Anthropology

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.

Why Forage?

Hunters and Gatherers in the Twenty-First Century
Edited by Brian F. CoddingKaren L. Kramer

Why Forage? shows that hunting and gathering continues to be a viable and vibrant way of life even in the twenty-first century.

Subjects: Anthropology

Muslim Youth and the 9/11 Generation

Edited by Adeline MasquelierBenjamin F. Soares

The contributors to this volume—who draw from a variety of disciplines—show how the study of Muslim youth at this particular historical juncture is relevant to thinking about the anthropology of youth, the anthropology of Islamic and Muslim societies, and the post-9/11 world more generally.

Childhood

Origins, Evolution, and Implications
Edited by Courtney L. MeehanAlyssa N. Crittenden

This collection is the first to specifically address our current understanding of the evolution of human childhood, which in turn significantly affects our interpretations of the evolution of family formation, social organization, cultural transmission, cognition, ontogeny, and the physical and socioemotional needs of children.

Subjects: Anthropology

Killing Civilization

A Reassessment of Early Urbanism and Its Consequences
By Justin Jennings

Killing Civilization uses case studies from across the modern and ancient world to develop a new model of incipient urbanism and its consequences.

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