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The Cultural Power of Personal Objects
The Cultural Power of Personal Objects (December 2021)
Traditional Accounts and New Perspectives
Jared Kemling - Editor

Historical and theoretical discussions that describe and reflect on personal objects from a variety of perspectives.

The Cultural Power of Personal Objects seeks to understand the value and efficacy of objects, places, and times that take on cultural power and reverence to such a degree that they are treated (whether metaphorically or actually) as “persons,” or as objects wi...(Read More)
 
 
Mayalogue
Mayalogue (October 2021)
An Interactionist Theory of Indigenous Cultures
Victor Montejo - Author

Offers a strong critique of traditional anthropological studies from an Indigenous and postcolonial perspective.

In Mayalogue, Native Mayan scholar Victor Montejo provides an alternative reading and interpretation of cultures, challenging Western ethnocentric approaches that have marginalized Native knowledge and worldviews in the past. He proposes instead a methodology for ...(Read More)
 
 
From World Religions to Axial Civilizations and Beyond
From World Religions to Axial Civilizations and Beyond (March 2021)
Saïd Amir Arjomand - Editor
Stephen Kalberg - Editor

Essays in the field of comparative world religions and corresponding axial civilizations.

The post–World War II idea of the Axial Age by Karl Jaspers, and as elaborated into the sociology of axial civilizations by S. N. Eisenstadt in the later twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, continues to be the subject of intense scholarly debate. Examples of this can be found i...(Read More)
 
 
Words of Destiny
Words of Destiny (March 2021)
Practicing Astrology in North India
Caterina Guenzi - Author

Investigates the professional practices of astrologers in urban India and their popularity among the educated middle and upper classes.

Astrologers play an important role in Indian society, but there are very few studies on their social identity and professional practices. Based on extensive fieldwork carried out in the city of Banaras, Words of Destiny shows how the Brahmanical sc...(Read More)
 
 
The Science of Satyug
The Science of Satyug (February 2021)
Class, Charisma, and Vedic Revivalism in the All World Gayatri Pariwar
Daniel Heifetz - Author

The first in-depth study of the All World Gayatri Pariwar, a modern Indian religious movement.

The All World Gayatri Pariwar is a modern religious movement that enjoys wide popularity in North India, particularly among the many STEM workers who joined after becoming disillusioned with their lucrative but unfulfilling private-sector careers. Founded in the mid-twentieth century, the...(Read More)
 
 
Till Kingdom Come
Till Kingdom Come (January 2021)
Medieval Hinduism in the Modern Himalaya
Lokesh Ohri - Author

The first book to offer a detailed framework, a fine-grained history, and an analytically nuanced understanding of one of the rarest branches of Hindu worship.

Hinduism, as is well known, has taken a multitude of shapes and forms. Some Hindu “little traditions” have remained obscure or understudied to this day due to their regional remoteness. One such offshoot is the influential ...(Read More)
 
 
Coming Together
Coming Together (March 2019)
Comparative Approaches to Population Aggregation and Early Urbanization
Attila Gyucha - Editor

Archaeologists, anthropologists, and classicists discuss how urbanization first emerged in strikingly different sociopolitical contexts in North America, Europe, and the Near East.

The pursuit for universally applicable definitions of the terms “urban” and “city” has frequently distracted scholars from scrutinizing processes of how ancient nucleated settlements evolved and developed. Based on the premise ...(Read More)
 
 
The Future of (Post)Socialism
The Future of (Post)Socialism (November 2018)
Eastern European Perspectives
John Frederick Bailyn - Editor
Dijana Jelača - Editor
Danijela Lugarić - Editor

Explores the current and future trajectories of the paradigm of postsocialism.

If socialism did not end as abruptly as is sometimes perceived, what remnants of it linger today and will continue to linger? Moreover, if postsocialism is an umbrella term for the uncertain times of various transitions that followed in socialism’s wake, how might the “post” be rendered complicated by the notion that the unfinished b...(Read More)
 
 
Religious Journeys in India
Religious Journeys in India (September 2018)
Pilgrims, Tourists, and Travelers
Andrea Marion Pinkney - Editor
John Whalen-Bridge - Editor

Explores how religious travel in India is transforming religious identities and self-constructions.

In an increasingly global world where convenient modes of travel have opened the door to international and intraregional tourism and brought together people from different religious and ethnic communities, religious journeying in India has become the site of evolving and often parad...(Read More)
 
 
Everyday Sustainability
Everyday Sustainability (November 2017)
Gender Justice and Fair Trade Tea in Darjeeling
Debarati Sen - Author

2018 Global Development Studies Book Award, presented by the Global Development Studies Section of the International Studies Association

2018 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, presented by the National Women's Studies Association

HONORABLE MENTION - 2019 Michelle Z. Rosaldo Prize, presented by the Association for Feminist Anthropology


Illuminates the contradictions that emerge within conscious capitalis...(Read More)
 
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