A companion to urban anthropology / edited by Donald M. Nonini.
Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester [etc.] : 2014.
xv, 515 p. : il., map.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-316.334.56 COM
“A Companion to Urban Anthropology” presents a collection of original essays from international scholars on key issues in urban anthropology and broader cross-disciplinary urban studies.
- Features newly commissioned essays from 35 leading international scholars in urban and global studies
- Includes essays in classic areas of concern to urban anthropologists such as built structures and urban planning, community, security, markets, and race
- Covers emergent areas in the field including: 21st-century cities borders, citizenship, sustainability, and urban sexualities
Preface / Don Nonini · Durham, North Carolina
In the course of completing this book, I have incurred many debts, personal and professional. It is impossible to thank everyone who has contributed to bringing this book to fruition, but certain people have played a major role in the process. First, there are the contributors of the 28 concept essays in this book who have worked brilliantly to reconceptualize an urban anthropology for the twenty-first century, as articulated in the original scholarship manifested here. Reading their work has been an extraordinary education, both pleasurable and exciting. I will always be thankful for the privilege. I am confident that the readers will enjoy and learn much from their work as well.
I have other debts to acknowledge. In late 2008 at the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting, Wiley Blackwell’s Rosalie Robertson, Senior Commissioning Editor, listened very thoughtfully and then with increasing enthusiasm as I proposed the fundamental framework for this book, and since then has been supportive every step of the way, with patience, great good humor, and faith in the project. Jen Bray, Project Editor in Anthropology for Wiley Blackwell in Boston, also provided assistance and encouragement at a time when it was very much needed. In September 2012, when I wondered whether or not a work involving 28 authors on a vast array of topics in urban anthropology would ever see the light of day, Rosalie and Jen came to my aid with suggestions that were invaluable, and gave me the boost that pushed me to find the last few contributors, complete the editing process, and present the manuscript to Wiley Blackwell in July 2013. The encouragement of both was crucial. I also wish to thank Ben Thatcher, Project Editor for the Social Sciences in Wiley Blackwell’s Oxford office, Sarah Dancy and Tessa Hanford for helping with the final steps toward publishing the book, and Allison Kostka, Wiley Blackwell’s Senior Editorial Assistant, who helped me in numerous ways in an earlier stage of the work.
Malena Rousseau, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has played an invaluable role, acting as an assistant editor in the later stages of the editing process. I could not have acted as efficiently, with as much intellectual insight, or in as good spirits, without her assistance and enthusiasm.
Finally, I would be remiss not to acknowledge Sandy Smith-Nonini. Her magnificent patience and indulgence toward my protracted “present absence” were often tested as I worked to bring this book to fruition in my study. I am grateful beyond words for her efforts in extracting me from it while reminding me of why the work mattered – up to a point! Her presence and understanding have made it all worthwhile.