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Berghahn Books is a publisher of scholarly books and academic journals in the humanities and social sciences, with a special focus on social & cultural anthropology, European history, politics, and film & media studies.

A peer-review press, Berghahn is committed to the highest academic standards and seeks to enable innovative contributions to the scholarship in its fields of specialty.


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Trapped in the Gap: Doing Good in Indigenous Australia

Kowal, Emma.
(2015)  | 9781782386049 | Berghahn Books | pbk. | book | 214pp | Availability last checked: 27/10/2017
AUD 48.95 (inc. GST), AUD 44.50 (ex. GST),
In Australia, a 'tribe' of white, middle-class, progressive professionals is actively working to improve the lives of Indigenous people. This book explores what happens when well-meaning people, supported by the state, attempt to help without harming. 'White anti-racists' find themselves trapped by...

At Home in the Okavango: White Batswana Narratives of Emplacement and Belonging

Gressier, Catie.
(2015)  | 9781782387732 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 244pp
AUD 160.95 (inc. GST), AUD 146.32 (ex. GST),
An ethnographic portrayal of the lives of white citizens of the Okavango Delta,Botswana, this book examines their relationships with the natural and socialenvironments of the region. In response to the insecurity of their position as aEuropean-descended minority in a postcolonial African state, Gressier...

Anxious Histories : Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century

Silverstein, Jordana.
(2015)  | 9781782386520 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 254pp | Availability last checked: 18/8/2017
AUD 170.95 (inc. GST), AUD 155.41 (ex. GST),
Over the last 70 years, memories and narratives of the Holocaust have played asignificant role in constructing Jewish communities. This book explores onefield where these narratives are disseminated: Holocaust pedagogy in Jewish schools in Melbourne and New York. Bringing together a diverse range of...

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Ritual in its Own Right: Exploring the Dynamics of Transformation

Handelman, Don. Lindquist, Galina.
(2005)  | 9781845450519 | Berghahn Books | pbk. | book | 242pp
AUD 48.95 (inc. GST), AUD 44.50 (ex. GST),
Historically, canonic studies of ritual have discussed and explained ritualorganization, action, and transformation primarily as representations of broadercultural and social orders. In the present, as in the past, less attention isgiven to the power of ritual to organize and effect transformation through...

Legends of People, Myths of State: Violence, Intolerance, and Political Culture in Sri Lanka and Australia

Kapferer, Bruce.
(2011)  | 9780857454362 | Berghahn Books | pbk. | book | 446pp | Availability last checked: 18/8/2017
AUD 62.95 (inc. GST), AUD 57.23 (ex. GST),
The civil war in Sri Lanka and the part that nationalism seemed to play in itinspired the writing of this book some twenty-three years ago. The argument wasdeveloped through a comparative analysis of nationalism in Sri Lanka with theauthor's native Australia. At the time this constituted an innovative...

Trapped in the Gap: Doing Good in Indigenous Australia

Kowal, Emma.
(2015)  | 9781782386049 | Berghahn Books | pbk. | book | 214pp | Availability last checked: 27/10/2017
AUD 48.95 (inc. GST), AUD 44.50 (ex. GST),
In Australia, a 'tribe' of white, middle-class, progressive professionals is actively working to improve the lives of Indigenous people. This book explores what happens when well-meaning people, supported by the state, attempt to help without harming. 'White anti-racists' find themselves trapped by...

From Peace To War.

Wegner, B.
(1997)  | 9781571818829 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 640pp | Availability last checked: 13/12/2017
AUD 193.95 (inc. GST), AUD 176.32 (ex. GST),
The German attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941 represents one of the major caesuras in European history. Its consequences can still be felt fifty years later. Thirty-five historians from nine different countries (including the former Soviet Union) offer a comprehensive survey of the origins, course,...

Engaging with Strangers: Love and Violence in the Rural Solomon Islands

McDougall, Debra.
(2016)  | 9781785330209 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 308pp
AUD 193.95 (inc. GST), AUD 176.32 (ex. GST),
The civil conflict in Solomon Islands (1998-2003) is often blamed on the failureof the nation-state to encompass culturally diverse and politically fragmentedcommunities. Writing of Ranongga Island, the author tracks engagements withstrangers across many realms of life-pre-colonial warfare, Christian...

Newest & Forthcoming Releases

Back to the Postindustrial Future: An Ethnography of Germany's Fastest-Shrinking City

Ringel, Felix.
(2018)  | 9781785337987 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 216pp | Availability last checked: 28/10/2017
AUD 187.95 (inc. GST), AUD 170.86 (ex. GST),
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How does an urban community come to terms with the loss of its future? Theformer socialist model city of Hoyerswerda is an extreme case of a decliningpostindustrial city. Built to serve the GDR coal industry, it lost over half itspopulation to outmigration after German reunification and the coal industrycrisis,...

