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Reciprocity and Redistribution in Andean Civilizations
The 1969 Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures
John V. Murra's Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures, originally given in 1969, are the only major study of the Andean "avenue towards civilization". Collected and published for the first time here, they offer a powerful and insistent perspective on the Andea...
Fire of the Jaguar
Not since Clifford Geertz's "Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight" has the publication of an anthropological analysis been as eagerly awaited as this book, Terence S. Turner's The Fire of the Jaguar. His reanalysis of the famous myth from the K...
Shem Pete's Alaska
The Territory of the Upper Cook Inlet Dena'ina
Shem Pete (1896-1989), a colorful and brilliant raconteur from Susitna Station, Alaska, left a rich legacy of knowledge about the Upper Cook Inlet Dena'ina world. Shem was one of the most versatile storytellers and historians in twentieth century Ala...
From Dust to Destiny
ISBN: HB: 9781780237251,
16.8x23.4 cm, 20 colour illus., 130 black&white illus.
The terms "birth" and "death" have long denoted the apparent boundaries of our biological lives, situating in time the moments of coming to be and passing away. Yet the specific trajectory of a life can surpass its temporal boundaries. Long after the...
Hell and Its Rivals
Death and Retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Early Middle Ages
The idea of punishment after death – whereby the souls of the wicked are consigned to Hell (Gehenna, Gehinnom, or Jahannam) – emerged out of beliefs found across the Mediterranean, from ancient Egypt to Zoroastrian Persia, and became fundamental to t...
Evolution of Imagination
Consider Miles Davis, horn held high, sculpting a powerful musical statement full of tonal patterns, inside jokes, and thrilling climactic phrases – all on the fly. Or think of a comedy troupe riffing on a couple of cues from the audience until the w...
Governor's Residence in Tranquebar
The House and the Daily Life of Its People, 1750-1845
The history of contacts between India and Europe tends to be dominated by the British, but Denmark also played a role on the subcontinent in the colonial era. This book offers insight into that history via a close look at one very specific part of it...
Knot of the Soul
Madness, Psychoanalysis, Islam
In this unsettling and innovative book, anthropologist Stefania Pandolfo addresses the problematic of the subject through a dual examination of psychoanalysis and Islamic theological-medical reasoning, reflecting on the unconscious maladies of the so...
A History of Popular Transportation in Nairobi
Drive the streets of Nairobi and you are sure to see many matatus – colorful minibuses that transport huge numbers of people around the city. Once ramshackle affairs held together with duct tape and wire, matatus today are name-brand vehicles maxed o...
Returns of Fetishism
Charles de Brosses and the Afterlives of an Idea
For more than 250 years, Charles de Brosses's term "fetishism" has exerted great influence over our most ambitious thinkers. Used as an alternative to "magic" but nonetheless expressing the material force of magical thought, de Brosses's term has pro...