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The Poison Plot

by Elaine Forman Crane Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

An accusation of attempted murder rudely interrupted Mary Arnold’s dalliances with working men and her extensive shopping sprees. When her husband Benedict fell deathly ill and then asserted she had tried...


The Invisible Camorra

by Felia Allum Cornell University Press (September 27, 2016)

The organized crime group that dominates much of the socioeconomic life of contemporary Naples, the Camorra, is organized by kin and geography, and it is notoriously the most violent, fractious, and disorganized...


Hear My Sad Story

by Richard Polenberg Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

In 2015, Bob Dylan said, "I learned lyrics and how to write them from listening to folk songs. And I played them, and I met other people that played them, back when nobody was doing it. Sang nothing but these...


Theory Can Be More than It Used to Be

by Dominic Boyer, James D. Faubion & George E. Marcus Cornell University Press (November 17, 2015)

Within anthropology, as elsewhere in the human sciences, there is a tendency to divide knowledge making into two separate poles: conceptual (theory) vs. empirical (ethnography). In Theory Can Be More than It...


"No One Helped"

Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Non-Fiction 2016

by Marcia M. Gallo Cornell University Press (April 09, 2015)

In "No One Helped" Marcia M. Gallo examines one of America's most infamous true-crime stories: the 1964 rape and murder of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese in a middle-class neighborhood of Queens, New York....


Ruffians, Yakuza, Nationalists

by Eiko Maruko Siniawer Cornell University Press (January 26, 2015)

Violence and democracy may seem fundamentally incompatible, but the two have often been intimately and inextricably linked. In Ruffians, Yakuza, Nationalists, Eiko Maruko Siniawer argues that violence has been...


Murder Most Russian

by Louise McReynolds Cornell University Press (December 18, 2012)

How a society defines crimes and prosecutes criminals illuminates its cultural values, social norms, and political expectations. In Murder Most Russian, Louise McReynolds uses a fascinating series of murders...


Fieldwork Is Not What It Used to Be

by James D. Faubion & George E. Marcus Cornell University Press (April 30, 2009)

Over the past two decades anthropologists have been challenged to rethink the nature of ethnographic research, the meaning of fieldwork, and the role of ethnographers. Ethnographic fieldwork has cultural, social,...


Killed Strangely

by Elaine Forman Crane Cornell University Press (April 11, 2014)

"It was Rebecca's son, Thomas, who first realized the victim's identity. His eyes were drawn to the victim's head, and aided by the flickering light of a candle, he 'clapt his hands and cryed out, Oh Lord, it...


Blood on the Snow

by Jan Bondeson Cornell University Press (June 25, 2013)

The Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, a major figure in world politics and an ardent opponent of apartheid, was shot dead on the streets of Stockholm in February 1986. At the time of his death, Palme was deeply...