BOOKS RECEIVED: Charlotte L Joy, “The Politics of Heritage Management in Mali: From UNESCO to Djenne” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Djenne, in modern day Mali, is exalted as an enduring wonder of the ancient African world by archaeologists, anthropologists, state officials, architects and travel writers. In this revealing study, the author critically examines how… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Paula L. W. Sabloff, “Does Everyone Want Democracy?: Insights from Mongolia” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Do all people desire democracy? For at least a century, the idea that democracy is a universal good has been an article of faith for American policy makers. Paula Sabloff challenges this conventional wisdom about who wants democracy and why.… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Diane Barthel-Bouchier, “Cultural Heritage and the Challenge of Sustainability” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
For cultural and heritage institutions around the world, sustainability is the major challenge of the twenty-first century. In the first major work to analyze this critical issue, Barthel-Bouchier argues that programmatic commitments to sustainability arose both from direct environmental threats… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Arthur Asa Berger, ” Theorizing Tourism: Analyzing Iconic Destinations” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
A useful introduction to the critical study of tourism, this brief text applies semiotics and cultural theory to deal with some of our most iconic global destinations. It offers accessible analyses of 18 famous tourist locations from the Taj Mahal… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Gustavo Politis, “Nukak: Ethnoarchaeology of an Amazonian People” (Left Coast Press, 2009)
From Gustavo Politis, one of the most renowned South American archaeologists, comes the first in-depth study in English of the last “undiscovered” people of the Amazon. His work is groundbreaking and urgent, both because of encroaching guerrilla violence that makes… Read More
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