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Anthropology, Culture and Society

Anthropology is a discipline based upon in-depth ethnographic works that deal with wider theoretical issues in the context of particular, local conditions – to paraphrase an important volume from the series: large issues explored in small places. The series has a particular mission: to publish work that moves away from old-style descriptive ethnography – that is strongly area-studies oriented – and offer genuine theoretical arguments that are of interest to a much wider readership but which are nevertheless located and grounded in solid ethnographic research. If anthropology is to argue itself a place in the contemporary intellectual world then it must surely be through such research.

We start from the question: "what can this ethnographic material tell us about the bigger theoretical issues that concern the social sciences"; rather than "what can these theoretical ideas tell us about the ethnographic context." Put this way round, such work becomes about large issues, set in a (relatively) small place, rather than detailed description of a small place for its own sake. As Clifford Geertz once said: "anthropologists don’t study villages; they study in villages."

By place we mean not only geographical locale, but also other types of "place" – within political, economic, religious, or other social systems. We therefore publish work based on ethnography within political and religious movements, occupational or class groups, youth, development agencies, nationalists; but also work that is more thematically based – on kinship, landscape, the state, violence, corruption, the self. The series publishes four kinds of volume – ethnographic monographs; comparative texts; edited collections; and shorter, polemic essays.

We publish work from all traditions of anthropology, and all parts of the world, which combines theoretical debate with empirical evidence to demonstrate anthropology’s unique position in contemporary scholarship and the contemporary world.

The Making of an African Working Class: Politics, Law, and Cultural Protest in the Manual Workers Union of Botswana (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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The Making of an African Working Class
Flip-Flop: A Journey Through Globalisation's Backroads (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Flip-Flop
Contesting Publics: Feminism, Activism, Ethnography (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Contesting Publics
Dream Zones: Capitalism and Development in India (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Dream Zones
Food for Change: The Politics and Values of Social Movements (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Food for Change
The Gloss of Harmony: The Politics of Policy Making in Multilateral Organisations (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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The Gloss of Harmony
A History of Anthropology:  (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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A History of Anthropology
Organisational Anthropology: Doing Ethnography in and Among Complex Organisations (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Organisational Anthropology
Contesting Publics: Feminism, Activism, Ethnography (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Contesting Publics
Border Watch: Cultures of Immigration, Detention and Control (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Border Watch
Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality:  (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality
Humans and Other Animals: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Human-Animal Interactions (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Humans and Other Animals
The Discordant Development: Global Capitalism and the Struggle for Connection in Bangladesh (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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The Discordant Development
The Capability of Places: Methods for Modelling Community Response to Intrusion and Change (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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The Capability of Places
In Foreign Fields: The Politics and Experiences of Transnational Sport Migration (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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In Foreign Fields
Home Spaces, Street Styles: Contesting Power and Identity in a South African City (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Home Spaces, Street Styles
Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives: Third Edition (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives
Anthropology's World: Life in a Twenty-First Century Discipline (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Anthropology's World
Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology, Third Edition (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Small Places, Large Issues
Race and Ethnicity in Latin America: Second Edition (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
A World of Insecurity: Anthropological Perspectives of Human Security (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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A World of Insecurity
Cultures of Fear: A Critical Reader (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Cultures of Fear
Race and Sex in Latin America:  (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Race and Sex in Latin America
The Will of the Many: How the Alterglobalisation Movement is Changing the Face of Democracy (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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The Will of the Many

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