Social Sciences  /  Anthropology & Sociology
From Belonging to Belief Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9780822965084
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2017
Series: Central Eurasia in Context
Illustrations: 48 b&w Illustrations
Description:
From Belonging to Belief presents a nuanced ethnographic study of Islam and secularism in post-Soviet Central Asia, as seen from the small town of Bazaar-Korgon in southern Kyrgyzstan. Opening with the juxtaposition of a statue of Lenin and a mosque in the town square, Julie McBrien proceeds to peel away the multiple layers that have shaped the return of public Islam in the region. She explores belief and nonbelief, varying practices of Islam, discourses of extremism, and the role of the state, to elucidate the everyday experiences of Bazaar-Korgonians.
Family, Ethnicity and State in Chinese Culture Under the Impact of Globalization Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781626430525
Pub Date: 02 Nov 2017
Description:
This collection of papers from a project of the National Museum of Ethnology in Japan, unites anthropologists in an international collaborative effort to reexamine the dynamics of family, ethnicity, and the nation-state in China and in overseas Chinese society. Using ethnographic fieldwork, this book sheds light on the interactions between state, society, and identity through a variety of channels, such as family, lineage, kinship or quasi-kinship network, national frameworks such as religion association, Minority Autonomous Regions, and ethnic dress. This research demonstrates that even for the same cultural phenomenon, the discourses at the common, the elite, and the institutional levels will be adjusted based on the needs of the social context, market economy, and global networks.
Among Herders of Inner Mongolia Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 1000
ISBN: 9788779343955
Pub Date: 20 Oct 2017
Series: The Carlsberg Foundation's Nomad Research Project
Description:
This is a study of a unique collection of Inner Mongolian artifacts at the National Museum of Denmark. They are described, analyzed and presented in a catalogue of more than 800 items, documenting the daily life of pastoral society in and around the tent, in the herding of the animals, in caravan trade and in hunting, crafts, sports and games, and in ritual life. Information about the objects was obtained during two expeditions to Inner Mongolia in the 1930s led by the Danish author Henning Haslund-Christensen, who had many years’ experience of travel and expedition life in Mongolia.
Style and Meaning Cover Style and Meaning Cover
Format: 
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9789088904479
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2017
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Pacific Presences
Illustrations: 70 fc / 16 bw
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9789088904462
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2017
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Pacific Presences
Illustrations: 70 fc / 16 bw
Description:
Anthropology's engagement with art has a complex and uneven history. While material culture, 'decorative art', and art styles were of major significance for founding figures such as Alfred Haddon and Franz Boas, art became marginal as the discipline turned towards social analysis in the 1920s. This book addresses a major moment of renewal in the anthropology of art in the 1960s and 1970s.
Adjusting the Lens Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9780822964469
Pub Date: 10 Jul 2017
Series: Illuminations
Description:
Adjusting the Lens offers a detailed analysis of contemporary, independent, indigenous-language audiovisual production in Mexico and in Mexican migrant communities in the United States. The contributors relate the styles and forms of collaborative and community media production to socially critical, transformative, resistant, and constitutive processes off-screen, thereby exploring the political within the context of the media. The chapters show how diasporic media makers map novel interpretations of image and sound into existing audiovisual discourses to communicate social and cultural changes within their communities that counter stereotypical representations in commercial television and cinema, and contribute to a newfound communal identity.
Situations and Atmospheres in Organizations Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 154
ISBN: 9788869770814
Pub Date: 30 Jun 2017
Series: Atmospheric Spaces
Description:
Social life in organizations significantly relies on situations and atmospheres. Despite the high practical relevance, so far no attempts have been made to theoretically capture situations and atmospheres in organizations in a systematic manner. Aside from the difficulty of locating the situation or atmosphere within a dichotomy of subject and object, this seems mainly due to the complex interweaving of situations and atmospheres that is constitutive of organizations.
The Dream Is Lost Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780813169484
Pub Date: 02 Jun 2017
Series: Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century
Illustrations: 13 b/w photos, 26 tables, 1 figure
Description:
Once the capital of the Confederacy and the industrial hub of slave-based tobacco production, Richmond, Virginia has been largely overlooked in the context of twentieth century urban and political history. By the early 1960s, the city served as an important center for integrated politics, as African Americans fought for fair representation and mobilized voters in order to overcome discriminatory policies. Richmond's African Americans struggled to serve their growing communities in the face of unyielding discrimination.
