Philippe Bourgois s ethnographic study of social marginalization in inner city America, won critical acclaim when it was first published in 1995 For the first time, an anthropologist had managed to gain the trust and long term friendship of street level drug dealers in one of the roughest ghetto ne
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
A delightful, well written, and vastly informative ethnographic study, this is an account of Fernea s two year stay in a tiny rural village in Iraq, where she assumed the dress and sheltered life of a harem woman.
In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur Genius Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st century America
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
This powerful work of gonzo journalism, predating the widespread acknowledgement of the opioid epidemic as such, immerses the reader in the world of homelessness and drug and alcohol abuse in the contemporary United States For over a decade Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg followed a social net
The founding document of economic anthropology Bronislaw Malinowski, one of the all time great anthropologists of the world, had a talent for bringing together in single comprehension the warm reality of human living with the cool abstractions of science His pages have become an almost indispensab
Financial collapses whether of the junk bond market, the Internet bubble, or the highly leveraged housing market are often explained as the inevitable result of market cycles What goes up must come down In Liquidated, Karen Ho punctures the aura of the abstract, all powerful market to show how fin
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
The bestselling, classic text on one anthropologist s incredible experience living among the African Mbuti Pygmies, and what he learned from their culture, customs, and love of life.In this bestselling book, Colin Turnbull, a British cultural anthropologist, details the incredible Mbuti pygmy people
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 her own words earthy, emotional, vivid to Marjorie Shostak, a
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,
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
This acknowledged masterpiece has been abridged to make it accessible to students In her introduction, Eva Gillies presents the case for the relevance of the book to modern anthropologists.
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
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