Books Published by the Anthropology Faculty

Perley - Defying Maliseet Language DeathDefying Maliseet Language Death

Bernard C. Perley, a member of Tobique First Nation, examines the role of the Maliseet language and its survival in Maliseet identity processes. Perley examines what is being done to keep the Maliseet language alive, who is actively involved in these processes, and how these two factors combine to promote Maliseet language survival. He also explores questions of identity, asking the important question: “If Maliseet is no longer spoken, are we still Maliseet?” This timely volume joins the dual issues of language survival and indigenous identity to present a unique perspective on the place of language within culture. 2011, University of Nebraska Press

Forces of Compassion

Forces of Compassion: Humanitarianism Between Ethics and Politics

Suffering and charity have a long history. Both human sorrows and attempted remedies were familiar features of life in earlier eras and religious traditions, however, during the final decades of the twentieth century, natural disasters and civilian casualties of war transformed into “humanitarian crises.” In these recurring dramas presented by international media, an extensive network of interstate entities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) supplies assistance to victims. The contributors to Forces of Compassion examine this sector through the lens of anthropology, looking at dominant practices, tensions, and beliefs. 2011, SAR Press

Counts-Arnold - Master of Animals

The Master of Animals in Old World Iconography

The Master of Animals in Old World Iconography edited by Derek Counts and Bettina Arnold assembles archaeological, iconographical, and literary evidence for the Master of Animals from a variety of cultural contents throughout the Old World. The volume provides an important resource for scholars confronting similar symbolic paradigms across the Old World landscape that foregrounds comparative interpretation in diverse ritual and socio-political environments. 2010, Archaeolingua

Heatherington - Wild Sardinia

Wild Sardinia: Indigeneity and the Global Dreamtimes of Environmentalism

Tracey Heatherington's Wild Sardinia illuminates the ambivalent and open-ended meanings of many Sardinians' acts and memories of "resistance" to environmental projects. This groundbreaking case study of the tension between living cultural landscapes and the emerging ecological imaginaries envisioned through policy discourses and new media has relevance far beyond its Mediterranean locale. 2010, University of Washington Press. (Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing)

Malaby Virtual Worlds

Making Virtual Worlds: Linden Lab and Second Life

Making Virtual Worlds by Thomas M. Malaby offers a gathering point and the tools for people to create a new world online. Too often neglected in popular and scholarly accounts of such groundbreaking new environments is the simple truth that, of necessity, such virtual worlds emerge from physical workplaces marked by negotiation, creation, and constant change. 2009, Cornell University Press

Jordt-Burma's Mass Lay Meditation Movement

Burma's Mass Lay Meditation Movement: Buddhism and the Cultural Construction of Power

Burma's Mass Lay Meditation Movement by Ingrid Jordt describes a transformation in Buddhist practice in contemporary Burma. This revitalization movement has had real consequences for how the oppressive military junta, in power since the early 1960s, governs the country. 2007, Ohio University Press

Bornstein-The Spirit of Development

The Spirit of Development: Protestant NGOs, Morality, and Economics in Zimbabwe

The Spirit of Development by Erica Bornstein examines two transnational NGOs in Zimbabwe. The Spirit of Development offers a nuanced depiction of development as both liberatory and limiting. Humanitarian effort is not a hopeless task, but behind the liberatory potential of Christian development lurks the sad irony that change can bring its own disappointments. 2005, Stanford University Press


Anapol-Shaping Primate EvolutionShaping Primate Evolution

Shaping Primate Evolution edited by F. Anapol, R.Z. German and N.G. Jablonski is a collection of state-of-the-art papers about how biological form is described in primate biology, and the consequences of form for function and behavior. This book is distinctive not only in the diversity of the topics discussed, but also in the range of levels of biological organization that are addressed from cellular morphometrics to the evolution of primate ecology. 2004, Cambridge University Press

