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Making and Unmaking Nations
War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa
Scott Straus
In Making and Unmaking Nations, Scott Straus seeks to explain why and how genocide takes place—and, perhaps more important, how it has been avoided in places where it may have seemed likely or even inevitable.



"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.



Christian Homes
Religion, Family and Domesticity in the 19th and 20th Centuries
This book revisits the Christian home of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and sheds light on the stereotypical distinction between the private and public spheres and their inhabitants.



Our Lady of the Rock
Vision and Pilgrimage in the Mojave Desert
Lisa Bitel
In text and photographs, this book explores the monthly religious visions of Maria Paula Acuña at Our Lady of the Rock in California's Mojave Desert.



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 Wages of Oil
Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE
Michael Herb
Michael Herb provides a robust framework for thinking about the future of the Gulf monarchies by contrasting Kuwait and the UAE.



Songs of the Factory
Pop Music, Culture, and Resistance
Marek Korczynski
Marek Korczynski reports on his ethnographic fieldwork in a British factory to show how workers make often-grueling assembly-line work tolerable by permeating their workday with pop music on the radio.



Crossing Broadway
Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City
Robert W. Snyder
Robert W. Snyder tells how the story of New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood, from the the 1930s to the present.



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