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Clandestine Crossings
Migrants and Coyotes on the Texas-Mexico Border
David Spener
Clandestine Crossings delivers an in-depth description and analysis of the experiences of working-class Mexican migrants at the beginning of the twenty-first century as they enter the United States surreptitiously with the help of paid guides known as...



The Old Faith and the Russian Land
A Historical Ethnography of Ethics in the Urals
Douglas Rogers
The Old Faith and the Russian Land is a historical ethnography that charts the ebbs and flows of ethical practice in a small Russian town, Sepych, over three centuries.



Organizing at the Margins
The Symbolic Politics of Labor in South Korea and the United States
Jennifer Jihye Chun
Labor organizers now recognize both the needs and the importance of immigrants and women employed in the growing ranks of low-paid and insecure service jobs. This book compares the experiences of these groups in South Korea and the US.



Needed by Nobody
Homelessness and Humanness in Post-Socialist Russia
Tova Höjdestrand
This book offers a nuanced portrait of homelessness in St. Petersburg. Based on ethnographic work at railway stations, soup kitchens, and other places where the homeless gather, it describes the material and mental world of this marginalized population.



Darfur and the Crisis of Governance in Sudan
A Critical Reader
This book provides the most comprehensive, balanced, and nuanced account yet published of the Darfur conflict's roots and the contemporary realities that shape the experiences of those living in the region.



Bush Wives and Girl Soldiers
Women's Lives through War and Peace in Sierra Leone
Chris Coulter
During the war in Sierra Leone (1991–2002), members of various rebel movements kidnapped thousands of girls and women, some of whom came to take an active part in the armed conflict alongside the rebels. In a stunning look at the life of women in...



Making Virtual Worlds
Linden Lab and Second Life
Thomas Malaby
Malaby shows how the workers of a very young but quickly growing company were themselves caught up in ideas about technology, games, and organizations, and struggled to manage not only their virtual world but also themselves in a nonhierarchical fashion.



The Captive and the Gift
Cultural Histories of Sovereignty in Russia and the Caucasus
Bruce Grant
Bruce Grant explores the long relationship between Russia and the Caucasus and the means by which sovereignty has been exercised in this contested area.



The Patriotism of Despair
Nation, War, and Loss in Russia
Serguei Alex. Oushakine
Examines the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, graphically described in spray paint by a graffiti artist in Barnaul: "We have no Motherland." Once socialism disappeared as a way of understanding the world, what replaced it in people's minds?



Fieldwork Is Not What It Used to Be
Learning Anthropology's Method in a Time of Transition
Over the past two decades anthropologists have been challenged to rethink the nature of ethnographic research, the meaning of fieldwork, and the role of ethnographers. Ethnographic fieldwork has cultural, social, and political ramifications that have...



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