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Designing and Conducting Ethnographic Research: An Introduction

by Margaret D. LeCompte & Jean J. Schensul AltaMira Press (September 16, 2010)

This first volume of the Ethnographer's Toolkit provides a practical, straightforward introduction to ethnography and ethnographic practice to the student and novice fieldworker.


Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

by H. Russell Bernard AltaMira Press (April 16, 2011)

Research Methods in Anthropology is the standard textbook for methods classes in anthropology. Written in Russ BernardOs unmistakable conversational style, his guide has launched tens of thousands of students...


Anthropologists in Arms: The Ethics of Military Anthropology

by George R. Lucas Jr. AltaMira Press (October 15, 2009)

Anthropologists in Arms traces the troubled history of social scientists' collaboration with national military, security, and intelligence organizations and analyzes the moral and ethical debates provoked by...


The Peoples of Southeast Asia Today: Ethnography, Ethnology, and Change in a Complex Region

by Robert L. Winzeler AltaMira Press (January 16, 2010)

This textbook explores Southeast Asia's modern peoples and their cultural ways and patterns of adaptation. It introduces the region's geography, languages, prehistory, and history, then delves into religion,...


Sacred Games, Death, and Renewal in the Ancient Eastern Woodlands: The Ohio Hopewell System of Cult Sodality Heterarchies

by A. Martin Byers AltaMira Press (January 16, 2011)

A. Martin Byers challenges the traditional views of the Ohio Hopewell embankment earthworks, providing an interpretation of them as sites of sacred games and world renewal rituals built and used by complex alliances...


The Anthropology of Learning in Childhood

by David F. Lancy, John Bock & Suzanne Gaskins AltaMira Press (January 15, 2010)

This first major anthropological reference book on childhood learning considers the cultural aspects of learning in childhood from the points of view of psychologists, sociologists, educators, and anthropologists....


Cooperation in Economy and Society

by Robert C. Marshall, Julie Hogeland, Gracia Clark & Bruce Dahlin et al. AltaMira Press (November 16, 2010)

This book explores the burgeoning interest in human cooperation among anthropologists, political scientists, economists, evolutionary psychologists, and biologists. Though typically neglected, cooperation is...


Polynesians in America: Pre-Columbian Contacts with the New World

by José Miguel Ramírez-Aliaga, Elizabeth A. Matisoo-Smith, Alice A. Storey & Terry L. Jones et al. AltaMira Press (January 16, 2011)

This volume presents a synthesis of over a century of academic research on the question of prehistoric trans-oceanic contacts between Polynesia and the New World. Leading experts in archaeology, botany, linguistics,...


The War Machine and Global Health

by Merrill Singer & G. Derrick Hodge AltaMira Press (January 16, 2010)

This book of essays by medical anthropologists and other health social scientists examines the full measure of the disastrous global health effects of war in the contemporary world. It provides a political economic...


Introduction to Cultural Ecology

by Mark Q. Sutton & E. N. Anderson AltaMira Press (December 12, 2013)

Introduction to Cultural Ecology, Third Edition, familiarizes students with the foundations of the field and provides a framework for exploring what other cultures can teach us about human/environment relationships....


Anthropology and Global History: From Tribes to the Modern World-System

by Robert M. Carmack AltaMira Press (October 11, 2013)

Anthropology and Global History explains the origin and development of human societies and cultures from their earliest beginnings to the present through an anthropological lens.


Ethics and Anthropology: Ideas and Practice

by Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban AltaMira Press (October 03, 2013)

Ethics and Anthropology: Ideas and Practice is the first comprehensive and up-to-date book embracing issues and dilemmas faced by anthropologists in the discipline’s four fields.


Contemporary Native American Cultural Issues

by Duane Champagne AltaMira Press (January 01, 2000)

While Native American communities remain culturally innovative and continue to struggle for survival, researchers, teachers, and students lack texts that both represent the breadth of contemporary experiences...


Social Memory and History: Anthropological Perspectives

by Jacob J. Climo & Maria G. Cattell AltaMira Press (October 23, 2002)

An examination of social memory developed within communities from the perspective of anthropology. Many case studies from around the world.


Ethnographic Archaeologies: Reflections on Stakeholders and Archaeological Practices

by Christopher N. Matthews, Quetzil Castañeda, George Nicholas & Mark P. Leone et al. AltaMira Press (February 08, 2008)

Ethnographic Archaeologies examines the role of ethnography in public archaeology, offering fresh insights into theories that advocate the engagement of archaeologists and archaeological investigations with...


Ancient Maya Women

by Traci Ardren AltaMira Press (December 20, 2001)

Edited volume tracing the state of knowledge of gender in Ancient Mayan society.


Economic Development: An Anthropological Approach

by Jeffrey H. Cohen & Norbert Dannhaeuser AltaMira Press (April 23, 2002)

Economic development is an important focus of anthropological work in rural and urban communities around the world, and in this volume the contributors offer expert analyses on the theory and practice of development....


