Anthropology

Religious Transformation in Maya Guatemala

Cultural Collapse and Christian Pentecostal Revitalization
Edited by John P. Hawkins

Drawing on over fifty years of research and data collected by field-school students, Hawkins argues that two factors—cultural collapse and systematic social and economic exclusion—explain the recent religious transformation of Maya Guatemala and the style and emotional intensity through which that transformation is expressed.

Archaeologies of Violence and Privilege

Edited by Christopher N. MatthewsBradley D. Phillippi

In Archaeologies of Violence and Privilege, archaeologists Christopher N. Matthews and Bradley D. Phillippi bring together a collection of authors who document the ways in which past social formations rested on violent acts and reproduced violent social and cultural structures.

An Imperative to Cure

Principles and Practice of Q’eqchi’ Maya Medicine in Belize
By James B. Waldram

James B. Waldram’s groundbreaking study, An Imperative to Cure: Principles and Practice of Q’eqchi’ Maya Medicine in Belize, explores how our understanding of Indigenous therapeutics changes if we view them as forms of “medicine” instead of “healing.”

The Archaeology of Burning Man

The Rise and Fall of Black Rock City
By Carolyn L. White

For nearly a decade Carolyn L. White has employed archaeological methods to analyze the various aspects of life and community in and around Burning Man and Black Rock City.

Walling In and Walling Out

Why Are We Building New Barriers to Divide Us?
Edited by Laura McAtackneyRandall H. McGuire

The contributors to this volume illuminate the roles and uses of walls around the world—in contexts ranging from historic neighborhoods to contemporary national borders.

The Psychology of Women under Patriarchy

Edited by Holly F. MathewsAdriana M. Manago

These feminist scholars bridge preexisting divides between bio-psychological, sociological, and cultural perspectives to explain the ways that women’s desires, goals, and identities interact with culturally situated systems in order to develop more complex theories about the psychological underpinnings of patriarchy and to inform more socially progressive policies to improve the lives of women and men globally.

Breath and Smoke

Tobacco Use among the Maya
Edited by Jennifer A. Loughmiller-CardinalKeith Eppich

Breath and Smoke explores the uses of tobacco among the Maya of Central America, revealing tobacco as a key topic in pre-Columbian art, iconography, and hieroglyphics.

How Nature Works

Rethinking Labor on a Troubled Planet
Edited by Sarah BeskyAlex Blanchette

The authors of this volume push ethnographic inquiry beyond the anthropocentric documentation of human work on nature in order to develop a language for thinking about how all labor is a collective ecological act.

Indigenous Persistence in the Colonized Americas

Material and Documentary Perspectives on Entanglement
Edited by Heather Law PezzarossiRussell N. Sheptak

This scholarly collection explores the method and theory of the archaeological study of indigenous persistence and long-term colonial entanglement.

Governing Gifts

Faith, Charity, and the Security State
Edited by Erica Caple James

Ultimately the book aims to expand the parameters of what has typically been a US-centric discussion of faith-based interventions as it explores the concepts of faith, charity, security, and governance within a global perspective.

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