Capturing Quicksilver: The Position, Power, and Plasticity of Chinese Medicine in Singapore

Smith, Arielle A.
(2018)  | 9781785337949 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 296pp | Availability last checked: 30/11/2017
AUD 193.95 (inc. GST), AUD 176.32 (ex. GST),
Since the turn of the century Singapore has sustained a reputation for bothaustere governance and cutting-edge biomedical facilities and research. Seekingto emphasize Singapore's capacity for "modern medicine" and strengthen theirburgeoning biopharmaceutical industry, this image has explicitly excludedChinese...

Global Sustainability and Communities of Practice

Beck, Sam. Maida, Carl A.
(2018)  | 9781785338458 | Berghahn Books | pbk. | book | 240pp | Availability last checked: 28/10/2017
AUD 43.95 (inc. GST), AUD 39.95 (ex. GST),
Coming in April 2018
Environmental challenges are more complex due to rapid development and humanpopulation growth alongside technological advances that alter lifestyles andsocial norms. To meet these challenges, concepts of sustainability need to bemore accessible to the public, who as citizens, activists, and citizenscientists...

The Southeast Asia Connection: Trade and Polities in the Eurasian World Economy, 500BC-AD500

Chew, Sing C.
(2018)  | 9781785337888 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 252pp | Availability last checked: 30/11/2017
AUD 190.95 (inc. GST), AUD 173.59 (ex. GST),
Coming in April 2018
The contribution of Southeast Asia to the world economy (during the lateprehistoric and early historic periods) has not received much attention. It hasoften been viewed as a region of peripheral entrepôts, especially in the earlycenturies of the current era. Recent archaeological evidence revealed...

Messy Europe: Crisis, Race and Nation-State in a Postcolonial World

Hipfl, Brigitte. Loftsdóttir, Kristín. Smith, Andrea L. Loftsdóttir, Kristín.
(2018)  | 9781785337963 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 248pp | Availability last checked: 28/10/2017
AUD 187.95 (inc. GST), AUD 170.86 (ex. GST),
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Using the economic crisis as a starting point, Messy Europe offers a criticalnew look at the issues of race, gender, and national understandings of self andother in contemporary Europe. It highlights and challenges historicalassociations of Europe with whiteness and modern civilization, and asks howthese...

PC Worlds: Political Correctness and Rising Elites at the End of Hegemony

Friedman, Jonathan.
(2018)  | 9781785336720 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 348pp | Availability last checked: 30/11/2017
AUD 241.95 (inc. GST), AUD 219.95 (ex. GST),
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This provocative work offers an anthropological analysis of the phenomenon ofpolitical correctness, both as a general phenomenon of communication, in whichassociations in space and time take precedence over the content of what iscommunicated, and at specific critical historical conjunctures at which...

After Difference: Queer Activism in Italy and Anthropological Theory

Heywood, Paolo.
(2018)  | 9781785337864 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 212pp | Availability last checked: 30/11/2017
AUD 175.95 (inc. GST), AUD 159.95 (ex. GST),
Coming in March 2018
Queer activism and anthropology are both fundamentally concerned with theconcept of difference. Yet they are so in fundamentally different ways. TheItalian queer activists in this book value difference as something that must beproduced, in opposition to the identity politics they find around them.Conversely,...

Expeditionary Anthropology: Teamwork, Travel and the 'Science of Man'

Harris, Amanda. Thomas, Martin.
(2018)  | 9781785337727 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 330pp | Availability last checked: 30/11/2017
AUD 209.95 (inc. GST), AUD 190.86 (ex. GST),
The origins of anthropology lie in expeditionary journeys. But since the rise ofimmersive fieldwork, usually by a sole investigator, the older tradition ofteam-based social research has been largely eclipsed. Expeditionary Anthropologyargues that expeditions have much to tell us about anthropologists...

The Partial Revolution: Labor, Social Movements and the Invisible Hand of Mao in Western Nepal

Hoffmann, Michael.
(2018)  | 9781785337802 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 232pp | Availability last checked: 30/11/2017
AUD 193.95 (inc. GST), AUD 176.32 (ex. GST),
Located in the far-western Tarai region of Nepal, Kailali has been the site ofdynamic social and political change in recent history. The Partial Revolutionexamines Kailali in the aftermath of Nepal's Maoist insurgency, criticallyexamining the ways in which revolutionary political mobilization changes...

The Witness as Object: Video Testimony in Memorial Museums

Jong, Steffi de.
(2018)  | 9781785336430 | Berghahn Books | hbk. | book | 280pp | Availability last checked: 30/11/2017
AUD 193.95 (inc. GST), AUD 176.32 (ex. GST),
In recent years, historical witnessing has emerged as a category of "museumobject". Audiovisual recordings of interviews with individuals rememberingevents of historical importance are now integral to the collections and researchactivities of museums. They have also become important components in narrativeand...

 

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