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Global Shadows: Africa in the Neoliberal World Order
Global Shadows: Africa in the Neoliberal World Order
by James Ferguson
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A collection of Ferguson's essays that bring the question of Africa into the center of current debates on globalization, modernity, and emerging forms of world order.... (read more)

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A Heart for the Work: Journeys Through an African Medical School
A Heart for the Work: Journeys Through an African Medical School
by Claire L Wendland
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Burnout is common among doctors in the West, so one might assume that a medical career in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, would place far greater strain on the idealism that drives many doctors. But, as A Heart for the Work makes... (read more)

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Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa
Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa
by Alma Gottlieb
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1993 Victor Turner Prize, Society for Humanistic Anthropology Jacob Olupona - American... (read more)

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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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Nisa is a humbling and inspiring book. Tim... (read more)

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Wombs and Alien Spirits: Women, Men, and the Zar Cult in Northern Sudan (New Directions in Anthropological Writing)
Wombs and Alien Spirits: Women, Men, and the Zar Cult in Northern Sudan (New Directions in Anthropological Writing)
by Janice Boddy
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Based on nearly two years of ethnographic fieldwork in a Muslim village in northern Sudan, Wombs and Alien Spirits explores the zâr cult, the most widely practiced traditional healing cult in Africa.  Adherents of the cult are usually women... (read more)

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Muntu: African Culture and the Western World
Muntu: African Culture and the Western World
by Janheinz Jahn
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Over a quarter of a century has passed since Muntu was first published in English, but this landmark examination still provides one of the most in-depth looks at African and neo-African culture. In his insightful study, Janheinz Jahn surveys the whole... (read more)

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The Broken Hoe: Cultural Reconfiguration in Biase Southeast Nigeria
The Broken Hoe: Cultural Reconfiguration in Biase Southeast Nigeria
by David Uru Iyam
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A study of the Biase, a small ethnic group living in Nigeria's Cross River State. Iyam argues that a successful development strategy should strengthen local managerial capacity and shows how this can be done in various cultural and social settings... (read more)

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Uncertain Tastes:: Memory, Ambivalence, and the Politics of Eating in Samburu, Northern Kenya
Uncertain Tastes:: Memory, Ambivalence, and the Politics of Eating in Samburu, Northern Kenya
by Jon Holtzman
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Provides step-by-step instructions for a variety of crafts, coded as easy, moderate, or difficult, and organized by such styles as "animal lover," "beautiful bohemian," "party priestess," and "flashy fashionista."... (read more)

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Men Own the Fields, Women Own the Crops: Gender and Power in the Cameroon Grassfields
Men Own the Fields, Women Own the Crops: Gender and Power in the Cameroon Grassfields
by Miriam Goheen
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Miriam Goheen is associate professor of anthropology and sociology at Amherst College. She has lived intermittently in the Nso chiefdom in Cameroon for the past sixteen years, where as head of a large household she has earned the title “Yaa Nso... (read more)

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Ariaal Pastoralists of Kenya: Studying Pastoralism, Drought, and Development in Africa's Arid Lands (Part of the Cultural Survival Studies in Ethnic (Cultural Survival Studies in Ethnicity and Change)
Ariaal Pastoralists of Kenya: Studying Pastoralism, Drought, and Development in Africa's Arid Lands (Part of the Cultural Survival Studies in Ethnic (Cultural Survival Studies in Ethnicity and Change)
by Elliot M. Fratkin
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Based on over twenty-five years of research and fieldwork, the Second Edition of Ariaal Pastoralists of Kenya: Studying Pastoralism, Drought, and Development in Africa's Arid Lands, offers a highly readable and often humorous ethnographic description of... (read more)

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Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women (Harvest Book)
Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women (Harvest Book)
by Alice Walker
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Best-selling novelist ALICE WALKER is the author of five other novels, five collections of short stories, six collections of essays, seven volumes of poetry, including the most recent Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, and several childrens books.... (read more)

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Monograph Series of the David M. Kennedy #0004: Religion in Africa: Experience & Expression
Monograph Series of the David M. Kennedy #0004: Religion in Africa: Experience & Expression
by Thomas D Blakely
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The editors of this data-rich volume are to be congratulated forproducing an outstanding set of essays, the first major collection in more than a decade on the subject of African religion. - Choice This is the first major collection for over a decade on... (read more)

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Atlas of African History, the Penguin: Revised Edition (Penguin Reference Books)
Atlas of African History, the Penguin: Revised Edition (Penguin Reference Books)
by C Mcevedy
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Colin McEvedy is the author of the companion volumes The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History and The Penguin Atlas of North American History.... (read more)

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Siaya: Historical Anthropology (Eastern African Studies)
Siaya: Historical Anthropology (Eastern African Studies)
by David William Cohen
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The authors of this highly original book set out to remove the persistent boundary between the authors and readers of ethnography on one hand and the subjects of ethnography on the other – those who observe and those who are observed. The authors... (read more)

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The Harmless People
The Harmless People
by Elizabeth M Thomas
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The Language of the Land: Living Among the Hadzabe in Africa
The Language of the Land: Living Among the Hadzabe in Africa
by James Stephenson
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"As in the best travel literature, the account of the physical journey in The Language of the Land becomes a voyage of the self...Stephenson treats readers to a memorable portrait of the Hadzabe, a shy people who relish the moment, do not understand... (read more)

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Strategies and Norms in a Changing Matrilineal Society
Strategies and Norms in a Changing Matrilineal Society
by Ladislav Holy
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Analyzes the changes in the kinship patterns of the Toka of South Zambia as they shifted their form of production from hoe agriculture to ox-drawn plowing. Confronts several theoretical issues of current anthropology including the nature of descent, and... (read more)

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African Silences
African Silences
by Peter Matthiessen
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Boiling Energy: Community Healing Among the Kalahari Kung
Boiling Energy: Community Healing Among the Kalahari Kung
by Richard Katz
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Anyone interested in the transpersonal dimensions of healing will quickly recognize the importance of this book. Richard Katz has produced a compelling narrative of his three-month stay among a nomadic tribe of the Kalahari desert. Journal of... (read more)

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Iron, Gender, & Power: Rituals of Transformation in African Societies
Iron, Gender, & Power: Rituals of Transformation in African Societies
by Eugenia W Herbert
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"[Herbert] has constructed a model of power relationships structured upon gender and age, and derived from male transformative processes, and in so doing has written a notable, and most enjoyable, book." --African History "Herbert examines with great... (read more)

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