key issues such as the refugee crisis, far-right extremism and the psychological impact of increased poverty and unemployment.…

    Hardback – 2017-10-26
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  • Counterfeit Itineraries in the Global South

    The human consequences of piracy in China and Brazil, 1st Edition

    By Rosana Pinheiro-Machado

    At the end of the 1970s, Chinese merchandise moved to Brazil via Paraguay, forming an on-the-margins-of-the-law trade chain involving the production, distribution, and consumption of cheap goods. Economic changes in the twenty-first century, including the enforcement of intellectual property rights…

    Hardback – 2017-08-22
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  • Distortion

    Social Processes Beyond the Structured and Systemic, 1st Edition

    Edited by Nigel Rapport

    Distortion occurs between the intentions of actions and their outcomes. It can also occur between thoughts and actions; between words and how they are interpreted; between a statement of law and its enactment; between a vision and its artistic representation; and between a cultural tradition or…

    Hardback – 2017-08-15
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  • Culture as a System

    How We Know the Meaning and Significance of What We Do and Say, 1st Edition

    By David B. Kronenfeld

    A particular culture is associated with a particular community, and thus has a social dimension. But how does culture operate and how is it to be defined? Is it to be taken as the behavioral repertoire of members of that community, as the products of their behavior, or as the shared mental content…

    Hardback – 2017-08-10
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  • Islam, Standards, and Technoscience

    In Global Halal Zones, 1st Edition

    By Johan Fischer

    This book explores the role of halal production, trade, and standards based on ethnographic material from Malaysia, Singapore, and Europe. It explains how the global markets for halal comprise divergent zones in which Islam, markets, regulatory institutions, and technoscience interact and diverge.…

    Paperback – 2017-05-24
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  • Toward an Anthropology of Ambient Sound

    1st Edition

    Edited by Christine Guillebaud

    This volume approaches the issue of ambient sound through the ethnographic exploration of different cultural contexts including Italy, India, Egypt, France, Ethiopia, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, and Japan. It examines social, religious, and aesthetic conceptions of sound environments, what types of…

    Hardback – 2017-05-19
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  • On Knowing Humanity

    Insights from Theology for Anthropology, 1st Edition

    Edited by Eloise Meneses, David Bronkema

    The development of a phenomenological approach to religion and the rise of perspectivism are challenging anthropology’s exclusive rootedness in the ontology of secularism. When considered with the increased interest in the anthropology of religion as an area of study, it is clear that there is a…

    Hardback – 2017-05-18
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  • Meeting Ethnography

    Meetings as Key Technologies of Contemporary Governance, Development, and Resistance, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jen Sandler, Renita Thedvall

    This volume asks and addresses elusive ontological, epistemological, and methodological questions about meetings. What are meetings? What sort of knowledge, identities, and power relationships are produced, performed, communicated, and legitimized through meetings? How do—and how…

    Hardback – 2017-03-24
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  • Indian Classical Dance and the Making of Postcolonial National Identities

    Dancing on Empire's Stage, 1st Edition

    By Sitara Thobani

    Indian Classical Dance and the Making of Postcolonial National Identities explores what happens when a national-cultural production is reproduced outside the immediate social, political and cultural context of its origin. Whereas most previous studies have analysed Indian classical dance in the…

    Hardback – 2017-03-22
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  • Mixed Race Identities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands

    1st Edition

    Edited by Farida Fozdar, Kirsten McGavin

    This volume offers a "southern," Pacific Ocean perspective on the topic of racial hybridity, exploring it through a series of case studies from around the Australo-Pacific region, a region unique as a result of its very particular colonial histories. Focusing on the interaction between "race" and…

    Hardback – 2017-01-10
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  • Anthropology and Alterity

    Responding to the Other, 1st Edition

    Edited by Bernhard Leistle

    Alterity or otherness is a central notion in cultural anthropology and philosophy, as well as in other disciplines. While anthropology, with its aim of understanding cultural difference, tends to take otherness as a fact, there have been vigorous attempts in contemporary philosophy, particularly in…

    Hardback – 2016-12-29
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  • Hope and Uncertainty in Contemporary African Migration

    1st Edition

    Edited by Nauja Kleist, Dorte Thorsen

    This volume examines the relationship between hope, mobility, and immobility in African migration. Through case studies set within and beyond the continent, it demonstrates that hope offers a unique prism for analyzing the social imaginaries and aspirations which underpin migration in situations of…

    Hardback – 2016-12-06
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  • Freedom in Practice

