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Berghahn Books is a publisher of scholarly books and academic journals in the humanities and social sciences, with a special focus on social & cultural anthropology, European history, politics, and film & media studies.

A peer-review press, Berghahn is committed to the highest academic standards and seeks to enable innovative contributions to the scholarship in its fields of specialty.


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Trapped in the Gap: Doing Good in Indigenous Australia

Kowal, Emma.
(2015)  | 9781782386049 | Berghahn Books | pbk. | book | 214pp | Availability last checked: 27/10/2017
AUD 48.95 (inc. GST), AUD 44.50 (ex. GST),
In Australia, a 'tribe' of white, middle-class, progressive professionals is actively working to improve the lives of Indigenous people. This book explores what happens when well-meaning people, supported by the state, attempt to help without harming. 'White anti-racists' find themselves trapped by...

At Home in the Okavango: White Batswana Narratives of Emplacement and Belonging

Gressier, Catie.
(2015)  | 9781782387732 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 258pp
AUD 187.95 (inc. GST), AUD 170.86 (ex. GST),
An ethnographic portrayal of the lives of white citizens of the Okavango Delta,Botswana, this book examines their relationships with the natural and socialenvironments of the region. In response to the insecurity of their position as aEuropean-descended minority in a postcolonial African state, Gressier...

Anxious Histories : Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century

Silverstein, Jordana.
(2015)  | 9781782386520 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 254pp
AUD 193.95 (inc. GST), AUD 176.32 (ex. GST),
Over the last 70 years, memories and narratives of the Holocaust have played asignificant role in constructing Jewish communities. This book explores onefield where these narratives are disseminated: Holocaust pedagogy in Jewish schools in Melbourne and New York. Bringing together a diverse range of...

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Ritual in its Own Right: Exploring the Dynamics of Transformation

Handelman, Don. Lindquist, Galina.
(2005)  | 9781845450519 | Berghahn Books | pbk. | book | 242pp
AUD 46.95 (inc. GST), AUD 42.68 (ex. GST),
Historically, canonic studies of ritual have discussed and explained ritualorganization, action, and transformation primarily as representations of broadercultural and social orders. In the present, as in the past, less attention isgiven to the power of ritual to organize and effect transformation through...

Legends of People, Myths of State: Violence, Intolerance, and Political Culture in Sri Lanka and Australia

Kapferer, Bruce.
(2011)  | 9780857454362 | Berghahn Books | pbk. | book | 446pp
AUD 56.95 (inc. GST), AUD 51.77 (ex. GST),
The civil war in Sri Lanka and the part that nationalism seemed to play in itinspired the writing of this book some twenty-three years ago. The argument wasdeveloped through a comparative analysis of nationalism in Sri Lanka with theauthor's native Australia. At the time this constituted an innovative...

Trapped in the Gap: Doing Good in Indigenous Australia

Kowal, Emma.
(2015)  | 9781782386049 | Berghahn Books | pbk. | book | 214pp | Availability last checked: 27/10/2017
AUD 48.95 (inc. GST), AUD 44.50 (ex. GST),
In Australia, a 'tribe' of white, middle-class, progressive professionals is actively working to improve the lives of Indigenous people. This book explores what happens when well-meaning people, supported by the state, attempt to help without harming. 'White anti-racists' find themselves trapped by...

From Peace To War.

Wegner, B.
(1997)  | 9781571818829 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 640pp | Availability last checked: 20/1/2018
AUD 187.95 (inc. GST), AUD 170.86 (ex. GST),
The German attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941 represents one of the major caesuras in European history. Its consequences can still be felt fifty years later. Thirty-five historians from nine different countries (including the former Soviet Union) offer a comprehensive survey of the origins, course,...

Engaging with Strangers: Love and Violence in the Rural Solomon Islands

McDougall, Debra.
(2016)  | 9781785330209 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 308pp
AUD 187.95 (inc. GST), AUD 170.86 (ex. GST),
The civil conflict in Solomon Islands (1998-2003) is often blamed on the failureof the nation-state to encompass culturally diverse and politically fragmentedcommunities. Writing of Ranongga Island, the author tracks engagements withstrangers across many realms of life-pre-colonial warfare, Christian...

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Experimental Collaborations: Ethnography through Fieldwork Devices

Estalella, Adolfo. Sánchez-Criado, Tomás. Criado, Tomás Sánchez.
(2018)  | 9781785338533 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 216pp | Availability last checked: 28/10/2017
AUD 171.95 (inc. GST), AUD 156.32 (ex. GST),
Coming in May 2018
Anthropology has historically consolidated its ethnographic mode of knowledgeproduction around participant observation: a social and epistemic situation offieldwork involvement maintaining a certain detachment and distance. Grounded ina series of diverse ethnographic projects in Africa, America and...

