AAA Launches Back-in-Print Program

Marriage and MandatoryIn response to member demand for out-of-print AAA works, the AAA Publishing Department is pleased to announce that it has inventory of the following titles.

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Decolonizing Anthropology: Moving Further toward an Anthropology for Liberation edited by Faye V. Harrison.

“provides a most-needed analysis of the benefits and limitations of the new cultural anthropology.” Bolles ~American Ethnologist, 1994 (DOI: 10.1525/ae.1994.21.4.02a00160)


“groundbreaking” Levinson - The Teachers College Record, 2008

Decolonizing Anthropology is part of a broader effort that aims to advance the critical reconstruction of the discipline devoted to understanding humankind in all its diversity and commonality...The utility and power of a decolonized anthropology must continue to be tested and developed...May the results of our ethnographic probes--the data, the social and cultural analysis, the theorizing, and the strategies for knowledge application--help us envision clearer paths toincreased understanding, a heightened sense of intercultural  and international solidarity, and last, but certainly not least, world transformation.

SUPPORTS: Fieldwork and methodology courses, Anthropology of Race and Racism, African American history and studies. 

Honor and Shame and the Unity of the Mediterranean by edited David Gilmore.

“A stimulating reflection on the utility of the honor/shame model” Kertzer~American Anthropologist 1987. (DOI: 10.1525/aa.1987.89.4.02a00590)


“This volume is thus especially significant and timely, and should be recognized as generally important for anthropologists, regardless of their particular ethnographic concerns.” Saunders~Anthropological Quarterly 1988.

Gilmore provides new, comparable data on Peristiany's paradigm, "honor and shame." He reexamines fundamental assumptions about Mediterranean unity made on the basis of the original honor/shame model.

SUPPORTS: European history and area studies, coursework in religion, anthropology of gender and social control.

Bitter Money: Cultural Economy & Some African Meanings of Forbidden Commodities by Parker Shipton.

“fascinating little book adds to the study of culture to political economy” MacGaffey~Journal of Anthropological Research, 1990


“presents fascinating material on beliefs about money in some Luo-speaking communities of Kenya… an insightful analysis… a case that will generate fruitful discussions for years to come” Ferguson~American Ethnologist, 1991. DOI: 10.1525/ae.1991.18.3.02a00280

Bitter Money unites symbolic and economic analysis in exploring the beliefs about forbidden exchanges among the Luo of Kenya and other African peoples.
Shipton's multi-paradigmatic theoretical explanation briefly summarizes a century of anthropological thought about African exchange, while integrating ways of
understanding rural African economy, politics, and culture.

SUPPORTS: Economic anthropology, material culture classes, East African history and area studies.

Princes of the Earth: Subcultural Diversity in a Mexican Municipality by Barbara Luise Margolies

“She shows with considerable documentation, much of it in the words and writings of the people themselves, how the Mexican Revolution has affected the countryside.”David Maybury-Lewis~Foreword

"By concentrating her attention on an entire municipality rather than a town or village, Margolies is able to focus effectively on institutional and interpersonal relations between Indians and non-Indians, and between peasants and townspeople.” Chambers~American Anthropologist 1977 DOI: 10.1525/aa.1977.79.1.02a00080

Princes of the Earth is a study of the Mazahuas in late 19th century and in the two decades succeeding the Revolution when its basic goals were institutionalized in Central Mexico.

SUPPORTS: Latin American history, Mexican political history and modernization, Mesoamerican anthropology, Indigenous cultures, Economic development.

Marriage and Mandatory Abortion among the 17th century Siraya by John R. Shepherd

This is an excellent piece of historical ethnography.”Masaharu~Asian Ethnology, 1996


a well- researched and elegantly written slim volume” Boomgaard~Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 1996


Fortunately, this important monograph has been reissued and is now readily available to those interested.” Jacobs, The China Journal, 2011

A detailed ethnographic description of the Siraya, the Austronesian inhabitants of pre-Dutch southwestern Taiwan, and the practice of mandated abortion for all young wives. By placing Siraya customs of marriage, pregnancy taboos, and massage abortion in historical and cultural context, this monograph provides new solutions to the puzzle of Siraya mandatory abortion. 

SUPPORTS: Chinese history and area studies, medical history and practices, kinship and anthropology classes.


Also available:

Nationalist Ideologies and the Production of National Cultures edited by Richard G. Fox.

The Politics of Time edited by Henry J Rutz.

Upcoming title soon to be available: The Anthropology of Franz Boas edited by Walter Goldschmidt.

Click here to order your copy of currently available Back-in-Print titles today!  Orders can also be placed on Amazon.

Questions? Suggestions for AAA books you'd like to see back in print? Please contact Oona Schmid.