Society and Culture Publications

Toward a Society under Law: Citizens and Their Police in Latin America, edited by Joseph S. Tulchin and Meg Ruthenburg

Toward a Society under Law: Citizens and Their Police in Latin America

Oct 01, 2006
Toward a Society under Law covers issues of crime and police in Latin America, with chapters on the impact of community policing, the role of advocacy networks, urban social policies and crime, and the cost of crime. It also includes case studies of police reform, community policing, Argentina’s national plan for crime prevention, and crime in Mexico City. more

The Toothpaste of Immortality: Self-Construction in the Consumer Age by Elemér Hankiss

The Toothpaste of Immortality: Self-Construction in the Consumer Age

May 01, 2006
This lively and insightful account reveals the profound ways in which everyday acts and artifacts of consumer civilization shape our sense of self. more

Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village by Margaret Paxson

Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village

Oct 01, 2005
Solovyovo is about the place and power of social memory. Based on extensive anthropological fieldwork in that single village in the Russian north, it shows how villagers configure, transmit, and enact social memory through narrative genres, religious practice, social organization, commemoration, and the symbolism of space. more

Rethinking the Economics of War: The Intersection of Need, Creed, and Greed, edited by Cynthia J. Arnson and I. William Zartman

Rethinking the Economics of War: The Intersection of Need, Creed, and Greed

Oct 01, 2005
Rethinking the Economics of War questions the adequacy of explaining today’s internal armed conflicts purely in terms of economic factors and reestablishes the importance of identity and grievances in creating and sustaining such wars. more

Creating Diversity Capital: Transnational Migrants in Montreal, Washington, and Kyiv by Blair A. Ruble

Creating Diversity Capital: Transnational Migrants in Montreal, Washington, and Kyiv

Oct 01, 2005
How do urban communities accommodate this century’s massive transnational migrations? Creating Diversity Capital examines Montreal, Washington, and Kyiv, and describes how the politics in each of these cities has changed, or failed to change, in the face of the new demographics. more

Final Acts: A Guide to Preserving the Records of Truth Commissions by Trudy Huskamp Peterson

Final Acts: A Guide to Preserving the Records of Truth Commissions

May 01, 2005
Final Acts is a guide to questions of law, politics, physical preservation, and access regarding materials generated by truth commissions. It also describes case examples of truth commissions and the disposition, or in some cases the loss, of their records. The full text of this book is available here in PDF format. more

Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy by Eric C. Bjornlund

Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy

Oct 01, 2004
Beyond Free and Fair Elections draws on worldwide experience since the mid-1980s to evaluate international election monitoring and domestic monitoring, and their contributions to democracy promotion and democratic change. more

Russia's Lost Reformation: Peasants, Millennialism, and Radical Sects in Southern Russia and Ukraine, 1830-1917 by Sergei I. Zhuk

Russia's Lost Reformation: Peasants, Millennialism, and Radical Sects in Southern Russia and Ukraine, 1830-1917

May 01, 2004
Radical Protestant Christianity became widespread in rural southern Russia and Ukraine in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Russia’s Lost Reformation studies the theology and practices of these radicals and their contribution to an alternative culture in the region. more

Post-Soviet Women Encountering Transition: Nation-Building, Economic Survival, and Civic Activism, edited by Kathleen Kuehnast and Carol Nechemias

Post-Soviet Women Encountering Transition: Nation-Building, Economic Survival, and Civic Activism

May 01, 2004
Through anthropology, political science, and other disciplines, the contributors examine women’s role in post-Soviet nation-building, rural household economies, and democratization and civic activism. more

Russia in Search of Itself by James H. Billington

Russia in Search of Itself

May 01, 2004
In the turbulent decade since the collapse of the Soviet Union, conditions have worsened considerably for many Russians, and a wide-ranging debate has raged over the nature and destiny of their country. In Russia in Search of Itself, James H. Billington examines the efforts of a proud but troubled nation to find a post-Soviet identity. more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.