Collection : The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues

Series editor: Roger Sanjek

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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...



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...



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 means 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
In Upscaling Downtown, anthropologist Brett Williams provides an ethnography of a changing urban neighborhood that she calls "Elm Valley." Located in Washington, D.C., Elm Valley was one of the first neighborhoods to draw middle-class property owners back to the inner city, but a faltering housing industry halted what might have been the rapid...



Upscaling Downtown
Stalled Gentrification in Washington, D.C.
Brett Williams
In Upscaling Downtown, anthropologist Brett Williams provides an ethnography of a changing urban neighborhood that she calls "Elm Valley." Located in Washington, D.C., Elm Valley was one of the first neighborhoods to draw middle-class property owners back to the inner city, but a faltering housing industry halted what might have been the rapid...



Chinese Working-Class Lives
Getting By in Taiwan
Hill Gates
Taiwan’s working class has been shaped by Chinese tradition, by colonialism, and by rapid industrialization. This book defines that class, explores that history, and presents with sensitive honesty the life experiences of some of its women and men. Hill Gates first provides a solid and informative introduction to Taiwan’s history, showing how...



Women's Work and Chicano Families
Cannery Workers of the Santa Clara Valley
Patricia Zavella
At the time Women’s Work and Chicano Families: Cannery Workers of the Santa Clara Valley was published, little research had been done on the relationship between the wage labor and household labor of Mexican American women. Drawing on revisionist social theories relating to Chicano family structure as well as on feminist theory, Patricia...



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