Anthropologue de réputation mondiale, Claude Lévi-Strauss, de l'Académie française, professeur honoraire au Collège de France, est l'auteur d'une oeuvre significant, traduite dans le monde entier, et qui a fait l'objet d'un très grand nombre de travaux. L'enseignement et les recherches de Claude Lévi-Strauss couvrent soixante années d'une activité qui air of secrecy été décisive pour le développement des sciences de l'homme et de l. a. société, par los angeles portée théorique d'une réflexion sur l'objet et le discours d'une anthropologie sociale témoignant de l. a. fécondité du structuralisme. Cet ouvrage reprend le meilleur du Cahier de l'Herne paru en 2004, sous l. a. course de Michel Izard. Les textes sélectionnés par Yves Jean tougher rendent compte du parcours d'exception de Lévi-Strauss - l. a. rencontre des Indiens brésiliens ou l'exil new yorkais lors de l. a. Seconde Guerre mondiale-, ainsi que des grandes étapes de l'invention créatrice, tel le passage des travaux sur l. a. parenté à l'immense aventure des Mythologiques...

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By Aihwa Ong

Fleeing the murderous Pol Pot regime, Cambodian refugees arrive in the USA as right now the sufferers and the heroes of America's misadventures in Southeast Asia; and their encounters with American citizenship are contradictory in addition. carrier services, bureaucrats, and employers exhort them to be self-reliant, individualistic, and unfastened, whilst the method and the tradition constrain them inside phrases of ethnicity, race, and sophistication. Buddha Is Hiding tells the tale of Cambodian americans experiencing American citizenship from the bottom-up. in keeping with wide fieldwork in Oakland and San Francisco, the research places a human face on how American institutions—of well-being, welfare, legislations, police, church, and industry—affect minority electorate as they negotiate American tradition and re-interpret the yankee dream.

In her past ebook, Flexible Citizenship, anthropologist Aihwa Ong wrote of elite Asians shuttling around the Pacific. This parallel learn tells the very varied tale of "the different Asians" whose course takes them from refugee camps to California's inner-city and high-tech enclaves. In Buddha Is Hiding we see those refugees changing into new citizen-subjects via a twin technique of being-made and self-making, balancing non secular salvation and entrepreneurial values as they undergo and undermine, soak up and deflect conflicting classes approximately welfare, paintings, medication, gender, parenting, and mass tradition. attempting to carry directly to the values of relatives and residential tradition, Cambodian americans still frequently consider that "Buddha is hiding." Tracing the entangled paths of terrible and wealthy Asians within the American kingdom, Ong increases new questions about the shape and which means of citizenship in an period of globalization.

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By Paul Raffaele

It's the stuff of nightmares, the darkish concept for literature and picture. yet astonishingly, cannibalism does exist, and in Among the Cannibals shuttle author Paul Raffaele trips to the a ways corners of the globe to find members during this mysterious and aggravating perform. From an vague New Guinea river village, the place Raffaele went looking for one of many final training cannibal cultures on the earth; to India, the place the Aghori sect nonetheless ritualistically devour their lifeless; to North the USA, the place facts exists that the Aztecs ate sacrificed sufferers; to Tonga, the place the descendants of fierce warriors nonetheless bear in mind how their predecessors preyed upon their foes; and to Uganda, the place the unlucky sufferers of the Lord's Resistance military fight to reenter a society from which they've been violently torn, Raffaele brings this baffling cultural ritual to mild in a mix of Indiana Jones-type experience and gonzo journalism.

Illustrated with pictures Raffaele took in the course of his travels, Among the Cannibals is a gripping examine the various extra unsavory elements of human civilization, certain to fulfill each reader's morbid curiosity.

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By Francis Fukuyama

A New York Times outstanding publication for 2011
A Globe and Mail top Books of the yr 2011 Title
A Kirkus Reviews top Nonfiction of 2011 identify

Virtually all human societies have been as soon as prepared tribally, but through the years such a lot constructed new political associations which integrated a valuable kingdom which can retain the peace and uniform legislation that utilized to all voters. a few went directly to create governments that have been dependable to their components. We take those associations without any consideration, yet they're absent or are not able to accomplish in lots of of contemporary constructing countries―with frequently disastrous effects for the remainder of the world.

Francis Fukuyama, writer of the bestselling The finish of heritage and the final guy and certainly one of our most crucial political thinkers, presents a sweeping account of the way ultra-modern simple political associations constructed. the 1st of a massive two-volume paintings, The Origins of Political Order starts with politics between our primate ancestors and follows the tale throughout the emergence of tribal societies, the expansion of the 1st smooth country in China, the start of the rule of thumb of legislation in India and the center East, and the improvement of political responsibility in Europe up until eventually the eve of the French Revolution.

Drawing on an unlimited physique of knowledge―history, evolutionary biology, archaeology, and economics―Fukuyama has produced a super, provocative paintings that provides clean insights at the origins of democratic societies and increases crucial questions on the character of politics and its discontents.

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By Nell Irvin Painter

A New York Times bestseller: “This wonderful new publication . . . [explores] the ‘notion of whiteness,’ an idea as harmful because it is seductive.”―Boston Globe

Telling maybe crucial forgotten tale in American background, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter courses us via greater than thousand years of Western civilization, illuminating not just the discovery of race but additionally the widespread compliment of “whiteness” for fiscal, clinical, and political ends. a narrative full of towering historic figures, The heritage of White People closes a massive hole in literature that has lengthy inquisitive about the non-white and forcefully reminds us that the idea that of “race” is an all-too-human invention whose that means, significance, and truth have replaced because it has been pushed via an extended and wealthy historical past of occasions. 70 black-and-white illustrations

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"Highly entertaining…Without being sentimental approximately it, Mr. Mabey will get us to examine lifestyles from the crops' standpoint. His technological know-how is sound, he is witty, and his language is engaging." ―Constance Casey, New York Times

The Cabaret of Plants is a masterful, globe-trotting exploration of the connection among people and the dominion of crops by way of the popular naturalist Richard Mabey.

