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Economic and Political Reform in Africa: Anthropological Perspectives

by Peter D. Little Indiana University Press (November 20, 2013)

What are the local effects of major economic and political reforms in Africa? How have globalized pro-market and pro-democracy reforms impacted local economics and communities? Examining case studies from The...


Palestinian Music and Song: Expression and Resistance since 1900

by Moslih Kanaaneh, Stig-Magnus Thorsén, Heather Bursheh & David A. McDonald Indiana University Press (November 07, 2013)

Drawing from a long history of indigenous traditions and incorporating diverse influences of surrounding cultures, music in Palestine and among the millions of Palestinians in diaspora offers a unique window...


Materializing the Nation: Commodities, Consumption, and Media in Papua New Guinea

by Robert J. Foster Indiana University Press (October 03, 2002)

"Foster shows us how seemingly banal activities like making a phone call, chewing betel nut, watching a Coke commercial may give important insights into the ways in which the nation is constructed, materialized...


Women's Songs from West Africa

by Thomas A Hale & Aissata G Sidikou Indiana University Press (December 02, 2013)

Exploring the origins, organization, subject matter, and performance contexts of singers and singing, Women's Songs from West Africa expands our understanding of the world of women in West Africa and their complex...


In Amma's Healing Room: Gender and Vernacular Islam in South India

by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger Indiana University Press (April 26, 2006)

"[I]t is extremely salubrious to see the ways Islam works in the lives of ordinary people who are not politicized in their religious lives.... No other book on South Asia has material like this." -Ann Grodzins...


Everyday Life in South Asia, Second Edition

by Diane P. Mines & Sarah E. Lamb Indiana University Press (May 19, 2010)

This anthology provides a lively and stimulating view of the lives of ordinary citizens in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. For the second edition of this popular textbook, readings have been...


Everyday Life in Central Asia: Past and Present

by Jeff Sahadeo & Russell Zanca Indiana University Press (June 21, 2007)

For its citizens, contemporary Central Asia is a land of great promise and peril. While the end of Soviet rule has opened new opportunities for social mobility and cultural expression, political and economic...


Bodies, Politics, and African Healing: The Matter of Maladies in Tanzania

by Stacey A. Langwick Indiana University Press (June 23, 2011)

This subtle and powerful ethnography examines African healing and its relationship to medical science. Stacey A. Langwick investigates the practices of healers in Tanzania who confront the most intractable illnesses...


Everyday Life in Southeast Asia

by Kathleen M. Adams & Kathleen A. Gillogly Indiana University Press (July 18, 2011)

This lively survey of the peoples, cultures, and societies of Southeast Asia introduces a region of tremendous geographic, linguistic, historical, and religious diversity. Encompassing both mainland and island...


Global Pentecostalism in the 21st Century

by Robert W. Hefner & Peter L. Berger Indiana University Press (October 02, 2013)

This state-of-the-field overview of Pentecostalism around the world focuses on cultural developments among second- and third-generation adherents in regions with large Pentecostal communities, considering the...


Politics in Color and Concrete: Socialist Materialities and the Middle Class in Hungary

by Krisztina Fehérváry Indiana University Press (September 16, 2013)

Material culture in Eastern Europe under state socialism is remembered as uniformly gray, shabby, and monotonous-the worst of postwar modernist architecture and design. Politics in Color and Concrete revisits...


Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa: Natives and Strangers

by Carola Lentz Indiana University Press (July 05, 2013)

Focusing on an area of the savannah in northern Ghana and southwestern Burkina Faso, Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa explores how rural populations have secured, contested, and negotiated access...


When the World Becomes Female: Guises of a South Indian Goddess

by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger Indiana University Press (July 23, 2013)

During the goddess Gangamma's festival in the town of Tirupati, lower-caste men take guises of the goddess, and the streets are filled with men wearing saris, braids, and female jewelry. By contrast, women participate...


Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places

by Erica T. Lehrer Indiana University Press (July 19, 2013)

Since the end of Communism, Jews from around the world have visited Poland to tour Holocaust-related sites. A few venture further, seeking to learn about their own Polish roots and connect with contemporary...


Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the New Millennium

by Sherine Hafez & Susan Slyomovics Indiana University Press (June 05, 2013)

This volume combines ethnographic accounts of fieldwork with overviews of recent anthropological literature about the region on topics such as Islam, gender, youth, and new media. It addresses contemporary debates...


Minerals, Collecting, and Value across the US-Mexico Border

by Elizabeth Emma Ferry Indiana University Press (June 19, 2013)

Elizabeth Emma Ferry traces the movement of minerals as they circulate from Mexican mines to markets, museums, and private collections on both sides of the US-Mexico border. She describes how and why these byproducts...


