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Human Extinction and the Pandemic Imaginary

Human Extinction and the Pandemic Imaginary

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Christos Lynteris
October 25, 2019

This book develops an examination and critique of human extinction as a result of the ‘next pandemic’ and turns attention towards the role of pandemic catastrophe in the renegotiation of what it means to be human. Nested in debates among anthropologists, philosophers, social theorists and STS...

Guatemalan Vigilantism and the Global (Re)Production of Collective Violence: A Tale of Two Lynchings

Guatemalan Vigilantism and the Global (Re)Production of Collective Violence: A Tale of Two Lynchings

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Gavin Weston
September 06, 2019

This book grounds an understanding of lynching as an increasingly globalized phenomenon through an examination of two cases in Guatemala. The chapters cover issues of migration, tourism, gangs, inter-generational conflict, media, gossip and rumour to understand national and global patterns of...

Everyday Faith in Sufi Senegal

Everyday Faith in Sufi Senegal

1st Edition

Laura L. Cochrane
May 20, 2019

Everyday Faith in Sufi Senegal explores the historical, religious, cultural and economic contexts of Islam in Senegal through the narrative first-hand accounts of people’s everyday lives. Drawing on rich ethnographic fieldwork conducted by the author over a period of seven years, the result is a...

Cultural Models of Nature: Primary Food Producers and Climate Change

Cultural Models of Nature: Primary Food Producers and Climate Change

1st Edition

Giovanni Bennardo
April 02, 2019

Drawing on the ethnographic experience of the contributors, this volume explores the Cultural Models of Nature found in a range of food-producing communities located in climate-change affected areas. These Cultural Models represent specific organizations of the etic categories underlying the...

Security Blurs: The Politics of Plural Security Provision

Security Blurs: The Politics of Plural Security Provision

1st Edition

Tessa Diphoorn, Erella Grassiani
December 11, 2018

Security Blurs makes an important contribution to anthropological work on security. It introduces the notion of “security blurs” to analyse manifestations of security that are visible and identifi able, yet constructed and made up of a myriad and overlapping set of actors, roles, motivations,...

Slogans: Subjection, Subversion, and the Politics of Neoliberalism

Slogans: Subjection, Subversion, and the Politics of Neoliberalism

1st Edition

Nicolette Makovicky, Anne-Christine Trémon, Sheyla S. Zandonai
November 07, 2018

Focusing on contexts of accelerated economic and political reform, this volume critically examines the role of slogans in the contemporary projects of populist mobilization, neoliberal governance, and civic subversion. Bringing together a collection of ethnographic studies from Greece, Slovakia,...

Bureaucracy, Integration and Suspicion in the Welfare State

Bureaucracy, Integration and Suspicion in the Welfare State

1st Edition

Mark Graham
October 05, 2018

This book explores how the often well-meaning routines and assumptions of a generous welfare state can reflect and even contribute to the stigmatisation of refugees and Muslims in Europe today. While the main cases are from Sweden, examples are included from the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany and...

Hybrid Communities: Biosocial Approaches to Domestication and Other Trans-species Relationships

Hybrid Communities: Biosocial Approaches to Domestication and Other Trans-species Relationships

1st Edition

Charles Stépanoff, Jean-Denis Vigne
August 14, 2018

Domestication challenges our understanding of human-environment relationships because it blurs the dichotomy between what is artificial and what is natural. In domestication, biological evolution, environmental change, techniques and practices, anthropological trajectories and sociocultural...

Work and Livelihoods: History, Ethnography and Models in Times of Crisis

Work and Livelihoods: History, Ethnography and Models in Times of Crisis

1st Edition

Susana Narotzky, Victoria Goddard
July 31, 2018

Winner of the Society for the Anthropology of Work book prize 2017 This volume presents a global range of ethnographic case studies to explore the ways in which - in the context of the restructuring of industrial work, the ongoing financial crisis, and the surge in unemployment and precarious...

Orthodox Christian Material Culture: Of People and Things in the Making of Heaven

Orthodox Christian Material Culture: Of People and Things in the Making of Heaven

1st Edition

Timothy Carroll
May 29, 2018

Although much has been written on the making of art objects as a means of engaging in creative productions of the self (most famously Alfred Gell’s work), there has been very little written on Orthodox Christianity and its use of material within religious self-formation. Eastern Orthodox...

An Anthropological Economy of Debt

An Anthropological Economy of Debt

1st Edition

Bernard Hours, Pepita Ould Ahmed
December 18, 2017

Debt is often thought of as a mere economic variable governed by a simplistic mechanical logic, ignoring its other facets. Whose debt, and debt of what exactly? This volume analyzes debt as a political and social construct, with a multiplicity of purposes and agents. All of these are vectors of...

An Anthropology of Robots and AI: Annihilation Anxiety and Machines

An Anthropology of Robots and AI: Annihilation Anxiety and Machines

1st Edition

Kathleen Richardson
December 18, 2017

This book explores the making of robots in labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It examines the cultural ideas that go into the making of robots, and the role of fiction in co-constructing the technological practices of the robotic scientists. The book engages with debates in...

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