Applbaum-Consumption and Market Society in Israel

Consumption and Market Society in Israel

Consumption and Market Society in Israel edited by Yoram S. Carmeli and K. Applbaum shows how different groups in Israel --kibbutzniks, Israeli Arabs, Ultra-Orthodox Jews, immigrants, and middle-class Israelis--alternately exhibit a suspicion towards and enthusiasm for the consumer market society. Lifestyle consumerism is seen alternately as destructive to community and nation, or providing a sense of unity and familiarity in a time of political turmoil. 2004, Berg Publishers


Turner-Biological Anthropology and EthicsBiological Anthropology and Ethics: From Repatriation to Genetic Identity

Biological Anthropology and Ethics edited by T.R. Turner is the first comprehensive account of the ethical issues facing biological anthropologists today. In this volume human biologists, geneticists, paleontologists, and primatologists confront their involvement with, and obligations to, their research subjects, their discipline, society, and the environment. 2004, SUNY Press


Applbaum-The Marketing EraThe Marketing Era: From Professional Practice to Global Provisioning

The Marketing Era by Kalman Applbaum is the first book of its kind to map out the organizing principles and cultural logic of marketing, and trace the profession's ascent to global domination. Applbaum argues that marketing can be seen as a particular set of cultural practices that surfaced in reaction to the affluence of Western society, and not the answer to the call of inherent human needs and wants. 2003, Routledge

Jeske-Theory, Method, and Technique in Modern Archaeology

Theory, Method, and Technique in Modern Archaeology

Theory, Method, and Technique in Modern Archaeology by Robert J. Jeske and Douglas K. Charles presents 18 essays by leading scholars covering mortuary analysis, the archaeology of foraging and agricultural societies, cultural evolution, and archaeological method and theory, which transcend the processual/postprocessual debate in archaeology and provide examples of how archaeologists think about, and go about, studying the past. 2003, Preager Press

Malaby-Gambling Life

Gambling Life: Dealing in Contingency in a Greek City

Gambling Life by Thomas M. Malaby considers the stakes of social action in one community on the island of Crete. Backgammon cafés, card clubs, and hidden gambling rooms in the city of Chania provide the context for Thomas M. Malaby to examine the ways in which people confront uncertainty in their lives. He shows how the dynamics of gambling -- risk, fate, uncertainty, and luck -- are reflected in other aspects of gamblers’ lives from courtship and mortality to state bureaucracy and national identity. 2003, University of Illinois Press

Arnold-Gender and the Archaeology of Death

Gender and the Archaeology of Death

Gender and the Archaeology of Death edited by Bettina Arnold and Nancy L. Wicker Burials are places where archaeologists reasonably expect gendered ideologies and practices to play out in the archaeological record. In this volume, methods for doing so are presented, cases of successful gender theorizing from mortuary data presented, and comparisons made between European and Americanist traditions in this kind of work. 2001, AltaMira Press

Brodwin-Biotechnology and Culture

Biotechnology and Culture: Bodies, Anxieties, Ethics

Biotechnology and Culture edited by Paul Brodwin untangles the broad cultural effects of biotechnologies. He brings together historians, anthropologists, cultural critics, and feminists to examine the broad cultural effects of technologies such as surrogacy, tissue-culture research, and medical imaging. It offers a number of rich examples of why the development of anthropological studies of science, technology, and their disruptive social effects is a leading edge of critical enquiry. 2001, Indiana University Press


Ajirotutu-Issues In African Centered Schooling in Theory and PracticeIssues In African Centered Schooling in Theory and Practice

Issues In African Centered Schooling in Theory and Practice edited Diane S. Pollard and Cheryl S. Ajirotutu explores the idea of incorporating an African and African-American cultural orientation in public schools. This exploration has proceeded in a number of ways: in Baltimore, MD, African-centered education was instituted in selected classrooms within an otherwise traditional school. 2000, Greenwood Publishing Group

Washabaugh-Deep Trout

Deep Trout: Angling in Popular Culture

Deep Trout by William Washabaugh. On the surface, fishing is all about casting, catching and communing with nature, but on a deeper level, the sport is filled with mysteries and contradictions. Like so much else in life, what fishing says about society and the people in it -- both past and present -- is hidden from view and almost never discussed. Deep Trout shows that there is much more lurking beneath the surface than fish. 2000, Berg Publishers