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HAU Partnership with Knowledge Unlatched and New Open Access Titles!


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Celebrating the beginning of our new partnership with Knowledge Unlatched (
http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org/) with four more HAU titles in open
access PDF format!
HAU Books is pleased to celebrate the formal beginning of its new
partnership with Knowledge Unlatched (KU), (
http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org/) joining Luminos (University of
California Press) and other leading publishers in offering free access to
scholarly content for every reader around the world. KU provides libraries
worldwide with a central place to support Open Access models from leading
publishing houses along with new OA initiatives.

“Access to research literature is vital for the progress of research
itself,” says Dr. Sven Fund, Managing Director of Knowledge Unlatched.
"With the support of libraries from around the world, KU and HAU Books can
make this interesting corpus of anthropology open to readers everywhere.”
With the support of Knowledge Unlatched, HAU Books will be able to employ
more professional staff and boost its production to release up to 15 open
access titles a year.

Libraries can pledge their support for HAU Books via Knowledge Unlatched
between now and the end of November 2018 at www.knowledgeunlatched.org.

HAU Titles supported by Knowledge Unlatched will be released as open access
PDFs, distributed through such discovery systems as: OAPEN, JSTOR, EBSCO
Knowledge Base, OCLC Worldcat, DOAB, and more!

Read the HAU and KU press release <
and at a glance fact sheet <
to learn more about Knowledge Unlatched and opportunities for libraries to
support open access publications.

The Owners of Kinship
Asymmetrical Relations in Indigenous Amazonia
by Luiz Costa

320 pp. | 6x9 | $35.00 order hardcopy here (

or read the full text open access on the HAU Books Website (

"A major contribution to anthropological theorizing, this impressive work
quietly disposes of many conceptual assumptions abroad in anthropology"
Marilyn Strathern

"This book is a paradigm shifter. "
Roy Wagner

The Owners of Kinship investigates how kinship in Indigenous Amazonia is
derived from the asymmetrical relation between an “owner” and his or her
dependents. Through a comprehensive ethnography of the Kanamari, Luiz Costa
shows how this relationship is centered around the bond created between the
feeder and the fed.

Building on anthropological studies of the acquisition, distribution, and
consumption of food and its role in establishing relations of asymmetrical
mutuality and kinship, this book breaks theoretical ground for studies in
Amazonia and beyond. By investigating how the feeding relation traverses
Kanamari society—from the relation between women and the pets they raise,
shaman and familiar spirit, mother and child, chiefs and followers, to
those between the Brazilian state and the Kanamari—The Owners of Kinship
reveals how the mutuality of kinship is determined by the asymmetry of

Praise for The Owners of Kinship

"A major contribution to anthropological theorizing, this impressive work
quietly disposes of many conceptual assumptions abroad in anthropology,
less through interrogating Western ideas (via other Western ideas) than
through brilliant ethnographic exegesis.  The author follows through the
consequences of ‘feeding’ as a signature of Amazonian ownership.
Observational and analytical sophistication aside, the result offers a kind
of scholarly commensality that emphatically enhances the trenchant and
radical consequences of the book’s achievement as the body-owner of the
arguments it gives us.  If Kanamari taught the author this etiquette, we
would not do so badly in finding we had a need for it."
Marilyn Strathern
author of Before and after gender

"Ownership without property, mastery without domination: this is the
paradox explored by Luiz Costa in his brilliant analysis of the so-called
master-subject bond among the Kanamari. This is a relation that plays a
crucial role in indigenous Amazonian cosmopolitics, insofar as it is the
primary generative force at work in the world. Beyond its insightful
description of Kanamari sociality, this work thus sheds new light on the
principles underlying kinship formation and political action in the
Anne-Christine Taylor
author of An abuse of dreams: Kincraft and imagination in an Amazonian

"This book is a paradigm shifter. That the distinction between sharing and
exchanging (here, commensality and feeding) is as important to the
understanding of reciprocity as that between the maternal and paternal
descent lines is to the understanding of kinship has long been received
knowledge in Melanesia. Unfortunately due to the influence of Lévi-Strauss,
it has been missing from the canon in Amazonia. Thanks to Luiz Costa’s
brilliant The owners of kinship, this oversight will soon be corrected."
Roy Wagner
author of Coyote anthropology

