Migrants and City-Making: Dispossession, Displacement, and Urban Regeneration

In Migrants and City-Making Ayse Çaglar and Nina Glick Schiller trace the participation of migrants in the unequal networks of power that connect their lives to regional, national, and global institutions. Grounding their work in comparative ethnographies of three cities struggling to regain their former standing—Mardin, Turkey; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Halle/Saale, Germany—Çaglar and Glick Schiller challenge common assumptions that migrants exist on society’s periphery, threaten social cohesion, and require integration. Instead Çaglar and Glick Schiller explore their multifaceted role as city-makers, including their relationships to municipal officials, urban developers, political leaders, business owners, community organizers, and social justice movements. In each city Çaglar and Glick Schiller met with migrants from around the world; attended cultural events, meetings, and religious services; and patronized migrant-owned businesses, allowing them to gain insights into the ways in which migrants build social relationships with non-migrants and participate in urban restoration and development. In exploring the changing historical contingencies within which migrants live and work, Çaglar and Glick Schiller highlight how city-making invariably involves engaging with the far-reaching forces that dispossess people of their land, jobs, resources, neighborhoods, and hope. 

Ayse Çaglar is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna and coeditor of Locating Migration: Rescaling Cities and Migrants.

Nina Glick Schiller is Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She is coauthor of Georges Woke Up Laughing: Long-Distance Nationalism and the Search for Home, also published by Duke University Press, and most recently, coeditor of Whose Cosmopolitanism? Critical Perspectives, Relationalities, and Discontents.

2018. Durham/London: Duke University Press. 296 pages.
ISBN paperback: 978-0-8223-7056-7
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978-0-8223-7044-4
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Care across Distance. Ethnographic Explorations of Aging and Migration

World-wide migration has an unsettling effect on social structures, especially on aging populations and eldercare. This volume investigates how taken-for-granted roles are challenged, intergenerational relationships transformed, economic ties recalibrated, technological innovations utilized, and spiritual relations pursued and desired, and asks what it means to care at a distance and to age abroad. What it does show is that trans-nationalization of care produces unprecedented convergences of people, objects and spaces that challenge our assumptions about the who, how, and where of care.

Azra Hromadžić is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Syracuse University. She is the author of Citizens of an Empty Nation: Youth and State-making in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), which was recently translated into Serbian.

Monika Palmberger is a research fellow and lecturer in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, research fellow at the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre, University of Leuven, and author/editor of How Generations Remember: Conflicting Histories and Shared Memories in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina (2016) and Memories on the Move: Experiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past (2016, with Jelena Tosic).

2018. 192 pages, 14 illus., bibliog., index. ISBN  978-1-78533-800-7 $110.00/£78.00
eISBN 978-1-78533-801-4 eBook
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Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs and Street Gangs

Scheming Legality, Resisting Criminalization

This edited collection offers in-depth essays on outlaw motorcycle clubs and street gangs. Written by sociologists, anthropologists and criminologists, it asks the question of how the self-proclaimed ‘outlaws’ integrate into society. While these groups may cultivate a deviant image, these original studies show that we should not let ourselves be deceived by appearances. These ‘outlaws’ are, paradoxically, well integrated into mainstream society. The essays read the relationship of these groups to the media, law enforcement and society through the lens of their strategies of ‘scheming legality’ and ‘resisting criminalization’. These reveal most strikingly how the knowledge of social codes, norms and mechanisms is put to use by these groups. This groundbreaking volume provides answers to previously understudied questions through well-researched case studies drawn from across Europe and United States. With wide-reaching implications for communities around the world, this exciting collection of essays will be of great interest to academics and governmental institutions as well as students and general readers of anthropology, sociology and criminology.

Tereza Kuldova is a social anthropologist and Researcher at the University of Oslo, Norway.  She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology and guest scientist at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna.

Martín Sánchez-Jankowski directs the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and the Center for Urban Ethnography at the UC Berkeley, USA.

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Migration and its impact on Armenia. A field practice.

