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Injury, Healing, and Religion at an Ethiopian Hospital
Over the past few decades, maternal childbirth injuries have become a potent symbol of Western biomedical intervention in Africa, affecting over one million women across the global south. Western-funded hospitals have sprung up, offering surgical sut...
A Provocative View on the Origins of Religion (Expanded Edition)
Religion has been a central part of human experience since at least the dawn of recorded history. The gods change, as do the rituals, but the underlying desire remains – a desire to belong to something larger, greater, most lasting than our mortal, f...
Region Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II
In "The Mediterranean Incarnate", anthropologist Naor Ben-Yehoyada takes us aboard the "Naumachos" for a thirty-seven-day voyage in the fishing grounds between Sicily and Tunisia. He also takes us on a historical exploration of the past eighty years...
Youth, Intimacy, and the Politics of Pretense in Mozambique
Now part and parcel of everyday life almost everywhere, mobile phones have radically transformed how we acquire and exchange information. Many anticipated that in Africa, where most have gone from no phone to mobile phone, improved access to telecomm...
Youth and Mass Mediation in South India
In "Doing Style", Constantine V. Nakassis explores the world of youth and mass media in South India, where what Tamil youth call "style" anchors their day-to-day lives and media worlds. Through intimate ethnographic descriptions of college life in Ta...
Gift Exchange in the Letters of Paul of Tarsus
Thomas Blanton sheds light on the philosophy surrounding gift giving in Paul's letters and on modern theories of gift exchange through the lens of religion. The exchange of gifts is a fundamental part of society and a foundational element in Greco-Ro...
African Migrations to Europe and the Pursuit of Social Regeneration
The influx of African migrants into Europe in recent years has raised important issues about changing labor economies, new technologies of border control, and the effects of armed conflict. But attention to such broad questions often obscures a funda...
Truth about Crime
Sovereignty, Knowledge, Social Order
In this book, renowned anthropologists Jean and John L. Comaroff make a startling but absolutely convincing claim about our modern era: it is not by our arts, our politics, or our science that we understand ourselves – it is by our crimes. Surveying...
Poetry and Thinking of the Chagga
Contributions to East African Ethnology
ISBN: HB: 9781909930445,
Bruno Gutmann (1876-1966) was a German Lutheran missionary. In 1902 he went to Chaggaland on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Deutsch-Ostafrika (now Tanzania) and stayed with brief interruptions for 36 years. Owing to his "intensive involvement with...
Echoes of Valhalla
The Afterlife of the Eddas and Sagas
ISBN: HB: 9781780237152,
13.8x21.6 cm, 50 illus.
Tolkien's wizard Gandalf, Wagner's Valkyrie Brunnhilde, Marvel's superhero the Mighty Thor and the Vikings heading for Valhalla in Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song': these are just a few examples of how Icelandic medieval literature has shaped the huma...