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Divorcing Traditions

by Katherine Lemons Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

Divorcing Traditions is an ethnography of Islamic legal expertise and practices in India, a secular state in which Muslims are a significant minority and where Islamic judgments are not legally binding. Katherine...


Currencies of Imagination

by Ivan V. Small Cornell University Press (January 15, 2019)

In Vietnam, international remittances from the Vietnamese diaspora are quantitatively significant and contribute important economic inputs. Yet beyond capital transfer, these diasporic remittance economies offer...


More Than Words

by Richard Fox Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Grounded in ethnographic and archival research on the island of Bali, More Than Words challenges conventional understandings of textuality and writing as they pertain to the religious traditions of Southeast...


Anthropogenic Rivers

by Jerome Whitington Cornell University Press (January 15, 2019)

In the 2000s, Laos was treated as a model country for the efficacy of privatized, "sustainable" hydropower projects as viable options for World Bank-led development. By viewing hydropower as a process that creates...


Pop City

by Youjeong Oh Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Pop City examines the use of Korean television dramas and K-Pop music to promote urban and rural places in South Korea. Building on the phenomenon of Korean pop culture, Youjeong Oh argues that the marketing...


Improvisational Islam

by Nur Amali Ibrahim Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Improvisational Islam is about novel and unexpected ways of being Muslim, where religious dispositions are achieved through techniques that have little or no precedent in classical Islamic texts or concepts....


Waste

by Eiko Maruko Siniawer Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

In Waste, Eiko Maruko Siniawer innovatively explores the many ways in which the Japanese have thought about waste—in terms of time, stuff, money, possessions, and resources—from the immediate aftermath of...


Living with Animals

by Natalie Porter & Ilana Gershon Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Living with Animals is a collection of imagined animal guides—a playful and accessible look at different human-animal relationships around the world. Anthropologists and their co-authors have written accounts...


The Smile of the Human Bomb

by Gideon Aran & Jeffrey Green Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

In 2017, nearly six thousand people were killed in suicide attacks across the world.

In The Smile of the Human Bomb, Gideon Aran dissects the moral logic of the suicide terrorism that led to those deaths. The...


Battling the Buddha of Love

by Jessica Marie Falcone Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Battling the Buddha of Love is a work of advocacy anthropology that explores the controversial plans and practices of the Maitreya Project, a transnational Buddhist organization, as it sought to build the "world's...


Images from the Region of the Pueblo Indians of North America

by Aby M. Warburg & Michael P. Steinberg Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

Aby M. Warburg (1866–1929) is recognized not only as one of the century’s preeminent art and Renaissance historians but also as a founder of twentieth-century methods in iconology and cultural studies in...


Lord I'm Coming Home

by John Forrest & Deborah Blincoe Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Lord I'm Coming Home focuses on a small, white, rural fishing community on the southern reaches of the Great Dismal Swamp in North Carolina. By menas of a new kind of anthropological fieldwork, John Forrest...


Creativity/Anthropology

by Renato Rosaldo, Smadar Lavie & Kirin Narayan Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Creativity and play erupt in the most solemn of everyday worlds as individuals reshape traditional forms in the light of changing historical circumstances. In this lively volume, fourteen distinguished anthropologists...


History and Power in the Study of Law

by June Starr & Jane F. Collier Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Building on earlier work in the anthropology of law and taking a critical stance toward it, June Starr and Jane F. Collier ask, "Should social anthropologists continue to isolate the ‘legal’ as a separate...


Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes

by Dwight F. Reynolds Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

An astonishingly rich oral epic that chronicles the early history of a Bedouin tribe, the Sirat Bani Hilal has been performed for almost a thousand years. In this ethnography of a contemporary community of professional...


Bang Chan

by Lauriston Sharp & Lucien M. Hanks Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Bang Chan traces the changing cultural characteristics of a small Siamese village during the century and a quarter from its founding as a wilderness settlement outside Bangkok to its absorption into the urban...


Chinatown No More

by Hsiang-Shui Chen Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

By focusing on the social and cultural life of post-1965 Taiwan immigrants in Queens, New York, this book shifts Chinese American studies from ethnic enclaves to the diverse multiethnic neighborhoods of Flushing...