Displacement and migration play an important role in the memory and lived experience of Armenians. For centuries, they have been forced to leave their places of residence because of political and religious persecution, difficult economic conditions, and natural disasters. Armenia—exhibiting one of the world’s highest emigration rates in comparison to its overall population— shows a plethora of impacts and interdependencies between long-term, short-term labor migration and emigration. Furthermore, the worldwide Armenian diaspora has a huge impact on current social developments in Armenia. This refers in particular to questions of return migration, transfer of remittances and connections between the people in Armenia and transnational Armenian communities. Thus, Armenia is a good case to study a vast array of issues closely related to mobility.

All this convinced the editors Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek and Maria Anna Six-Hohenbalken to organize a guided field trip for social and cultural anthropology students to Armenia. This special issue of ASSA brings together several papers that emerged from this field research including papers from colleagues in Armenia working on topics of mobility and migration.

Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek works as a senior researcher and lecturer at the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, since 1985. Main research interests: society and politics in the Middle East and Central Asia, migration, ethnicity, identity, state and nation building, and processes of social transformation.

Maria Six-Hohenbalken is a researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and lecturer at the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna. Her fields of interest are political violence, migration, refuge, and memory.

2017. Austrian Studies in Social Anthropology, Sondernummer 1/2017, 186 pp.
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Stategraphy. Toward a Relational Anthropology of the State.

“Drawing on a rich set of case studies conducted across Europe, Stategraphy opens a new line of research in the growing field of the ethnographies of the state. Resolute to bridge the gap between cultural representations and actual practices, and attentive to the relational dimensions of street-level bureaucracies, the authors outline a comparative approach to contemporary states, which will be of interest for both anthropologists and political scientists.”

Didier Fassin, Princeton University

Stategraphy—the ethnographic exploration of relational modes, boundary work, and forms of embeddedness of actors—offers crucial analytical avenues for researching the state. By exploring interactions and negotiations of local actors in different institutional settings, the contributors explore state transformations in relation to social security in a variety of locations spanning from Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans to the United Kingdom and France. Fusing grounded empirical studies with rigorous theorizing, the volume provides new perspectives to broader related debates in social research and political analysis.

Contributors: Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Ştefan Dorondel, Vincent Dubois, Alice Forbess, Deborah James, Rebecca Kay, Mihai Popa, Rosie Read, Duška Roth, Gyöngyi Schwarcz, Alexandra Szöke, Tatjana Thelen, André Thiemann, Larissa Vetters

Tatjana Thelen, Larissa Vetters and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann (eds.)

Tatjana Thelen is full professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, and recently fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University, leading the research group on “Kinship and Politics.” She coedited a special issue of Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology entitled “Social Security and Care after Socialism” (2007) and the volume Reconnecting State and Kinship (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).

Larissa Vetters currently acts as research coordinator of the Law and Society Institute at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She previously worked as a lecturer at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (2011–2013). Her research focuses on processes of (external) state-building in Bosnia and Herzegovina and, more recently, on migrants encounters with the German state in the frame of administrative court cases.

Keebet von Benda-Beckmann is professor emeritus, former head of the Project Group Legal Pluralism, and currently associate of the Department of Law and Anthropology, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Recent publications include the coedited Rules of Law and Laws of Ruling: On the Governance of Law (Ashgate, 2009) and the coauthored Political and Legal Transformations of an Indonesian Polity (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

2017. New York, Oxford: Berghahn, 164 pages, Hardback: ISBN  978-1-78533-699-7 $95.00/£67.00, Paperback: ISBN  978-1-78533-700-0 $27.95/£19.00, E-Book: eISBN 978-1-78533-701-7

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Reconnecting State and Kinship

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"Arguing that the anthropology of kinship and political anthropology have become two distinct sub-disciplines, mirroring the assumed dichotomy of traditional versus modern societies, this edited volume sets out to demonstrate the theoretical weakness that arises of such positions. Through excellent chapters by experienced anthropologists, we are shown the fallacy of the separation. Kinship and politics emerge as mutually constitutive enriching our understanding of both."

Signe Howell, University of Oslo

Kinship and statehood are often seen as two distinct modes of social organization, sometimes conceived of as following each other in a temporal line and sometimes as operating on different scales. Kinship is associated with smallscale communities in stateless societies. The state, meanwhile, is viewed as a development away from kinship as political order toward rational, impersonal, and functional forms of rule. In recent decades, scholarship has challenged these notions, but the underlying presumption of a deep-rooted opposition between kinship and the (modern) state has remained surprisingly stable.