Spider Woman Walks This Land: Traditional Cultural Properties and the Navajo Nation

by Kelli Carmean AltaMira Press (July 02, 2002)

Carmean's book focuses on traditional cultural properties and cultural resource management among native people in the United States. Describing her work with the Navajo Nation, she examines the specific geographical...


Ethics and the Profession of Anthropology: Dialogue for Ethically Conscious Practice

by Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban AltaMira Press (December 24, 2002)

This revised second edition of Ethics and the Profession of Anthropology renews the challenge to anthropologists to engage in a dialogue concerning their commitment to professional ethical conduct. With a majority...


Totems and Teachers: Key Figures in the History of Anthropology

by Sydel Silverman AltaMira Press (November 19, 2003)

This classic volume, edited by Sydel Silverman, presents the insiders' reflection of distinguished contemporary anthropologists on nine prominent figures who helped shape the discipline. This is one of few books...


Anthropology of the Performing Arts: Artistry, Virtuosity, and Interpretation in Cross-Cultural Perspective

by Anya Peterson Royce AltaMira Press (May 05, 2004)

Anya Peterson Royce turns the anthropological gaze on the performing arts, attempting to find broad commonalities in performance, art, and artists across space, time, and culture. She asks general questions...


Healing by Hand: Manual Medicine and Bonesetting in Global Perspective

by Kathryn S. Oths & Servando Z. Hinojosa AltaMira Press (October 17, 2004)

Healing by Hand presents the first cross-cultural perspective on manual medicine studies-the practice of body therapists that is routinely overlooked by medical practitioners and social scientists. The authors...


Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America's Enduring Legend

by David J. Daegling AltaMira Press (October 22, 2004)

In Bigfoot Exposed, biological anthropologist and primate physiology specialist David J. Daegling objectively examines the northwest American myth of Bigfoot. Using scientific methodology, Daegling systematically...


Labor in Cross-Cultural Perspective

by E. Paul Durrenberger & Judith E. Martí AltaMira Press (December 22, 2005)

This excellent new volume in the series from the Society for Economic Anthropology focuses on the role of labor in world economies. Contributors offer a range of case studies illustrating labor processes in...


Practicing Ethnography in a Globalizing World: An Anthropological Odyssey

by June C. Nash AltaMira Press (December 28, 2006)

In her new book, distinguished anthropologist June Nash tackles the critical question of how people of diverse cultures confront the common problems that arise with global integration. She reveals these impacts...


The Art of Fieldwork

by Harry F. Wolcott AltaMira Press (December 01, 2004)

In this long-anticipated second edition of The Art of Fieldwork, prominent anthropologist Harry F. Wolcott updates his original groundbreaking text, which both challenges and petitions anthropology and its practitioners...


New Directions in Anthropology and Environment: Intersections

by Carole L. Crumley AltaMira Press (May 09, 2002)

Crumley has brought together top scholars from across anthropology in a benchmark volume that displays the range of exciting new work on the complex relationship between humans and the environment. Designed...


Partial Connections

by Marilyn Strathern AltaMira Press (March 22, 2005)

Available with a new Preface, Marilyn Strathern's seminal book challenges the routine ways in which anthropologists have thought about the complexity and quantity of their materials, focusing on a problem normally...


Migration and Economy: Global and Local Dynamics

by Lillian Trager AltaMira Press (October 13, 2005)

Trager and her coauthors focus on migration not as a single event but as a dynamic process that responds to and is shaped by broader economic, cultural, and social forces. Individual essays consider issues of...


Indigenous Education and Empowerment: International Perspectives

by Duane Champagne & Ismael Abu-Saad AltaMira Press (March 23, 2006)

Indigenous people have often been confronted with education systems that ignore their cultural and historical perspectives. This insightful volume contributes to our understanding of indigenous empowerment through...


The Power of the Machine: Global Inequalities of Economy, Technology, and Environment

by Alf Hornborg AltaMira Press (October 16, 2001)

Hornborg argues that we are caught in a collective illusion about the nature of modern technology that prevents us from imagining solutions to our economic and environmental crises other than technocratic fixes....


The Rise of Anthropological Theory: A History of Theories of Culture

by Marvin Harris AltaMira Press (August 14, 2001)

The best known, most often cited history of anthropological theory is finally available in paperback! First published in 1968, Harris's book has been cited in over 1,000 works and is one of the key documents...


Ethnic Identity: Problems and Prospects for the Twenty-first Century

by De George A. Vos, Takeyuki Tsuda & Lola Romanucci-Ross AltaMira Press (June 22, 2006)

In this thought-provoking reader of mostly new chapters, an international group of scholars link ethnicity to language, nationalism, localism, religion, and other issues in various crucial areas around the globe....


