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Roads
An Anthropology of Infrastructure and Expertise
Penny Harvey, Hannah Knox
Sweeping in scope and conceptually ambitious, this book tells a story of infrastructure and of global flows of money, goods, and people.



Unknotting the Heart
Unemployment and Therapeutic Governance in China
Jie Yang
As China has downsized and privatized its state-owned enterprises, severe unemployment has created a new class of urban poor and widespread social and psychological disorders. In Unknotting the Heart, Jie Yang examines this understudied group of workers and their experiences of being laid off, "counseled," and then reoriented to the market economy.



Subterranean Estates
Life Worlds of Oil and Gas
This innovative, interdisciplinary volume provides a new perspective on the material, symbolic, cultural, and social meanings of the multidimensional world of the global oil and gas industry.



Swedish Design
An Ethnography
Keith M. Murphy
This book examines the special relationship between politics and design in Sweden, revealing in particular the cultural meanings this relationship holds for Swedish society.



Women without Men
Single Mothers and Family Change in the New Russia
Jennifer Utrata
Women without Men illuminates Russia's "quiet revolution" in family life through the lens of single motherhood. Drawing on extensive ethnographic and interview data, Jennifer Utrata focuses on the puzzle of how single motherhood—frequently seen as a social problem in other contexts—became taken for granted in the New Russia.



"Getting By"
Class and State Formation among Chinese in Malaysia
Donald M. Nonini
In "Getting By," Donald M. Nonini draws on three decades of research in the region of Penang state in northern West Malaysia, mainly in the city of Bukit Mertajam, to provide an ethnographic and historical account of the cultural politics of class conflict and state formation among Malaysians of Chinese descent.



Better Must Come
Exiting Homelessness in Two Global Cities
Matthew D. Marr
Matthew D. Marr compares and reveals how social contexts at various levels shape the experiences of transitional housing programs in Los Angeles and Tokyo.



The Empty Seashell
Witchcraft and Doubt on an Indonesian Island
Nils Bubandt
In a book based on more than three years of fieldwork, Nils Bubandt argues that cannibal witches for people in the coastal, and predominantly Christian, community of Buli in the Indonesian province of North Maluku are both corporeally real and fundamentally unknowable.



Beyond Borders
Stories of Yunnanese Chinese Migrants of Burma
Wen-Chin Chang
Through a personal narrative approach,this book focuses on the migration history and transnational trading experiences of contemporary Yunnanese Chinese migrants who reside in Burma and those who have moved from Burma and resettled in Thailand, Taiwan, and China.



The Viral Network
A Pathography of the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic
Theresa MacPhail
Theresa MacPhail examines our collective fascination with and fear of viruses through the lens of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.



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