Reconnecting State and Kinship seeks to trace the historical shifts and boundary work implied in the ongoing reproduction of these supposedly discrete or even opposing units of analysis. Policies and interventions modeled upon the assumed polarity can have lasting consequences for mechanisms of marginalization and exclusion, including decisions about life and death.

Reconnecting State and Kinship not only explores the boundary-related and classificatory practices that reinforce the kinship/statehood binary but also tracks the traveling of these concepts and their underlying norms through time and space ultimately demonstrating the ways that kinship and "the state" are intertwined.

Contributors: Erdmute Alber, Apostolos Andrikopoulos, Helle Bundgaard, Jeanette Edwards, Karen Fog Olwig, Victoria Goddard, Michael Herzfeld, Eirini Papadaki, Frances Pine, Ivan Rajković, Tatjana Thelen, Thomas Zitelmann.

Tatjana Thelen and Erdmute Alber (eds.)

Tatjana Thelen is Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna.

Erdmute Alber is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bayreuth.

2017. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc., 256pp., Hardback: ISBN 9780812249514, £ 50 / $59,95, E-Book: ISBN 9780812294415, £ 39 / $59,95

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Emerging Socialities in 21st Century Healthcare

The landscape of healthcare is changing rapidly, both on an organisational and a technological level. This book gathers medical anthropologists to examine the ways that both patients and health care workers are being affected by new policies, markets, and technologies. Contributors cover a wide range of topics, including vaccination, disability, migration, and self-medication, making clear that not only are changing circumstances leading to the emergence of new socialities, but they are also driving new ethics and moralities.

Bernhard Hadolt is senior lecturer and former Director of Studies at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna and a member of the steering committee of the Medical Anthropology at Home network. His work focused on the fields of assisted reproductive technology, genetic testing and more recently vaccination in Austria, Japan, and the Philippines.
Anita Hardon former Scientific Director of the AISSR, is known throughout the UvA and the international academic community for her invaluable contribution to the field of global healthcare and reproductive health. She is co-author of the vital book, The Social Lives of Medicine.

2017. Amsterdam University Press. 176 pages.
Hardback, €79.00, ISBN 978 94 6298 277 2
E-Book, €78.99, e-ISBN 978 90 4853 281 0
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Mobile Workers Guide – Fly-in/Fly-out and rotational shift work in mining. Yukon experiences.

The “Mobile Workers Guide – Fly-in/Fly-out and Rotational Shift Work in Mining. Yukon Experiences” presents a wide range of insights into a work life that is characterised by mobility, living in camps and being on scheduled times away from home. In it, experienced workers – men and women alike – from a variety of professions in the exploration and mining sector provide insight for those who are new to this industry. They share stories, experiences, strategies for coping with potential difficulties and tips for how to benefit from this traveling lifestyle. The sections of the guide introduce the readers to topics, such as, coping with boom and bust cycles, specifics of mining communities, First Nation employment, women in mining, family life and private relationships, income management and career development.

This guide results from the ReSDA research project “LACE – Labour Mobility and Community Participation in the Extractive Industries” based at the Yukon College (YT), Lakehead University (ON), University of
Vienna (AT). ReSDA – Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic.

2017. ReSDA / First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun / Yukon College, Whitehorse, 56 pages
Book, ISBN:978-1-7750516-0-2; e-book, ISBN: 978-1-7750516-1-9
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Small Countries. Structures and Sensibilities

In terms of population size, some two thirds of the countries of the world can now be considered small countries, and they can be found in all world regions except North America and East Asia. They exhibit great diversity with regard to culture, history, and institutional arrangements, so there can be no model of any “typical” small country. Yet the essays collected in Small Countries identify a range of family resemblances in such areas as internal connectivity and sensibilities of identity. Contributors describe a number of similar problems with which small countries must cope, on domestic levels as well as in their transnational and global encounters. For some small countries, challenges such as media organization and branding have a negative impact on real or perceived vulnerability, while for others, the same challenges facilitate success stories.

