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Traces of the Future
An Archaeology of Medical Science in Twenty-First-Century Africa
ISBN: PB: 9781783207251,
17.8x22.8 cm, 150 colour plates
This book presents a close look at the vestiges of twentieth-century medical work at five key sites in Africa: Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, and Tanzania. The authors aim to understand the afterlife of scientific institutions and practices and t...
Conquest and Community
The Afterlife of Warrior Saint Ghazi Miyan
Few topics in South Asian history are as contentious as that of the Turkic conquest of the Indian subcontinent that began in the twelfth century and led to a long period of Muslim rule. How is a historian supposed to write honestly about the bloody h...
Dark Matter of the Mind
The Culturally Articulated Unconscious
Is it in our nature to be altruistic, or evil, to make art, use tools, or create language Is it in our nature to think in any particular way For Daniel L. Everett, the answer is a resounding no: it isn't in our nature to do any of these things becaus...
Derivatives and the Wealth of Societies
ISBN: PB: 9780226392837,
ISBN: HB: 9780226392660,
University of Chicago Press
15.2x22.8 cm, 19 halftones, 6 line drawings
Derivatives were responsible for one of the worst financial meltdowns we have ever seen, one from which we have not yet fully recovered. However, they are likewise capable of generating some of the most incredible wealth we have ever seen. This book...
Singing Goddesses in the Himalayan Foothills
Kirin Narayan's imagination was captured the very first time that, as a girl visiting the Himalayas, she heard Kangra women join their voices together in song. Returning as an anthropologist, she became fascinated by how they spoke of singing as a fo...
Invention of Culture
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...
Mothers on the Move
Reproducing Belonging between Africa and Europe
ISBN: PB: 9780226389882,
ISBN: HB: 9780226389745,
University of Chicago Press
15.2x22.8 cm, 15 halftones, 1 table
The massive scale and complexity of international migration today tends to obscure the nuanced ways migrant families seek a sense of belonging. In this book, Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg takes readers back and forth between Cameroon and Germany to explo...
Ours to Lose
When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City
Though New York's Lower East Side today is home to high-end condos and hip restaurants, it was for decades an infamous site of blight, open-air drug dealing, and class conflict – an emblematic example of the tattered state of 1970s and '80s Manhattan...
An Unnatural Biography of a Mythical Beast
Arising triumphantly from the ashes of its predecessor, the phoenix has been an enduring symbol of resilience and renewal for thousands of years. But how did this mythical bird become so famous that it has played a part in cultures around the world a...
The Anthropology of a Rumor
While working in Africa, anthropologist Julien Bonhomme encountered an astonishing phenomenon: people being accused of stealing or shrinking the genitals of strangers on the simple occasion of a handshake on the street. As he soon discovered, these a...