Collection : The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues

Series editor: Roger Sanjek

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Civilized Women
Gender and Prestige in Southeastern Liberia
Mary H. Moran
Civilized Women is concerned with the intersection of cultural constructions of gender and other systems of ranking among the Glebo people of Cape Palmas, in southeastern Liberia.



"Getting Paid"
Youth Crime and Work in the Inner City
Mercer L. Sullivan



Praying for Justice
Faith, Order, and Community in an American Town
Carol J. Greenhouse
Anthropologist Carol J. Greenhouse offers an ethnographic study of attitudes toward conflict and law in a predominantly white, middle-class, suburban, principally Southern Baptist community.



The Magic City
Unemployment in a Working-Class Community
Gregory Pappas



History and Power in the Study of Law
New Directions in Legal Anthropology
Building on earlier work in the anthropology of law and taking a critical stance toward it, June Starr and Jane F. Collier ask, "Should social anthropologists continue to isolate the ‘legal’ as a separate field of study?" To answer this question, they confront critics of legal anthropology who suggest that the subfield is dying and advocate a...



Distant Companions
Servants and Employers in Zambia, 1900–1985
Karen Tranberg Hansen
Distant Companions tells the fascinating story of the lives and times of domestic servants and their employers in Zambia from the beginning of white settlement during the colonial period until after independence. Emphasizing the interactive nature of relationships of domination, the book is useful for readers who seek to understand the dynamics...



Uneasy Endings
Daily Life in an American Nursing Home
Renée Rose Shield
Offering concrete suggestions for improving the quality of nursing-home life, Uneasy Endings will find a broad audience among those who work with the aged.



Lord I'm Coming Home
Everyday Aesthetics in Tidewater North Carolina
John Forrest
Lord I'm Coming Home focuses on a small, white, rural fishing community on the southern reaches of the Great Dismal Swamp in North Carolina. By menas of a new kind of anthropological fieldwork, John Forrest seeks to document the entire aesthetic experience of a group of people, showing the aesthetic to be an "everyday experience and not some...



Accommodation without Assimilation
Sikh Immigrants in an American High School
Margaret Gibson
A holistic portrait which reveals why Sikh high school students, despite language barriers, prejudice, and significant cultural differences, often outperform their majority peers and other United States minority groups.



Upscaling Downtown
Stalled Gentrification in Washington, D.C.
Brett Williams



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