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Magical Writing in Salasaca: Literacy and Power in Highland Ecuador

Peter Wogan

First Edition • August 1, 2003 • 192 pages

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This engaging case study of Salasaca, a village in highland Ecuador, examines indigenous beliefs about writing, such as Day of the Dead name lists, comparisons with weaving, and a witch who kills people listed in his book of names. Magical Writing in Salasaca demonstrates that these beliefs reflect extensive contact…

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Evolutionism In Cultural Anthropology: A Critical History

Robert L. Carneiro

First Edition • January 3, 2003 • 336 pages

Print: $52.00 USD/$64.99 CAD

Evolutionism in Cultural Anthropologytraces the interaction of evolutionary thought and anthropological theory from Herbert Spencer to the twenty-first century. It is a focused examination of how the idea of evolution has continued to provide anthropology with a master principle around which a vast body of data can be organized and…

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Grahame Clark: An Intellectual Biography of an Archaeologist

Brian Fagan

First Edition • January 1, 2003 • 320 pages

Print: $42.00 USD/$48.50 CAD

      The British archaeologist Grahame Clark was a seminal figure in European and world archaeology for more than half of the twentieth century, but, at the same time, one whose reputation has been outshone by other, more visible luminaries. His works were never aimed at a wide general…

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Fulbe Voices: Marriage, Islam, And Medicine In Northern Cameroon

Helen Regis

First Edition • August 14, 2002 • 200 pages

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Fulbe Voices is based on everyday conversations in the West African village of Domaayo, Cameroon, where men and women struggle with the multiple cultural contradictions and social tensions emerging from their varied perspectives as farmers and entrepreneurs, schoolboys and elders, married and free women, rulers and ruled, Muslim scholars and spirit…

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Tecpan Guatemala: A Modern Maya Town In Global And Local Context

Edward F Fischer; Carol Hendrickson

First Edition • August 13, 2002 • 184 pages

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This case study of a highland Guatemala town examines what it means to be Maya in a rapidly changing and globalized world. In providing an historical synopsis of the Kaqchikel Maya from pre-Columbian and Colonial times to the present day, this volume focuses on the dynamics of clutural boundaries in…

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Daughters of Tunis: Women, Family, and Networks in a Muslim City

Paula Holmes-Eber

First Edition • August 1, 2002 • 192 pages

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Daughters of Tunis is an innovative ethnography that carefully weaves the words and intimate, personal stories of four Tunisian women and their families with a statistical analysis of women’s survival strategies in a rapidly urbanizing, industrializing Muslim nation. Delineating three distinct network strategies, Holmes-Eber demonstrates the “public” role of neighborhoods…

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Bronze Age Economics: The First Political Economies

Timothy Earle

First Edition • March 1, 2002 • 464 pages

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This integrated collection of new and newly revised essays by archaeologist Timothy Earle represents both a personal journey and a growing synthesis of how political economies emerged in human societies. Drawing in detail on the cases of chiefdoms in Hawaii, the Andes, and Denmark, Bronze Age Economics documents how intensification…

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Development Anthropology

Riall Nolan

First Edition • September 1, 2001 • 368 pages

Print: $52.00 USD/$43.99 CAD • Ebook: $33.99 USD/$39.99 CAD

Development Anthropology is a detailed examination of how anthropology is used in international development projects. Written from a practitioner’s standpoint, and containing numerous examples and case studies, the book aims to provide students with a comprehensive overview of what development anthropologists do, how they do it, and what problems they…

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Political Anthropology: Power And Paradigms

Donald V Kurtz

First Edition • August 4, 2001 • 272 pages

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Politics is all about power, and power–its composition, creation, and use–pervades this unique and clearly written assessment of the paradigms by which anthropologists explain and understand political phenomena. In Political Anthropology, Donald V. Kurtz examines how anthropologists think about politics, political organizations, and problems fundamental to political anthropology. He explores the…

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Stratagems and Spoils: A Social Anthropology of Politics

F.G. Bailey

First Edition • August 1, 2001 • 270 pages

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F. G. Bailey’s classic political-anthropology text is reissued here with a Postscript that comments critically on the book’s scope, its reception, and its uses. First published in 1969, Stratagems and Spoils captured the imagination of scholars and students with a revealing examination of principles of political competition that operate alike…

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