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The Surplus Woman: Unmarried In Imperial Germany, 1871-1918 - Catherine L. Dollard

The first German women's movement embraced the belief in a demographic surplus of unwed women, known as the Frauenüberschuß, as a central leitmotif in the campaign for reform. Proponents of the female surplus held that the advances of industry and......

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Health, Risk, And Adversity

Research on health involves evaluating the disparities that are systematically associated with the experience of risk, including genetic and physiological variation, environmental exposure to poor nutrition and disease, and social marginalization.......

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Modern Crises And Traditional Strategies: Local Ecological Knowledge In Island Southeast Asia

The 1990s have seen a growing interest in the role of local ecological knowledge in the context of sustainable development, and particularly in providing a set of responses to which populations may resort in times of political, economic and enviro......

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The Power Of Law In A Transnational World: Anthropological Enquiries

How is law mobilized and who has the power and authority to construct its meaning? This important volume examines this question as well as how law is constituted and reconfigured through social processes that frame both its continuity and transfor......

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The Mirage Of China: Anti-humanism, Narcissism, And Corporeality Of The Contemporary World - Xin Liu

Today's world is one marked by the signs of digital capitalism and global capitalist expansion, and China is increasingly being integrated into this global system of production and consumption. As a result, China's immediate material impact is now......

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Gardening The World: Agency, Identity And The Ownership Of Water - Veronica Strang

Around the world, intensifying development and human demands for fresh water are placing unsustainable pressures on finite resources. Countries are waging war over transboundary rivers, and rural and urban communities are increasingly divided as i......

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Medicine Between Science And Religion: Explorations On Tibetan Grounds

There is a growing interest in studies that document the relationship between science and medicine - as ideas, practices, technologies and outcomes - across cultural, national, geographic terrain. Tibetan medicine is not only known as a scholarly ......

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Andrzej Wajda: History, Politics & Nostalgia In Polish Cinema - Janina Falkowska

The work of Andrzej Wajda, one of the world's most important filmmakers, shows remarkable cohesion in spite of the wide ranging scope of his films, as this study of his complete output of feature films shows. Not only do his films address crucial ......

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Remembering Violence: Anthropological Perspectives On Intergenerational Transmission

Psychologists have done a great deal of research on the effects of trauma on the individual, revealing the paradox that violent experiences are often secreted away beyond easy accessibility, becoming impossible to verbalize explicitly. However, co......

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Slipping Away: Banana Politics And Fair Trade In The Eastern Caribbean - Mark Moberg

During the 1990s, the Eastern Caribbean was caught in a bitter trade dispute between the US and EU over the European banana market. When the World Trade Organization rejected preferential access for Caribbean growers in 1998 the effect on the regi......

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Ethnographies Of Conservation: Environmentalism And The Distribution Of Privilege

Anthropologists know that conservation often disempowers already under-privileged groups, and that it also fails to protect environments. Through a series of ethnographic studies, this book argues that the real problem is not the disappearance of ......

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Youth Gangs And Street Children: Culture, Nurture And Masculinity In Ethiopia - Paula Heinonen

The rapidly expanding population of youth gangs and street children is one of the most disturbing issues in many cities around the world. These children are perceived to be in a constant state of destitution, violence and vagrancy, and therefore m......

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Enduring Socialism: Explorations Of Revolution And Transformation, Restoration And Continuation

Against the historical backdrop of successive socialist and post-socialist claims to have completely remade society, the contributors to this volume explore the complex and often paradoxical continuities between diverse post-socialist presents and......

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Reproductive Disruptions: Gender, Technology, And Biopolitics In The New Millennium

Nominated for the 2007 Book Prize by the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (AAA) Reproductive disruptions, such as infertility, pregnancy loss, adoption, and childhood disability, are among the most distressing experiences in people's liv......

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