Anthropology

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Landscape and Power in Ancient Mesoamerica

Rex Koontz; Kathryn Reese-Taylor; Annabeth Headrick

First Edition • May 1, 2001 • 410 pages

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From the early cities in the second millennium BC to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan on the eve of the Spanish conquest, Ancient Mesoamericans created landscapes full of meaning and power in the center of their urban spaces. The sixteenth century description of Tenochtitlan by Bernal Diaz del Castillo and…

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Captive Selves, Captivating Others: The Politics and Poetics of Colonial American Captivity Narratives

Pauline Turner Strong

First Edition • December 1, 2000 • 280 pages

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This book reexamines the Anglo-American literary genre known as the Indian captivity narrative in the context of the complex historical practice of captivity across cultural borders in colonial North America. This detailed and nuanced study of the relationship between practice and representation on the one hand, and identity and alterity…

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The Culture Cult: Designer Tribalism and Other Essays

Roger Sandall

First Edition • December 1, 2000 • 224 pages

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The Culture Cult is an acerbic critique of that longing widespread in society today to “retreat from civilization.” From Rousseau and the Noble Savage to modern defenders of ethnicity such as Isaiah Berlin and Karl Polanyi, a prominent intellectual tradition has over-romanticized the virtues of tribal life. In contrast, another…

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Filiation and Affiliation

Harold W Scheffler

First Edition • December 1, 2000 • 216 pages

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Announcements in the 1970s and 1980s of the death of kinship and descent as subjects of anthropological study were highly premature. These subjects continue routinely to be encountered in the course of empirical ethnographic research and to be reported upon in ethnographies – or they are ignored at the peril…

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Sex, Drugs, and HIV/AIDS in Brazil

James Inciardi; Hilary Surratt; Paulo R. Telles

First Edition • December 1, 2000 • 304 pages

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      At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Brazil ranked second only to the United States in the number of reported cases of AIDS. Because Brazil’s extensive poverty and inequality, its fragile economic situation, and its limited network of health services, the scarce prevention/intervention resources targeted only the…

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Royal Courts of the Ancient Maya: Volume 1: Theory, Comparison, And Synthesis

Takeshi Inomata; Stephen D. Houston

First Edition • December 1, 2000 • 306 pages

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The two volumes of Royal Courts of the Ancient Maya provide current archaeological perspectives on Maya courts conceived as vital, functioning social groups composed of lords, courtiers, scribes, priests, and entertainers, among many others. In addition to archaeological data on the architecture and other spatial attributes of courts, the studies…

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Womanhood in the Making: Domestic Ritual and Public Culture in Urban South India

Mary Hancock

First Edition • November 1, 2000 • 302 pages

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In this book, Mary Hancock challenges readers to rethink the notions of tradition and modernity that have figured centrally in anthropological discussions of social change in South Asia. She shows tradition and modernity to be categories created, deployed, and objectified by Tamil Brahmans as they produce their own class, gender,…

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Energy and Environment in the Transition Economies: Between Cold War and Global Warming

William Chandler

First Edition • September 1, 2000 • 248 pages

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      Energy and environmental issues in the former Soviet sphere rank as global policy priorities for three reasons. First, civilian application of military nuclear materials multiplies the threat of terrorism. Second, Russian and Caspian oil resources affect world markets, Western energy security, and regional stability. Third, climate change…

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Rangeland Ecology and Management

Harold Heady; R. Dennis Child

First Edition • November 11, 1999 • 524 pages

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Over the last two decades the science of range management, like many other resource disciplines, has embraced and integrated environmental concerns in the field, the laboratory, and policy. Rangeland Ecology and Management now brings this integrated approach to the classroom in a thoroughly researched, comprehensive, and readable text. The authors…

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Struggling with Development: The Politics of Hunger and Gender in the Philippines

Lynn Kwiatkowski

First Edition • October 1, 1999 • 350 pages

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Struggling with Development is a study of the complex relationships among international development, hunger, and gender in the context of political violence in the Philippines. This ethnography demonstrates that gender-specific international development, which has among its main goals the alleviation of hunger in women and children and the raising of…

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