Ethnographic Encounters in Israel: Poetics and Ethics of Fieldwork

by Fran Markowitz Indiana University Press (June 11, 2013)

Israel is a place of paradoxes, a small country with a diverse population and complicated social terrain. Studying its culture and social life means confronting a multitude of ethical dilemmas and methodological...


Encountering Morocco: Fieldwork and Cultural Understanding

by Afterword by Kevin Dwyer. Edited by David Crawford and Rachel Newcomb Indiana University Press (May 15, 2013)

Encountering Morocco introduces readers to life in this North African country through vivid accounts of fieldwork as personal experience and intellectual journey. We meet the contributors at diverse stages of...


Loyal Unto Death: Trust and Terror in Revolutionary Macedonia

by Keith Brown Indiana University Press (April 12, 2013)

The underground Macedonian Revolutionary Organization recruited and mobilized over 20,000 supporters to take up arms against the Ottoman Empire between 1893 and 1903. Challenging conventional wisdom about the...


African Art and Agency in the Workshop

by Sidney Littlefield Kasfir & Till Förster Indiana University Press (April 01, 2013)

The role of the workshop in the creation of African art is the subject of this revelatory book. In the group setting of the workshop, innovation and imitation collide, artists share ideas and techniques, and...


Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa: Transnational Health and Healing

by Hansjörg Dilger, Abdoulaye Kane & Stacey Langwick Indiana University Press (October 08, 2012)

Recent political, social, and economic changes in Africa have provoked radical shifts in the landscape of health and healthcare. Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa captures the multiple dynamics...


Creatures of Politics: Media, Message, and the American Presidency

by Michael Lempert & Michael Silverstein Indiana University Press (September 12, 2012)

It's a common complaint that a presidential candidate's style matters more than substance and that the issues have been eclipsed by mass-media-fueled obsession with a candidate's every slip, gaffe, and peccadillo....


Playing on the Edge: Sadomasochism, Risk, and Intimacy

by Staci Newmahr Indiana University Press (February 14, 2011)

Representations of consensual sadomasochism range from the dark, seedy undergrounds of crime thrillers to the fetishized pornographic images of sitcoms and erotica. In this pathbreaking book, ethnographer Staci...


Forest and Labor in Madagascar: From Colonial Concession to Global Biosphere

by Genese Marie Sodikoff Indiana University Press (October 17, 2012)

Protecting the unique plants and animals that live on Madagascar while fueling economic growth has been a priority for the Malagasy state, international donors, and conservation NGOs since the late 1980s. Forest...


Fast Money Schemes

by John Cox Indiana University Press (October 02, 2018)

In the late 1990s and early 2000s a wave of Ponzi schemes swept through Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the Solomon Islands. The most notorious scheme, U-Vistract, attracted many thousands of investors, enticing...


In Sickness and in Wealth

by Carol Chan Indiana University Press (August 10, 2018)

1. In Sickness and Wealth looks at migration from the unusual perspective of the migrant-origin community rather than the migrant abroad.

2. This book is a powerful text that stands alone on its own merits, but...


Africans in Exile

by Nathan Riley Carpenter & Benjamin N Lawrance Indiana University Press (September 10, 2018)

1. The essays included within this book present the experiences of political exile as fundamental to an understanding of colonial and post-colonial oppression and the history of state power in Africa. They take...


An Ethnography of Hunger

by Kristin D Phillips Indiana University Press (August 29, 2018)

In An Ethnography of Hunger Kristin D. Phillips examines how rural farmers in central Tanzania negotiate the interconnected projects of subsistence, politics, and rural development. Writing against stereotypical...


Elusive Adulthoods

by Deborah Durham & Jacqueline Solway Indiana University Press (September 20, 2017)

Over the past decade, complaints about an inability to achieve adulthood have rung out around the world. Young people across the globe, burdened with debt and unsatisfactory job prospects, are struggling to...


Culture and Value

by Regina F. Bendix Indiana University Press (May 09, 2018)

1. This book is the first collection of essays by noted folklorist, Regina F. Bendix, that explore how cultures create, give, and maintain value for cultural elements and artifacts.

2. Bendix's work seeks to...


Power Struggles

by Jaume Franquesa Indiana University Press (April 23, 2018)

Wind energy is often portrayed as a panacea for the environmental and political ills brought on by an overreliance on fossil fuels, but this characterization may ignore the impact wind farms have on the regions...


Women and Genocide

by Elissa Bemporad & Joyce W. Warren Indiana University Press (April 10, 2018)

The genocides of modern history–Rwanda, Armenia, Guatemala, the Holocaust, and countless others–and their effects have been well documented, but how do the experiences of female victims and perpetrators...


Modern Afghanistan

by M. Nazif Shahrani Indiana University Press (April 11, 2018)

What impact does 40 years of war, violence, and military intervention have on a country and its people? Modern Afghanistan is a collection of the work of interdisciplinary scholars, aid workers, and citizens...


