A Closer Look at the Anthropology of Contemporary North America Series

The Anthropology of Contemporary North America Series is one of UNP’s newest initiatives. The aim of this series is to publish teachable, empirically rich, and conceptually innovative books that contribute to the comparative anthropology of North America, emphasizing ethnographic approaches to contemporary subject matter.



Holding On: African American Women Surviving HIV/AIDS by Alyson O’Daniel

“At a time when the lives of African American women surviving with HIV are not commonly illuminated, Holding On provides an important addition to the anthropological and public health literature.”—Martina Thomas, Medical Anthropology Quarterly


Rebuilding Shattered Worlds: Creating Community by Voicing the Past by Andrea L. Smith and Anna Eisenstein

This ethnography of remembering shows how former residents of a demolished neighborhood in Easton, Pennsylvania, engage collective memory-making through their shared place, language, and class position within the larger cityscape.


Governing Affect: Neoliberalism and Disaster Reconstruction by Roberto E. Barrios

Governing Affect brings policy and politics into dialogue with human emotion to provide researchers and practitioners with an analytical toolkit for apprehending and addressing issues of difference, voice, and inequity in the aftermath of catastrophes.


America’s Digital Army: Games at Work and War by Robertson Allen

America’s Digital Army examines the army’s desire for “talented” soldiers capable of high-tech work; beliefs about America’s enemies as reflected in the game’s virtual combatants; tensions over best practices in military recruiting; and the sometimes overlapping cultures of gamers, game developers, and soldiers.


White Gold: Stories of Breast Milk Sharing by Susan Falls

“This very readable book breaks all the stereotypes about who shares human milk and why. Susan Falls’s examination of a breast milk sharing network in the American South uses evocative words and images to rethink kinship, sharing, and nurturing practices among mothers.”—Penny Van Esterik, professor of anthropology at York University




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