Issues of Globalization:

Case Studies in Contemporary Anthropology

Series Editors: Carla Freeman, Emory University and Li Zhang, University of California, Davis

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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  • Proposals wanted.

    We are actively looking for new projects that fit this description. We are especially interested in representing a wide variety of geographic areas. Please contact Series Editor Carla Freeman ( or Executive Editor Sherith Pankratz ( with inquiries regarding manuscript submission.

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    Becoming Legal

    Immigration Law and Mixed Status Families

    The only ethnography to examine family-based legalization
    from the perspective of families who undertake it.

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    An Ethnography of the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media Industries

    Examines how media professionals handle the uncertainties and risks of media production in a globalizing world

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    The Native World-System

    An Ethnography of
    Bolivian Aymara Traders
    in the Global Economy
    by Nico Tassi, University College London

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    City of Flowers

    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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About the Editors

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.