Before and After Gender
Sexual Mythologies of Everyday Life
by Marilyn Strathern

280 pp. | 6x9 | $35.00 | order hardcopy here (

or read the full text open access on the HAU Books Website (

"Strathern [...] has not so much shifted viewpoints as entirely retooled
their optics"
Donna Haraway

"Marilyn Strathern’s “lost manuscript” juggles ethnography, novels, and
social criticism"
Anna Tsing

Written in the early 1970s amidst widespread debate over the causes of
gender inequality, Marilyn Strathern’s Before and After Gender was intended
as a widely accessible analysis of gender as a powerful cultural code and
sex as a defining mythology. But when the series for which it was written
unexpectedly folded, the manuscript went into storage, where it remained
for more than four decades. This book finally brings it to light, giving
the long-lost feminist work—accompanied here by an afterword from Judith
Butler—an overdue spot in feminist history.

Strathern incisively engages some of the leading feminist thinkers of the
time, including Shulamith Firestone, Simone de Beauvoir, Ann Oakley, and
Kate Millett. Building with characteristic precision toward a bold
conclusion in which she argues that we underestimate the materializing
grammars of sex and gender at our own peril, she offers a powerful
challenge to the intransigent mythologies of sex that still plague
contemporary society. The result is a sweeping display of Strathern’s vivid
critical thought and an important contribution to feminist studies that has
gone unpublished for far too long.

Praise for Before and After Gender

"In Before and After Gender, Strathern writes that she “brings writing to
bear on other writing in order to shift the viewpoint.” From the beginning,
she has not so much shifted viewpoints as entirely retooled their optics,
making viewpoints undo other viewpoints, and here she does it for gender
and all its bumptious ethnographic and conceptual kin. Relationality has
always been her subject; she studies relations with relations in order to
understand how doing relations works, or in a more utopian vein, might yet
work to make us ask better questions. No wonder her extraordinary early
manuscript on gender as model and tool for doing relations does late work
needed now, when social life everywhere is in theoretical and practical
Donna Haraway
author of Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature

"This book is more than one. It mobilizes anthropological tales to shake
nineteen seventies Euro-American feminism out of provincial fantasies of
universality. It presents contrasting cases of sexual binarism to
demonstrate the relevance of concepts for anthropology, not just those in
use in the societies it writes about but also those it uses in writing. And
it tells about genders that are variously relational. How truly
Strathernian to allow this intellectual ancestor to
appear—outdated!—magically fresh!—so long after its prodigious offspring."
Annemarie Mol
author of The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice

"Marilyn Strathern’s “lost manuscript” juggles ethnography, novels, and
social criticism as it conjures a moment when the intersection of feminism
and anthropology exploded with excitement. In a world in which “theory” too
often refers to almost theological dogma, here we watch a master immerse
herself in the maelstrom of her material—spinning threads, casting
reflections, posing comparisons—to show us how relations matter."
Anna Tsing
author of The Mushroom at the End of the World

Values of Happiness
Toward an Anthropology of Purpose in Life
edited by Iza Kavedžija and Harry Walker

233 pp. | 6x9 | $25.00 | order hardcopy here (

or read the full text open access on the HAU Books Website (

"Values of Happiness is a thoughtful, thought-provoking, and often very
moving book."
Sherry B. Ortner

"This is wonderfully rich and stimulating collection of essays by some of
the most creative and perceptive anthropologists writing at the moment."
James Laidlaw

How people conceive of happiness reveals much about who they are and the
values they hold dear. Drawing on ethnographic insights from diverse field
sites around the world, this book offers a unique window onto the ways in
which people grapple with fundamental questions about how to live and what
it means to be human. Developing a distinctly anthropological approach
concerned less with gauging how happy people are than with how happiness
figures as an idea, mood, and motive in everyday life, the book explores
how people strive to live well within challenging or even hostile

The contributors explore how happiness intersects with dominant social
values as well as an array of aims and aspirations that are potentially
conflicting, demonstrating that not every kind of happiness is seen as a
worthwhile aim or evaluated in positive moral terms. In tracing this link
between different conceptions of happiness and their evaluations, the book
engages some of the most fundamental questions concerning human happiness:
What is it and how is it achieved? Is happiness everywhere a paramount
value or aim in life? How does it relate to other ideas of the good? What
role does happiness play in orienting peoples’ desires and life choices?
Taking these questions seriously, the book draws together considerations of
meaning, values, and affect, while recognizing the diversity of human ends.

