Anthropology

Geeks, Genes, and the Evolution of Asperger Syndrome

By Dean FalkEve Penelope Schofield

In this unusual book an evolutionary anthropologist and her coauthor/granddaughter, who has Asperger syndrome, examine the emergence and spread of Asperger syndrome and other forms of high-functioning autism.

Seduced and Betrayed

Exposing the Contemporary Microfinance Phenomenon
Edited by Milford BatemanKate Maclean

The contributors to this multidisciplinary volume consider the origins, evolution, and outcomes of microfinance from a variety of perspectives and contend that it has been an unsuccessful approach to development.

Exploring Sex and Gender in Bioarchaeology

Edited by Sabrina C. AgarwalJulie K. Wesp

This volume brings together the latest approaches in bioarchaeology in the study of sex and gender.

Fat Planet

Obesity, Culture, and Symbolic Body Capital
Edited by Eileen P. Anderson-FyeAlexandra Brewis

Fat Planet represents a collaborative effort to consider at a global scale what fat stigma is and what it does to people.

Mayan Literacy Reinvention in Guatemala

By Mary J. Holbrock

Through this investigation, the promises and pitfalls of a literacy-revitalization endeavor are detailed and our understanding of the concept of literacy is reexamined.

Costly and Cute

Helpless Infants and Human Evolution
Edited by Wenda R. TrevathanKaren R. Rosenberg

The contributors to this volume propose that the “helpless infant” has played a role in human evolution equal in importance to those of “man the hunter” and “woman the gatherer.”

Subjects: Anthropology

Molas

Dress, Identity, Culture
By Diana Marks

This book, based on original research, explores the origin of the mola in the early twentieth century, how it became part of the everyday dress of Kuna women, and its role in creating Kuna identity.

The Fabric of Indigeneity

Ainu Identity, Gender, and Settler Colonialism in Japan
By ann-elise lewallen

The author synthesizes ethnographic field research, museum and archival research, and participation in cultural-revival and rights-based organizing to show how women craft Ainu and indigenous identities through clothwork and how they also fashion lived connections to ancestral values and lifestyles.

Landscape and Politics in the Ancient Andes

Biographies of Place at Khonkho Wankane
By Scott C. Smith

This book is a study of the ways places are created and how they attain meaning.

Polygamy and the Rise and Demise of the Aztec Empire

By Ross Hassig

This provocative examination of Aztec marriage practices offers a powerful analysis of the dynamics of society and politics in Mexico before and after the Spanish conquest.

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