Democracy in Modern Europe: A Conceptual History

Kurunmäki, Jussi. Nevers, Jeppe. Velde, Henk te. Kurunmäki, Jussi.
(2018)  | 9781785338472 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 306pp | Availability last checked: 30/11/2017
AUD 190.95 (inc. GST), AUD 173.59 (ex. GST),
Coming in May 2018
As one of the most influential ideas in modern European history, democracy hasfundamentally reshaped not only the landscape of governance, but also social andpolitical thought throughout the world. Democracy in Modern Europe surveys theconceptual history of democracy in modern Europe, from the IndustrialRevolutions...

Burgundy: A Global Anthropology of Place and Taste

Demossier, Marion.
(2018)  | 9781785338519 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 292pp | Availability last checked: 28/10/2017
AUD 193.95 (inc. GST), AUD 176.32 (ex. GST),
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Drawing on more than twenty years of fieldwork, this book explores theprofessional, social and cultural world of Burgundy wines, the role of terroir,and its transnational deployment in China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.It demystifies the terroir ideology by providing a unique long-term ethnographicanalysis...

Back to the Postindustrial Future: An Ethnography of Germany's Fastest-Shrinking City

Ringel, Felix.
(2018)  | 9781785337987 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 216pp | Availability last checked: 28/10/2017
AUD 187.95 (inc. GST), AUD 170.86 (ex. GST),
Not yet published; date unknown
How does an urban community come to terms with the loss of its future? Theformer socialist model city of Hoyerswerda is an extreme case of a decliningpostindustrial city. Built to serve the GDR coal industry, it lost over half itspopulation to outmigration after German reunification and the coal industrycrisis,...

Capturing Quicksilver: The Position, Power, and Plasticity of Chinese Medicine in Singapore

Smith, Arielle A.
(2018)  | 9781785337949 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 296pp | Availability last checked: 30/11/2017
AUD 193.95 (inc. GST), AUD 176.32 (ex. GST),
Since the turn of the century Singapore has sustained a reputation for bothaustere governance and cutting-edge biomedical facilities and research. Seekingto emphasize Singapore's capacity for "modern medicine" and strengthen theirburgeoning biopharmaceutical industry, this image has explicitly excludedChinese...

Global Sustainability and Communities of Practice

Beck, Sam. Maida, Carl A.
(2018)  | 9781785338458 | Berghahn Books | pbk. | book | 240pp | Availability last checked: 28/10/2017
AUD 43.95 (inc. GST), AUD 39.95 (ex. GST),
Coming in April 2018
Environmental challenges are more complex due to rapid development and humanpopulation growth alongside technological advances that alter lifestyles andsocial norms. To meet these challenges, concepts of sustainability need to bemore accessible to the public, who as citizens, activists, and citizenscientists...

The Southeast Asia Connection: Trade and Polities in the Eurasian World Economy, 500BC-AD500

Chew, Sing C.
(2018)  | 9781785337888 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 252pp | Availability last checked: 30/11/2017
AUD 190.95 (inc. GST), AUD 173.59 (ex. GST),
Coming in April 2018
The contribution of Southeast Asia to the world economy (during the lateprehistoric and early historic periods) has not received much attention. It hasoften been viewed as a region of peripheral entrepôts, especially in the earlycenturies of the current era. Recent archaeological evidence revealed...

Messy Europe: Crisis, Race and Nation-State in a Postcolonial World

Hipfl, Brigitte. Loftsdóttir, Kristín. Smith, Andrea L. Loftsdóttir, Kristín.
(2018)  | 9781785337963 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 248pp | Availability last checked: 28/10/2017
AUD 193.95 (inc. GST), AUD 176.32 (ex. GST),
Using the economic crisis as a starting point, Messy Europe offers a criticalnew look at the issues of race, gender, and national understandings of self andother in contemporary Europe. It highlights and challenges historicalassociations of Europe with whiteness and modern civilization, and asks howthese...

PC Worlds: Political Correctness and Rising Elites at the End of Hegemony

Friedman, Jonathan.
(2018)  | 9781785336720 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 348pp | Availability last checked: 30/11/2017
AUD 241.95 (inc. GST), AUD 219.95 (ex. GST),
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This provocative work offers an anthropological analysis of the phenomenon ofpolitical correctness, both as a general phenomenon of communication, in whichassociations in space and time take precedence over the content of what iscommunicated, and at specific critical historical conjunctures at which...

After Difference: Queer Activism in Italy and Anthropological Theory

Heywood, Paolo.
(2018)  | 9781785337864 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 212pp | Availability last checked: 30/11/2017
AUD 177.95 (inc. GST), AUD 161.77 (ex. GST),
Queer activism and anthropology are both fundamentally concerned with theconcept of difference. Yet they are so in fundamentally different ways. TheItalian queer activists in this book value difference as something that must beproduced, in opposition to the identity politics they find around them.Conversely,...

 

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