Lesbian Mothers

by Ellen Lewin Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Within a society that long considered "lesbian motherhood" a contradiction in terms, what were the experiences of lesbian mothers at the end of the twentieth century? In this illuminating book, lesbian mothers...


Nuclear Summer

by Louise Krasniewicz Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

When thousands of women gathered in 1983 to protest the stockpiling of nuclear weapons at a rural upstate New York military depot, the area was shaken by their actions. What so disturbed residents that they...


Distant Companions

by Karen Tranberg Hansen Cornell University Press (March 15, 2018)

Distant Companions tells the fascinating story of the lives and times of domestic servants and their employers in Zambia from the beginning of white settlement during the colonial period until after independence....


The Taming of Evolution

by Davydd Greenwood Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

The theory of evolution has clearly altered our views of the biological world, but in the study of human beings, evolutionary and preevolutionary views continue to coexist in a state of perpetual tension. The...


Chinese Working-Class Lives

by Hill Gates Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Taiwan’s working class has been shaped by Chinese tradition, by colonialism, and by rapid industrialization. This book defines that class, explores that history, and presents with sensitive honesty the life...


The Old Faith and the Russian Land

by Douglas Rogers Cornell University Press (December 15, 2010)

The Old Faith and the Russian Land is a historical ethnography that charts the ebbs and flows of ethical practice in a small Russian town over three centuries. The town of Sepych was settled in the late seventeenth...


War and Shadows

by Mai Lan Gustafsson Cornell University Press (December 15, 2010)

Vietnamese culture and religious traditions place the utmost importance on dying well: in old age, body unblemished, with surviving children, and properly buried and mourned. More than five million people were...


Privatizing China

by Li Zhang & Aihwa Ong Cornell University Press (July 22, 2015)

Everyday life in China is increasingly shaped by a novel mix of neoliberal and socialist elements, of individual choices and state objectives. This combination of self-determination and socialism from afar has...


Women's Work and Chicano Families

by Patricia Zavella Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

At the time Women’s Work and Chicano Families: Cannery Workers of the Santa Clara Valley was published, little research had been done on the relationship between the wage labor and household labor of Mexican...


Objects of War

by Leora Auslander & Tara Zahra Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Historians have become increasingly interested in material culture as both a category of analysis and as a teaching tool. And yet the profession tends to be suspicious of things; words are its stock-in-trade....


The Battle for Fortune

by Charlene Makley Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

In a deeply ethnographic appraisal, based on years of in situ research, The Battle for Fortune looks at the rising stakes of Tibetans’ encounters with Chinese state-led development projects in the early 2000s....


The Politics of the Headscarf in the United States

by Bozena C. Welborne, Aubrey L. Westfall, Özge Çelik Russell & Sarah A. Tobin Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

The Politics of the Headscarf in the United States investigates the social and political effects of the practice of Muslim-American women wearing the headscarf (hijab) in a non-Muslim state. The authors find...


School of Europeanness

by Dace Dzenovska Cornell University Press (April 15, 2018)

In School of Europeanness, Dace Dzenovska argues that Europe’s political landscape is shaped by a fundamental tension between the need to exclude and the requirement to profess and institutionalize the value...


Hearing Allah’s Call

by Julian Millie Cornell University Press (August 09, 2017)

"Innovative and illuminating, Hearing Allah’s Call is an excellent account of Muslim oratorical practice in West Java."—Bill Watson, author of Of Self and Nation

"One of the most important features of recent...


Harvests, Feasts, and Graves

by Ryan Schram Cornell University Press (April 15, 2018)

Ryan Schram explores phenomena of intercultural and historical conjuncture as experienced by the Auhewela in Papua New Guinea in Harvests, Feasts, and Graves. In this ethnographic investigation, Schram ponders...


No Path Home

by Elizabeth Cullen Dunn Cornell University Press (January 15, 2018)

" No Path Home is an extremely interesting, engaging, and well-written book. Elizabeth Cullen Dunn’s fluid and clear prose paints a very evocative picture of life for internally displaced persons as well as...


Singlewide

by Sonya Salamon & Katherine MacTavish Cornell University Press (September 08, 2017)

In Singlewide, Sonya Salamon and Katherine MacTavish explore the role of the trailer park as a source of affordable housing. America’s trailer parks, most in rural places, shelter an estimated 12 million...


