Anthropology

Children of Time

Evolution and the Human Story
By Anne H. Weaver
Illustrations by Matt Celeskey

Children of Time brings the evolution of human behavior to life through Anne Weaver's scientifically-informed imagination.

The Shape of Script

How and Why Writing Systems Change
Edited by Stephen D. Houston

This book builds on earlier projects about the origins and extinctions of script traditions throughout the world in an effort to address the fundamental questions of how and why writing systems change. The contributors—who study ancient scripts from Arabic to Roman, from Bronze Age China to Middle Kingdom Egypt—utilize an approach that views writing less as a technology than as a mode of communication, one that is socially learned and culturally transmitted.

Madre

Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun
By Liza Bakewell

Bakewell's study is part memoir, part travelogue, and part investigation into a culture and its language.

Maya Medicine

Traditional Healing in Yucatán
By Marianna Appel Kunow

The entire process of traditional healing is examined in a small town in the Yucatán Peninsula near the ruins of Chichén Itzá, including the use of medicinal plants, massage, and ritual.

Re-creating the Circle

The Renewal of American Indian Self-Determination
By Deborah HuntGregory CajeteBenjamin BroomePhyllis GagnierJonodev Chaudhuri
Edited by LaDonna HarrisStephen SachsBarbara Morris

A collaboration between Native activists, professionals, and scholars, Re-Creating the Circle brings a new perspective to the American Indian struggle for self-determination.

Dangerous Liaisons

Anthropologists and the National Security State
Edited by Laura A. McNamaraRobert A. Rubinstein

Dangerous Liaisons is a book about intersections. It is a product of two year’s worth of discussion among a group of ethnographers from four different countries studying war, violence, the military, and the state.

Subjects: Anthropology

Otavalan Women, Ethnicity, and Globalization

By Linda D'Amico

Gender is at the center of D'Amico's analysis as she looks beyond the overlapping lives of Elsie Clews Parsons and Rosa Lema, both innovators and adept at crossing cultural boundaries, to explore the interrelationship between gender, ethnicity, and globalization.

Remapping Bolivia

Resources, Territory, and Indigeneity in a Plurinational State
Edited by Nicole FabricantBret Gustafson

The 2005 election of Evo Morales to the presidency of Bolivia marked a critical moment of transformation—a coca farmer and peasant union leader became the first indigenous president in the history of the Americas.

Anthropological Perspectives on Technology

Edited by Michael Brian Schiffer

This work provides recognition that anthropology and archaeology offer diverse perspectives for studying technology in virtually all human societies—from prehistoric painting to the industrial age.

The Maya of Modernism

Art, Architecture, and Film
By Jesse Lerner

This study examines the ways artists, architects, filmmakers, photographers, and other producers of visual culture in Mexico, the United States, Europe, and beyond have mined Mayan history and imagery.

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