A wealthy, sweeping, and beautifully readable paintings of botanical heritage, The Cabaret of Plants explores dozens of plant species that for millennia have challenged our imaginations, awoken our ask yourself, and upturned our rules approximately background, technological know-how, attractiveness, and trust. Going again to the beginnings of human heritage, Mabey indicates how plant life, timber, and vegetation were critical to human adventure not only as assets of foodstuff and drugs yet as items of worship, actors in construction myths, and emblems of struggle and peace, lifestyles and death.

Writing in a celebrated variety that the Economist calls “delightful and casually learned,” Mabey takes readers from the Himalayas to Madagascar to the Amazon to our personal backyards. He levels throughout the paintings of writers, artists, and scientists reminiscent of da Vinci, Keats, Darwin, and van Gogh and throughout approximately 40,000 years of human background: Ice Age photographs of flowers in historical cave paintings and the earliest representations of the backyard of Eden; Newton’s apple and gravity, Priestley’s sprig of mint and photosynthesis, and Wordsworth’s daffodils; the background of cultivated vegetation resembling maize, ginseng, and cotton; and the methods the solid oak turned the emblem of British nationhood and the enormous sequoia got here to epitomize the spirit of America.

Complemented by means of dozens of full-color illustrations, The Cabaret of Plants is the magnum opus of a very good naturalist and a rare exploration of the deeply interwined heritage of people and the typical world.

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By Ronald L. Grimes

Over the previous 20 years, North americans became more and more drawn to knowing and reclaiming the rites that mark major lifestyles passages. within the absence of significant rites of passage, we velocity during the risky intersections of existence and sometimes come to remorse lacking a chance to think about a kid's delivery, mark the arriving of adulthood, or meditate at the lack of a friend. delivering a hugely own, completely expert, and cross-cultural standpoint on rites of passage for basic readers, this e-book illustrates the ability of rites to assist us navigate life's tricky transitions.

The paintings of an enormous student who has spent years writing and instructing approximately ritual, Deeply into the Bone instigates a talk during which readers can fruitfully ponder their very own reports of passage. masking the numerous lifestyles occasions of beginning, initiation, marriage, and demise, chapters comprise first-person tales informed by means of people who have gone through rites of passage, money owed of practices from worldwide, short histories of chosen ritual traditions, and important reflections probing well known assumptions approximately ritual. The booklet additionally explores cutting edge rites for different very important occasions akin to starting institution, same-sex dedication ceremonies, abortion, severe ailment, divorce, and retirement.

Taking us optimistically into the abyss setting apart the non secular from the social clinical, the private from the scholarly, and the narrative from the analytical, Grimes synthesizes a magnificent volume of data to assist us locate extra insightful methods of comprehending life's nice transitions. As we are facing our more and more advanced society, Deeply into the Bone can help us reclaim the facility of rites and comprehend their influence on our lives.

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By Nigel Barley

While British anthropologist Nigel Barley arrange domestic one of the Dowayo humans in northern Cameroon, he knew how fieldwork may be carried out. regrettably, not anyone had informed the Dowayo. His compulsive, witty account of first fieldwork deals a perfectly inspiring advent to the genuine lifetime of a cultural anthropologist doing examine in a 3rd global zone. either touching and hilarious, Barley's unconventional story--in which he survived boredom, hostility, catastrophe, and illness--addresses many serious matters in anthropology and in fieldwork.

additionally by means of Nigel Barley and to be had from Waveland Press: Grave issues: Encounters with demise round the World (ISBN 978-1577664310). Titles of comparable curiosity to be had from Waveland Press: DeVita, Stumbling towards fact: Anthropologists at Work (ISBN 9781577661252) and Gardner-Hoffman, Dispatches from the sphere: Neophyte Ethnographers in a altering World (ISBN 9781577664512).

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By Richard Leakey

“The identify Leakey is synonymous with the learn of human origins,” wrote The big apple Times. The popular family members of paleontologists—Louis Leakey, Mary Leakey, and their son Richard Leakey—has enormously accelerated our figuring out of human evolution. The starting place of Humankind is Richard Leakey’s own view of the advance of Homo Sapiens. on the middle of his new photo of evolution is the creation of a heretical suggestion: as soon as the 1st apes walked upright, the evolution of contemporary people turned attainable and maybe inevitable. From this one evolutionary step comes the entire different evolutionary refinements and differences that set the human race except the apes. In interesting sections on how and why smooth people constructed a social association, tradition, and private habit, Leakey has a lot of curiosity to assert in regards to the improvement of paintings, language, and human consciousness.

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This leading edge quantity is the 1st collective attempt by way of archaeologists and ethnographers to exploit thoughts and versions from human behavioral ecology to discover the most consequential transitions in human background: the origins of agriculture. conscientiously balancing conception and targeted empirical learn, and drawing from a chain of ethnographic and archaeological case reviews from 11 locations—including North and South the USA, Mesoamerica, Europe, the close to East, Africa, and the Pacific—the individuals to this quantity research the transition from searching and collecting to farming and herding utilizing a extensive set of analytical types and ideas. those comprise vitamin breadth, relevant position foraging, perfect loose distribution, discounting, hazard sensitivity, inhabitants ecology, and dear signaling. An introductory bankruptcy either charts the fundamentals of the speculation and notes parts of speedy improve in our figuring out of the way human subsistence platforms evolve. concluding chapters by way of senior archaeologists think about the opportunity of human behavioral ecology to provide an explanation for domestication and the transition from foraging to farming.

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