This series introduces key concepts and theories of globalization through rich and compelling ethnography. It offers new research through case studies in a style and format appropriate for both students and scholars of Anthropology and related fields. We showcase ethnographies that push the field forward in a scholarly way and also serve as good teaching tools. Specific topics might address migration, labor, consumption, popular culture, health, food, religion, art and performance, etc. as they help to illuminate processes of globalization. These case studies foreground the specificity of place, culture and history, and also introduce analytical themes, theory, and debates central to our understanding of globalization in the contemporary world.
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An Ethnography of
Bolivian Aymara Traders
in the Global Economy
by Nico Tassi, University College London
An Ethnography of
Social and Economic Change
in Costa Rica's Central Valley
by Susan E Mannon, University of the Pacific
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A nuanced ethnography of the Bolivian Aymara trading system--one of the most up-and-coming forms of indigenous entrepreneurship on the American continent
An engaging, timely ethnographic study that explores how individuals and households give meaning and shape to social and economic change in Costa Rica
An ethnography of identity, environment, and development in rural West Africa
A riveting ethnography on Salvadoran street gangs in Los Angeles
A brief, engaging ethnography on undocumented Mexican workers in America that engages contemporary debates on immigration policy.
A brief, engaging ethnography on race and tourism in modern socialist Cuba that engages concepts of belonging and identity.
An ethnography on the lives of the foraging Aka and the farming Ngandu of the Central African Republic that explores women's roles in contemporary Africa.
Carla Freeman is Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty at Emory University. She is the author of High Tech and High Heels in the Global Economy: Women, Work, and Pink Collar Identities in the Caribbean (Duke University Press, 2000), Global Middle Classes: Ethnographic Particularities, Theoretical Convergences (SAR Press, edited with Rachel Heiman and Mark Liechty), and Entrepreneurial Selves: Neoliberal Respectability and the Making of a Caribbean Middle Class (Duke University Press, 2014) and President Elect of the Association for Feminist Anthropology. Freeman's research explores the culture and political economy of globalization and development; affect and economy and the changing nature of work/life.
Li Zhang is Professor and Chair of Anthropology, and former Director of the East Asian Studies Program at the University of California at Davis. She is a Guggenheim Fellow (2008) and the President of the Society for East Asian Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. She is the author of two award-winning books, Strangers in the City: Reconfigurations of Space, Power, and Social Networks within China’s Floating Population (Stanford, 2001) and In Search of Paradise: Middle-Class Living in a Chinese Metropolis (Cornell, 2010). Her current research project explores the "inner revolution" brought by the market transition with a focus on an emergent psychotherapy movement in Chinese cities.