Praise for Values of Happiness

"Values of Happiness is a thoughtful, thought-provoking, and often very
moving book. As we are taken through people’s reflections on happiness in a
wide range of cultural contexts, we see the extent to which happiness is
rarely—well—happy. The authors use the complexities and ambiguities of this
state of being to explore the ways in which happiness as both idea and
experience inescapably shapes time, personhood, and social life."
Sherry B. Ortner
author of Anthropology and Social Theory: Culture, Power, and the Acting

"It is a great accomplishment of this collection that it shows us that
happiness without value appears to be a rare occurrence. Even if there are
very few societies in which happiness itself is the primary, overriding
value people seek to realize—it is rarely the supervalue that rallies all
others to its cause—we now know that happiness is routinely tied up with
the disclosure and realization of values, and hence with the complexities
of the personal and social management of time. This unusually rich
collection of articles puts this important point before us, and in doing so
redeems its promise of showing why happiness is an important subject of
anthropological investigation."
Joel Robbins
author of Becoming Sinners: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New
Guinea Society

"This is wonderfully rich and stimulating collection of essays by some of
the most creative and perceptive anthropologists writing at the moment. And
the theme works brilliantly to cast questions about values and ideals,
virtues and vices, aspiration, interdependence, and responsibility in a new
and thought-provoking light."
James Laidlaw
author of The Subject of Virtue: An Anthropology of Ethics and Freedom

Why We Play
An Anthropological Study
by Roberte Hamayon

370 pp. | 6x9 | $35.00 | order hardcopy here (

or read the full text open access on the HAU Books Website (

Whether it’s childhood make-believe, the theater, sports, or even market
speculation, play is one of humanity’s seemingly purest activities: a form
of entertainment and leisure and a chance to explore the world and its
possibilities in an imagined environment or construct. But as Roberte
Hamayon shows in this book, play has implications that go even further than
that. Exploring play’s many dimensions, she offers an insightful look at
why play has become so ubiquitous across human cultures.

Hamayon begins by zeroing in on Mongolia and Siberia, where communities
host national holiday games similar to the Olympics. Within these events
Hamayon explores the performance of ethical values and local identity, and
then she draws her analysis into larger ideas examinations of the spectrum
of play activities as they can exist in any culture. She explores facets of
play such as learning, interaction, emotion, strategy, luck, and belief,
and she emphasizes the crucial ambiguity between fiction and reality that
is at the heart of play as a phenomenon. Revealing how consistent and
coherent play is, she ultimately shows it as a unique modality of action
that serves an invaluable role in the human experience.

Praise for Why We Play

"Roberte Hamayon’s Why we play: An anthropological study is such an
exciting and important study. Hamayon happily takes what she calls a
generalist approach—the approach that defined the great works of classical
anthropology like Mauss’ The gift, or Hubert and Mauss’ Sacrifice. The
approach, in other words, that is now so rare."
Michael Puett

From Hospitality to Grace
A Julian Pitt-Rivers Omnibus
Front matter now available open access!

by Julian Pitt-Rivers
Edited by Giovanni da Col and Andrew Shryock

410 pp. | 6x9 | $40.00

Read the Open Access Introduction "A Perfect Host: Julian Pitt-Rivers and
the Anthropology of Grace" by Andrew Shryock and Giovanni da Col, now
available on the HAU Books website. Full open access forthcoming in Fall
2018. <https://haubooks.org/from-hospitality-to-grace/>


1. Paris: Small Workshop Series


Our third workshop is Friday 22 June!

Access the abstracts here

Anthropologie de l’Imagination – 2018 Small Workshop Series, Musée de quai
Branly – Jacques Chircac
37 quai Branly, 75007 Paris
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Carlo Severi, Directeur d’études à l’EHESS
Gıovanni da Col, Centre for Ethnographic Theory, SOAS

a. Mercredi 25 Avril 14h30-18h, Salle de Cinéma
Image, Infrastructure, Imagination
Patricia Spyer (Graduate Institute Geneva)

