Anthropology from Chicago

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The Returns of Fetishism
Charles de Brosses and the Afterlives of an Idea
Charles de Brosses, Rosalind C. Morris, and Daniel H. Leonard
With a New Translation of On the Worship of Fetish Gods
“With this impeccably translated and carefully annotated edition of Charles de Brosses’s On the Worship of the Fetish Gods, Morris and Leonard reconsider the relations that objects hold with the world at large. Dazzling at every turn, the editors’ essays that frame the translation argue for the vitality and beauty of things that live with us. This book informs and exhilarates.”—Tom Conley, Harvard University
Paper $35.00

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A Socialist Peace?
Explaining the Absence of War in an African Country
Mike McGovern
“Tapping a wealth of ethnographic material and close readings of primary sources, this theoretically elegant book deserves comparison to classic works on conflict and state formation in other parts of the world. It will immediately gain recognition as a major work and is sure to change the way that people think about postcolonial legacies in Africa.”—William Reno, Northwestern University  
Paper $30.00

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Mobile Secrets
Youth, Intimacy, and the Politics of Pretense in Mozambique
Julie Soleil Archambault
Mobile Secrets probes with great sensitivity into the ambivalent potential of mobile communication in Mozambique. Archambault deploys considerable analytical skill and imagination to unravel how cell phones simplify yet also mystify social relations among young people. The result is a highly original study of the role cell phones play in the local politics of display and disguise.”—Adeline Masquelier, Tulane University
Paper $30.00

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The Mediterranean Incarnate
Region Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II
Naor Ben-Yehoyada
“In this brilliant study, fishermen, mafiosi, labor activists, oil company executives, smugglers, and EU officials join forces to re-invent the Mediterranean. It is a dynamic, shape-shifting place, and Ben-Yehoyada shows us what it is made of: kinship, politics, historical disagreements, shared infrastructure, and (yes) succulent shrimp and lobster.”—Andrew Shryock, University of Michigan
Paper $32.50

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Evidence
Howard S. Becker
Evidence is a deeply thoughtful, original take on the relationship between our ideas, the observations we make, and our ways of figuring out how we know what we are talking about. Becker breathes new life into an important tradition that has been overshadowed—thinking about methodology in terms of the practical organization of data gathering, alongside the practical ends we may not suspect, but that end up black-boxed as ‘objective’ data.”—Iddo Tavory, author of Summoned  
Paper $20.00

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Going Public
A Guide for Social Scientists
Arlene Stein and Jessie Daniels
Illustrations by Corey Fields
“There’s much to admire in this brave and much-needed book about doing public scholarship. The text is clearly written and consistently engaging. The examples are vivid, compelling, and fresh. The advice is candid and wise.”—Eric Klinenberg, New York University
“A clear, cheery read worth pressing on bright-eyed early career researchers and mature curmudgeons alike.”—Times Higher Education  
Paper $19.00