Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love When assaulted by daily acts of violence and untimely death, what happens to trust Set in the lands of Northeast Brazil, this is an account of the everyday experience of scarcity, sickness and death that centres on the lives of the women and

Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society (updated with a new preface)

Updated Edition With a New PrefaceLila Abu Lughod lived with a community of Bedouins in the Western Desert of Egypt for nearly two years, studying gender relations and the oral lyric poetry through which women and young men express personal feelings The poems are haunting, the evocation of emotiona

Coming of Age in Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation

Rarely do science and literature come together in the same book When they do as in Charles Darwin s On the Origin of Species, for example they become classics, quoted and studied by scholars and the general public alike n nMargaret Mead accomplished this remarkable feat not once but several t


An exceptional ethnography marked by clarity and candor, Sidewalk takes us into the socio cultural environment of those who, though often seen as threatening or unseemly, work day after day on the blocks of one of New York s most diverse neighborhoods Sociologist Duneier, author of Slim s Table,

Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack dealing gang from the inside captured the world s attention when it was first described in Freakonomics Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatesh managed to gain entr e into the gang, what he learned, a

The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins

Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world and a weed that grows in human disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere Through its ability to nurture trees, matsutake helps forests to grow in daunting places It is also an edible delicacy in Japan, where it sometimes commands astrono

The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker

Since the election of Scott Walker, Wisconsin has been seen as ground zero for debates about the appropriate role of government in the wake of the Great Recession In a time of rising inequality, Walker not only survived a bitterly contested recall that brought thousands of protesters to Capitol Squ