The Narrow Road to the Interior: Contemporary Japanese Artists and the
Emergent Imagination
Iza Kavedžija (University of Exeter)

b.  Vendredi 22 Juin 14h30 – 18h, Salle de Cinéma
Imaginary Reciprocity: Vietnamese Rituals for Displaced Souls
Heonik Kwon (Trinity College, Cambridge)
Affixing Souls, Fixing the Social: Ten Years after Ghosts of War in Vietnam
Paul Sorrentino (Centre Asie du Sud-Est, EHESS)

2. ADAK 2018, the Annual Debate of Anthropological Keywords
2018 Keyword:

Webb Keane (Michigan), Tanya Luhrmann (Stanford), Tom Boellstorff (UC
Irvine), Emmanuel Grimaud (CNRS), Shalini Shankar (Northwestern), Natasha
Dow Schüll (NYU)

Editors/Organisers: Giovanni da Col, Grégory Delaplace, Carole McGranahan

How do humans and non-humans attract, divert, focus or capture one’s
attention? At a time when public interest, social media, and corporate
strategies are dominated by concerns over an “attention economy,” an
ex-Google strategist claims we are facing “the largest, most standardised
and most centralised form of attentional control in human history”.
Anthropology is uniquely positioned to address the ways  attention and
distraction economies erode human will, limit the capacity to focus, and
generate new forms of addictions through elaborated algorithms, persuasive
designs, and triggers. Since its foundation, our discipline has inquired
into what properties makes a ritual persuasive and effective, frame
different realities, distinguish an event from the everyday, an omen or
supernatural sign from a random happenstance, and which conditions of
relevance and salience ground the very fabric of human sociality. The
transmission of religious ideas and the very essence of religion have been
connected to attention-grabbing pragmatic and cognitive constellations:
“sticky" and “catchy” representations have been showed to embed
contradictory principles or to violate cognitively intuitive expectations.
Mindtraps, decoys, games, or magic tricks can be objects of ethnographic
scrutiny not only as entry points into human intelligence and cunning, but
also and more profoundly as world-making technologies whereby environments
are created or tweaked in order to create new affordances for different
kinds of beings: spirits to be stopped, animals to be lured into death or
cooperation, audiences to be amazed or surprised or youths to be initiated.
Attention – its unequal distribution or its gradual acquisition through
apprenticeship – is indeed the key to discoverable realms: game that
becomes visible to a hunter, matter that becomes sensible to a potter,
riddles and jokes and puns that become revelatory to an initiate, or
culture that becomes translatable to an ethnographer. As humans navigate
through constellations of beings endowed with different perceptive and
affective propensities, anthropologists cultivate ways to attend to
relations created or made impossible at the meeting point of heterogeneous
regimes of attention. This year’s Annual Debate on Anthropological Keywords
aims to bring attention to the forefront of anthropological concern and
theorising, and to provide a strong and distinctly ethnographic voice to
the rising chorus of interdisciplinary interest in attention.

ADAK, or the Annual Debate of Anthropological Keywords is a theory
initiative from AES/American Ethnological Society, HAU and L’Homme, a joint
intellectual endeavour of these learned societies and journals from three
distinguished anthropological traditions. The first debate was held at the
2016 AAA meetings in Minneapolis with the keyword FAKE, with the
participation of Veena Das (JHU), Alexei Yurchak (UC Berkeley), Gabriella
Coleman (McGill),  Carlo Severi (EHESS), Graham Jones (MIT), John L.
Jackson Jr. (UPenn), and the second at the 2017 AAA meeting in Washington
DC, around HUMANISM, with Saba Mahmood (UC Berkeley), Didier Fassin
(Princeton), Joel Robbins (Cambridge), Lucy Suchman (Lancaster), Hugh
Gusterson (George Washington U), Danilyn Rutherford (UC Santa Cruz).

3.  USA: Stephen F. Gudeman Lecture

Announcing the Stephen F. Gudeman Lectureship in Anthropology at the
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, to be published in HAU!

The Gudeman Lectureship in Anthropology is a new series that will be hosted
by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota-Twin
Cities in honor of the many years Stephen F. Gudeman was a faculty member
who worked in its intellectually open and supportive environment. The
Lectureship is meant as a stage for talks in Social and Cultural
Anthropology that focus on the following topics: economies in relation to
their social contexts, the wider effects of economy on society, the use of
ethnography in the study of contemporary life, and the impact of
ethnographic research on social theory.