Maid to Order in Hong Kong

by Nicole Constable Cornell University Press (December 15, 2017)

From reviews of the first edition:

"This ethnography is an indisputable contribution to both Asian studies and anthropology and a pioneering work in the field of transnational migration studies. I strongly recommend...


Thinking beyond the State

by Marc Abélès, Phillip Rousseau & Marie-Claude Haince Cornell University Press (November 15, 2017)

The French scholar Marc Abélès is one of the leading political and philosophical anthropologists of our time. He is perhaps the leading anthropologist writing on the state and globalization. Thinking beyond...


Fear and Fortune

by Mette M. High Cornell University Press (May 09, 2017)

Mongolia over the last decade has seen a substantial and ongoing gold rush. The widespread mining of gold looks at first glance to be a blessing for a desperately poor and largely pastoralist country where people's...


A Moral Technology

by Leo Coleman Cornell University Press (May 09, 2017)

In India over the past century, electrification has meant many things: it has been a colonial gift of modern technology, a tool of national integration and political communication, and a means of gauging the...


Privatizing Poland

by Elizabeth Cullen Dunn Cornell University Press (September 25, 2015)

The transition from socialism in Eastern Europe is not an isolated event, but part of a larger shift in world capitalism: the transition from Fordism to flexible (or neoliberal) capitalism. Using a blend of...


Viking Friendship

by Jon Vidar Sigurdsson Cornell University Press (March 01, 2017)

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""To a faithful friend, straight are the roads and short.""—Odin, from the Havamal (c. 1000)

Friendship was the most important social bond in Iceland and Norway during the Viking Age and the early Middle Ages....


Cities, Classes, and the Social Order

by Anthony Leeds & Roger Sanjek Cornell University Press (April 10, 2017)

Cities, Classes, and the Social Order brings together nine conceptual and theoretical essays by the influential anthropologist, Anthony Leeds (1925–1989), whose pioneering work in the anthropology of complex...


Governing Habits

by Eugene Raikhel Cornell University Press (October 19, 2016)

Critics of narcology—as addiction medicine is called in Russia—decry it as being "backward," hopelessly behind contemporary global medical practices in relation to addiction and substance abuse, and assume...


Empire of Conspiracy

by Timothy Melley Cornell University Press (December 01, 2016)

Why, Timothy Melley asks, have paranoia and conspiracy theory become such prominent features of postwar American culture? In Empire of Conspiracy, Melley explores the recent growth of anxieties about thought-control,...


Salvage

by Krisna Uk Cornell University Press (July 15, 2016)

In Salvage, Krisna Uk draws on extensive research in a Cambodian village she calls Leu to provide a unique ethnography of the Jorai, an ethnic minority group that lives in Vietnam and in the most heavily bombed...


Asian Designs

by Saadia M. Pekkanen Cornell University Press (September 20, 2016)

Asian nations are no longer "rising" powers in the world order; they have risen. How will they conduct themselves in world politics? How will they deploy their considerable and growing power individually and...


The Captive and the Gift

by Bruce Grant Cornell University Press

The Caucasus region of Eurasia, wedged in between the Black and Caspian Seas, encompasses the modern territories of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, as well as the troubled republic of Chechnya in southern...


Arctic Mirrors

by Yuri Slezkine Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

For over five hundred years the Russians wondered what kind of people their Arctic and sub-Arctic subjects were. "They have mouths between their shoulders and eyes in their chests," reported a fifteenth-century...


The Golden Triangle

by Ko-lin Chin Cornell University Press (February 23, 2011)

The Golden Triangle region that joins Burma, Thailand, and Laos is one of the global centers of opiate and methamphetamine production. Opportunistic Chinese businessmen and leaders of various armed groups are...


Everyday Piety

by Sarah A. Tobin Cornell University Press (January 07, 2016)

Working and living as an authentic Muslim—comporting oneself in an Islamically appropriate way—in the global economy can be very challenging. How do middle-class Muslims living in the Middle East navigate...


Ancient People of the Andes

by Michael A. Malpass Cornell University Press (May 27, 2016)

In Ancient People of the Andes, Michael A. Malpass describes the prehistory of western South America from initial colonization to the Spanish Conquest. All the major cultures of this region, from the Moche to...