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Darius Piwowarczyk (PhD 2002) has published his study of the 'Iron Cage' that tied missionaries, arguably among the original 'development' workers, on a Latin American frontier to transformations in global political economy.  From industrialization in the late 1800s to modernization in the mid-twentieth century to post-modern 'participatory democracy' that emerged in the 1960s, he traces how missionaries negotiated between multiple discourses in their home societies that linked their endeavors to different constituencies and to practical realities in 'the field'. 


Sandra A. Scham (PhD 1996) has co-edited with Oystein LaBianca a group of studies on evidence for globalization in the ancient Near East  that were originally developed in symposia organized at American Anthropological Association meetings to bring more archaeologists to the meetings and contemporary issues into archaeology.  The book explores evidence for connections in the prehistoric Near East and includes an essay by Manuel Castells, who coined the notion of the network society, who notes that it disproves his earlier assertion that global networking is uniquely contemporary.

Tatiana Bajuk-Sencar (BA 1990) has published a book on cultural tourism (Kultura Turizma, in Slovenian) from a project at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and is now working on a study of Eurocrats in Brussels, where her husband is Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the European Union and served as the EU President in 2008. Tatiana was a double major in Anthropology and also in French, which comes in handy for her role as diplomatic spouse, and for raising their two children in Brussels. It's also a really cool fieldwork language.


Product Details  Mark Allen Peterson came to CU from a journalism career for his MA and then went on for a PhD at Brown University, where he wrote a dissertation on press culture and construction of news in India. His 2011 book on Connected in Cairo presents case studies — of Arabic children's magazines, Pokémon, private schools and popular films, coffee shops and fast-food restaurants — of the social capital of cosmopolitanism in the modern Middle East.  He  now teaches in the Anthropology and the International Studies programs at Miami University of Ohio.


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