Comparative case studies cover a diverse set of regions, including the Caribbean, Middle East, Africa, and Europe, and employ diverse anthropological approaches. Tacit assumptions about scale, identities, and networks in everyday social life are best revealed through close, interpretive effort. At times a sense of shared belonging comes to the fore with particular events, such as a national crisis or an unexpected success in international sports, offering scope for situational analyses. In showing how small countries confront globalization, Small Countries reveals how the sense of scale intensifies when the world as a whole shrinks.

Contributors: Regina F. Bendix, Aleksandar Boškovic, Virginia R. Dominguez, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Andre Gingrich, Beng-Lan Goh, Ulf Hannerz, Sulayman N. Khalaf, Eva-Maria Knoll, Jacqueline Knörr, Orvar Löfgren, João de Pina-Cabral, Don Robotham, Cris Shore, Richard Wilk, Helena Wulff.

Ulf Hannerz is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University.
Andre Gingrich is Director of the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences.

2017. University of Pennsylvania Press. 352 pages. Hardcover ISBN: 9780812248937
2017. University of Pennsylvania Press. 352 pages. Ebook ISBN: 9780812293791

Emerging Socialities in 21st Century Healthcare

The landscape of healthcare is changing rapidly, both on an organisational and a technological level. This book gathers medical anthropologists to examine the ways that both patients and health care workers are being affected by new policies, markets, and technologies. Contributors cover a wide range of topics, including vaccination, disability, migration, and self-medication, making clear that not only are changing circumstances leading to the emergence of new socialities, but they are also driving new ethics and moralities.

Bernhard Hadolt is senior lecturer and former Director of Studies at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna and a member of the steering committee of the Medical Anthropology at Home network. His work focused on the fields of assisted reproductive technology, genetic testing and more recently vaccination in Austria, Japan, and the Philippines.
Anita Hardon former Scientific Director of the AISSR, is known throughout the UvA and the international academic community for her invaluable contribution to the field of global healthcare and reproductive health. She is co-author of the vital book, The Social Lives of Medicine.

2017. Amsterdam University Press. 176 pages.
Hardback, €79.00, ISBN 978 94 6298 277 2
E-Book, €78.99, e-ISBN 978 90 4853 281 0
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Mobile Workers Guide – Fly-in/Fly-out and rotational shift work in mining. Yukon experiences.

The “Mobile Workers Guide – Fly-in/Fly-out and Rotational Shift Work in Mining. Yukon Experiences” presents a wide range of insights into a work life that is characterised by mobility, living in camps and being on scheduled times away from home. In it, experienced workers – men and women alike – from a variety of professions in the exploration and mining sector provide insight for those who are new to this industry. They share stories, experiences, strategies for coping with potential difficulties and tips for how to benefit from this traveling lifestyle. The sections of the guide introduce the readers to topics, such as, coping with boom and bust cycles, specifics of mining communities, First Nation employment, women in mining, family life and private relationships, income management and career development.

This guide results from the ReSDA research project “LACE – Labour Mobility and Community Participation in the Extractive Industries” based at the Yukon College (YT), Lakehead University (ON), University of
Vienna (AT). ReSDA – Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic.

2017. ReSDA / First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun / Yukon College, Whitehorse, 56 pages
Book, ISBN:978-1-7750516-0-2; e-book, ISBN: 978-1-7750516-1-9
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Facetten von Flucht aus dem Nahen und Mittleren Osten

Der vorliegende Band informiert über Herkunftsregionen und Hintergründe aktueller Fluchtbewegungen. Im Fokus stehen sozialanthropologische Ansätze der Flüchtlingsforschung, Flüchtlingsrouten, Aspekte des Asylwesens, praktische Beratungsarbeit und Integrationsinitiativen im Aufnahmeland sowie psychotherapeutische Perspektiven. Den Abschluss bilden Rekonstruktionen von gedachten und gelebten Zugehörigkeiten oder Abgrenzungen zu kriegerischen Entwicklungen in Syrien, die entlang narrativer Interviews mit Geflüchteten erhoben wurden.

