Books in category Social Science – Anthropology

  • Ghostly Matters

    Ghostly Matters
    Avery Gordon

    'Avery Gordon's stunningly original and provocatively imaginative book explores the connections linking horror, history, and haunting.

  • The Navigation of Feeling

    The Navigation of Feeling
    William M. Reddy

    In The Navigation of Feeling: A Framework for the History of Emotions, William M. Reddy offers a theory of emotions which both critiques and expands upon recent research in the fields of anthropology and psychology.

  • Researching Lived Experience Second Edition

    Researching Lived Experience, Second Edition
    Max van Manen

    First published in 1990, this book is a classic of social science methodology and phenomenological research, selling tens of thousands of copies over the past quarter century.

  • Rethinking Marriage and Kinship

    Rethinking Marriage and Kinship
    Rodney Needham

    This volume is concerned with two of the fundamental topics of social anthropology, kinship and marriage, approached from a variety of viewpoints by an international group of contributors of diverse experience and background.

  • Consuming Angels

    Consuming Angels
    Lori Anne Loeb

    Stylishly written and featuring 73 reproductions, this book shows how ads used the hedonistic aspects of Victorian culture to sell their wares, glorified consumerism, and mythologized the middle-class life.

  • Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Religion

    Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Religion
    Michael Banton

    Chapters in this book include: Religion as a Cultural System (Clifford Geertz) Colour Classification in Ndembu Religion (Victor W. Turner) Religion: Problems of Definition and Explanation (Melford E. Spiro) Fathers, Elders …

  • The Adapted Mind

    The Adapted Mind
    Jerome H. Barkow, Leda Cosmides, John Tooby

    Second, this collection of cognitive programs evolved in the Pleistocene to solve the adaptive problems regularly faced by our hunter-gatherer ancestors–problems such as mate selection, language acquisition, cooperation, and sexual …

  • The Abandoned Narcotic

    The Abandoned Narcotic
    Ron Brunton

    In this book, Ron Brunton attempts to explain the strange geographical distribution of kava, a narcotic drink once widely consumed by south-west Pacific islanders.

  • Conjuring Hope

    Conjuring Hope
    Galina Lindquist

    By following people's own interpretations of the work of magic, the author succeeds in unraveling the logic of local practice and local understanding of affliction, commonly used to diagnose the experiences of illness and misfortune.

  • Writing Culture

    Writing Culture
    James Clifford, George E. Marcus

    "–Hayden White, author of "Metahistory" These essays are the product of intensive discussions held at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during April 1984.

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