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In Praise of the Bicycle
ISBN: HB: 9781789141382, Reaktion Books, July 2019
96 pp., 19.7x12 cm, 8 illus.
This is the French anthropologist as we've never heard him before: Marc Auge coined the term "non-place" to describe uniquitous, global airports, hotels and motorways filled with anonymous individuals. In this new book, he casts his anthropologist's...
Islands in a Cosmopolitan Sea A History of the Comoros
ISBN: HB: 9781787381469, Hurst Publishers, June 2019
272 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm
For sale in CIS only! Many people today have never heard of the Comoros, but these islands were once part of a prosperous economic system that stretched halfway around the world. A key node in the trading networks of the Indian Ocean, the Comoros th...
Inside World Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles
ISBN: HB: 9783791358161, Prestel Publishing, February 2019
160 pp., 27x25 cm, 110 colour illus.
Traditionally used in Aboriginal funeral ceremonies, memorial poles have been transformed into compelling contemporary artworks. The memorial pole is made from the trunk of the Eucalyptus tetradonta, hollowed naturally by termites. When the bones of...
Indigenous Visions Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas
ISBN: PB: 9780300196511, Yale University Press, March 2018
416 pp., 23.5x15.6 cm, 28 black&white illus.
In 1911, the publication of Franz Boas's "The Mind of Primitive Man" challenged widely held claims about race and intelligence that justified violence and inequality. Now, a group of leading scholars examines how this groundbreaking work hinged on re...
Inside the Lost Museum Curating, Past and Present
ISBN: HB: 9780674971042, Harvard University Press, August 2017
416 pp., 23.5x15.6 cm, 21 halftones
Curators make many decisions when they build collections or design exhibitions, plotting a passage of discovery that also tells an essential story. Collecting captures the past in a way useful to the present and the future. Exhibits play to our sense...
Invention of Humanity Equality and Cultural Difference in World History
ISBN: HB: 9780674971967, Harvard University Press, February 2017
672 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 5 maps
For much of history, strangers were routinely classified as barbarians and inferiors, seldom as fellow human beings. The notion of a common humanity was counterintuitive and thus had to be invented. Siep Stuurman traces evolving ideas of human equali...
Inheritance of Loss China, Japan, and the Political Economy of Redemption after Empire
ISBN: PB: 9780226412139, ISBN: HB: 9780226411941, University of Chicago Press, December 2016
328 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 37 halftones
How do contemporary generations come to terms with losses inflicted by imperialism, colonialism, and war that took place decades ago? How do descendants of perpetrators and victims establish new relations in today's globalized economy? With "Inherita...
Invention of Culture
ISBN: PB: 9780226423289, University of Chicago Press, November 2016
208 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm
In anthropology, a field that is known for its critical edge and intellectual agility, few books manage to maintain both historical value and contemporary relevance. Roy Wagner's "The Invention of Culture", originally published in 1975, is one. Wagne...
Insanity and Sanctity in Byzantium The Ambiguity of Religious Experience
ISBN: HB: 9780674057616, Harvard University Press, September 2016
272 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm
In the Roman and Byzantine Near East, the holy fool emerged in Christianity as a way of describing individuals whose apparent madness allowed them to achieve a higher level of spirituality. "Insanity and Sanctity in Byzantium" examines how the figure...
Idea of North New Edition
ISBN: PB: 9781780235981, Reaktion Books, March 2016
272 pp., 19.8x12.9 cm, 22 illus.
As with the compass needle, so people have always been most powerfully attracted northwards; everyone carries within them their own concept of north. "The Idea of North" is a study, ranging widely in time and place, of some of the ways in which these...