Values and Valuables: From the Sacred to the Symbolic

by Cynthia Werner & Duran Bell AltaMira Press (January 13, 2004)

A group of distinguished anthropologists and economists discuss the value attached to material objects by different cultures. The authors consider the sacred nature of objects that are exchanged between individuals,...


Ethnic Community Builders: Mexican-Americans in Search of Justice and Power

by Francisco Jimenez, Alma M. García & Richard A. Garcia AltaMira Press (August 10, 2007)

This book consists of fourteen interviews with Mexican-American community activists of various stripes in San JosZ.


Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre

by Johnny Saldaña AltaMira Press (February 04, 2005)

Seven ethnodramas illustrate this emerging genre of arts-based research, a burgeoning but evident trend in the field of theatre production itself. With their focus on the personal, immediate and contextual,...


Cultural Materialism: The Struggle for a Science of Culture

by Marvin Harris AltaMira Press (August 28, 2001)

Cultural Materialism, published in 1979, was Marvin Harris's first full-length explication of the theory with which his work has been associated. While Harris has developed and modified some of his ideas over...


Toward an Integrative Medicine: Merging Alternative Therapies with Biomedicine

by Hans A. Baer AltaMira Press (December 01, 2004)

This book chronicles the transformation of the holistic health movement as it increasingly influences the delivery of health care in America. He describes the battle for legitimacy by alternative therapeutic...


Using Methods in the Field: A Practical Introduction and Casebook

by Victor C. de Munck & Elisa J. Sobo AltaMira Press (August 24, 1998)

Methods textbooks generally offer prescriptive advice on how to perform certain techniques, how to develop specific strategies, how to analyze your results. But, as all experienced ethnographers know, this fine-sounding...


The Time at Darwin's Reef: Poetic Explorations in Anthropology and History

by Ivan Brady AltaMira Press (January 21, 2003)

The Time at Darwin's Reef is primarily a book of storytelling through mixed genres-verse, prose, and painting. Brady's work is designed to draw out key dimensions of the poetics of anthropology and history embedded...


Everyday Arias: An Operatic Ethnography

by Paul Atkinson AltaMira Press (February 27, 2006)

Paul Atkinson explores the remarkable world of opera through his fieldwork with the internationally known Welsh National Opera company. He demonstrates how cultural phenomena are produced and enacted by taking...


Composing Ethnography: Alternative Forms of Qualitative Writing

by Carolyn Ellis & Arthur P. Bochner AltaMira Press (August 27, 1996)

What is it like to have lived with bulimia for most of your life? To have a mother who is retarded? To fight a health insurance company in order to survive breast cancer? Carolyn Ellis and Arthur P. Bochner...


Ethnography: A Way of Seeing

by Harry F. Wolcott AltaMira Press (January 28, 2008)

Harry Wolcott discusses the fundamental nature of ethnographic studies, offering important suggestions on improving and deepening research practices for both novice and expert researchers.


Uprising of Hope: Sharing the Zapatista Journey to Alternative Development

by Jeanne Simonelli & Duncan Earle AltaMira Press (January 28, 2005)

Drawing on decades-long relationships and fieldwork with the Zapatistas of south-eastern Mexico, cultural anthropologists Duncan Earle and Jeanne Simonelli reveal a complex portrait of a people struggling with...


World in Motion: The Globalization and the Environment Reader

by Gary M. Kroll & Richard H. Robbins AltaMira Press (December 16, 2008)

This book asks an important question: Can we simply accelerate growth under the assumption that increased prosperity and new technologies will allow us to reverse environmental damage? Or do we need to transform...


Chronicling Cultures: Long-Term Field Research in Anthropology

by Robert V. Kemper & Anya Peterson Royce AltaMira Press (April 23, 2002)

Description of methods used in long-term anthropological field projects, some extending over half a century.


Anthropology and Migration: Essays on Transnationalism, Ethnicity, and Identity

by Caroline B. Brettell AltaMira Press (September 08, 2003)

Brettell's new book provides new insight into the processes of migration and transnationalism from an anthropological perspective. She analyzes macro and micro approaches to migration theory, utilizing her extensive...


Cyber Selves: Feminist Ethnographies of South Asian Women

by Radhika Gajjala AltaMira Press (November 23, 2004)

In her new book Gajjala addresses the political, economic, and cultural ramifications of the explosion of Internet communication. She has developed a cyberethnography_based on case studies with email discussion...


Questioning Gypsy Identity: Ethnic Narratives in Britain and America

by Brian A. Belton AltaMira Press (March 07, 2005)

Questioning Gypsy Identity: Ethnic Narratives in Britain and America critically examines stories of Gypsy lives against the framework of social theories that illustrate how identity arises out of the cultural...


Quick Ethnography: A Guide to Rapid Multi-Method Research

by Penn W. Handwerker AltaMira Press (November 27, 2001)

Quick Ethnography takes traditional anthropological fieldwork techniques and applies them to contemporary applied research problems. For most applied projects, time is of the essence, and QE shows how ethnographic...