BOOKS RECEIVED: Thomas Sikor, Stefan Dorondel, Johannes Stahl, and Phuc Xuan, “When Things Become Property: Land Reform, Authority and Value in Postsocialist Europe and Asia” (Berghahn Books, 2017)To, “
Governments have conferred ownership titles to many citizens throughout the world in an effort to turn things into property. Almost all elements of nature have become the target of property laws, from the classic preoccupation with land to more ephemeral… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Susan B. Hyatt, Boone Shear and Susan Wright, eds., “Learning Under Neoliberalism: Ethnographies of Governance in Higher Education” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
As part of the neoliberal trends toward public-private partnerships, universities all over the world have forged more intimate relationships with corporate interests and more closely resemble for-profit corporations in both structure and practice. These transformations, accompanied by new forms of… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Sam Beck and Carl A. Maida, eds., “Public Anthropology in a Borderless World” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Anthropologists have acted as experts and educators on the nature and ways of life of people worldwide, working to understand the human condition in broad comparative perspective. As a discipline, anthropology has often advocated – and even defended – the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Christian Bailey, “Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: German Visions of Europe, 1926-1950” (Berghahn, 2016)
Buy from University Press Books An intellectual and cultural history of mid-twentieth century plans for European integration, this book calls into question the usual pre- and post-war periodizations that have structured approaches to twentieth-century European history. It focuses not simply… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Maria-Jos Blanco and Ricarda Vidal. eds., “The Power of Death: Contemporary Reflections on Death in Western Society” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books The social and cultural changes of the last century have transformed death from an everyday fact to something hidden from view. Shifting between the practical and the theoretical, the professional and the intimate, the real… Read More
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