The Anthropology of Extinction: Essays on Culture and Species Death

by Genese Marie Sodikoff Indiana University Press (December 08, 2011)

We live in an era marked by an accelerating rate of species death, but since the early days of the discipline, anthropology has contemplated the death of languages, cultural groups, and ways of life. The essays...


Muslims and New Media in West Africa: Pathways to God

by Dorothea E. Schulz Indiana University Press (December 08, 2011)

Although Islam is not new to West Africa, new patterns of domestic economies, the promise of political liberalization, and the proliferation of new media have led to increased scrutiny of Islam in the public...


Framing Sukkot

by Gabrielle Anna Berlinger Indiana University Press (September 29, 2017)

The sukkah, the symbolic ritual home built during the annual Jewish holiday of Sukkot, commemorates the temporary structures that sheltered the Israelites as they journeyed across the desert after the exodus...


Masquerading Politics

by John Thabiti Willis Indiana University Press (November 10, 2017)

In West Africa, especially among Yoruba people, masquerades have the power to kill enemies, appoint kings, and grant fertility. John Thabiti Willis takes a close look at masquerade traditions in the Yoruba town...


The Culture of Colonialism: The Cultural Subjection of Ukaguru

by T. O. Beidelman Indiana University Press (June 27, 2012)

What did it mean to be an African subject living in remote areas of Tanganyika at the end of the colonial era? For the Kaguru of Tanganyika, it meant daily confrontation with the black and white governmental...


State and Culture in Postcolonial Africa

by Tejumola Olaniyan Indiana University Press (October 06, 2017)

How has the state impacted culture and cultural production in Africa? How has culture challenged and transformed the state and our understandings of its nature, functions, and legitimacy? Compelled by complex...


Everyday Life in Global Morocco

by Rachel Newcomb Indiana University Press (September 29, 2017)

Following the story of one middle class family as they work, eat, love, and grow, Everyday Life in Global Morocco provides a moving and engaging exploration of how world issues impact lives. Rachel Newcomb shows...


Sacred Art

by Henry Glassie & Pravina Shukla Indiana University Press (November 20, 2017)

Sacred art flourishes today in northeastern Brazil, where European and African religious traditions have intersected for centuries. Professional artists create images of both the Catholic saints and the African...


Global Filipinos: Migrants' Lives in the Virtual Village

by Deirdre McKay Indiana University Press (June 07, 2012)

Contract workers from the Philippines make up one of the world's largest movements of temporary labor migrants. Deirdre McKay follows Filipino migrants from one rural community to work sites overseas and then...


Saharan Frontiers: Space and Mobility in Northwest Africa

by James McDougall & Judith Scheele Indiana University Press (June 08, 2012)

The Sahara has long been portrayed as a barrier that divides the Mediterranean world from Africa proper and isolates the countries of the Maghrib from their southern and eastern neighbors. Rather than viewing...


Music and Globalization: Critical Encounters

by Bob W. White Indiana University Press (November 24, 2011)

"World music" emerged as a commercial and musical category in the 1980s, but in some sense music has always been global. Through the metaphor of encounters, Music and Globalization explores the dynamics that...


Blood Ties and the Native Son

by Aksana Ismailbekova Indiana University Press (May 22, 2017)

A pioneering study of kinship, patronage, and politics in Central Asia, Blood Ties and the Native Son tells the story of the rise and fall of a man called Rahim, an influential and powerful patron in rural northern...


Labor Disorders in Neoliberal Italy: Mobbing, Well-Being, and the Workplace

by Noelle J. Molé Indiana University Press (November 21, 2011)

Psychological harassment at work, or "mobbing," has become a significant public policy issue in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. Mobbing has given rise to specialized counseling clinics, a new field of professional...


Migrants and Strangers in an African City: Exile, Dignity, Belonging

by Bruce Whitehouse Indiana University Press (March 14, 2012)

In cities throughout Africa, local inhabitants live alongside large populations of "strangers." Bruce Whitehouse explores the condition of strangerhood for residents who have come from the West African Sahel...


Israel in the Making

by Hagar Salamon Indiana University Press (March 27, 2017)

The brilliant kaleidoscope of everyday creativity in Israel is thrown into relief in this study, which teases out the abiding national tensions and contradictions at work in the expressive acts of ordinary people....


Jewish Life in Twenty-First-Century Turkey: The Other Side of Tolerance

by Marcy Brink-Danan Indiana University Press (December 06, 2011)

Turkey is famed for a history of tolerance toward minorities, and there is a growing nostalgia for the "Ottoman mosaic." In this richly detailed study, Marcy Brink-Danan examines what it means for Jews to live...


Rice Talks: Food and Community in a Vietnamese Town

by Nir Avieli Indiana University Press (April 30, 2012)

Rice Talks explores the importance of cooking and eating in the everyday social life of Hoi An, a properous market town in central Vietnam known for its exceptionally elaborate and sophisticated local cuisine....