The first Gudeman Lecture will be given by Adam Kuper on Monday, 1 October

“Deconstructing Anthropology”

Anthropology started out as the science of the savage. It has become the
science of the Other. The Other is our opposite number, our alter-ego,
ourselves turned upside down. The savage was the last free man, perhaps –
at one with nature and the spirit world, an intuitive artist. For Darwin,
however, he was little better than an animal; for Lévy-Bruhl, he was
pre-logical; in Freudian fantasy, he was polymorphically promiscuous. He
has been represented as the binary opposite of Economic Man by Malinowski
and Mauss – and, sometimes, by Gudeman.

I will invite you to deconstruct anthropology’s most venerable avatars: the
savage, the primitive, the tribesman, the indigenous; the man of culture
and the civilized person; the rationalist and the irrationalist; the
individual and the “dividual”. Perhaps we can then make a start on the
reconstruction of the discipline.

Online Gods: A Podcast about Digital Cultures in India and Beyond

From Project ONLINERPOL (http://www.fordigitaldignity.com/)  and HAU

How are digital interactions remoulding the public sphere in India and
elsewhere? What do online cultures and debates do to questions of faith,
the nation and belonging? How can anthropologists research the digital
world? How can we examine the digital by inhabiting the digital? Online
Gods is a monthly podcast on digital cultures and their political
ramifications, featuring lively conversations with scholars and activists.

Listen to Episode 7: Lies and Comedy <

Coming Soon from HAU:

Classic Concepts in Anthroplogy, by Valerio Valeri


Making Global MBAs, by Andrew Orta


HAU Books Titles 2015-2017:
Available from the University of Chicago Press


Gifts and Commodities by Chris Gregory (with a foreword by Marilyn
The Anti-Witch by Jeanne Favret-Saada (Translated by Matthew Carey with a
foreword by Veena Das)
The Chimera Principle by Carlo Severi (Translated by Janet Lloyd with a
foreword by David Graeber)
The Meaning of Money in China and the United States by Emily Martin (with a
foreword by Eleana Kim and an afterword by Jane Guyer and Sidney Mintz)
Magic: A Theory from the South by Ernesto de Martino (Translated by Dorothy
Louise Zinn)
Four Lectures on Ethics by Michael Lambek, Veena Das, Didier Fassin, and
Webb Keane
Translating Worlds edited by William F. Hanks and Carlo Severi
The Relative Native by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro (with an afterword by Roy
Comparing Impossibilities by Sally Falk Moore (with a foreword by John
The Gift: Expanded Edition by Marcel Mauss (Selected, introduced, and
translated by Jane I. Guyer and with a foreword by Bill Maurer)
Before and After Gender: Sexual Mythologies of Everyday Life by Marilyn
Strathern (Edited with an introduction by Sarah Franklin, and with an
afterword by Judith Butler)
Why We Play: An Anthropological Study by Roberte Hamayon (Translated by
Damien Simon and with a foreword by Michael Puett)
The Sex Thieves: The Anthropology of a Rumor by Julien Bonhomme (Translated
by Dominic Horsfall and with a foreword by Philippe Descola)
Dictionary of Indo-European Concepts and Society by Émile Benveniste (with
a foreword by Giorgio Agamben)
Values of Happiness: Toward an Anthropology of Purpose in Life edited by
Iza Kavedžija and Harry Walker
Reciprocity and Redistribution in Andean Civilizations: The 1969 Lewis
Henry Morgan Lectures by John V. Murra (Prepared by Freda Yancy Wolf and
Heather Lechtman)
World: An Anthropological Examination by João de Pina-Cabral (Malinowski
Monographs Series)
Ways of Baloma by Mark S. Mosko (Malinowski Monograph Series)
The Art of Life and Death by Andrew Irving (Malinowski Monograph Series)
Mistrust: An Ethnographic Theory by Matthew Carey (Malinowski Monograph
From Hospitality to Grace: A Julian Pitt-Rivers Omnibus by Julian
Pitt-Rivers, edited by Giovanni da Col and Andrew Shryock
On Kings by David Graeber and Marshall Sahlins
Two Lenins by Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov (Malinowski Monograph Series)
The Fire of the Jaguar by Terence S. Turner (foreword by David Graeber)
The Owners of Kinship by Luiz Costa, with a foreword by Janet Carsten
(Malinowski Monograph Series)
Acting for Others by Pascale Bonnemère, with a foreword by Marilyn Strathern


– The HAU Books Editorial Team

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