Treasures in Trusted Hands Cover Treasures in Trusted Hands Cover
Format: 
Pages: 230
ISBN: 9789088904400
Pub Date: 15 May 2017
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: CLUES
Illustrations: 0
Pages: 230
ISBN: 9789088904394
Pub Date: 15 May 2017
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: CLUES
Illustrations: 0
Description:
This pioneering study charts the one-way traffic of cultural and historical objects during five centuries of European colonialism. It presents abundant examples of disappeared colonial objects and systematises these into war booty, confiscations by missionaries and contestable acquisitions by private persons and other categories. Former colonies consider this as a historical injustice that has not been undone.
Azan on the Moon Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780822964438
Pub Date: 18 Apr 2017
Series: Central Eurasia in Context
Description:
Azan on the Moon is an in-depth anthropological study of people's lives along the Pamir Highway in eastern Tajikistan. Constructed in the 1930s in rugged high-altitude terrain, the road fundamentally altered the material and social fabric of this former Soviet outpost on the border with Afghanistan and China. The highway initially brought sentiments of disconnection and hardship, followed by Soviet modernization and development, and ultimately a sense of distinction from bordering countries and urban centers that continues to this day.
A Rape in the Early Republic Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9780813169521
Pub Date: 21 Mar 2017
Series: New Directions in Southern History
Illustrations: 4 b&w photos, 2 maps
Description:
On January 14, 1806, Sidney Hanson was raped by John Deskins on a rough gravel path in the woods in Tazewell County, Virginia. In the early nineteenth century, trials for rape were rare. Scanty court records typically lacked the detail needed to reconstruct the lives of those involved and evaluate the social and physical setting of the crime.
Burial in Later Anglo-Saxon England, c.650-1100 AD Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 156
ISBN: 9781785705496
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2016
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Studies in Funerary Archaeology
Description:
Traditionally the study of early medieval burial practices in England has focused on the furnished burials of the early Anglo-Saxon period with those of the later centuries perceived as uniform and therefore uninteresting. The last decade has seen the publication of many important cemeteries and synthetic works demonstrating that such a simplistic view of later Anglo-Saxon burial is no longer tenable. The reality is rather more complex, with social and political perspectives influencing both the location and mode of burial in this period.
Force of Custom, The Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9780822964209
Pub Date: 07 Dec 2016
Series: Central Eurasia in Context
Description:
The Force of Custom presents a finely textured ethnographic study that sheds new light on the legal and moral ordering of everyday life in northwestern Kyrgyzstan. Through her extensive fieldwork and firsthand experience, Judith Beyer reveals how Kyrgyz in Talas province negotiate proper behavior and regulate disputes by invoking custom, known to the locals as salt. While salt is presented as age-old tradition, its invocation is shown to be a highly developed and flexible rhetorical strategy that people adapt in order to meet the challenges of contemporary political, legal, economic, and religious environments.
Lamak Cover Lamak Cover
Format: 
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9789088903915
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2016
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: >100bw/>100fc
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9789088903908
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2016
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: >100bw/>100fc
Description:
A lamak is a long narrow ritual hanging that is an essential requirement at almost all rituals in Bali. It is hung from altars and shrines at temple festivals and on festive holy days. Made usually of palm leaves, it is by nature ephemeral and it is made time and again.
Egypt’s Wearable Heritage Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9789080774445
Pub Date: 01 Nov 2016
Imprint: Blikvelduitgevers Publishers
Illustrations: full colour images
Description:
Egypt’s Wearable Heritage combines different subjects of crafts and arts from Egypt and the West-Asian and North African region. It is a richly illustrated and colourful book on different aspects of ‘wearable heritage’, such as jewellery, costume, amulets, but also hairstyles and even weaponry. Egypt’s Wearable Heritage contains aspects of beliefs, economy and socio-cultural phenomena and contemporary culture.
Reinventing China Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781626430518
Pub Date: 30 Sep 2016
Description:
This study examines a small group of highly educated Chinese who have exerted outsized influence on China's recent rise. They share one thing in common - they all left China to study in the US and subsequently returned to China to apply what they had learned. Their work has in some ways made China more like the US.
Social Stratification in Contemporary China Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9781626430372
Pub Date: 30 Sep 2016
Description:
Social Stratification in Contemporary China raises and debates major sociological issues of modern and present-day China from a historical perspective. Such topics as "equality and inequality"and "acceptability of defined inequality" have been dealt with in a broad historical context since 1949 when the People's Republic was founded. The work is widely accepted as one of the most important studies trying to clarify the difficult perceptions of policy of reform and opening up that was formulated and implemented in the early 1980s in China.