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This is a guide to library resources in the fields of Anthropology and Archaeology. Here you will find databases, electronic journals, tutorials, and other information.

Subject Librarian for Anthropology

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Monique Oldfield
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Welcome to the guide for Anthropology!

I hope that you will find this guide a useful starting place for your research in Anthropology. I have assembled a core collection of resources available through the Wayne State University Library System, as well as high quality, freely available web resources. This guide is a collaborative work-in-progress, developed with the suggestions and feedback from students and faculty in the Department of Anthropology.

Reference Works

Select Books & Book Chapters authored by Dept. of Anthropology Faculty

The Dragon in the Cockpit by Hung-Sying Jing and Allen Batteau

This book provides crucial insights into Chinese culture and how it manifests itself during flight operations, as well as highlighting ways in which Western technology and Chinese culture clash within the cockpit.

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Archaeology of Wak'as: : explorations of the sacred in the pre-Columbian Andes by Tamara L. Bray

Top Andean scholars from a variety of disciplines cross regional, theoretical, and material boundaries in their chapters, offering innovative methods and theoretical frameworks for interpreting the cultural particulars of Andean ontologies and notions of the sacred.

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Human Expeditions by Andre Costopoulos and Stephen Chrisomalis

Human Expeditions pays tribute to Bruce Trigger's (Bruce Trigger (1937- 2007) immense legacy by bringing together cutting edge work from internationally recognized and emerging researchers inspired by his example. This volume highlights the diversity of his academic work and the magnitude of his impact in many different areas of scholarship.

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Ethical Eating in the Postsocialist and Socialist World by Yuson Jung, Jakob A. Klein & Melissa L. Caldwell (Editors)

In this groundbreaking contribution to critical food studies, the editors explore what constitutes "ethical food" and "ethical eating" in socialist and formerly socialist societies. Collectively, the essays cover discourses on food and morality; the material and social practices surrounding production, trade, and consumption; and the political and economic power of social movements in Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Lithuania, Russia, and Vietnam.

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Opening Archaeology: Repatriation's impact on contemporary research and practice by Thomas W. Killion

In this volume, a group of anthropological archaeologists address repatriation from the perspective of museums, repatriation committees, cultural resources management, and biological anthropology.

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Remembering the Hacienda by Barry J. Lyons

This book probes the workings of power on haciendas and explores the hacienda's contemporary legacy. Remembering the Hacienda explains the role of religion as well as the reshaping of Runa culture and identity under the impact of land reform and liberation theology.

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The Clinic and Elsewhere by Todd Meyers

This book follows a group of adolescents from the time they enter drug rehabilitation treatment through their reentry into the outside world-the clinic, their homes and neighborhoods, and other institutional settings, tracing patterns of life that become mediated by pharmaceutical intervention.

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Guinea versus Congo Lands: Aspects of the Collective Memory in Haiti by Guerin Chapsal Montilus

A Chapter in the book Global Dimensions of the African Diaspora, edited by Joseph E. Harris.

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Landscape of Discontent: urban sustainability in immigrant Paris by Andrew Newman

Drawing extensively from immersive, firsthand ethnographic research with northeast Paris residents, as well as an analysis of green architecture and urban design, Andrew Newman argues that environmental politics must be separated from the construct of urban sustainability, which has been appropriated by forces of redevelopment and gentrification in Paris and beyond. "Landscape of Discontent" reveals the promise that environmentalism holds for urban communities anywhere.

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Contemporary 'Irish' Identity on the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean: St. Patrick's Day on Montserrat and the Invention of Tradition by by Laura McAtackney, Krysta Ryzewski, and John F. Cherry

A chapter in Heritage Diaspora and the Consumption of Culture Movements in Irish Landscapes, Diane Sabenacio Nititham & Rebecca Boyd, Editors.

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"Active Aging" as Citizenship in Poland by Jessica Robbins-Ruszkowski

A chapter in Generations: Rethinking Age and Citizenship. Richard Marback, editor.

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Dying at Home : a family guide for caregiving by Andrea Sankar

A thorough, well thought out guidebook to making and then living with the decision to help ease a person’s last days amongst the familiar surroundings of home and loved ones.

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