Mit Beiträgen von Astrid Aringer, Susanne Binder, Philipp Bruckmayr, Gebhard Fartacek, Elisabeth Fiorioli, Elena Jirovsky, Irene Kucera, Petra Limberger, Camilla Mittelberger, Nora Ramirez Castillo, Yvonne Schaffler, Leonardo Schiocchet, Andreas Schulz, Melanie Schwaß, Sandra Schweiger, Jelena Tošić, Lisa Vavra und Sigrid Waser-Wagner.

Susanne Binder, Kultur- und Sozialanthropologin, unterrichtet an der Universität Wien sowie an der FH St. Pölten. Seit 2010 leitet sie das Projekt „Interkulturelles Mentoring für Schulen“.
Gebhard Fartacek
, wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Projektleiter am Phonogrammarchiv der ÖAW. Lehrbeauftragter u.a. am Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie der Universität Wien.

2017. facultas. broschiert, 24,90 EUR, ISBN 978-3-7089-1452-7
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Memories on the Move. Experiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past

Bringing together vivid ethnographic material, this book opens up a timely conversation between memory and mobility/migration studies. It goes beyond the idea of the nation state as the primary unit of analysis to explore how people on the move use different forms and media of remembering to make sense of their lives and act as political subjects. Investigating when and by what means people on the move remember and communicate memories in the context of various forms of (im)mobility, the authors examine photographs, films, the reinhabiting of pre-exilic homes, pseudo-historical performances, transgenerational mnemonic gatherings and transnational political activism. This edited collection will appeal to scholars of anthropology, sociology, political science, human geography, history and oral history.

Editors:
Monika Palmberger
is Visiting Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Research Fellow at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Jelena Tošić is Research Fellow at the University of Vienna, Austria, and Lecturer at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

2016. Palgrave Macmillan UK. Harcover, 120,99€, ISBN 978-1-137-57548-7
2016. Palgrave Macmillan UK. E-Book (EPUB, PDF), 91,62€, ISBN 978-1-137-57549-4
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How Generations Remember. Conflicting Histories and Shared Memories in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina

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This book provides a profound insight into post-war Mostar, and the memories of three generations of this Bosnian-Herzegovinian city. Drawing on several years of ethnographic fieldwork, it offers a vivid account of how personal and collective memories are utterly intertwined, and how memories across the generations are reimagined and ‘rewritten’ following great socio-political change. Focusing on both Bosniak-dominated East Mostar and Croat-dominated West Mostar, it demonstrates that, even in this ethno-nationally divided city with its two divergent national historiographies, generation-specific experiences are crucial in how people ascribe meaning to past events. It argues that the dramatic and often brutal transformations that Bosnia and Herzegovina has witnessed have led to alterations in memory politics, not to mention disparities in the life situations faced by the different generations in present-day post-war Mostar. This in turn has created variations in memories along generational lines, which affect how individuals narrate and position themselves in relation to the country's history. This detailed and engaging work will appeal to students and scholars of anthropology, sociology, political science, history and oral history, particularly those with an interest in memory, post-socialist Europe and conflict studies.

Monika Palmberger is a Hertha Firnberg Research Fellow at the University of Vienna, Austria, and Visiting Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

2016. Palgrave Macmillan UK, Series Title: Global Diversities, 254 pp., Print ISBN 978-1-137-45062-3, Online ISBN 978-1-137-45063-0

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Settlements at the Edge. Remote Human Settlements in Developed Nations

Cover of the Book. A Nordic Landscape with houses and the sea in the background with ice on it.

Settlements at the Edge examines the evolution, characteristics, functions and shifting economic basis of settlements in sparsely populated areas of developed nations. With a focus on demographic change, the book features theoretical and applied cases which explore the interface between demography, economy, well-being and the environment. This book offers a comprehensive and insightful knowledge base for understanding the role of population in shaping the development and histories of northern sparsely populated areas of developed nations including Alaska (USA), Australia, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Finland and other nations with territories within the Arctic Circle.

Gertrude Saxinger et al. (eds.)

