Happy World Anthropology Day! Along with the American Anthropological Association, we’re celebrating the great contributions that anthropologists make to our world. In honor of the occasion, we’re spotlighting our newest spring anthropology titles.
This spring, we’re excited to launch the Global Insecurities series, edited by Catherine Besteman and Daniel M. Goldstein. Global Insecurities publishes books that creatively explore security and insecurity, broadly understood, and that offer new alternatives for conceptualizing safety, danger, risk, and threat.
The series focuses on how ideas, discourses, and practices of security intersect with issues of global political economy; the global discourse of terrorism and its effects; the emerging perceptions, constructions, and responses to risk as a feature of contemporary life; and the imagining of new alternatives to the security paradigm.
In addition to addressing questions of ontological security in contexts of war, violence, and terrorism, the series also promotes work on security’s economic, material, discursive, legal, phenomenological, and symbolic dimensions.
The series is kicking off with four new anthropology titles: Making Refuge by Catherine Besteman, Owners of the Sidewalk by Daniel M. Goldstein, Exiled Home by Susan Bibler Coutin, and Endangered City by Austin Zeiderman. Learn more about these books and the series here.
In addition to the Global Insecurities series, we also have quite a lineup of new anthropology titles.
In The Value of Comparison, Peter van der Veer makes a compelling case for using comparative approaches for the study of society and the need to resist the simplified civilization narratives popular in public discourse and some social theory.
Using ethnographic evidence from around the globe, contributors evaluate the accomplishments, limits, and consequences of using metrics as primary tools for global health in Metrics, edited by Vincanne Adams.
In A Century of Violence in a Red City, Lesley Gill provides insights into broad trends of global capitalist development, class disenfranchisement and dispossession, and the decline of progressive politics.
Tell Me Why My Children Died, by Charles L. Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs, tells the gripping story of indigenous leaders’ efforts to identify a strange disease that killed thirty-two children and six young adults in a Venezuelan rainforest between 2007 and 2008.
Megan Crowley-Matoka, in Domesticating Organ Transplant, examines the intimate dynamics and complex politics of kidney transplant in Mexico.
In Plastic Bodies Emilia Sanabria examines how sex hormones are enrolled to create, mold, and discipline social relations and subjectivities.
Harris Solomon recasts narratives of global obesity in Metabolic Living by examining how people in Mumbai experience the porosity between food, fat, the body, and the city.
In The Chicken and the Quetzal, Paul Kockelman theorizes the creation, measurement, and capture of value by recounting the cultural history of a village in Guatemala’s highland cloud forests and its relation to conservation movements and ecotourism.
In The Geographies of Social Movements, Ulrich Oslender proposes a critical place perspective to examine the activism of black communities in the lowland rainforest of Colombia’s Pacific coast region.
David H. Price, in Cold War Anthropology, offers a provocative account of the profound influence that the American security state has had on the field of anthropology since World War II.
In Remote Avant-Garde, Jennifer Loureide Biddle models new and emergent desert Aboriginal aesthetics as an art of survival.
In The Voice and Its Doubles, Daniel Fisher analyzes the success of Aboriginal Australians’ efforts, beginning in the 1980s, to make themselves heard across the country through music, radio, and film.
Can’t get enough of our anthropology titles? Be sure to check out our full line-up here.