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Anthropology

  • Culture's Consequences

    Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutes and Organizations across Nations, 1st Edition

    By Katherine Erdman

    The Dutch anthropologist Geert Hofstede is recognized as a pioneer in the fields of international management and social psychology – and his work is a perfect example of the ways in which interpretative skills can help solve problems and provide the foundation for strong thinking and understanding…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • Centuries of Childhood

    1st Edition

    By Eva-Marie Prag, Joseph Tendler

    A critical analysis of Centuries of Childhood, in which the French historian Philippe Aries offers a fundamentally fresh interpretation of what childhood is and what the institution means for society at large. Aries's core idea is that ‘childhood,’ as we understand it today – a special time…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • Pierre Bourdieu's Outline of a Theory of Practice

    1st Edition

    By Rodolfo Maggio

    In Outline of a Theory of Practice, Bourdieu questions the preeminent ideas of social anthropologists such as Levi-Strauss who stressed the structural principles governing human action rather than the actions themselves and, Bourdieu asserts, doesn’t account for all observable nuances of behaviour.…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • Mary Douglas's Purity and Danger

    An analysis of the concepts of pollution and taboo, 1st Edition

    By Pádraig Belton

    Mary Douglas is an outstanding example of an evaluative thinker at work. In Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo, she delves in great detail into existing arguments that portray traditional societies as “evolving” from “savage” beliefs in magic, to religion, to modern…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • Structural Anthropology

    1st Edition

    By Jeffrey A. Becker, Kitty Wheater

    Claude Lévi-Strauss is probably the most complex anthropological theorist of all time. His work continues to influence present-day thinkers in his field, but he is perhaps even more influential beyond it. As one of the key figures in the development of what is known today as ‘French theory,’…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Liquidated

    An Ethnography of Wall Street, 1st Edition

    By Rodolfo Maggio

    Liquidated is a work of anthropology that treats an unusual, despised subculture – that of the Wall Street banker – much as anthropologists have traditionally treated remote ‘savage’ tribes. But using the techniques of ethnography, including interviews, analysis of daily lives, and fieldwork to…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Debt

    The First 5000 Years, 1st Edition

    By Sulaiman Hakemy

    Debt is one of the great subjects of our day, and understanding the way that it not only fuels economic growth, but can also be used as a means of generating profit and exerting control, is central to grasping the way in which our society really works. David Graeber's contribution to this debate…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Ain't No Makin' It

    Aspirations and Attainment in a Low Income Neighborhood, 1st Edition

    By Anna Seiferle-Valencia

    Why is it that children from disadvantaged backgrounds find it so difficult – and often impossible – to achieve? Few questions are of such fundamental importance to the functioning of a fair and effective society than this one, yet the academic and political narratives that exist to explain the…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • The Interpretation of Cultures

    1st Edition

    By Abena Dadze-Arthur

    Clifford Geertz has been called ‘the most original anthropologist of his generation’ – and this reputation rests largely on the huge contributions to the methodology and approaches of anthropological interpretation that he outlined in The Interpretation of Cultures. The centrality of…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande

    1st Edition

    By Kitty Wheater

    The history of anthropology is, to a large extent, the history of differing modes of interpretation. As anthropologists have long known, examining, analyzing and recording cultures in the quest to understand humankind as a whole is a vastly complex task, in which nothing can be achieved without…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • The Politics of Piety

    The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject, 1st Edition

    By Jessica Johnson, Ian Fairweather

    Saba Mahmood’s 2005 Politics of Piety is an excellent example of evaluation in action. Mahmood’s book is a study of women’s participation in the Islamic revival across the Middle East. Mahmood – a feminist social anthropologist with left-wing, secular political values – wanted to understand why…

    Paperback – 2017-07-06
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  • The Anti-Politics Machine

    1st Edition

    By Julie Jenkins

    The Anti-Politics Machine (1990) examines how international development projects are conceived, researched, and put into practice. It also looks at what these projects actually achieve. Ferguson criticizes the idea of externally-directed ‘development’ and argues that the process doesn’t take proper…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Modernity at Large

    Cultural Dimensions of Globalisation, 1st Edition

    By Amy Young Evrard

    Arjun Appadurai’s 1996 collection of essays Modernity At Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization helped reshape how anthropologists, geographers and philosophers saw and understood the key topic of our times: globalization. Globalization has long been recognized as one of the crucial factors…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • The Gift

    1st Edition

    By The Macat Team

    Marcel Mauss’s 1925 essay The Gift is an enduring classic of sociological and anthropological analysis by a thinker who is one of the founding fathers of modern anthropology. The Gift exploits Mauss’s high-level analytical and interpretative skills to produce a brilliant investigation of the forms…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Race, Language and Culture

    1st Edition

    By Anna Seiferle-Valencia

    Franz Boas’s 1940 Race, Language and Culture is a monumentally important text in the history of its discipline, collecting the articles and essays that helped make Boas known as the ‘father of American anthropology.’ An encapsulation of a career dedicated to fighting against the false theories of…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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  • Guns, Germs & Steel

    The Fate of Human Societies, 1st Edition

    By Riley Quinn

    In his 1997 work Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond marshals evidence from five continents and across 13,000 years of human history in an attempt to answer the question of why that history unfolded so differently in various parts of the globe. His results offer new explanations for why the…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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  • Collapse

    How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive, 1st Edition

    By Rodolfo Maggio

    American scholar Jared Diamond deploys his powers of interpretation to great effect in Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, which seeks to understand the meaning behind the available evidence describing societies that have survived and those that have withered and died. Why, for…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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