New book: The Grecanici of Southern Italy: Governance, Violence, and Minority Politics

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I am pleased to announce that my book “The Grecanici of Southern Italy: Governance, Violence, and Minority Politics” has been published by Pennsylvania University Press. Please find attached a flyer and discount code – please do order a personal copy and/or a copy for your library.

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Now Available from Penn Press
The Grecanici of Southern Italy: Governance, Violence, and Minority Politics
Stavroula Pipyrou

“Combining magnificent writing with meticulous scholarship, Stavroula Pipyrou discreetly opens multiple windows onto the souls and lives of the Grecanici, a secretive people who live in shadows that obscure even the edges of their own identity as Greek-speakers in an Italian landscape. Her valuable study is free of the nationalistic exaggeration so often associated with the romantic image of rediscovered ethnic outliers and offers rich insights into the dynamics of identity in southern Europe.”—Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University

“Deploying superb ethnographic skills and the (closely read) anthropology of Italy and the Mediterranean, Pipyrou shows how the Grecanici construct relationships of kinship, friendship, clientage, and association in an impressive exploration of what she usefully conceptualizes as ‘fearless governance.'”—Jane Schneider, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Stavroula Pipyrou’s lucid account of the hard-edged performance by which the Grecanici control and regulate their lives together makes for brilliant ethnography. Her narrative brings the anthropological archive to life.”—Douglas Holmes, Binghamton University

“Stavroula Pipyrou mounts a theoretically progressive and empirically documented analysis of the Greek linguistic minority of Calabria, combined with a rare and compelling ethnography of ‘Ndrangheta social forms to present an outstanding study of cultural solidarity and political resistance.”—Charles Stewart, University College London
In this groundbreaking ethnography of “fearless governance”, Stavroula Pipyrou shows how Grecanici—the Greek linguistic minority of Calabria, Southern Italy—have crafted the means to invert hegemonic culture and participate in the power games of minority politics on local and national scales.

Full Description, Table of Contents, and More
256 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4830-2 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9298-5 | $59.95s | £39.00
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Tenure-track position: Chicano/a-Latino/a Youth Studies

San Diego State University: Arts and Letters: Chicana and Chicano Studies
Assistant Professor: Youth Studies

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies seeks a Chicano/a-Latino/a Youth Studies specialist who can advance our strong focus on gender, borders, and social justice at the rank of assistant professor. We seek an intersectional and interdisciplinary scholar whose research concentrates on any of the following subject areas and intersects with at least one of our foci:  education, health, immigration, war, racialization, citizenship and rights discourse, political/social movements, youth cultures, sexuality, criminalization, childhood, and disability studies. The candidate should be prepared to teach general education and specialization courses and be able to address race/ethnicity, culture(s), subjectivities, problems and risks, hopes and aspirations and what these look like from the positionality of youth. An earned doctorate in any humanities or social science field is required and a Chicano/a or Ethnic Studies Ph.D. is preferred.

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New AN column

ASAP is pleased to announce the publication of Dr. Numvi Gwaibi’s column entitled “Between Tradition and Modernity: Politics and Policy in Cameroon” in Anthropology News. The piece analyzes how the process of political decentralization transformed electoral dynamics, with particular attention on the changing role of traditional leadership in formal politics. Underscoring how networks of political affiliation and patronage have been transformed rather than undermined by political decentralization, the column offers a critical perspective towards the normative conceptions that drive mainstream analyses of African states and political dynamics.

Theodore Powers, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Iowa
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