School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series

Seduced and Betrayed

Exposing the Contemporary Microfinance Phenomenon
Edited by Milford BatemanKate Maclean

The contributors to this multidisciplinary volume consider the origins, evolution, and outcomes of microfinance from a variety of perspectives and contend that it has been an unsuccessful approach to development.

Fat Planet

Obesity, Culture, and Symbolic Body Capital
Edited by Eileen P. Anderson-FyeAlexandra Brewis

Fat Planet represents a collaborative effort to consider at a global scale what fat stigma is and what it does to people.

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

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

Linking the Histories of Slavery

North America and Its Borderlands
Edited by Bonnie MartinJames F. Brooks

This volume has brought together scholars from anthropology, history, psychology, and ethnic studies to share their original research into the lesser-known stories of slavery in North America and reveal surprising parallels among slave cultures across the continent.

Artisans and Advocacy in the Global Market

Walking the Heart Path
Edited by Jeanne SimonelliKatherine O’DonnellJune Nash

Contributors to this book explore how crafts — pottery, weaving, basketmaking, storytelling — in Middle America and beyond are a means of making an intangible cultural heritage visible, material, and enduring. Each contribution shows how social science research can evolve into advocacy, collaboration, and friendship.

Subjects: Anthropology

Disturbing Bodies

Perspectives on Forensic Anthropology
Edited by Zoë CrosslandRosemary A. Joyce

The theme of “disturbing bodies” has a double valence, evoking both the work that anthropologists do and also the ways in which the dead can, in turn, disturb the living through their material qualities, through dreams and other forms of presence, and through the political claims often articulated around them.

Subjects: Anthropology

Things in Motion

Object Itineraries in Anthropological Practice
Edited by Rosemary A. JoyceSusan D. Gillespie

Complementing the concept of object biography, the contributors to this volume use the complex construct of “itineraries” to trace the places in which objects come to rest or are active, the routes through which things circulate, and the means by which they are moved.

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