    Governance, Autonomy and Liberty in the Everyday, 1st Edition

    Edited by Moises Lino e Silva, Huon Wardle

    ‘Freedom’ is one of the most fiercely contested words in contemporary global experience. This book provides an up-to-date overview from an anthropological perspective of the diverse ways in which freedom is understood and practised in everyday life, including the emergent relationships between…

    Hardback – 2016-12-02
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  • After the Crisis

    Anthropological Thought, Neoliberalism and the Aftermath, 1st Edition

    Edited by James G. Carrier

    After the Crisis: Anthropological Thought, Neoliberalism and the Aftermath offers a thought-provoking examination of the state of contemporary anthropology, identifying key issues that have confronted the discipline in recent years and linking them to neoliberalism, and suggesting how we might do…

    Hardback – 2016-02-23
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  • Transpacific Americas

    Encounters and Engagements Between the Americas and the South Pacific, 1st Edition

    Edited by Eveline Dürr, Philipp Schorch

    This volume explores cultural, social and economic connections between the Americas and the South Pacific. It reaches beyond Sino-American collaborations to focus on rather neglected, and sometimes invisible, Southern linkages, asking how these connections originated and have developed over time,…

    Hardback – 2015-12-09
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  • Climate Change and Tradition in a Small Island State

    The Rising Tide, 1st Edition

    By Peter Rudiak-Gould

    The citizens of the Marshall Islands have been told that climate change will doom their country, and they have seen confirmatory omens in the land, air, and sea. This book investigates how grassroots Marshallese society has interpreted and responded to this threat as intimated by local observation,…

    Paperback – 2015-10-12
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  • Times of Security

    Ethnographies of Fear, Protest and the Future, 1st Edition

    Edited by Martin Holbraad, Morten Axel Pedersen

    In the current world disorder, security is on everyone’s lips. But what is security from a cross-cultural perspective? How is it imagined and experienced by people on the ground? Crucially, what visions of the future are at stake in people’s potentially divergent concerns with security: what, and…

    Paperback – 2015-09-29
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  • Islam, Development, and Urban Women’s Reproductive Practices

    1st Edition

    By Cortney Hughes Rinker

    Drawing on fieldwork conducted in Rabat, Morocco, this ethnography analyzes the relationship between neoliberal development policies, women’s reproductive practices, and popular understandings of Islam. In the 1990s, Morocco shifted its attention from economic to human development, as economic…

    Paperback – 2015-09-16
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  • Anthropology and Nature

    1st Edition

    Edited by Kirsten Hastrup

    On the basis of empirical studies, this book explores nature as an integral part of the social worlds conventionally studied by anthropologists. The book may be read as a form of scholarly "edgework," resisting institutional divisions and conceptual routines in the interest of exploring new…

    Paperback – 2015-09-16
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  • Animism and the Question of Life

    1st Edition

    By Istvan Praet

    The central purpose of this book is to help change the terms of the debate on animism, a classic theme in anthropology. It combines some of the finest ethnographic material currently available (including firsthand research on the Chachi of Ecuador) with an unusually broad geographic scope (the…

    Paperback – 2015-09-16
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  • Senses and Citizenships

    Embodying Political Life, 1st Edition

    Edited by Susanna Trnka, Christine Dureau, Julie Park

    What does disgust have to do with citizenship? How might pain and pleasure, movement, taste, sound and smell be configured as aspects of national belonging? Senses and Citizenships: Embodying Political Life examines the intersections between sensory phenomena and national and supra-national forms…

    Paperback – 2015-09-08
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  • Environmental Anthropology

    Future Directions, 1st Edition

    Edited by Helen Kopnina, Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet

    This volume presents new theoretical approaches, methodologies, subject pools, and topics in the field of environmental anthropology. Environmental anthropologists are increasingly focusing on self-reflection - not just on themselves and their impacts on environmental research, but also on the…

    Paperback – 2015-09-08
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  • Adolescent Identity

    Evolutionary, Cultural and Developmental Perspectives, 1st Edition

    Edited by Bonnie L. Hewlett

    As our world becomes increasingly permeable, and as human populations are rapidly converging and transitioning within a global interconnectedness, it is vital that we look to, and learn from, those most adept at the adaptation, creation, and contesting of culture: adolescents. This text is designed…

    Paperback – 2015-05-21
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  • Confronting Capital

    Critique and Engagement in Anthropology, 1st Edition

    Edited by Pauline Gardiner Barber, Belinda Leach, Winnie Lem

    This volume is an exploration of the ways in which political economy as a mode of analysis moves anthropology toward a vital, politically engaged form of scholarship. It advances the understanding of the struggles of ordinary people in the face of capitalist change. In the current economic moment…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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