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Anthropology




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General
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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
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In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food... (read more)

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Cultural Anthropology
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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
by Barbara Demick
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A National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle finalist, Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy is a remarkable view into North Korea, as seen through the lives of six ordinary citizens   Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick... (read more)

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Sub Saharan Africa
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Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman
Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman
by Marjorie Shostak
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This classic paperback is available once again — and exclusively — from Harvard University Press. This book is the story of the life of Nisa, a member of the !Kung tribe of hunter-gatherers from southern Africa's Kalahari desert. Told in... (read more)

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Linguistics
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Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World
Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World
by Ella Frances Sanders
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Physical
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California Studies in Food and Culture #12: Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity
California Studies in Food and Culture #12: Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity
by R. Marie Griffith
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"This is a wonderful book, well-conceptualized, written with style and wit, and impressive for its ambition, reach and achievement. R. Marie Griffith brings to the scene learning, theoretical subtlety, critical acumen, historical skill, and humane... (read more)

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Central and South America
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Katun: A Twenty-Year Journey with the Maya (Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology)
Katun: A Twenty-Year Journey with the Maya (Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology)
by Cindy L Hull
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The focus of this case study is the changing social and economic structure of the henequen zone in northwest Yucatan, Mexico, with special attention paid to women's economic participation. The henequen zone is unique in that it has been dominated by... (read more)

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Asia
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Crafting Selves: Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace
Crafting Selves: Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace
by Dorinne K Kondo
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The ethnography of Japan is currently being reshaped by a new generation of Japanologists, and the present work certainly deserves a place in this body of literature. . . . The combination of utility with beauty makes Kondo's book required reading, for... (read more)

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North America
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People of Chaco: A Canyon and Its Culture
People of Chaco: A Canyon and Its Culture
by Kendrick Frazier
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In northwestern New Mexico's Chaco Canyon lies a spectacular array of ruins. Like Stonehenge, they are both a monument to our pre-history and a cryptic puzzle. We know that in Chaco Canyon, one thousand years ago, there arose among the Pueblo people a... (read more)

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Sale Books
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Palawan at the Crossroads: Development & the Environment on a Philippine Frontier
Palawan at the Crossroads: Development & the Environment on a Philippine Frontier
by James F Eder
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Palawan at the Crossroads dwells on how dramatic twentieth-century population growth, particularly after the Second World War, has transformed the ecological and cultural landscape of Palawan island, widely known as the Philippines' last frontier.... (read more)

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Used Books
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Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa
Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa
by Charles Piot
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AcknowledgmentsNote on Kabre Orthography1. Introduction2. History: From the Black Atlantic to the Banality of Power3. Exchange: Hierarchies of Value in an Economy of Desire4. Persons: Engendering Subjects, Spectacular Rituals5. Houses: Collapsing... (read more)

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