Series: Contemporary Ethnography

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Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas by Robert R. Desjarlais
Body, Movement, and Culture: Kinesthetic and Visual Symbolism in Philippine Community by Sally Ann Ness
Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth (Contemporary Ethnography) by Camille Bacon-Smith
Experiencing Ritual: A New Interpretation of African Healing by Edith Turner
Fighting for Faith and Nation by Cynthia Keppley Mahmood
Fire in My Bones: Transcendence and the Holy Spirit in African American Gospel by Glenn Hinson
The Heartland Chronicles by Douglas E. Foley
An Imagined Geography: Sierra Leonean Muslims in America by JoAnn D'Alisera
Learning Capitalist Culture: Deep in the Heart of Tejas by Douglas E. Foley
Looking West by John Darwin Dorst
Love and Honor in the Himalayas: Coming To Know Another Culture by Ernestine McHugh
Maisin Christianity : an ethnography of the contemporary religion of a seaboard Melanesian people by John Barker
Occasions of Faith: An Anthropology of Irish Catholics by Lawrence J. Taylor
Patterns of American Culture: Ethnography and Estrangement by Dan Rose
Sensory Biographies: Lives and Deaths among Nepal's Yolmo Buddhists by Robert Desjarlais
Sensuous Scholarship by Paul Stoller
Shelter Blues: Sanity and Selfhood Among the Homeless (Contemporary Ethnography Series) by Robert R. Desjarlais
Storytellers, Saints, and Scoundrels: Folk Narrative in Hindu Religious Teaching by Kirin Narayan
The Taste of Blood: Spirit Possession in Brazilian Candomble by James William Wafer
The Taste of Ethnographic Things: The Senses in Anthropology by Paul Stoller
Where Asia Smiles: An Ethnography of Philippine Tourism (Contemporary Ethnography) by Sally Ann Ness
Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America by Sabina Magliocco
Young and Defiant in Tehran (Contemporary Ethnography) by Shahram Khosravi

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  1. High Religion: A Cultural and Political History of Sherpa Buddhism by Sherry B. Ortner (1989)
  2. The Sherpa "Dumji" Masked Dance Festival by Eberhard Berg (2008)
  3. The City of Women by Ruth Landes (1994)
  4. Tibetan Diary: From Birth to Death and Beyond in a Himalayan Valley of Nepal by Geoff Childs (2004)
  5. Lord of the Dance: The Mani Rimdu Festival in Tibet and Nepal (S U N Y Series in Buddhist Studies) by Richard J. Kohn (2001)
  6. Tigers of the Snow and Other Virtual Sherpas by Vincanne Adams (1996)
  7. First Fieldwork: The Misadventures of an Anthropologist by Barbara Gallatin Anderson (1990)
  8. The Making of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, 1850-1860 by Emmet J. Larkin (1980)
  9. Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community by Sarah M. Pike (2001)
  10. Nepalese Women by Indra Majupuria (1991)
  11. The Art of Fieldwork by Harry F. Wolcott (1995)
  12. Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture by Henry Jenkins (1992)
  13. Yoruba Ritual: Performers, Play, Agency (African Systems of Thought) by Margaret Thompson Drewal (1992)
  14. Other Peoples' Myths: The Cave of Echoes by Wendy Doniger (1988)
  15. A Franz Boas Reader: The Shaping of American Anthropology, 1883-1911 (Midway Reprint) by Franz Boas (1982)

Series description

A purpose of this series is to encourage ethnographic writing that is flexible enough to give a voice to the people whose lives it records, to recreate those lives rather than merely describe them, and to encompass in this recreation the complexity, ambiguity, and emotion that are central to human experience. This flexibility can be achieved through the use of narration, first person and multiple points of view, dialogue, descriptive imagery, and other literary techniques.

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