Extent: 488 pp Hardback Price: £110.00 Web: £99.00 Publication Date: 2016 ISBN: 978 1 78471 195 5

Rapa Nui - Easter Island. Cultural and Historical Perspectives

Aus den Blickwinkeln von international anerkannten Osterinselforschern – Historikern, Ethnologen, Archäologen, Populärkulturforschern sowie Linguisten – werden neue, unorthodoxe und bisher nicht behandelte Aspekte zur Kultur der Rapanui auf der Osterinsel erörtert. Dreizehn englischsprachige Beiträge werfen ein neues Licht auf Rapa Nui und insbesondere auf dessen Rezeption in der westlichen Welt, die von zahlreichen Klischees geprägt ist. Die Bandbreite reicht dabei von Archäologie über Tourismus bis zu Comics und Musik. This is a multidisciplinary book with subjects ranging from fact to fiction and from Thor Heyerdahl and Katherine Routledge to Indiana Jones and Lara Croft.

Ian Conrich und Hermann Mückler (eds)
2016, Frank & Timme, Hardcover, 1. Aufl., 252 S., zahlr. Abbild., ISBN: 978-3-7329-0265-1, 39,80 Euro.

SRK and Global Bollywood

The past few decades of accelerated globalization, characterized by a proliferation of appearances, images, and information, has revealed a strong preoccupation with film stars and celebrity culture in India. Shah Rukh Khan, aka SRK, in this context, has emerged as an important figure. Located within the context of global Bollywood cinema, SRK and his persona have led to a unique experience and understanding of stardom vis-à-vis a liberalized and urban Indian culture. As an actor, entrepreneur, icon for India and Indianness, and as the quintessential diasporic star, his appeal cuts across regional, linguistic, and national boundaries.

A valuable addition to Indian cinema studies, star studies, and scholarly work on SRK, this collection of essays draws attention to the ways in which his stardom acts as an emblem for diasporic and transnational desires in modern India and beyond. Written by eminent and emerging scholars from across the globe, the essays engage with questions about stardom in a media-centred world. In doing so, they create meaning and probe further into the complex world that emerges as a result of SRK being the agent and content of various media practices.

Rajinder Dudrah, Elke Mader, Bernhard Fuchs (eds.)

2015. Oxford University Press. Hardback. ISBN: 9780199460472; 54 GBP

Walter Knoche – Die Osterinsel. Die chilenische Osterinsel-Expedition von 1911.

Dem aus Berlin stammenden Meteorologen und Biophysiker Walter Knoche wurde von der chilenischen Regierung 1911 die wissenschaftliche Leitung der ersten chilenischen Osterinsel-Expedition übertragen. Knoche errichtete nicht nur eine meteorologische und seismologische Station auf der Insel, sondern führte darüber hinaus unterschiedliche, vor allem ethnologische Erhebungen durch. Der heute weitgehend vergessene Wissenschaftler verfasste 1925 das Buch "Die Osterinsel". Da es ihm noch möglich war, die letzten beiden Osterinsulaner, die die alten Kulturtraditionen der im Aussterben begriffenen Kultur kannten, zu befragen, dokumentierte er Bräuche und Überlieferungen, die schon wenige Jahre später gänzlich verloren gegangen sind. Sein damals nur in geringer Stückzahl erschienenes Buch wird nun nach 90 Jahren in kommentierter Weise der Öffentlichkeit wieder zugänglich gemacht.

Hermann Mückler (Hg.)
Reihe A: Quellen zur Südsee, 320 S., 79 Abbild., Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, Hardcover, 1. Auflage, 2015, ISBN 978-3-447-10478-4, 70,00 Euro.

Care/Sorge - Konstruktion, Reproduktion und Auflösung bedeutsamer Bindungen

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"Care" has moved increasingly into the focus of public debate in recent years. Against the background of German reunification, Tatjana Thelen combines this central theme with the construction, reproduction, and resolution of significant bonds – a key problem in social science theory. This lays the foundation for an innovative theory of care and introduces new perspectives on processes of community building.
The study combines perspectives of social anthropology, European ethnology, and sociology, but also offers important insights for nursing care practice.

Tatjana Thelen

2014. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 298pp., Print: ISBN 978-3-8376-2562-2, € 29,99, E-Book: ISBN 978-3-8394-2562-6, € 26,99