Dreams that matter: Egyptian landscapes of the imagination by Amira Mittermaier

By Amira Mittermaier

Desires that topic explores the social and fabric lifetime of goals in modern Cairo. Amira Mittermaier courses the reader via landscapes of the mind's eye that characteristic Muslim dream interpreters who draw on Freud, reformists who brush aside all types of divination as superstition, a Sufi devotional workforce that retains a diary of desires concerning its shaykh, and usual believers who communicate of relocating encounters with the Prophet Muhammad. In shut discussion along with her Egyptian interlocutors, Islamic textual traditions, and Western theorists, Mittermaier teases out the dream's moral, political, and non secular implications. Her publication is a provocative exam of ways present-day Muslims come across and interact the Divine that provides a unique standpoint at the Islamic Revival. desires That subject opens up new areas for an anthropology of the mind's eye, inviting us to reconsider either the imagined and the genuine.

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The Social Lives of Forests: Past, Present, and Future of by Susanna B. Hecht, Visit Amazon's Kathleen D. Morrison Page,

By Susanna B. Hecht, Visit Amazon's Kathleen D. Morrison Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Kathleen D. Morrison, , Christine Padoch

Forests are in decline, and the threats those outposts of nature face—including deforestation, degradation, and fragmentation—are the results of human tradition. Or are they? This quantity calls those assumptions into query, revealing forests’ prior, current, and destiny stipulations to be the joint items of a number of average and cultural forces. furthermore, in lots of instances the coalescence of those forces—from neighborhood ecologies to competing wisdom systems—has masked an important modern development of wooded area resurgence, even within the forests of the tropics.

targeting the background and present use of woodlands from India to the Amazon, The Social Lives of Forests makes an attempt to construct a coherent view of forests sited on the nexus of nature, tradition, and improvement. With chapters overlaying the consequences of human actions on succession styles in now-protected Costa Rican forests; the intersection of gender and data in African shea nut tree markets; or even the without warning wealthy city woodlands of Chicago, this ebook explores forests as areas of vital human motion, with complicated associations, ecologies, and economies that experience remodeled those landscapes long ago and proceed to form them at the present time. From rain forests to trees farms, the face of forests—how we outline, comprehend, and hold them—is changing.

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Conflict and Social Order in Tibet and Inner Asia by Fernanda Pirie, Toni Huber

By Fernanda Pirie, Toni Huber

Revolution and social dislocation below the communist regimes of China and the Soviet Union, by way of the upheavals of reform and modernisation, were skilled via Tibetan, Mongolian and Siberian humans, forcibly built-in into those state states, as clash, violence and social disruption. This quantity, bringing jointly case stories from in the course of the quarter, assesses the reviews and legacies of such occasions. Highlighting the organisation of these who form and manage clash and social order and their old, cultural and non secular assets, the editors speak about proof of social continuity, in addition to the game of social order. enticing with anthropological views on clash and social order, this quantity therefore presents an unique comparative point of view on either Tibet and internal Asia.

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Maidens, Meal and Money: Capitalism and the Domestic by Claude Meillassoux

By Claude Meillassoux

For over two decades, Claude Meillassoux has been inquisitive about the learn of the various modes of construction which existed in Africa sooner than colonisation, and the ways that they answered to colonisation. during this booklet Professor Meillassoux attracts either on his vast fieldwork in Africa and at the anthropological literature to supply a close theoretical research of the self-sustaining agricultural group and its articulation with capitalism in the course of the means of colonisation. utilizing proof from the often separated disciplines of ethnology and economics, he explores the most important contradiction created by way of the patience in the middle of capitalism of the self-sustaining household group as a way of copy of labour strength, and indicates that during truth there's a logical connection among the kinship buildings which regulate copy in such groups and the kinds of exploitation of employees from teams ruled by way of imperialism. This ebook bargains the weather either one of a complicated idea of the household mode of construction and of a thorough critique of classical and structuralist anthropology. simply as Professor Meillassoux's past paintings, L'Anthropologie iconomique des Gouro de Côte d'Ivoire used to be bought as a 'turning element within the background of anthropology', this learn, which fits past a dialogue of strategies in an try and extra the sensible steps taken by means of Marx and Engels, represents a tremendous contribution to the modern growth of old materialism.

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